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Process Safety Internship 2021

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We're United Utilities, the North West's water company.

From Crewe to Carlisle, we keep the taps flowing and the toilets flushing for 3 million homes and 200,000 businesses across the region. 

Being good enough isn't our way of doing things. We want to provide the best water and wastewater services in the UK and be absolutely genuine in the help and support we offer our customers.  

Our purpose is to provide great service to customers and communities in the North West, creating long-term value for all our stakeholders.

United Utilities Outward Bound

Our new intake of graduates spent the week at Outward Bound team building and learning more about United Utilities.

We have been awarded with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2020.  We were ranked #19 company in the UK, based solely on the input of employees, who provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites.

Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen. Our undergraduate and graduate programmes are key to helping us support customers.

We are looking to hire a Process Safety intern in our Health & Safety department.

You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside an established Health, Safety & Wellbeing team who are responsible for controlling risks and reducing incident risks.

What you will do

  • Process safety is one of the three pillars of our Health, Safety & Wellbeing strategy (Personal Safety and Health & wellbeing are the other two). 
  • We’re looking for an enthusiastic undergraduate to further develop these processes starting from theory and principles, through to risk reductions approaches, and onto implementation and tracking via performance indicators.
  • You’ll be reporting to the Process Safety Manager and will be responsible for helping the business in controlling risks and reducing incident rates via detailed analysis of current performance and the delivery of sustainable improvement plans. 
  • You’ll develop the process safety framework and use this to guide your approach across the various Directories and implement when you own and deliver assigned projects.

What we are looking for

  • Educated to degree level with an interest in engineering or health and safety.
  • Awareness of process safety principles, theory, application, and implementation. 
  • Awareness of H&S management systems and experience of practical implementation.
  • Adequate interpersonal skills and experience of effective communication with stakeholders 
  • A sound ability of communicating and presenting to manager level, both internally and externally, in meetings and in writing.


If you want to join an FTSE 100 company, that wants to disrupt the water industry and you want to make a positive change in the world we would like to hear from you.

We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

When you join our intern scheme, you'll receive a good salary, and you'll also be eligible for a bonus of up to 7.5%.

You get 26 days of holiday to take during your placement, and at our fantastic Lingley Mere site we have an onsite gym, coffee shops and other great facilities. And while access to an award-winning pension scheme might not be top of your priorities right now, responsible employers like us make sure you get one anyway – you'll pay 5% into your pot and you'll get an extra 10% from the company. And that's not the only way to save, as you'll be able to buy company shares as part of the employee share buy scheme.

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