Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Engineer/Consultant – Water

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At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer. Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.

Water is our most essential natural resource, responsible for shaping the built environment and sustaining the natural environment. Managing water effectively and sustainably is more critical than ever.

Climate change, urbanisation and ageing assets have added pressure to the water resources of communities, infrastructure and ecosystems. The resulting impacts on stormwater, water quality, water supplies, as well as the associated shifts in the regulatory landscape, requires an integrated approach with innovative thinking.

We Are WSP

We are a collaborative team of experts that thrives on challenge and unconventional thinking. Channeling our curiosity into creating progressive solutions to complex issues is both our mission and our passion.

At WSP, our team of water experts understand the regional complexities and local subtleties of addressing water-related environmental challenges. By effectively planning, managing, cleaning and restoration of our water resources we can help create a sustainable and resilient future for business operations, communities, and the natural environment.

There are many exciting opportunities to work with local and international teams within our Water discipline as well as clients in other industries, including mining, nuclear and renewable energy, building services, highways and environmental & flood risk management.

It’s an exciting time to join our Water team who are looking for graduates to be based in Belfast, Birmingham,  Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

All in a day’s work

We asked our graduates what it’s like to do their job. On a day to day basis, the life of a graduate at WSP starts off in the morning with cups of tea or coffee and responding to any urgent client emails.

Beyond that, anything could happen! You could be involved in report writing, modelling or design calculations in 3D software packages. Your day could also involve visiting site and liaising with contractors, discussing options for concept designs with colleagues, responding to client requests for information or meetings with the team about the scope and progress of projects.
Naturally, there is a lot to learn and you are likely to be guided through complex software packages, team briefings and client updates from the start.

What you’ll need

You’ll be graduating in 2021 or have recently graduated with at least a 2:1 in a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a Water specialism.

  • You'll be looking to start work in Autumn 2021
  • You’ll ideally have less than two years relevant experience
  • You’ll be passionate with the curiosity and creativity to solve problems
  • You’ll want to stretch and inspire us, speaking up about any new ideas you have
  • You’ll want to throw yourself in from day one and put your studies into practice
  • You’ll have excellent communication skills
  • You’ll enjoy working in a team environment, sharing ideas and collaborating with colleagues 
  • You’ll have confidence to work under pressure with the ability to prioritise and plan effectively

What you’ll get from us

We care about individuals and their progress and offer the most fulfilling career development for our professionals. Professional accreditation is an important milestone to reach. After years of study in your field and hard work on the job, you’ll want the recognition that you are at the top of your game.  Our two-year graduate development programme will support you to achieve your goals.

We have established relationships with professional institutions including ICE, IStructE, IET, CIBSE, CIHT, CILT, IMechE, IChemE, TPS, CIWEM, RICS, GSL, RTPI, or APM and we’ll provide a technical mentor to help you on your journey, and reward you for your efforts as well (when you reach certain professional milestones you’ll even get a bonus as a thank you and well done for your hard work). We are also able to support professional development with many other approved professional institutions.

The structured programme includes but is not limited to training in:

  • Technical report writing
  • Team specific technical skills
  • Project management (introduction and advanced)
  • Influential communications
  • Commercial concepts
  • WSP Team Collaboration Event
  • Continuous Improvement

Our Culture

We have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximises the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our employee networks, including VIBE (LGBT + employee network), help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable all employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We also offer our Professional Growth Network (PGN) which is a networking group run by early career professionals for early career professionals. It helps to grow your network of contacts across the UK business as well as providing you with opportunities for extra experience to support you in achieving chartered status or other professional accreditations.

You’ll also be joining a team of people who donate thousands of hours of time volunteering in support of local initiatives and raise thousands for good causes, often backed by charity donations from the WSP Foundation. Our long-standing support for local communities has been recognised by the government-backed National Equality Standard.

Benefits

Finally, we have a comprehensive wider benefits package which includes:

  • Professional Development Bonus to recognise attainment of professional statuses
  • 2 paid days a year to be used for volunteering activities 
  • Cheaper gym memberships and Tastecards
  • Discounts and offers with a variety of high street retailers through our Treats programme
  • A standard 25 day annual leave allowance plus Bank Holidays and the flexibility to buy and sell annual leave
  • The Cycle to Work Scheme (which entitles you to a tax free bike)
  • The option to purchase additional benefits such as dental care, personal accident cover, holiday or life insurance at reduced rates
  • Reduced rates on gadget insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme – EAP offers you free access to specialist advice in areas such as legal, financial, personal and family matters including bereavement and counselling services. 

How long does the process take?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 48 hours of submission. We work hard to match you to the most suitable roles in our business and the recruitment process can vary depending on the role and team you are matched to. Most applications complete initial assessments and are progressed to assessment centre within 2-3 months but it’s good to know that the whole process can last up to 6 months in total if you're an early applicant. We will aim to keep you informed throughout the time that your application is being considered however, due to the volume of applications received, we are not able to respond to individual requests for status updates.

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