Careers

Max - Technical Leadership

MEng Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University

“One of the most important things when choosing a Graduate scheme was having the ability to direct my own career”

For me as an individual one of the most important things when choosing a Graduate scheme was having the ability to direct my own career and not be tied down to a given job role. At Severn Trent everyone is geared up to facilitate this, from your line manager, to your colleagues, to your Graduate development team everyone is on hand to help you get to where you want to be. The developmental benefits of being able to do this are incredibly rewarding, especially if you are planning for a leadership role or aiming for your engineering chartership.

I am currently a Process Design Engineer. Day to day activities can cover a whole variety of tasks, such as report writing, commissioning, site visits and liaising with contractors. But the workload will ultimately depend on where we sit in the 5 year plan. Currently a lot of projects are heading into what we call ‘gate 3’. This is where we have identified a process risk or need and have decided on a single solution to meet that. Our job would then be to produce a detailed design report for our contractors to base their build specifications on. This report will need to be quite extensive and deal with any risks that could affect the process. Getting this right is paramount as a well-designed asset and process will give robust resilience and ultimately save the company money.

My experiences have definitely been varied. From organising a ‘Graduate day’, to doing operational field training, or even spending a day with the Customer Team. I have certainly had the opportunity to go beyond the scope of my job role and experience all the different challenges Severn Trent encounters.