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Welcome to our current career opportunities within the Kelda Group, this includes vacancies within Yorkshire Water, Loop and Kelda Water Services.

Innovation Specialist

Apply now Job no: 494506
Work type: Permanent
Location: West Yorkshire
Categories: Engineering, Project Management


The salary will be around £42,000 + 25 days' holiday, pension and quarterly bonus. The role will be based at our Head Office in Buttershaw, Bradford.

What will the role involve?

The role of Innovation Technical Specialist has four main functions: to seek out new and emerging technologies; remain at the forefront of drivers for change; provide technical guidance and challenge to raising and inflight R&D Innovation Projects in support of the Project Manager; technical knowledge transfer into the business from an extensive personal network.  This will require great engagement skills, strong technical capabilities and a level of commercial acumen that can evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with an ambitious business vision.

You will have an extensive external network to remain at the forefront of emerging academic progress, technologies or services.  You will contribute to building R&D Business Plan programmes and appropriate prioritisation, challenging projects from idea generation through research and development, generating knowledge and options for the business to implement.

You will join an agile team working in conjunction with Project Managers, Innovation Programme Managers and the Manager of Innovation to ensure delivery of Business Plan objectives, a robust supply chain of R&D Innovation Projects to meet, and inform, short and long term business need.

Driving excellent standards and performance in project specific health, safety, wellbeing, process safety, risk management and control of work, contributing to compliance with the YW Safety Policy is a key part of the role.  This will require significant engagement with, and focussed support from, appropriate colleagues.

Working with all colleagues you will establish and inform the technical drivers for Innovation investment.  You will feed back into relevant YW departments technical updates from your maintained network that could inform business progress. 

What skills are we looking for?
Significant role appropriate technical experience in operational and strategic elements of water treatment and quality; or, waste water treatment including sludge; or, infrastructure / underground assets (it is recognised that water distribution and sewerage have some different skill requirements) for at least 3 years. Relevant academic/professional qualifications with appropriate education to Degree level is required.

Whilst technical knowledge is a key attribute it is equally important to have the ability to communicate and engage at all levels.  This is important  inside and outside the business, demonstrated by developing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Experience of working within a team to deliver significant projects in a Research and Development environment and of supporting and embedding change would be beneficial by demonstrating the right culture and behaviours.

A full valid EU driving licence is required.

What's in it for you?

With a very clear focus on Innovation, the UK Water Industry is entering a new, different and exciting phase.  To meet the challenges of providing exemplar customer service, environmental and financial performance Yorkshire Water must have options to positively change the way service is delivered.  The R&D Innovation department’s purpose is to provide those options.  By joining the team you will be part of identifying and delivering nationally and internationally ground breaking initiatives.  This will translate into career enhancement and development, colleague well-being and a genuinely positive work experience. We are continuously evolving and improving our ways of working and you will support us in achieving our vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good'.

Everyone has an idea of what a water company does. Here in Yorkshire we make sure that all 5.2 million people living in the region have clean safe drinking water on tap and their waste water taken away. But for us it's so much more than this.

We care passionately about the environments and communities in which we work; we always look for new innovative ways to do things that deliver great value for our business and deliver the service our customers want and expect.

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply on line and complete the application process.

Yorkshire Water values equality, diversity and inclusion we believe that everyone should be treated with respect. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or belief and trade union membership.

Yorkshire Water reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

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