Graduate Opportunity

2022 Graduate Research & Development Engineer


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We're looking for bright and committed graduates who will bring energy, new ideas and a fresh perspective to help us become the recognised leader for Innovation and Excellence in the construction and engineering industry.   

Role Overview 

This role is within the Global Technology & Innovation function within Laing O'Rourke. A Research & Development Engineer will work at the cutting edge of technology within the construction industry, developing and delivering a diverse portfolio of initiatives to materially improve our ability to systematically deliver certainty, safety & productivity. The individual will work with a variety of teams on various projects such as product-based building solutions, manufacturing, and process automation, all of which are aligned to the Group strategic direction to ensure short- and long-term competitiveness. There will be opportunity for rotation around the business, allowing the Graduate to develop a broad foundation of skills and knowledge.

Laing O'Rourke - Engineering the Future

Engineering the Future

Key Deliverables and Accountabilities  

The candidate will have a variety of responsibilities subject to their expertise and preference, examples include:

  • Assisting Product Owners in the development, commercialisation, and rollout of new initiatives and products.
  • Assist in the technical development of new products from conception to market ready solutions.
  • Support in the formulation of the workplan and route to delivery for inflight products through design, procurement, manufacture and execution with the backing of the Project leader and Engineering leaders
  • Report back to the Product Owner with ongoing developments and challenges, with a view of appropriate resolution.
  • Support in value capture of deployed solutions to monitor effectiveness across our project construction sites.
  • Leverage data from across the business to produce coherent and comprehensive analysis and reports to support decision making by management with regards to investment, and business planning.
  • To liaise with teams across the business and identify cross-functional opportunities for knowledge sharing and deployment.
  • Assist in preparation of tenders and presentations for work winning and funding opportunities.
  • Visit client sites as and when required to review performance and develop relationships with the client and operations teams. 
  • Scan the construction sector and cross-industry landscape for new, disruptive, and ground-breaking technology and innovation.
  • Monitor and report on competitor activity with regards to Research & Development.
  • Willingness to work additional hours outside the contracted hours as and when required.
  • Willingness to stay away from home as and when required.


  • Various locations: Primarily Dartford and Worksop

Degree Subjects   

  • Engineering, Manufacturing, – other degrees will be considered

Professional Accreditation  

  • Depending on your degree subject: MICE, MIET, MIMECHI, CMI, etc.

Entry requirements 

We are looking for graduates who meet the following criteria:  

  • Eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit if applicable 
  • Full mobility as you may be required to relocate/travel for your role 
  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills 
  • A degree course with a clear route to professional accreditation  
  • Your degree classification should be 2:1 or higher  
  • Entry degrees will be listed within each of our graduate vacancies and differ from role to role

The Laing O'Rourke Graduate Development Programme - what can you expect? 

Our graduate programme is designed to embrace and develop your capabilities. Most importantly, you will be encouraged to continue learning throughout your career. You will be stretched, challenged and supported by a business that views your personal development and the achievement of professional accreditation as a priority.  
Our 2.5-year programme will give you the practical experience, technical learning and professional development while being part of the some of the most exciting construction and infrastructure projects in the UK.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Dartford (Kent) and Worksop (Nottinghamshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics

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