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Waterman Aspen

Waterman Aspen’s unique position within the industry allows its employees to enjoy varied careers, seconded to public and private clients throughout the UK

Waterman Aspen (WA) is part of international multidisciplinary consultancy Waterman Group, and specialises in seconding and outsourcing staff to clients throughout the UK and overseas. Staff numbers have increased by 18% in the past year, and now exceed 350.

WA has more than 120 clients in all areas of industry, although public sector clients account for 75% of business, with secondees working within county, city and borough councils, as well as in national organisations including the Highways Agency, the Environment Agency and Transport Scotland.

The company also has partnerships, strategic alliances and term commissions with many of its clients, recent appointments include a five-year framework with Hampshire County Council and a regional framework awarded by Leicester City for use by 47 authorities in the Midlands and South.

WA’s seconded and outsourced staff get the opportunity to develop a management career within the company, and are entitled to a range of benefits, including BUPA healthcare, company car option, option to buy extra holidays, company shares scheme, life insurance, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme and an annual bonus based on both group and individual performance.

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Profile: Tasnim Nour
Tasnim Nour joined Waterman Aspen in May 2003 as a graduate engineer, and for the last 12 months has been seconded to Leicester City Council’s highway design team, where she has been involved in a wide variety of projects from small local transport plan projects to major highway schemes. These include the £1.2M Granby Street regeneration, where Nour was the design engineer.

She describes her career with WA so far as "an exciting journey that has allowed me to greatly develop my career as an engineer through excellent training and opportunities", adding: "Working in different secondments has allowed me to gain valuable experience and build my confidence, while working in local government has given me the invaluable chance to contribute to the development of local communities."

Employee Profile: Russell Thompson
"I joined WA as I believed it could offer me a unique career opportunity," explains Russell Thompson, who has been with the company since September 2005. In that time he has been promoted from senior engineer to area manager and, in January 2008, to associate director. He spent two years on secondment as a senior engineer at TfL, and is now seconded to City of Westminster Council as assistant service manager in the transportation projects department. "It is a challenging role in which I’m charged with auditing projects that involve road and transportation works," he explains. He also assists in implementing improvements to the Council’s working processes, and manages a number of schemes.

As a WA associate director Thompson has responsibility for improving and growing the business within the London area. "I joined the company as I believed that it would afford me the opportunity to progress and gain management experience," he says. "However, my progression has gone far beyond these aspirations and I am now in a position where I am constantly challenged with my management skills."

Employee Profile: John Withers
John Withers joined WA in 2006, after taking early retirement from Dumfries & Galloway Council. "When I was offered a similar secondment position on the trunk road network within Scotland, I saw this as a very attractive opportunity and one where I could utilise my considerable network management expertise in a very positive way," he explains.

Withers is now seconded as area manager in the trunk roads network management directorate within Transport Scotland – a job he describes as "both challenging and interesting". The role has also given him the chance to work on high profile Transport Scotland projects, like the Climate Change and Landslides Study, and to contribute to developing and implementing Transport Scotland’s graduate training scheme."Working for WA has allowed me to utilise my professional skills for the benefit of the company," he says. "I have been able to pass on my considerable knowledge in helping young graduates within WA work towards obtaining their professional qualifications."

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