Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

"We're a global engineering, management and development consultancy focused on guiding our clients through many of the planet's most intricate challenges."

The needs of the world's population are changing fast. Our network of experts, active in 150 countries, finds opportunities in complexity, turning obstacles into elegant, sustainable solutions. By looking at problems from a fresh angle, we aim to add value at every stage, for our clients, our employees - and the lives we touch every day.

Our engineers, project and programme managers have taken lead roles in the world's highest profile infrastructure and development projects. Yet design and management are just the tip of a deep iceberg. Our global team is comprised of internationally recognised environmentalists, planners, economists, project finance advisors, cost consultants, business strategists and more. Whatever your career goals are, you can be confident that Mott MacDonald will help you meet your ambitions, and beyond.

Being employee-owned allows us to choose the work taken on and focus on the issues that are important. Independent in thought and action, we do what's genuinely right, not what is easy either for our clients or the company.

Our award-winning graduate programme will support you in gaining experience across all core areas, developing your technical skills and knowledge with the support of a professional mentor and a dedicated learning and development team. Mott MacDonald's professional development schemes are accredited and enable you to gain chartered status with your chosen institution through providing opportunities to work on some of our most exciting projects. At the start of your career you will enrol onto the Mott MacDonald Academy, a four year development programme for all entry-level professionals that runs alongside your professional development scheme. The programme will introduce you to key business and commercial competencies, helping you to drive your career forward with Mott MacDonald.

Case Studies

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  • Name: Angela Lai
  • Role: Graduate consultant

Description:

Why did you choose (a graduate scheme at) MM?

I wanted to experience a diversity of subjects to some extent before specialising in a particular sector, and as Mott MacDonald is active in 12 major sectors with the possibility of tapping into these through consulting, it seemed (and still seems) to be a good choice.

What did your family and friends think (when you got the position)?

They were happy for me.

What's your graduate scheme like?

Graduates within the consulting graduate scheme undergo on-the-job and classroom training within the first four to five years of their career, with an Certified Management Consultant exam to be taken at the end of that period to gain formal professional accreditation.

What was like to start formal employment (after many years at uni)?

Personally, I have been working since I was 15 years old in formal office environments and worked as a junior consultant during my postgraduate studies, so it was not a big change. But yes, not having to do homework after leaving the office (most of the times) is great.

What's the best thing about working at MM?

The people. The diversity of people is of course correlated with the diversity of sectors Mott MacDonald is present in. However, this really offers an in-house encyclopaedia feel.

What's the most exciting project you've been involved in (and why)?

One of the most exciting projects I have worked on is managing a multidiscipline $1 million USD tender for a private public partnership project in Latin American for a major international development bank. The tight deadlines, skills tested, colleagues I worked with till late to deliver on time, commercial importance of the winning the bid, made this quite intense project enjoyable and an extremely great learning experience.

What (work achievements) are you most proud of?

There is a M&A project I worked on from its early stages throughout the commercial due diligence and completion stages. The client was so receptive to the way I analysed and presented the vast amount of data in graphical ways after phase 1, that they have requested that the following phases follow a similar format.

What support did you got whilst you working towards your professional qualification?

Ongoing mentorship is provided till the professional qualification stage. The mentor will be able advice you in the steps you need to take in order to achieve your objectives, both professionally and personally. Also, Mott MacDonald supports you in the various training you and your manager think as appropriate, such as a project management Prince2 certification.

What's the MM academy about?

The Mott MacDonald academy looks after your general professional training and development aligned with the amount of time within the company, giving you skills to for example manage stress, work-life balance, present in a more confident way etc.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying?

Research into the smaller comparatively and less well-known projects that Mott MacDonald has been commissioned with. It is natural for a large organisation like Mott MacDonald to have been and be involved in a flagship projects, but the smaller ones are also a very good way to gain a better understanding of what kind of organisation it is.

