Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Systems Engineer

Electrical/Systems.

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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.

"As a Grad, every day is training"

The graduates tell us about WSP's comprehensive training programme and fascinating development opportunities, including support towards Chartership. To watch the full Gradcracker/WSP webinar, click here.

As a System Engineering graduate, you will be working as a consultant in and amongst our Clients’ organisations and get first-hand experience on some of the biggest and most complex projects in the UK. You will most likely be a part of a multi-disciplinary team in which you will gain experience of both system engineering and project/programme management disciplines.  

Your role will vary from project to project, but during your time with us as a graduate you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the whole railway industry; 
  • Develop a broad expertise in the functionality of all railway systems, such as rolling stock, track, electrification and signalling, and understand how these systems interface and interact with each other; 
  • Plan how a railway project or programme will migrate from today’s service to its future capability; 
  • Define and manage the project or programme’s requirements and ensure that the emerging design meets the Client’s specification; and 
  • Work at a high level in the project or programme team and be involved in setting its strategy and how it is governed.

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 2022 or have recently graduated with at least a 2:1 in a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Systems Engineering
  • You'll be looking to start work in Autumn 2022
  • 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

Please note behavioural assessment results (also referred to as game based assessment) at WSP are valid for a period of 12 months, if you have completed an assessment within this timeframe and been unsuccessful we will not be able to consider your application.

Early applications are recommended and we reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date.

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, IED,TPS, CIWEM, GSL, RGD, RICS, RTPI, SocEnv, 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 programme is a blended learning experience and includes cohort events, core behavioural training modules, professional registration mentoring and on-the-job experience. The structured training programme includes but is not limited to training in;

  • Project Management
  • Team specific technical skills
  • Client and Customer Care
  • Collaborative working with your clients and team
  • Commercial Concepts
  • Developing your Personal Brand
  • Career Development…and lots more!

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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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: June 1st, 2022
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Electrical
  • Systems

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