Graduate Engineer

Computing, Maths, Physics, Project Management, Chemistry, Statistics.

Together we can shape the future.

Launch your career at WMG, University of Warwick and work on real-world leading international research and development projects within science, technology and engineering.

Job Purpose

WMG started with the seed of an idea...
WMG is now recognised as a world-leading centre for innovation. We have developed our expertise in education, research and business over the last 40 years.

The WMG Graduate scheme aims to provide a Graduate Trainee Engineer with a high-quality training and development Programme via a series of rotational project placements across the key areas of WMG including Energy, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Automation, Materials and Manufacturing, and Project Management.

As a Graduate Trainee Engineer, you will work on a range of projects, with a variety of research and development teams, providing you with a firm grounding in the principles of project engineering and project management. Each rotational project will offer a unique experience.

The Graduate Trainee Engineer will gain experience of working with a wide range of key stakeholders on a variety of groundbreaking research projects. Some projects may be lab based, others may have more of a focus on research or development.

During year one of the Programme, each project duration will last between 3 and 6 months, during each project the Graduate Trainee Engineer will work to a unique set of individualised objectives to be achieved by the end of each placement.

The Graduate scheme offers a diverse, high-quality programme providing the opportunity to work in collaboration with industry and academic partners in a project engineering focused role, within a commercial research and development setting.


  • To be actively involved in carrying out applied research and project work in a variety of research areas in the form of rotational projects. 
  • To contribute and support projects with external and internal collaborators. This will include working under pressure, developing new knowledge and skills, and applying them to a real-life context. 
  • To undertake and successfully complete a range of rotational projects (3-6 months in duration in Y1, 6-12 months in duration Y2) supporting research projects across WMG. This may involve, but not be limited to, providing technical recommendations, lab research, lab testing, computer modelling, simulation, literature reviewing. In addition to this you will be contributing to technical reports, presentations and research and disseminating information to relevant colleagues.
  • To work with the designated Project Supervisor to create and agree individual, project specific objectives to be completed during the agreed project duration. Progress to be recorded and monitored against targets and reported to line manager through the correct processes.
  • To develop an understanding of the role of external funding through research grants or contracts to support the research agenda, and potentially contribute to applications to support research priorities.
  • To gain a working knowledge of the role of a Project Manager in a research environment, to include funding streams and requirements, timescales and budgets, financial monitoring and reporting arrangements.
  • To provide necessary administration and project management during each project placement, this may include organising events, procurement, collating information on project activities, providing progress reports, and coordinating ethics and information governance activities.
  • To network and develop strong working relationships across the department, with peers, mentors current and future project supervisors, collaborators, stakeholders and other colleagues.
  • To liaise with and present information to project stakeholders, meeting deliverables within agreed timescales.
  • To develop an understanding of the work of all business functions within WMG, including Finance, HR and Recruitment, Project Management, Marketing, Business Development and Outreach through scheme led collaborations, projects and initiatives (this may involve very occasional work over a weekend).
  • ToengagewithandsupporttheWMGoutreachprogramme.WorkcloselywiththeOutreachteamto develop and deliver outreach initiatives to support departmental objectives and encourage knowledge sharing in the wider community.
  • To create and submit a research/project report on completion of each rotational placement, recognising and identifying key skills, knowledge and understanding against the UK SPEC competencies. UK SPEC requires you to demonstrate the competence and commitment in five main areas: Knowledge and understanding. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products. Responsibility, management or leadership.
  • To support the Talent Development team with graduate engagement initiatives, including but not limited to: university presentations, recruitment and careers events, marketing and communications initiatives and support with assessment days and recruitment processes. 

Our two-year programme will provide you with the maximum exposure to different teams and experiences as you rotate across projects at WMG. You will complete up to three project rotations in year one, and a long-term project in year two. You will experience first-hand, the potential of our work and discover where your own interests and skills lie.

You will earn a competitive graduate salary as an employee of WMG and gain valuable professional experience, including opportunities to become an innovator in the world of science, technology and engineering, developing the brightest ideas that will shape our future by working closely with leading academic and industry partners on real-world research and development projects. Alongside this, you will also work towards achieving a PGCert, as well as a recognised project management qualification.

Graduate Engineers will have the flexibility to work in any of our research areas, to eventually specialise in one theme towards the end of the programme.

About you

We seek a minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree in any STEM related degree discipline. We encourage applications from candidates with a degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Project Management, Chemistry, or Statistics.

We wish to advise applicants that this role is not eligible for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa. If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK you will need to check the UK Government Website to see if you are eligible to obtain the right to work in the UK through one of the other UK immigration routes before you make your application.

What we offer

Benefits include 30 days' annual leave (plus 8 bank holidays), journey towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) and industry-recognised Project Management qualification, a competitive pension scheme, and the opportunity to join to a warm and welcoming community of graduates at WMG with frequent social events.

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  • Deadline
  • Starting
    September 2024
  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    £29,605 + benefits
  • Degree required
    2:1 and above
  • Location
    West Midlands
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Software
  • Statistics
Also Accepting...
  • All STEM disciplines
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