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  • Name: Jumana Al-Zubaidi
  • Role: Assistant bridge engineer

Description:

Why did you choose (a graduate scheme at) MM?

MM is a big international firm, working on world-class projects, so there was opportunity to work on something interesting with significant impact. It's also employee-owned, which allows it to make decisions that are long termist and aligned with company values, rather than pleasing share-holders at dividend payouts.

What's your graduate scheme like?

On-the-job training, accompanied by self-selected internal and external training courses. Senior staff are very approachable and another source of learning.

What was like to start formal employment (after many years at uni)?

I was sponsored by Skanska UK and worked three summers as a site engineer. Working in an office was different, and being able to work on a project from start to finish was (and still is!) incredibly satisfying. Working in a team for longer than a few weeks gives you the opportunity to learn better ways to work with each other - everyone is different and you learn the strengths of individuals.

What's the best thing about working at MM?

Great colleagues! The Company has strong values, which generally everyone prescribes to. It's great to be surrounded by like-minded people.

What's the most exciting project you'e been involved in (and why)?

My current project - Tideway; a huge system of shafts and underground tunnels, below the Thames, to improve water quality in the Thames and divert sewage water to treatment facilities. The project is huge in size and it's potential to improve lives. I've been a Londoner for 10 years, so to design something for my city is special.

What (work achievements) are you most proud of?

Last year, MM supported me to carry out development engineering in Malawi. I'd had experience of volunteering in Malawi as a student, and returning as an experienced engineer, able to use my skills and experience to help communities that had very few resources was incredibly empowering. Engineering with no modern technology, little money, and no electricity is a different challenge to those I face at work! So far in Malawi, I've built a footbridge and advised several communities on their infrastructure needs.

What support did you got whilst you working towards your professional qualification?

MM has a great online system to aid advancement towards professional qualification. There are lots of training courses, which MM supports graduates to attend.

What's the MM academy about?

MM is a great company if you want to work on exciting projects, with the option of travelling, in a friendly environment of like-minded people.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Arthur Guasti
  • Role: Graduate waste management consultant

Description:

Why did you choose (a graduate scheme at) MM?

The job was a perfect description of what I wanted to do. The staff/interviewers seemed like good co-workers. The environment as a whole seemed relaxed but professional with room for personal and professional growth.

What did your family and friends think (when you got the position)?

They were happy as I was able to secure a job/graduate scheme 6 months before even finishing university.

What's your graduate scheme like?

The graduate scheme itself does not have anything major in addition to a normal job. I've been having some meetings with a chartership advisor and keeping up with my quarterly reports. I've also been offered secondment opportunities to help diversify my CV and meet required chartership criteria.

What was like to start formal employment (after many years at uni)?

It was great. I was immediately thrown into a very large project (HS2) and had visibility with senior staff. As my department and line manager are very friendly and understanding it has been a smooth ride ever since.

What's the best thing about working at MM?

The environment is relaxed and professional. You can build trust with co-workers with the quality of your work and be left to produce a result that they know will be good. You are expected to be able to do the job and are free to seek help when necessary but have the liberty to get on with it and not be micromanaged.

What's the most exciting project you've been involved in (and why)?

Brazilian city's waste management strategy. I worked to produce a major strategy and recycling facility feasibility study on a city very close to where I was born and that will have major influence on how waste management progresses in South America.

What (work achievements) are you most proud of?

I've been proud of being able to always deliver work that has received great feedback and has kept senior staff satisfied both in quality and time frame. I've been able to help improve the efficiency of multiple processes and work quickly to find solutions to various time consuming problems through the use of creative thinking due to the freedom I've been granted.

What support did you got whilst you working towards your professional qualification?

I've been assigned a tutor that meets with me to discuss my progress and what actions to take next in order to ensure that I can get my professional qualification in the appropriate period of time.

What's the MM academy about?

