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Start your career with a splash. When you join Scottish Water as a Graduate, it’s not just a launchpad to a fantastic career. You’ll play an important part in helping Scotland to flourish, by delivering the critical infrastructure and services that our nation relies on every day.

You’ll also be joining us at a fascinating time, as we endeavour to transform into a more agile, innovative organisation that provides truly excellent service, delivers great value for money, and operates in an environmentally sustainable way that goes beyond Net Zero.

What you’ll do

Our Digital Directorate provides the technology we need to serve our customers. Their work impacts every part of our organisation and helps us perform at our best. Their goal is to deliver the right technology, at the right time, to the right people, for the right cost and benefit.

Join one of our Digital programmes to collaborate with colleagues across the organisation and help shape our future technology journey.

Expect to be involved in projects like:

  • Leading and developing strategies to exploit new emerging technologies
  • Exploring and introducing new tools using data analytics to provide insights that drive organisational improvements
  • Focusing on user experience design to optimise our tech for end users
  • Enhancing our cyber security awareness, skills and defences to protect essential national infrastructure and services
  • Developing strong relationships with our technology partners to focus on service improvement and innovation
  • Providing efficient, reliable project delivery services on budget while embracing a variety of methodologies that deliver projects at the quality and pace our colleagues expect

You can choose to focus on one of the following areas:

  • Digital Strategy and Architecture
  • Cyber Security

Over the course of 2 years, you’ll rotate roles every 6 months, with the ultimate goal of getting you ready to step into a digital specialist role that matches your professional interests.

How does the graduate programme work?

  • You’ll be employed on a permanent contract from Day One.
  • The starting salary for this role will be £28,500. After each successful 6 month placement, your salary will increase by up to £1000.
  • You’ll be part of a cohort of c.60 graduates, giving you an instant and invaluable network of contacts throughout the business.
  • You’ll have plenty of support. As well as your day-to-day manager, we’ll match you up with a mentor who will support and coach you as you go through your programme.
  • You’ll have access to both structured and informal training designed to equip you with the skills you need now, and in the future.

What you’ll need

You will need to have graduated within the last three years (or be on track to graduate next summer). That degree should be a 2:2 or higher. And it should be in Computer Science, Cyber Security, Design or UX – or a similar field of study.

You’ll need to live within commuting distance of one of our main office hubs, e.g. Edinburgh, Stepps, Dundee, Inverness.

In terms of essential requirements? That’s it.

But here’s the thing: We get thousands of applications for our Graduate roles each year. What makes the best candidates stand out?

Here are a few things we love to see:

  • CVs that tell us more than what grades you earned over the years. Show us what you’ve learned. What you love. What your aspirations are.
  • Cover letters that tell us why you’re interested in Scottish Water (and in Digital and Technology in particular).
  • People who use their application to demonstrate that they are Bold, Responsible, Inspiring and Caring.

Looking out for you

While the work we do is important, it’s not the only thing that matters. That’s why we make sure you have everything you need to find a good work-life balance.

You’ll get plenty of time to recharge with 38 days of holiday every year (including public holidays). And you can even buy five more if you need a little extra time. You can also take paid time off to volunteer in your community.

When it comes to major life events we have family-friendly policies around adoption, maternity, and parental leave. And for the everyday? We embrace flexible working.

As for some nice extras? You can expect an annual company bonus. Not to mention access to SW Splash – handy rewards that can save you money on holidays, bills, and shopping.

What happens next?

  • The closing date for applications is Sunday 26th May
  • Final face-to-face interviews will happen during June. Where you can give us a good grilling too. 
  • If you accept a place on the programme, you’ll go through some pre-employment screening during the Spring, including a criminal record check. 
  • All our new Graduates will start together in September, with a week-long induction event in Glasgow. You’ll learn more about the organisation, meet our leaders, visit some of our operational sites, start making friends, and have a lot of fun.

A few final things worth knowing…

Research shows that some people avoid applying for jobs unless they can meet every single criteria. If you’re interested in this job, but don’t tick all the boxes, apply anyway! We hardly ever hire people who can do every part of a job from Day One. Everyone has a learning curve. So don’t rule yourself out!

Let us know if there are any changes we can make to our recruitment process to help you perform at your best. Lots of our people have disabilities or neurodiverse conditions (including some of our recruiters!). We’re very used to making adjustments, so please don’t be afraid to ask.

As part of our commitment to developing a flourishing Scotland, it’s important that all our employees are Scottish taxpayers. If you join us, your home address will need to be in Scotland. If you don’t already live here, you'll need to commit to moving here within your first three months.

Finally (finally!), candidates who haven’t submitted an application in the last 12 months will have their records removed from our recruitment database. You won’t need to do anything. Your data will be automatically deleted.