Graduate Estimator 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 and partners.

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 Wates Residential

Wates Residential is one of the UK’s leading housing developers operating across London and the South, and we respond to the needs of our customers by developing housing schemes in partnership with both public and private sector organisations. Our business covers new-build and partnership housing development activities, reaffirming our long-term commitment to deliver more homes as we help to address the UK’s urgent need for new housing.

About the role

When you join the Estimating Management Trainee Programme, you’ll be responsible for assisting in preparing cost estimates and cost planning deliverables for the purpose of work winning in the Pre-Construction function. Supporting the collation and organisation of all tender documents and amendments with the Bid team and assisting with the measurement of quantities for cost plan production, you’ll also help to produce cost plans and estimates for the bidding process using specialist cost planning and estimating software.

But your work won’t stop there – you’ll assist with the preparation of economic inflation reporting, work on the production of subcontract enquiries, and help to analyse sub-contract and supplier return quotations to maximise our profit on projects. Supporting the Estimator with the completion of tender summaries, reports and the preparation of tender preliminaries, you’ll also attend settlement meetings and develop relationships with the supply chain. In addition, we’ll expect you to visit sites in order to gain a full appreciation of the scale, scope and risks associated with the scheme to be tendered.

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 a good commercial understanding, are comfortable with numerical calculations, have good time management skills, and are able to prioritise your work to meet agreed deadlines. With a keen interest in estimating and cost planning, you’ll have obtained or be working towards a 2:2 degree.

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. In some instances, you will be required to have a full UK driving licence on commencement of the Programme. See details below . This location can change if you’re assigned to a new site, and as Wates don’t support relocation, you should be comfortable that you can meet this requirement.

Locations and driving licence requirements

  • Leeds  - Yes
  • Manchester - No
  • Milton Keynes - No

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. If your degree is in a non-construction related subject, you’ll also complete a higher apprenticeship in Quantity Surveying as part of your trainee scheme.

Applications for this role close at midday on Tuesday 21st November. This date may 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