Local recruitment: Policy and Projects Manager


London, UK 🇬🇧

About the job

Job Description – Policy and Projects Manager – June 2021

  • Salary range – 31K to 36.5K per annum
  • Contract – Permanent
  • Hours – Full time (40 hours per week including one hour lunch break each day)
  • Start date – September 2021
  • Location – Home-based, UK Only (travel costs paid for meetings)
  • Annual leave – 25 days per annum plus Bank Holidays

Closing date – Friday 16th July 2021


Waterwise is an independent, not-for-profit campaigning NGO focused on reducing water consumption in the UK. We support and challenge governments, industry, customers and others to be innovative and ambitious on water efficiency. We are the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK. Our work includes stakeholder engagement, research, events, technological and policy innovation, campaigns, media, events and services such as Waterwise Training and the Waterwise Checkmark. We are funded by supporters across and beyond the UK water sector.

We are always looking for bright, committed people with a diverse set of skills and experience to help achieve our vision that water is used wisely every day, everywhere. Our values are Purpose, Pioneer, Passion and People.

Waterwise is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. 

We are working to reduce Waterwise’s environmental footprint.

Policy and Projects Manager – Person Specification

We need someone who is proactive and a self-starter who has a background in policy and evidence work as well as project management to join our small, high-powered, influential team. The role involves policy and strategy support, project and programme management and delivery as well as stakeholder engagement. It’s a great opportunity to be immersed in the water policy, regulatory and delivery agenda, as well as engage in external meetings and networks.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours:

  • EITHER a Bachelors or Masters in environmental science, planning or another relevant subject OR experience in water efficiency (or both)
  • Experience in influencing and advocating for policy change and/or experience of project management and project delivery and commitment to develop skills in the one you don’t have
  • Experience working with external stakeholders
  • Experience of working with Microsoft Office programmes: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience in supporting delivery of steering groups, task and finish groups, workshops, webinars and conferences
  • Ability to work flexibly and proactively within a small team 
  • Ability to manage own time and prioritise tasks
  • Ability to obtain, use and analyse data for research, policy-influencing and campaigning purposes
  • Excellent oral and written communication 
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion and wellbeing
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

Policy and Projects Manager – Role Description

Reporting to the Head of Strategy and Policy, you will be a key part of the team supporting and delivering research projects, policy advocacy and the wider work programme at Waterwise. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working on discrete research projects as and when necessary, including undertaking a project management role on some projects
  • Supporting and influencing policy development including engaging with policymakers through meetings and consultation responses
  • Supporting the development and delivery of a new 2022 Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK and helping providing secretariat support to the associated Steering Group and related Task and Finish groups 
  • Leading Waterwise’s work with stakeholders and funders and on policy in regulation in Wales, including the Wales Water Efficiency Group
  • Working with the Head of Strategy and Policy to maintain a network of relevant stakeholders and supporters across the UK
  • Working with communications and marketing colleagues to provide content for blogs, trade media and press
  • Assisting the team with events (e.g. Waterwise annual conference), accreditations (e.g. Checkmark for Offices) and campaigns (e.g. Water Saving Week) 
  • Attending and speaking at conferences, seminars and meetings to represent Waterwise
  • Working with colleagues to develop new funding proposals and providing financial information to the Managing Director
  • Being the dedicated Waterwise contact for specific funders and regional groups

Other tasks and duties may arise and training will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to develop skills in being interviewed for the media.


At Waterwise the wellbeing of our employees is our number one priority. To recognise the fantastic work our team does in driving water efficiency, and to support their wellbeing, we have a wide range of employee benefits, beyond statutory commitments. These include:

  • Positive, values-based environment and an inclusive culture where it feels safe for employees to say no
  • Strong emphasis from Managing Director on wellbeing and workload management
  • Homeworking
  • Flexible working
  • Part-time working
  • 25 days annual leave per annum plus Bank Holidays
  • Death in service benefit at x2 of salary
  • Paid chartered and professional memberships
  • Individual and team training budgets
  • Maternity leave and maternity adoption leave beyond statutory
  • Childcare costs for activities undertaken outside normal working hours
  • Sickness pay beyond statutory

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to treating all current and prospective employees fairly and to ensuring that our workplace and employment practices are free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and with different identities and experiences to apply. Everyone in our team has a role to play in helping Waterwise become more diverse and inclusive and we hope you will join us for this next stage in our journey.

We want to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive of and accessible for everyone. If you are interested in applying for a role with us and think you may need some additional support or reasonable adjustments made to any part of the recruitment process, please get in touch on the email address below. 

How to apply

Please send a CV of maximum two sides, and a covering letter of maximum one side (stating where you saw the job advertised), to [email protected] by close on Friday 16th July. We also encourage you to complete the diversity monitoring form which can be found here – this is optional but completing it will help us track our progress towards diversity. Diversity information will be received and stored separately to application details and will not in any way be used in the selection or decision-making process. 

Interviews will be held over Zoom on Wednesday 4th August.