U.K./Commonwealth/E.E.A. nationals: Associate Governance and Public Value

Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority)
United Kingdom
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Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4UA : London, WC1B 3HF

About the job


**2 Vacancies available **
Associate: Governance and Public Value - BC-494 (Permanent role)
Associate: Public Value - BC-495 (Fixed term contract – 1 year)

*Please indicate which role(s) you are applying for when submitting your application*

Ofwat (the Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and wastewater sector in England and Wales. Our role is to help it build trust and confidence with customers, the environment and wider society. Ofwat has an ambitious new strategy and as a regulator we are setting ourselves up to achieve and equal the ambition of this new strategy. It matters to us that things on the ground really change so that our impact on customers, the environment and the future of water is tangible and meaningful.

Our work is high-profile and fast-moving, within a dynamic and agile environment. The work that you’ll be involved in every day will be about helping us to deliver our strategy, helping to us to be the regulator we want to be and helping the sector to deliver outcomes that matter to customers and society. Our strategy sets out the role Ofwat will play. We will adapt, be confident, act with purpose and integrity and continuously improve so that we make the greatest contribution possible to improving life through water.

We have an exciting opportunity for two Associates to sit within the newly created Environment, Public Value and Governance team, within the Performance and Outcomes cluster. The Performance and Outcomes cluster’s purpose is to develop and implement regulatory policy, monitor company performance and drive improvement to support our strategic goals for the sector and deliver the best outcomes for customers and the environment.

Job description

There two roles on offer: one (permanent) that will focus on both the public value and governance elements of the team; and another (1 year fixed-term contract) that will focus largely on public value engagement and delivery. The successful candidates will play an important role in delivering the Public Value policy objectives of Ofwat’s strategy; and Ofwat’s governance work.

In both roles you will play a key part in our ambitious new strategy to embed a public value mindset in the water sector. This goal involves companies looking for ways to deliver social value through conducting their core activities differently. Examples include using nature based solutions rather than hard infrastructure in water and wastewater treatment processes; or deciding to locate training facilities in deprived communities to stimulate local economic development. This work is at the cutting edge of our regulatory perimeter, and builds on our work with the industry on our Board Leadership, Transparency, and Governance principles, and purpose more widely.

In the permanent role, you will also play a key part in ensuring the companies are delivering the highest standards of governance, including judging how they meet Ofwat’s Board Leadership and Governance Principles, given their role as providers of an essential public service.

As a policy professional, you will be comfortable developing policy and working with ambiguity; and communicating policy to a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders including Minsters, senior water company figures and others. You will provide research and develop policy, and provide advice, ensuring Ofwat understands and can incorporate Public Value policy into its work, proactively sharing skills and knowledge.

As an Associate you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be expected to take responsibility for your work areas. You will have opportunities to develop and consolidate your skill set. You are a self-starter and do not require detailed supervision from senior colleagues. You will continue to hone your judgement and be expected to exercise it responsibly in line with our strategy, values and ways of working.

Some of the key deliverables for these roles are (Further information can be seen in the full Candidate Information Pack attached):

• Stakeholder engagement with companies, thought leaders, regulators and Government, to contribute to our understanding and approach.
• Engaging colleagues across Ofwat on the public value agenda.
• Support our pre-appointment meetings with company non-executive directors – this will include preparing briefings for Ofwat’s Executive Directors and Chair, attending key meetings.
• Contribute to our assessment of how companies are meeting our Board leadership, transparency and governance principles, identifying key issues and trends.
• Develop a framework to understand and evaluate Public Value, identifying key issues and incorporating trends from wider corporate governance developments.
• Leading on developing a series of discreet Public Value related strategy and policy papers, interfacing with lawyers, economists, and regulatory specialists.
• Stakeholder engagement with companies, thought leaders, regulators and Government, to contribute to our understanding and approach.
• Engaging colleagues across Ofwat on the public value agenda.
• Use the knowledge that you build up about companies’ approaches to Public Value to provide briefings and responses to internal and external stakeholders, including senior leadership.


Professional Requirements:

Essential Qualifications:
• Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience and knowledge within a related field

Desirable Qualifications:
• Further degree or equivalent professional qualification in a related field

Essential Experience and Knowledge:
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to cut through complexity.
• Strong communicator, able to effectively communicate complex issues to different audiences.
• Proven experience of analysis and project delivery.
• Experience in, or understanding of policy development, design or implementation.
• An ability to work proactively with stakeholders, balancing competing interests, to deliver policy objectives.

Desirable Experience and Knowledge
• Up-to-date knowledge of corporate governance policy and best practice.
• Knowledge of the water sector and/or economic regulation.
• Experience of working with government and non-government environmental stakeholders.
• Understanding and experience of government policy formulation and the role of regulation in that.
• Understanding the relevance and the impact of economic regulation from a regulated industry and regulatory body perspective, and being able to apply this

We'll assess you against the following behaviours during the selection process:
• Seeing the Big Picture
• Making Effective Decisions
• Working Together
• Developing Self and Others
• Delivering at Pace


Annual leave
On appointment the post holder will be entitled to 25 days annual leave plus 10½ days’ public and privilege holidays a year. Annual leave entitlement will be increased by one day for each year of continuous employment with Ofwat, up to a maximum leave allowance of 30 days.

Ofwat benefits
We also offer a range of additional benefits. These include:

- fantastic civil service pension
- access to our package of benefits via our ‘Edenred’ scheme. This is a voluntary benefits scheme where staff have access to exclusive discounts on a range of goods and services such as retail outlets, theatre tickets, holidays, insurance and gym membership;
- cycle-to-work scheme;
- season ticket loan for travel between home and office;
- flexible working arrangements;
- fees paid for membership of relevant professional bodies;
- regular professional development;
- health and wellbeing initiatives; and
- free eye tests and contribution towards lenses/spectacles for VDU users, if appropriate
- learning and development tailored to your role
- an environment with flexible working options
- a culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

How to Apply:

Applications should include a:
• curriculum vitae (CV);
• covering letter or supporting statement that outlines the contribution you can make to Ofwat, including how you feel you meet our professional requirements and demonstrate behaviours outlined in our competency framework;
• completed CV supplement form; and
• completed diversity monitoring form. This form is not mandatory.

Please email your CV and supporting documents to by the closing date, clearly stating which of the roles (or both) you are applying for.

Closing date: 10 November 2020 at 5.00pm
Sifting: 11 & 12 November 2020
Interview date Week commencing 23 November 2020

Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic interviews will be conducted via video conferencing software such as BlueJeans, skype or Microsoft Teams. It is expected that the interview process for this vacancy will include a short presentation and/or assessment. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates upon invitation to interview.

If you have any queries about any aspect of this role or selection process, please email

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Further information



Candidate Info pack - BC494-BC495 - Associate Public Value and Governance VF (002) Opens in new window (docx, 133kB)

CV Supplement Form - updated Nov19-FA021130 Opens in new window (docx, 48kB)

Diversity Monitoring Form - updated Nov 19-FA021130 Opens in new window (docx, 53kB)