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Southern Water | Procurement, Commercial, Category, Supply Chain & Contract Management
Join us on our journey and help shape the future of water in the South East
Water is essential to every aspect of our lives. Without water, life as we know it would be impossible.
Yet our region 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. Solving these challenges means working closely with our customers, communities and partners to create our vision of a resilient water future for the South East.
Our Procurement & Supply Chain Management team is embarking on an exciting transformation programme across all areas of our operating model. The team is focused on driving strategic value and maximising the supply chain’s contribution to ensure we deliver for our customers.
We’re seeking professionals working across Procurement Operations, Category Management, Supply Chain & Contract Management and Commercial Management to join us on our journey.
We thrive on the passion and hard work of more than 2,000 employees – together we proudly serve 4.6 million people across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Along with our customers and communities, we aim to provide a sustainable, high-quality water and wastewater service that helps us create a resilient future for water in the South East.
Join us on our journey
It’s an exciting time to be a Southern Water employee.
To tackle the challenges we face, we’re changing, at pace, to become brilliant at the basics – to deliver clean, safe water, through a reliable, future-proof network, at a price everyone can afford, and with great customer service at every step.
At the same time, we’re innovating across all areas of our business - Procurement & Supply Chain Management is one area undergoing a huge transformation.
- Investing in technology; automating our processes to enable guided buying across our business and real time supply chain risk assessment and value creation through market driven data insight.
- Creating a new commercial contract and supplier management capability to cultivate transparent supplier relationships and drive the adoption of innovation form the supply chain.
- Establishing cross functional Value Management Units (VMUs) focused on value realisation, spend control & cost category management.
A career with Southern Water offers you the chance to develop your skills in a challenging, fast-paced business.
We develop our people, recognise talent and reward hard work - and we offer some substantial benefits:
Competitive salary, bonus and pension
As well as a competitive salary, we offer a company and performance-related bonus, and generous pension contributions up to 9%.
Career progression, training, development opportunities and annual performance review.
Health & wellbeing
25 days annual holiday, private healthcare and an occupational health service, plus two paid community volunteering days a year.
Lifestyle discount scheme offering savings on shopping, entertainment and travel.
Peace of mind
Life assurance payment equal to twice your annual salary.
Competitive maternity leave and flexible return to work options.
Working on the South Coast
The majority of people working across our Procurement function are based at either our Durrington office in Worthing or Falmer office in Brighton. The Durrington office is less than two miles from the A27 and just a 15 minute stroll from the nearest train station. The Falmer office is less than five miles from the centre of Brighton and less than a 15 minute walk from Falmer train station. Free parking and a subsidised onsite café are just two of the benefits of working at either of these sites.
Our employees travel from a range of locations across Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. The location of our Worthing headquarters offers plenty of commuting options, as does our Falmer office in Brighton:
In and around Worthing
Situated in West Sussex, Worthing is a traditional seaside town just 10 miles west of Brighton and 18 miles east of Chichester.
Complete with a traditional pier, Britain’s greatest concentration of Stone Age flint mines and an Iron Age fort, Worthing is steeped in history. It's also home to one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK - the beautiful Edwardian Dome Cinema.
Back in the present day, Worthing offers fantastic shopping thanks to a mix of quirky independent shops alongside high street stores, and a vibrant social scene spread across a variety of cafes, bars, micro-pubs and restaurants,
And sitting at the foot of the South Downs, there are plenty of countryside pursuits to enjoy too.
In and around Brighton
Brighton is an English seaside resort town with good links in and out of London by train. The town is known for its iconic Brighton Palace Pier with a broad range of amusement arcades, its shingle beach and its Regency-era buildings. Brighton offers a fantastic nightlife, a vibrant arts scene and a varied range of shops and independent boutiques. There are also many award-winning restaurants in Brighton catering for all tastes.
Brighton also makes a great base for exploring the Sussex countryside including the South Downs National Park.
Living in the South of England
The South of England has loads to offer. To find out more, visit the tourism sites for Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
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