Graduate Opportunity

Business Leadership

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We're looking for potential.

This isn’t just a learning experience. It’s a pathway, with fixed milestones and a clear destination. This programme is part of a much bigger journey with Severn Trent, one that will guide you through three unique placements, into a leadership position in a business area of your choice. Along the way, you’ll learn about every facet of our business, from harnessing the power of water to delivering it to millions of homes and businesses.

Ciaran Hamill - Team Manager

I get really excited about coming to work because there are so many opportunities.

Programme overview

Over the past half a century, we’ve used fluid thinking to move our industry forward, employing new technologies, developing our infrastructure and creating a sustainable future for water. Our vision is to become the UK’s most trusted water company by 2020. This is how you’ll help us to achieve it:

  • Tackle challenging placements across different disciplines
  • Partner with your Line Manager to map out your professional journey
  • Choose placements based on your personal development objectives
  • Drive your own learning and stretch your knowledge
  • Gain practical experience by taking on impactful, business-critical roles
  • Become an all-round business leader and expert.

Most importantly, you’ll make a real, lasting difference to the lives of people and communities, across the UK. Water shapes every aspect of our lives. Your leadership, the initiatives you start and the projects you run will have a direct impact on our world, not just now, but far into the future.

What you'll be doing

Tap into your Potential

Over twenty-seven months, and three, nine-month placements, you’ll work side-by-side with teams, leaders and technical experts in very different areas of Severn Trent. This could include collaborating with Frontline Operations to train staff, producing and delivering tenders for new business, or signing off detailed technical designs for new networks. You’ll stretch your knowledge, enhance your skills, and become an all-round expert in everything that makes our business flow.

As you take each new step, you’ll find a firm foundation to support you. That includes rigorous training programmes, a Line Manager who will tailor your development to your specific needs and interests, and the chance to work on the frontline of our business.

Before you start the programme, we’ll have a series of in-depth conversations with you, during which we’ll discuss your interests, aspirations and abilities. Together, we’ll connect the dots that link where you are now to where you’d like to be in the future. We’ll then use our insights to plan that transition to a leadership position, choosing placements that match
your ambitions, and aligning your personal vision with that of our business as a whole.

As you complete your placements, we’ll have regular meetings to track your progress against that map, finding and filling in any gaps in your knowledge. For example, if you want to take on a frontline leadership role but don’t have much customer experience, we’ll put you in a customer-focused role on your next rotation. If you haven’t supported a big project, we’ll make sure you get to tackle one. We’ll also provide you with placement-specific training to complement our more general, programme-wide scheme.

Where we'll take you

At the end of your programme, you’ll have the key tools and understanding you need to take on a Business Leadership role at Severn Trent. In some instances, our Graduates will step into one of these positions immediately. In most cases, they’ll take on a substantive position in a department of their choice before making that transition. Whichever route you end up taking, we’ll continue to support you, explaining your options and helping you to pick one that suits your objectives.

What we're looking for

  • A degree in any discipline, with any grade qualification
  • New ideas and challenging perspectives
  • Proactivity, curiosity and drive to learn
  • The ability to deal with and adjust to change
  • The confidence to work both independently and as part of a team


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Opportunity Overview

  • August 30th, 2019
  • £27,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Birmingham, Coventry and Nottingham
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Disciplines accepted...

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