About us

We’re looking for the future leaders of our business.

A career at United Utilities is no ordinary job.

Do you have the drive, ambition and ideas to take your career to the next level? If so, we want to hear from you.

By joining the graduate programme, you’ll be playing your part in bringing three million households and 200,000 businesses clean, clear water and taking it all away again. You’d be surprised to learn how much goes on behind the scenes, and we’re committed to operating in a responsible way.

Why choose UU?

You could be working in the beautiful Lake District, with some big and exciting projects for you to get involved in which help provide life’s essentials to millions of customers right across the North West.

You could be working in the beautiful Lake District.

Peace and quiet not for you? Then can we tempt you with the city life?

If like us you’re mad on Manchester, or love Liverpool then you’ll fit right in.

Where else can you find world class footy teams, places where you can shop ‘til you drop.

Venues showcasing the big names from around the world, museums for you culture vultures and a decent night out.

Supporting your development

You might enter our scheme as a graduate, but one thing’s for sure, you’ll be heading into your next role as a leader.

We have the dedicated training and support to help you develop and reach your potential.

From technical and specialist training to mentoring and coaching – we have lots on offer to help you become the best leader you can be.

A helping hand

Managers, mentors and buddies will also be on hand to help you get to grips with your new role. You can expect regular reviews and twice-yearly appraisals to keep you on track.

They’re a friendly bunch and will show you the ropes – there’s quite a lot to get your head around.

If you’re selected for the scheme, our one piece of advice would be to get stuck in! Your placements will take you all over our business to understand how we work. There’s also the opportunity to attend internal courses and you’ll have the opportunity to attend industry events, helping you to further expand your knowledge of the water industry.

All the hard work pays off!

Get out and about across the business.

Once you’ve settled in, we’ll be strongly supporting you to achieve industry standard and professional qualifications related to your sector, including:

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Association of Project Management
  • Institute of Asset Management

“UU stood out to me because it’s the only IChemE accredited graduate scheme in the water industry.”

James, Assistant Area Engineering Manager

Up for the CEO challenge?

The CEO challenge will be a highlight and a lasting memory of the graduate scheme. This is your chance to get to know your fellow graduates, get out and about the business and bring some innovative thinking to United Utilities.

Don’t believe us? Hear it straight from the mouth of one of our graduates…

“My favourite part of the graduate scheme so far would have to be the development in the technology I first picked up as part of the CEO challenge. During the challenge, I trialled a new piece of equipment. Since the trial, it’s become a live project, led by myself. Getting the equipment powered up and running to help solve a business need, which is saving UU money, was a great feeling.”

Simon, Graduate Electrical Engineer

This is your chance to get to know your fellow graduates, get out and about across the business, and bring some innovative thinking to UU.

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United Utilities is responsible for water and wastewater services in the North West of England.
We deliver 1.8 billion litres of water a day to 3 million households and 200,000 businesses.
Our network of pipes and sewers, if laid end to end, would stretch 80,000 km - twice around the world.
FTSE 100 business with over 5,000 staff and 7 million customers.
United Utilities will invest more than £3 billion to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure.
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