Salary & Benefits: Salary from £50,876 per annum dependent on experience, a company car lease/allowance scheme, annual incentive related bonus (up to 10% of annual salary), private health care, attractive pension scheme (Up to 10% company contribution), life assurance cover of 4 times pensionable salary and 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and a wellness day. We also offer a fantastic flexible benefits package, where you can choose from benefits such as health cash plan scheme, critical illness insurance, dental insurance, life assurance flex and partner cover.  Colleagues also have access to a retail savings scheme, online GP service, cycle to work scheme, gym membership discounts and many more!


Location:  Bradford/ Hybrid Working. Travel across the Yorkshire region is a key part of this role


Work type: Permanent. 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday between a working window of 8:00m-6:00pm


We have an exciting opportunity for a Bathing Water Partnership & Engagement Manager to join the Strategy & Regulation at Yorkshire Water and be a part of helping Yorkshire Water to provide the best service to our customers. Could this be you?


What we do:


Everyone has an idea of what a water company does. Here in Yorkshire, we make sure that over 5.4 million people living in the region and the millions of people who visit our region each year, can rely on our services, and have clean and safe drinking water on tap and that their wastewater is taken away. But for us, it’s so much more than this.

We look after communities, protect the environment, and plan to look after Yorkshire’s water, today, tomorrow 24/7, 365 days a year. We provide essential water and wastewater services to every corner of the Yorkshire region, and play a key role in the region’s health, wellbeing, and prosperity. 


New environmental legislation, unprecedented levels of investment and changing expectations from customers means that this is an exciting time to discover opportunities within the water industry. Strategy & Regulation are a key part of how we plan to meet the changing expectations of customers and regulators.  


We have an exciting opportunity within Yorkshire Water for a Bathing Water Partnership and Engagement Manager. This is a key role ensuring that Yorkshire Water play their part in continuing to improve Bathing Water in Yorkshire. 


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in partnership with other organisations to improve and maintain Bathing Water Quality standards in Yorkshire. You’ll work closely with colleagues across Yorkshire Water and our Partners to identify, scope and delivery opportunities to improve bathing water quality. You’ll join the team at an exciting time as we grow and develop our team to meet the opportunities and challenges posed by the increase in inland bathing water applications and the new targets of AMP8. You’ll play a pivotal role in fast paced and dynamic team. 


This is a great opportunity to work in an innovative team forging new partnerships across the region.


Where you fit in:

As our Bathing Water Partnership & Engagement Manager you will work with our key partners and stakeholders, you will act as the main link to other organisations and forums who have a role to improve bathing water quality to achieve regulatory, legislative and partnership agreed targets on behalf of customers. 


You will coordinate the activity of a cross functional team to create plans and interventions to ensure improvements to existing designated bathing waters. You will also create and agree the strategy for future inland designations. 


You will drive other organisations to collectively work together to produce and deliver multi-agency action plans so that the overall impact from these achieves bathing water improvements and targets. 


Key accountabilities of the role include - 


• Delivering regulatory and performance requirements and, striving to deliver outperformance against the revised Bathing Water Directive in line with existing and future performance commitments. 
• Horizon scanning for regulatory changes that will impact bathing waters and understanding changes to performance commitments and business risk 
• Work closely with key internal and external stakeholders on future bathing water applications and strategies for these 
• Working with, and holding key partners to account in creating and delivering multi-agency action plans 
• Leading on Yorkshire Water’s Bathing Water investment plans to drive continued improvement 
• Own the role of Data Manager for Annual Reporting for Bathing Waters, providing assurance to the business around performance 
• Providing written and verbal updates to the Executive and governance forums as required on risks and opportunities 
• Driving excellent standards and performance in Health and Safety risk management and control of work and ensure compliance with Yorkshire Water's Safety Policy 
• Ensuring that team reporting of activity is in ‘real time’ and drives efficiencies for improvements to asset base by pro-active interventions and planning activity with wider operational teams 
• Working closely with all departments to ensure performance shortfalls are investigated, understood and supporting mitigation as necessary 
• Ensuring robust financial management and commercial awareness form the foundation for business decision making relating to role goals and targets; this includes management of bathing water budget, finding opportunities for match funding to maximise impact 
• Have assurance procedures in place to have confidence that routine and reactive operations are being carried our effectively. 
• Support the delivery of periodic review strategy relating to Bathing Water Quality and asset base 


What skills & qualifications you will need:


The successful candidate will have previous experience of working with multiple stakeholders, influencing and driving delivery of performance improvements. You will be confident in leading teams in a dynamic, changing environment. 

You will have previous knowledge and experience of Health and Safety management process and systems.


You will analyse and interpret data and be comfortable in interrogating corporate reporting systems to report back on bathing water compliance across all levels of the business.


You will carry out and support investigations into asset/process failure – identifying failure modes and recommending mitigation/improvements to prevent repeats.


You will have previous water industry experience and knowledge. An understanding of the Revised Bathing Water Directive and impacts on bathing water quality would be desirable.


Although our assets are operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year the company is committed to support flexible work patterns and job share options, where possible, to give you more control over your time and responsibilities. Whether you have child-care responsibilities or are looking for the ideal work-life balance our flexible options can offer work patterns that suit your needs.


If you’re an experienced water industry professional and want to help us deliver exceptional service for our customers whilst protecting the environment, then apply today to find out what a career with Yorkshire Water can offer for you.


If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please complete the online application process and attach your up to date CV with a covering letter, outlining how your skills match this role. 

Recruitment Process:

Closing Date:   14th April, 2024


We are proud to serve the Yorkshire region and are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that is reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds to apply.


If successful for the role, you will be required to undergo pre-employment checks that will include a Basic Disclosure Check, carried out through a Third Party Company, prior to commencing employment. Depending on the role, you may also be required to go through the security vetting process for either a Counter Terrorist Check or Security Check clearance.


Kelda Group 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.

What's in it for you?

Career enhancement and development, colleague well-being and a genuinely positive work experience for all are key priorities. 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'.

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

Kelda Group 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.

The Kelda Group provides water and sewerage services to domestic and business customers across the UK, managing the following subsidiary companies: - 

Yorkshire Water, is the main subsidiary company providing water and sewerage services to 4.7 million people and 130,000 businesses in the Yorkshire region. Its activities are regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat Loop Customer Management Ltd specialises in delivering customer service support to Yorkshire Water that includes billing, debt recovery and incident management. Employing more than 600 people, Loop have built up an impressive list of industry awards and achievements since being created in 2000 and is currently listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 list as being one of the best companies to work for.

Kelda Water Services (KWS) manages Kelda's non-regulated water and waste water contract operations. It is now the second biggest player in the UK market for outsourced clean and waste water services.

Kelda Water Services Retail offer quality, integrity and partnership but it is never just about the technologies behind our solutions in water. It is about the structure, delivery and even the financing of those solutions, and about giving our customers a level of convenience they never knew was possible.

KeyLand Developments Limited (KeyLand Developments) is responsible for managing, developing and disposing of the group's surplus property assets, either on its own or in partnership with outside organisations.

Kelda Group 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.

Kelda Group 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.

Bathing Water Partnership & Engagement Manager