Graduate Design Management Programme 2024

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Established in 1897, and having celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2022, the Wates Group is one of the leading privately-owned construction, residential development and property services businesses in the UK. We employ over 4,000 people and work with a wide range of public and private sector customers

We’re committed to the long-term sustainability of the built environment and aim to eliminate carbon from our operations by 2025. We’re honored to have recently received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, which is a record third win for the company.

In addition to being a Gold “Investors in People” business, in acknowledgement of our commitment to increasing the proportion of women within our business, Wates Group has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 as it takes action to decrease gender inequality and make Wates a fairer place to work at all levels of our business and broadening the ethnic diversity of our workforce.

Working for Construction

Wates Construction is a UK-wide contractor working with partners in both public and private sectors to create a more sustainable built environment and deliver lasting legacies for the communities in which we work. We have significant experience of using innovation to deliver complex projects in a range of sectors including, education, residential, commercial, healthcare and historical restoration. Our projects are delivered through four regional businesses – Central, London, North and South.

About the role

When you join the Design Management Trainee Programme, you’ll engage with a variety of professionals such as stakeholders, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and sub-contractors. Learning to review and analyse information that relates to the sequence of multiple projects, you’ll prioritise cost effectiveness and best working practices, and build experience through a project’s life cycle. Using the knowledge and skills you’ve learnt on the Programme, you’ll ensure the company manages the process of design to reduce risk and maximise return, providing sound design, progress and dashboard information to your line manager. You’ll also review design information, check technical completeness and identify any risks, errors or concerns.

About you

To be a success on the Programme you’ll enjoy learning new things, have a curious nature, be a superb communicator and you won’t be afraid to ask questions. Organised, reliable and professional, and a problem solver with the ability to think logically, you’ll have the initiative to start and complete tasks. It’s important that you possess good time management skills and are able to prioritise your work to meet agreed deadlines. Working towards a 2:2 degree in any subject, you’ll have the desire to go far in an environment that will push you to produce your best work.

Please be aware that you should be willing to commute for up to an hour a day around the location for which you apply, and sometimes further. Please note that all locations require you to have a full UK driving licence on commencement of the Programme. This location can change if you’re assigned to a new site.

For our position in Newbury, you will be based from a specific office location but will work on projects geographically widespread, required to travel between project locations across the region. Expenses will be fully funded by the company, but it’s important for you to be flexible and committed to travelling.

What’s in it for you?

Our Early Careers Programmes offer rotational development, technical and behavioral training, and a host of additional benefits. We provide the foundation skills, knowledge and experience you’ll need to build a long-term, successful career as you’re mentored by some of the best professionals in the industry. We have over 150 talented trainees on our Programmes, providing amazing opportunities to build a network, collaborate and share learning with your peers.

Benefits include

  • Competitive salary
  • Company pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Car allowance/company car
  • Health & wellness programme
  • 26 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Industry leading family leave policies
  • Volunteering days

In addition to learning from the best, you’ll be supported all the way through to Chartership, and as we’ll rotate you around our business unit, you’ll get a full breadth of experience. You’ll also receive structured development, a combination of technical and behavioral training, professional mentorship and guidance, and great exposure to our senior leaders. In addition to all this, if your degree is a non-construction related subject, you’ll also complete a higher apprenticeship in Construction Management as part of your trainee scheme.

Applications for this role close at midday on Tuesday 21st November. This date might be brought forward or extended in line with the number of applications we receive. We are only able to accept the first application we receive. Any additional applications will be automatically withdrawn.

DEADLINE 6th December 2023