MM academy is a series of training programmes that are oriented towards growing your personal and professional capabilities. They have been very helpful thus far as it has helped introduce important concepts to the working life.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying?

No reason not too! But then again I would say apply to everything, the more changes the better. Personal advise would be to make sure you come across as a good co-worker, not just good at your job, because in the end of the day the people interviewing you are likely to sit beside you and work with you all day - so they will want to hire someone they think will be friendly/funny/interesting as well as intelligent and good at the job.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Georgia Hughes

Description:

Why did you choose (a graduate scheme at) MM?

I chose MM because I liked the idea of being a part of an employee owned company which had not only national, but international status and recognition. For my sector (Environment) MM is one of the best consultancies there is, and of course I wanted to work for the best!

What did your family and friends think (when you got the position)?

My family and friends were really proud and excited for me when I got my initial 6 month internship with MM in January 2014 (just 5 months after graduating) as all my hard work and many job applications had finally paid off! They were even prouder when that internship culminated in the offer of a position on the Graduate Scheme 5 months later

What's your graduate scheme like?

The Graduate Scheme for EVT is great, you get to be involved with all sorts of project work, from helping write reports to ecological site surveys and client engagement.

What was like to start formal employment (after many years at uni)?

For me, starting formal employment was a fairly easy transition after University; I had worked as an administrative assisted for my SU all through my degree and as an assistant environmental advisor to a local asbestos removal company after graduating before joining Mott MacDonald. I think if your work is something you are really passionate about then it's not hard to make the transition - plus I've always been a morning person!

What's the best thing about working at MM?

My colleagues are brilliant, and many of them I would consider as friends, even outside the workplace - MM is a really happy, inclusive and supportive company to work for. I've also really enjoyed the challenges that have been presented through the Projects I have worked on.

What's the most exciting project you've been involved in (and why)?

To date the most exciting Project I have been involved with is an Environmental Impact Assessment and Transport and Works Act Order for a tidal barrier. I've been working on this Project for the last two years and have moved from assisting with the environmental inputs to managing and co-ordinating the Project into our final delivery stages. I've been able to build really good relationships with the client and have even persuaded them to carry out a CEEQUAL assessment for the Project - the first CEEQUAL assessment for the Environment Agency.

What (work achievements) are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the business case I put forward to the Environment Agency for a CEEQUAL assessment for the tidal barrier (which also enabled my training for the assessment).

What support did you got whilst you working towards your professional qualification?

Not at that stage yet ' still another year before I'll need to starting thinking about Chartership routes.

What's the MM academy about?

The academy is about guiding you through your first four years of employment with MM and learning how the company works, from how to interact and communicate with your colleagues and clients to effective Project Management.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying?

I would encourage anyone to apply to MM, no matter your degree qualifications It's a great company to work for with a wide array of opportunities and challenges.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Hannah Edmond
  • Role: Assistant engineer

Description:

How has your career developed since joining Mott MacDonald as a graduate?

I started in the Reading office as part of the new Tunnelling team in 2013, working on a number of large scale waste water tunnelling tender designs. This included projects in Glasgow and the Thames Tideway Tunnel Scheme in London. In January 2014 I joined the Counters Creek Flood Alleviation Scheme as Project Manager for the design of the tunnels and shafts. The project is a new 5.5km sewer protecting a densely populated residential area of West London from basement flooding. In this role I have had experience in: developing BIM strategies for the early infrastructure design stages and learning and challenging the team in how to develop and coordinate 3D-models, tunnel lining calculations and multi-disciplinary design reviews learning about and seeing the connections between different types of engineering.

What are your favourite projects that you have worked on?

