Commercial Programme

Colas Rail is currently recruiting high calibre graduates to join our Graduate Programme.

Colas Rail is responsible for delivering major projects and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail. The brand is well established, with a great reputation within the rail industry, and the business is growing at an impressive rate. Joining Colas Rail is a real opportunity to establish yourself within one of the UK’s most heavily invested sectors, with a company that is going places.

We have a standing tradition of developing talent and giving our graduates the opportunity to take their career in their own hands.

The Programme

We are also looking for graduates to join our central Commercial team as part of the Commercial Graduate Programme. As a Commercial graduate, you will be enrolled in a 2-year graduate programme, but without the rotations, and with a distinct focus on the Commercial side of our business. You will be working closely with our Commercial team but also the experienced operational managers and senior leaders supporting the delivery of our pre-contract work, management of existing and mobilising new contracts, and client management in one of our divisions such as Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services or Rail Urban. Here you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills by working towards becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

Who We Are Looking For

 We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who can work both independently and in a team. For all our Graduate Programmes we are looking for at least a 2:1 from a reputable University, and the ability to stand out, by internships, university successes or extracurricular activities. We are also looking for graduates who have behaviours that tie in with our behavioural framework which is our approach to how we deliver the work at Colas Rail:

  • Energy – Get Up and Go Attitude.
  • Energise – Lead and Inspire.
  • Edge – Make Smart Decisions.
  • Execute – Make things Happen.
  • Engage the Client – Stay Close to the Client.

We take graduates from all disciplines, but a Quantity Surveying background is beneficial. If Chartership with the RICS is required we need graduates from a Quantity Surveying background or with the desire to commit to undertaking a conversion course to support development with becoming Chartered.

The application process

The selection process goes through several stages. Once you have submitted your application we ask you to undertake various psychometric tests. Following this we request a pre-selection video interview. Following this, if successful, you will be invited to an assessment day.


  • Healthshield Cash Health Care Scheme.
  • Aegon Pension: employee contribution 5% employer contribution 6%.
  • Season Ticket Loan.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Sodexo Child Care Vouchers.



Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: May 31st, 2018
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Accepting: 2:1 and above
  • Opportunity: Graduate Programme
  • Location: UK Wide

Other benefits...

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Healthshield Cash Health Care Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Aegon Pension: employee contribution 5% employer contribution 6%
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Sodexo Child Care Vouchers

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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