Central Design Graduate Edinburgh 2024

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This is an entry-level role, suited to those who or are due to graduate university in 2024 or have already graduated. Our Graduate Development Programme is a two-year learning programme with an aim to develop well-rounded specialist graduates in a chosen business area. You are a permanent employee from day one and will have a real opportunity to make an impact at Cala through executive sponsored projects as well as completing two varying discipline rotations across the wider business.

The programme includes

  • A three-day formal induction in Edinburgh
  • Classroom and virtual sessions covering key stages in the construction lifecycle, and key business skills such as commercial awareness and influencing
  • Interactive group projects working with a number of other graduates in disciplines across the business allowing you to build a strong network
  • Networking opportunities with senior managers and peers
  • One-to-one support from line managers, mentors, recent graduates, and industry professionals

Alongside programme activity, you will receive on-the-job training and play an integral role within the Central Design team. Our Central Design team is responsible for reviewing the architectural design of our homes. They have a key focus on our housetype ranges, looking at new trends, new regulations, product and specification, layout designs and sustainability within our homes.

Your key responsibilities will therefore be as follows

  • Assist Product Design Manager and Architectural Technicians with assessing and coordinating design drawings, with a focus on supporting and developing a new range of housetype
  • Present design concepts to senior teams and cross-functional teams
  • Attend meetings with the design and project teams to assess project progress
  • Liaise with cross functional teams and external consultants to ensure updates on plans are communicated to relevant parties throughout projects
  • Make design adjustments where necessary based on feedback from stakeholders
  • Research and incorporate sustainable design principles and energy-efficient features into projects
  • Liaise with construction teams on-site to ensure construction is proceeding according to plan and specification

About you

We are seeking a new team member who is confident and has the passion and drive to succeed at the highest level.

You will have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or a related field (i.e. Architectural Technology). You should also be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Proactive, with ability to work on your own initiative
  • Has an eye for detail
  • Passion for sustainability
  • Effective time management, organisation, and prioritisation skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A team player
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Previous experience with AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Max, and SketchUp desirable
  • Interest in the housebuilding industry
  • Industry experience is beneficial but not required
  • Must have a full Right to Work in the UK
  • Must have a valid UK Driving License, access to a car/vehicle and a willingness to travel


Cala Group Limited operates two head offices that support our eight regional Cala businesses. This role will be based in our Scotland Head Office (Edinburgh). As part of this role, you will be required to visit our developments across Scotland whilst additionally working a mix of in-office and remotely.

Rewards & benefits

When you join our team, you become part of an inclusive environment, with support and growth opportunities to help you realise your own dreams and aspirations. We’re a living wage employer, and provide a comprehensive package of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance (25 days, plus 9 public holidays with opportunities to buy/sell)
  • Private medical insurance & virtual GP
  • Employee Assistance Programme (well-being, legal and financial matters)
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Opportunities to get involved with volunteering and fundraising
  • Annual bonus
  • Employee discounts

How to apply

To apply, please click the button below and attach your CV and covering letter as one document. For more information you can contact the recruitment team directly at CalaHomesEarlyTalent@sanctuarygraduates.co.uk using the subject heading ‘Central Design Graduate - Group’.

Our Graduate Development programme has the following recruitment process:

  • Apply online with your CV and covering letter
  • Video interview via Microsoft Teams with a member of the recruitment team
  • Discovery Day

We recognise that a diverse team makes us a stronger and more successful company. We value different ideas and perspectives as it helps improve our decision-making, products and services. And we’re striving to create an inclusive work environment, in which everyone can feel comfortable as themselves, uniquely contribute and do their best work. If we need to adjust anything in our recruitment process to support you, please contact CalaHomesEarlyTalent@sanctuarygraduates.co.uk.

The closing date to apply for this role is Friday 8th March 2024. Please note that depending on the volume of applications we receive, we may close this advert ahead of the closing date.

About us

The Cala Group is a major UK housebuilder and leading provider of desirable new homes across Scotland, the South of England & Midlands. Driven by a mission to create vibrant and sustainable new communities, our homes are characterised by exceptional design and sector-leading build quality, and we have a passion for providing our customers with a great home buying experience.

Our goal is to be the favoured employer in our industry and beyond. We encourage applications from those who want to be part of a culture where they can thrive, feel a sense of belonging and be comfortable being themselves at work.

DEADLINE 8th March 2024