Resilience Partnership Portfolio Manager

Salary & Benefits : £50,876 - £60,000  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 (a mix of office and home working)

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

We have an exciting opportunity for a Resilience Partnership Portfolio Manager to join the Strategy & Regulation function at Yorkshire Water.

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. 


The Resilience Partnership Portfolio Manager sits within our Strategy & Regulation function. We have a key aim to deliver more for our customers and the environment by working in partnership, wherever the opportunity arises. We know that an opportunistic approach allows us the flexibility needed to work with partners who are adhering to different timescales and demands. With our strategic planning partner, Stantec, we have created a governance framework which allows us to keep partnership opportunities under regular review so that these can be identified throughout the planning period.


Through enhancing existing relationships and building new ones, we will look to create value across our programmes by aligning investment and seeking opportunities to work with those who can enhance our offering. This could involve coordinating activity within a set location to minimise disruption and optimise infrastructure improvements, managing land for multiple outcomes.

Where you fit in – 

As Resilience Partnership Portfolio Manager you will take a lead role in developing partnership working in the North and East of Yorkshire. You will work across the business, and with our external partners, to identify opportunities to align investment and priorities with others to facilitate collaborative working. 

You’ll work in our Strategic Partnerships team with a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team to ensure we are effectively collaborating and working with external organisations to find opportunities to deliver more for our customers and the environment. 

You will work closely with Directors, Senior Leaders, People Leaders and colleagues from across the Kelda Group and the Partnership Teams to bring initiatives to life.  Turning concepts into reality through innovative partnership solutions, testing boundaries and contributing to new ways of working that become exemplary within the industry.

You will – 

•    Be accountable for identifying and developing new partnerships to align objectives and investment opportunities to deliver greater benefits for customers and environment
•    Manage a range of different projects from inception through to completion.
•    Work across Yorkshire Water and the partnership team to find solutions and break down barriers to allow the successful delivery of projects as smoothly as possible
•    Drive delivery individually and through virtual teams across the business and partnership to achieve the Living with Water goals and aspirations
•    Manage projects within the governance framework set out to drive and deliver 
•    Champion a nature first approach

•    Lead with passion, determination and drive to push the boundaries of traditional approaches to deliver efficient and effective partnership and nature based solutions
•    Deliver excellent performance by setting clear expectations linked to business and partnership targets, having meaningful performance discussions that recognise and reward the right performance and behaviours and challenges where individual performance and behaviours do not meet expectations.
•    Drive excellent standards and performance in health and safety, risk management and control of work and ensure compliance with the Yorkshire Water Safety Policy.
•    Pro-actively manage all expenditure and cash payments for the projects in the portfolio and maintain a consistent focus on regular financial forecasts.


What skills and qualifications you will need: 

•    You will have sound water industry knowledge of waste and/or water collection / distribution, treatment and recycling
•    Previous experience of working with external stakeholders to deliver common goals. Also previous experience of stakeholder and peer-group relationships that protect company reputation and influence on a national scale
•    Previous experience of managing projects with a proven track record of driving sustainable performance against challenging business targets.
•    Experience of managing and embedding large-scale innovative change.
•    Experience of strategic thinking, establishing clear strategic direction and implementing plans to deliver.
•    Experience of business planning, resource and budget management.
•    Exceptional influencing and communication skills with proven ability to manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders and drive the right culture and behaviours.
•    Experience of conflict resolution.
•    Experience of compiling, assessment, interpretation and communication of data, including ability to clearly present key items and risks to senior managers and Board.
•    Critical thinking and problem solving.
•    Empathetic, supportive, able to work well on your own initiative and also as part of a wider team

The role will involve travel to different sites across Yorkshire, therefore you will need a UK driving licence with no more than 6 points.

We embrace a flexible working model, where our hybrid setup typically requires an average of one to two days in the office per week. This could be slightly more when collaborative efforts, training or meeting deadlines demand it. For those who prefer to work on-site, our office is open Monday-Friday during working hours.    


If you’re an experienced  Water Industry professional with strong stakeholder skills 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.  

Please complete the online application process and submit a covering letter and CV outlining your suitability for the role.

Recruitment Process – 

Closing date – 24th July, 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.

Resilience Partnership Portfolio Manager