Head of Production (Water Industry)

Job Title: Head of Production (Water Industry)

Location: Green Lane, Walsall or Fulbourn Road, Cambridge (Hybrid – 3dpw in office location)

Team: 3 direct reports, total team size 64 employees.

Package: To 75k DOE + Company Car/Allowance + Bonus to 10%

Travel: Frequent travel to Production sites including Cambridge and Hampton Loade

Step into a pivotal role as our Head of Production and lead our passionate production teams to deliver pristine drinking water to communities across South Staffs and Cambridge. Drive transformative strategies that address industry challenges while championing our unwavering commitment to exceptional quality, safety, and environmental stewardship. This influential senior leadership position empowers you to oversee the day-to-day operations of water production and storage, ensuring a reliable and continuous water supply for all. Join us in making a meaningful impact—providing clean, safe water to enhance lives and sustain our communities.

About us:

At South Staffs Water, we deliver clean and reliable water supplies to around 1.7 million customers within the South Staffs and Cambridge regions. As a water only Company, providing clean, healthy water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is at the very heart of what we do and that’s where you come in.

About the role:

• Champion Human Organisation Performance (HOP) principles to drive health and safety performance improvements to mitigate critical risk / hazards.
• Deliver water quality compliance risk index (CRI) outcome delivery incentive (ODI).
• Deliver annual unplanned interruption outcome delivery incentive (ODI).
• Deliver maintenance, compliance, and team activities within annual operating expenditure budgets.
• Continuous employee engagement, staff retention and team development.

The key deliverables:

• Effective leadership of Production teams across both operating regions 
• Management and implementation of industry leading Health & Safety standards associated with all operational staff and sites.
• Providing direction, strategies and tracking operational performance to ensure compliance with Defra, EA, HSE, DWI standards.
• Liaising with external bodies, auditors, review bodies and regulators
• Evaluation of key business processes to ensure internal controls and risk measures are effective.
• Ensuring sufficient competent staff are in place and that training is evaluated and maintained at the required standard. 
• Effectively managing budgets for operational and capital spend
• Developing strategies and tactical plans for the risk-based optimisation of maintenance and reactive interventions
• Developing strategies for the management of interventions to balance the operational risks of failure.
• Overall accountability for Competent Operator Scheme compliance and assurance.
• Responsible for water quality compliance risk index (CRI) outcome delivery incentive (ODI).
• Being part of emergency/incident standby rota.

What you’ll need:

• Experience of Production leadership roles in a Water/Energy or similar environment
• The ability to think strategically, make decisions, and set priorities.
• Ability to lead, develop and motivate distributed teams in an agile environment.
• Demonstrate well-honed emotional intelligence and communication skills, able to influence and build effective relationships across a range of internal and external stakeholders and act as an ambassador for the business. 
• Experience of managing operating and capital budgets is essential.
• Demonstrate the ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders at a senior level.
• Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
• NEBOSH Diploma or NVQ Level 5 Diploma in H&S desired.
• Hold or working towards Chartership of an Institution desired
• Must hold a full UK Driving Licence.

What you’ll get in return:

• Basic salary to £75k DOE
• Bonus up to 10% 
• Car/Car Allowance
• Matched pension contributions
• Employee assistance and wellbeing programme
• Private Health
• Retail discounts
• On-site gym
• On-site nursery

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