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Business Continuity Coordinator Internship


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Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West

At United Utilities, we’re not only essential service providers to over 7 million customers across the region but we’re also at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest climate and environmental challenges in a generation.

We're looking forward to seeing you around...

Meet some of our people who keep the water flowing for our 7 million customers and find out what a career with us can offer you.

All our people are essential in achieving our net zero targets and creating a more resilient North West.

It's a big job and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our customers. From operating our pipes and improving water quality, to embracing new technologies and safeguarding the local environment – whether you're in our head office or out on site, there's always plenty going on.

Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen. 

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. 

You will be joining the United Utilities family of over 5,000 employees who all help to provide great service for our 7 million customers.

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.

Role Overview

In our Central Operations department, you'll have the chance to work as part of our dedicated emergency planning team, who are responsible for delivery of activities under the Security & Emergency Measures Directive, and the Civil Contingencies Act.

Our role is to ensure there is effective implementation of high-level policy on emergency planning, incident management and business continuity throughout the organisation.

We're looking for an enthusiastic undergraduate to lead the way and help us meet the challenges of the future.

Working with colleagues across the entire organisation, you'll receive a structured 12 month placement programme to support the Business Continuity Advisor in delivering the Business Continuity programme and embed our Business Continuity arrangements. This work will cover a variety of areas including Central Operations, Customer, Digital Services, Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Water & Wastewater Network – to name but a few.

Who are we looking for

  • You will be aiming for a minimum 2:2 in an Emergency Planning/Business Continuity Management/Risk Management (or equivalent) Degree and be a student in your penultimate year. 
  • You must be motivated and enthusiastic, an excellent team player, possessing ambition and drive. You should also have a keen eye for detail and problem solving ability.
  • You should possess good written and interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate and influence across all levels.
  • You should be able to be comfortable working flexibly (independently or as part of a team) across a range of tasks and activities to deadlines, be able to prioritise your time and be proficient with Microsoft office.


Don't worry, you won't be going it alone. Your mentor and manager will work with you as you progress through your placement and support you as you work towards your personal development goals.

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' 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% in to 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.

Stat Date: September 2022

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Job ID Number: 18900
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Opportunity Overview

  • May 29th, 2022
  • £20,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • 12 months
  • Lingley Mere (Warrington)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Civil
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Water/Hydrology

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