Harvey Speed – Area Manager, Water
What made you join WA? Shortly after graduating from university, I attended a Waterman Aspen recruitment day in Birmingham. I really liked the concept of secondment work as it would allow me to gain experience in different organisations and aspects of work, which I feel is highly beneficial for graduates. The day was such a success, that I was verbally offered a job with them on the day.
What secondments have been most interesting and why? I really enjoyed my secondment to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s Flood Risk Management and Drainage team and the projects I was exposed to. Most of my time was dedicated to delivering the Highway Drainage Works programme, which itself provided high job satisfaction through fixing long-standing drainage problems. It was great speaking to delighted local residents after the works and often hearing how long the issues had blighted their streets. I was engaged in consultation requests from the Council’s Planning Service, which meant I was able to offer input on some major infrastructure developments, ensuring they complied with local and national flood risk policies. Furthermore, with HS2 passing through the Borough, I was involved in the consultation of the proposals, ensuring existing drainage issues were considered and addressed as part of the works.
My secondment to Coventry City Council has further exposed me to the business side of flood risk management. I have lead on a number of successful bids for Flood Defence Grant in Aid funding from the Environment Agency and been engaged in the development of business cases for pre-application charging, new permanent staff members and a commuted sums policy.
What are the best aspects of working for WA? Career development and training is a fundamental component of the Waterman Aspen business model. Developing your skills and qualifications is mutually beneficial for both the employee and Waterman Aspen, as a better service and experience can be provided to clients. Career progression is generally quicker because employees are not pigeonholed into roles for extensive periods resulting a greater exposure to a variety of work and clients. There is good social calendar, culminating in the annual Christmas party in which employees and their plus ones, are well looked after!
Why would you recommend working for WA? Your career in your hands. Waterman Aspen work with a wide range of clients across a range of sectors so you can be exposed to a variety of projects. This is excellent for developing a broad industry knowledge. If you express interest in working in a particular client, field of work or geographic area, efforts are made to best to facilitate your aspirations. Salaries are extremely competitive and often exceed the industry average.