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Graduate Project Management UK 2024

Before making an application, please browse all graduate opportunities available as we will acceptone application per candidate. Once you have made an application you will not be able to make changes to your selection or make a new application.

The exception is if we open new vacancies in the new year. To avoid missing out on this opportunity, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible as we will close when the positions have been filled.

Join us and you’ll be right in the thick of things. You’ll be part of a team that controls every aspect of the project life cycle, from concept and definition to implementation and handover. Our project managers and technical project managers provide consultancy services to our clients throughout the development and construction process.

Through this career path you have the option to choose between a project management role in our Advisory business unit or a technical project management role within one of our other business units, further details below:

Graduate Project Manager Advisory (Rotational Programme)

As a graduate project manager, you will play a pivotal role. You’ll be ensuring that our clients’ projects are delivered on time, within budget and at the highest quality.

Our approach to project management is based on the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Body of Knowledge and includes additional components set out by the Association of Project Management and Office of Government Commerce. However, you will get to experience a range of project management methods, as we adapt our approach according to specific client needs and processes.

Our projects come in different sizes and complexities, so you’ll have the opportunity to gain a large amount of experience. Mott MacDonald is also committed to ensure that all new graduates get the opportunity to work across multiple sectors and as of this year we are introducing and rolling out our graduate rotational programme.

This approach will ensure that you will not only get to experience a wide array of project management methodology, but you will also see how this is practised across a number of different sectors. These sectors include:

  • Buildings
  • Defence
  • Energy (including Nuclear)
  • Environment
  • Water
  • Transport (Rail, Ports and Highways)

Graduate Technical Project Manager

To support our ongoing growth, we are looking to recruit graduate technical advisors/project managers, to work in technical advisory, design management and project management.

We have a wealth of experience in supporting clients at the early stage of infrastructure and built environment projects. Our clients include national and local Government departments, developers, investors, and infrastructure operators.

As part of our commitment to creating social outcomes we partner with our key clients to improve the performance of their estates. This includes working with them to modify buildings to minimise energy demand and support net zero carbon operation, in order to address the climate emergency. As a graduate in one of these teams, you will support with the following activities:

  • Engaging with clients, end users, statutory bodies, and other key stakeholders
  • Project programming
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Financial planning and management
  • Contract administration
  • Developing client relationships
  • Working as part of a team of advisory consultants, and supporting other members of the team

We have opportunities in the following teams:

  • Built Environment
  • Net Zero
  • Facilities
  • Defence
  • Health
  • Highways
  • Transport
  • It

Candidate specification

We are looking for flexible and motivated graduates with a genuine passion and a desire to make a difference in the world. If this describes you, apply today to launch your career at Mott MacDonald.

To apply for this scheme, you will have less than 12 months relevant work experience and have a degree or are expected to achieve one of the following degree disciplines (please note that you will see a guide to the preferred degree disciplines for each role as part of the application form):

  • Project Management
  • Construction Project Management
  • Engineering Discipline
  • Environmental Project Management
  • Business Studies or similar
  • Management or similar
  • Energy related (for Net Zero)
  • Asset Management (for Facilities)

In your application you should be able to demonstrate your interest in the role and working at Mott MacDonald through relevant experience, such as studying relevant modules, or previous work experience. We are looking for graduates with the following characteristics:

  • Methodical approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to use your initiative to undertake tasks efficiently and independently.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, which allow you to confidently liaise with clients and team members.
  • Excellent written communication and attention to detail and be able to demonstrate accurate technical drawings and good report writing.

As we want the best people for the role, we support flexible working. Please ask us at interview stage about any flexibility you may need.

Use of AI tools in our application process

In today's fast-paced and technology-driven world, we understand that candidates may use various tools, including AI, to enhance their applications. Whilst we embrace the changes technology brings, we also value the importance of authenticity and genuine human connection.

At Mott MacDonald, we are interested in the unique qualities, experiences, and perspectives that you as an individual can bring.  We want to emphasise that what truly sets you apart is your authentic self and to consider this when making an application.  Please be prepared to answer questions during your interview, based on the information you have provided in your application form.

Job profile

About your development 

A graduate position should be more than just a job. We know this and so do you. That’s why with our graduate roles, we aim to give you the experience and technical knowledge you need to progress your career.

From the moment you join us, you’ll receive the training you need. You will be assigned a mentor who will support you on your journey to gaining professional recognition within your chosen discipline.

What else is involved? 

You’ll be enrolled onto Accelerate Your Future, a structured three-year soft-skills development programme alongside all of the other graduates in your cohort across our Europe & UK region.

In partnership with Cappfinity, a global leader in talent mobility, we have identified the skills that drive success amongst early career talent within Mott MacDonald, and have designed a learning experience to enable you to develop these skills delivered through a mix of residential events, classroom-based learning, virtual webinars, and group challenges. Also giving you the opportunity to network and meet other graduates in your cohort.  

We understand that each person’s career goals vary, therefore we tailor make each individual’s development journey to suit them. With our vast library of e-learning courses available to you, you can choose which direction you want your career to go in. 

What we offer

You’re probably wondering what else is on offer. Join us, and you’ll get:

  • Biannual salary reviews: we believe that hard work should be rewarded and recognised. Therefore, for the first three years of your career with us, you’ll have biannual salary reviews.
  • A competitive salary: in addition to biannual reviews, we will ensure that you’re given a salary that matches the current industry standard.
  • Contributory pension up to 7% of your salary: we have the best people on our team, and we like to look out for them. With our support, you’ll have all the advice and options you need to be able to invest in your future.
  • A flexible benefits scheme: our company is made up of a range of different people and we understand that different people want different things. That’s why with our flexible plan, you’ll have the ability to manage the range of benefits we have on offer to suit your specific needs, including season ticket loans, restaurant discounts and gym membership.

Our social side

Being part of Mott MacDonald means more than just work, there’s a huge range of fun and exciting things that you can get involved in.

From the moment you join us, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your social and professional network, whether it’s meeting other graduates or joining forces with other members of staff from around the company at our annual sports day.

Each of our offices have a sports and social committee which will give you the chance to be part of a variety of sports, social and charity events. We’re committed to promoting a strong culture of social responsibility and encourage our staff to play active roles in the local community.

It's worth noting that sports and social committees tend to vary from office to office, so as well as getting involved in what’s already on offer, don’t be afraid to suggest new events or initiatives that you think could be a great addition.

Other information

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they have the opportunity to contribute.

Agile working

At Mott MacDonald, we believe it makes business sense for you and your manager to choose how you can work most effectively to meet your client, team and personal commitments. We embrace agility, flexibility and trust.

More about Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management and development consultancy.

Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs. Our values: progress, respect, integrity, drive, excellence

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