Without water, life as we know it would be impossible. Every day, we rely on it for drinking, washing and cleaning. It helps create the energy we need for heat and light. It’s also essential to the products we enjoy and the natural world we depend upon.
Yet the South East faces a future of more people and less water. Our population is growing fast, and climate change is bringing greater risk of both drought and flooding.
In the water industry, your work will help to address these challenges and give people access to sustainable, high-quality water and wastewater services for decades to come.
The South East is also home to over 700 miles of coastline, two National Parks, four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the world’s rarest chalk streams. As well as working within these breath-taking environments, your activities will help preserve them for generations to come.
Why Southern Water?
Each day, over four million people across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight count on us for their essential water or wastewater services. Our work is vital, because we’re providing water for life.
Do you want to make a difference? At Southern Water, you work will help to enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve the environment and sustain the economy. You’ll also play an important role in helping us deliver a resilient water future for the South East.
Are you a natural collaborator with a strong moral compass and high standards? If so, you’ll fit right in.
Everything we do is underpinned by three values: succeeding together, doing the right thing and always improving.
Do you want to bring your authentic self to work every day? We do too. That’s why we’re building an inclusive culture and are proud to offer equal opportunities regardless of age, cultural background, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation. We believe the unique perspectives and experiences each of us brings make us stronger.
About the Role:
Job Title: Solicitor (Environment & Planning) – maternity cover
Location: We are changing our policies to reflect new ways of working following the pandemic. The post will be flexible. The holder can work at home but will attend our offices in Durrington and/or Falmer in Sussex as required, up to 3 days per week.
Perm/FTC: FTC – 12 to 24 Months
Hours: 37 (Mon-Fri)
Salary: Up to £65,100 per annum for the right candidate, subject to experience and expertise + excellent benefits such as Personal Pension Plan up to 11%, Cycle to Work Scheme, Occupational Health Support, Perkbox, Employee Assistance Programme, 25 days holiday + bank holidays, Bonus Scheme of up to 5%.
We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Environment & Planning Solicitor to join our demanding and performance driven legal team on a full time, fixed term contract basis.
You will work as part of an Environmental Legal team to provide advice, identify risks and implement solutions relating to environmental, regulatory and planning matters.
Your tasks will vary, and include working on such aspects as public inquiries, infrastructure planning, pollution control, permitting, regulatory enforcement and compulsory purchase orders.
You will also support the business by identifying areas of risk for the company in relation to environmental, planning and related regulatory matters and either directly provide or work with others to implement solutions to manage these risks, as well as draft complex legal documents in relation to environmental, planning and related regulatory matters quickly and accurately.
Finally, you will stay abreast of legal developments in order to identify the potential impact on the organisation.
The successful candidate will be a Qualified Solicitor / Barrister with post-qualification experience in environmental, regulatory and/or planning law (ideally not less than 5 years PQE), and will possess an excellent working knowledge of statutory and environmental regulations within the UK water industry.
Excellent written and verbal communication, ability to work as part of a team, and a proactive positive nature, with passion to build relationships at all levels.
Please note: If you are an existing Southern Water employee, you will need to confirm within your application that your Manager is aware of your application.
All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. You will need to provide evidence of eligibility (e.g. a passport or long birth certificate and proof of NI) and current proof of address (dated within the last 3 months), will be required as part of the recruitment process. If you do not meet these criteria, your application will not be considered
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