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Safety Planning Scientist (Drinking Water)

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Step into a leading utilities company that champions innovation and service excellence. At Last Mile, we take pride in delivering top-notch solutions across for multi-utilities. Our dedicated team in Cardiff is expanding, and we're excited to welcome a talented Safety Planning Scientist (Drinking Water) to our join us.

Joining Last Mile in our water sector as a Safety Planning Scientist, you'll be integral to our Regulatory Science department, reporting to the Regulatory Science Manager. Your pivotal responsibilities will include providing crucial scientific, technical, and administrative support to maintain our Ofwat license, ensuring the consistent delivery of clean and safe drinking water.

You'll be pivotal in managing critical regulatory systems and fostering relationships with key stakeholders such as the Drinking Water Inspectorate, The Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, and Defra.

We'd ideally like the candidate to be based in South Wales to meet with the team on a hybrid basis, however, for the right candidate we would consider being flexible with the location. 

Have you got the drive to go the Last Mile?

What’s in it for you as a Safety Planning Scientist (Drinking Water)?

We offer good benefits and remuneration packages, but most importantly, an enjoyable and rewarding place to work. We believe in rewarding our people well and there are plenty of career opportunities for the right person. 

In return of your hard work and dedication, we can offer you: 

Core Benefits: 

  • 25 days holiday, increasing after 2 years by 1 day each year up to 30 days, plus 9 public holidays
  • Holiday buy scheme 
  • Discretionary bonus
  • EV and ULEV salary sacrifice scheme (subject to minimum length of service)
  • Cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme 
  • Up to 7% employer pension contribution  
  • Life assurance (x4 annual basic salary) 
  • Refer a friend incentive
  • Wagestream
  • Employee assistance programme

And once you have successfully completed your probation, you will have access to:

  • Hybrid working
  • Flexible start and finish times
  • Private medical insurance
  • Company sick pay

Your responsibilities as a Safety Planning Scientist (Drinking Water):

  • Champion drinking water safety planning within the business.
  • Drive the development and evolution of drinking water safety planning for the business.
  • Development and submission of Regulatory 28 Risk assessment reports (RARs).
  • Helping to ensure the DWSP policy and procedures and associated documentation are up to date and accessible.
  • Liaison with internal stakeholders such as the Asset Adoption Team, Customer Services, Field Services and Networks, and external stakeholders such as Industry Forums, Drinking Water Inspectorate, Environment Agency, Local Authorities, Health Protection Teams.
  • Preparation of zonal water quality statistics and network performance data.

About you:

Experience / Knowledge:

  • Have previous water industry experience in a similar role. 
  • Assisting with the management and preparation of Regulation 28 Drinking Water Safety Plans.
  • Submission of risk assessment reports (RARs).
  • Using performance and analytical data to inform and where necessary update the companies RARs.
  • Knowledge of water treatment processes.
  • Providing input and help to update company policies, procedures, and guidance documents.
  • Ad hoc investigations into regulatory failures and preparation of DWI exceedance reports.
  • Working knowledge of current and future water quality regulations.


  •  A degree in an Engineering or Scientific subject.
  • Membership of a recognised professional body for example CIWEM or Institute of Water desirable

About us:

At Last Mile, we are one of the UK’s largest Independent Network Owners, owning and operating in excess of 500,000 gas, electricity, water, and wastewater connections serving residential and commercial customers. Last Mile Asset Management adopt and operate electricity, gas, water and wastewater, and ground source heat/cooling networks that are designed, installed, and commissioned by Lloyds accredited Independent Connection providers (ICPs).

It is our vision to be the UK’s leading independent multi-utility provider. People are our most valuable “asset” and therefore it is our mission to not only attract but retain the best talent to support delivery of our corporate business strategy and share our company’s success.

At Last Mile, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse working environment, where employee wellbeing is at the forefront in making sure our people feel valued. We provide tailored ongoing training and development, but most importantly, long term career opportunities for you to grow with us. If you are motivated to succeed and have a ‘can-do’ attitude, we would love to hear from you!


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