Seeing the Thames Water's Counters Creek FAS project from feasibility through to reference design and planning application has enabled me to get really involved in and understand different aspects of the project. The complexity of the scheme comes much more from the planning application and land procurement side and a consequentially rapidly developing scope to meet the local stakeholder needs. As the Project Manager for tunnel design I have had the opportunity to see the bigger picture of this scheme and how it all connects together.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

The variety of projects, roles and opportunities we all have with Mott MacDonald. Lunch time presentations profile projects and share experience across the group demonstrating the diversity of schemes in size, location and sector, and there are placement opportunities for inter-divisional and overseas secondments. The company culture encourages us all to get involved. In the past 2 years I have had the chance to enter the internal Mott MacDonald Dragons Den Competition; enabling graduates to present business ideas for director sponsored funding and run our projects. I have also attended: training courses including confined spaces, British Tunnelling Society conferences and been on site visits to see other live tunnel projects.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

The people you meet and get to work with are definitely what makes Mott MacDonald. Multi-disciplinary projects, offices and the graduate training scheme expose you to interesting people from all over the company. It's always amazing how people make the time, want to help you and are happy to explain their area of expertise.

How has the Academy helped your career development?

The Academy training has given me a structure to help focus on my own development, which could easily be lost when busy on project work. The courses have made me more confident in presenting and discussing my work. I've also gleaned great hints and tips in basic skills for my own time management and managing others which has been really useful with such a busy role.

What was your favourite part of the Academy, and why?

My favourite part of the Academy so far was the graduate weekend, meeting people from different divisions and offices and learning about the company. Having 2 days together you get to make new friends and connections with colleagues who I now find myself working with 2 years later.

What is the most exciting thing you have done at Mott MacDonald to date?

The most exciting thing has also been the most daunting: presenting my work on the Counters Creek project at the British Tunnelling Society's Young Members Conference 2016. The presentation was in the context of "Challenges of today and the Challenges of Tomorrow". It is fascinating how we all have different experiences from different projects, and was exciting to be able to reflect on and show my work over the past 2 years.

What surprised you most about Mott MacDonald?

I am constantly surprised that everyone has time to do so much both inside and outside the working day! Mott MacDonald colleagues are sociable across the group and in addition to our project work are involved in a wide variety of company events including the companywide Sports Day; STEMNet in local schools; marching for London Pride; Young Professional Excellence breakfasts; and the WaterAid Mountain Challenges.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Adam

Description:

How has your career developed since joining Mott MacDonald as a graduate?

I first worked here on a summer placement and then came to the Ports, Coastal and Offshore division of Mott MacDonald fresh from university. So far I've been lucky enough to be involved in some of the larger UK infrastructure projects like High Speed 2 and Thames Tideway, there's been detailed design work of flood defences in Great Yarmouth, I've studied sediment transport patterns in South Africa and helped with the master-planning of a new container terminal in the UAE. It's been a fantastic range of work that has helped me make solid progress towards my ICE chartership. Better still I've made some really good friends on the way.

What are your favourite projects that you have worked on? (Please provide details of your role in this project)

My favourite project so far is Thames Tideway. It might not sound too glamorous at first (it's a giant sewer) but it involves engineering on a massive scale and will be making a positive contribution to London long after I'm gone, which is exciting. I've been working in a multidisciplinary environment which has shown me a much greater variety of engineering than I would normally come close to on one project. As a project it's good at implementing the best ideas and practices from current engineering thinking, such BIM and a making serious effort towards social responsibility. So overall, I'm finding it great.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

The people here are wonderful - once you get to know the office and they get to know you there's always someone that you can do things with or that will send opportunities your way, whether that's related to work, play or anything in between. It makes the place feel like more than just an office, and my time becomes more than just another day at work.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

It's a huge, global company but you're never reduced to a number - people will listen to you and care about your needs and think about how and where you can make the best contribution. This means that if you want you can get some variety and move between jobs or even continents within the company, or do the complete opposite if that's what floats your boat.

What support have you had whilst working towards your chartership?

I've been really lucky in the mentors that have been assigned to me - they're very approachable and proactive, which is good as it stops me from getting too lazy in my chartership work. It's great to see that people care about your development - it's easy to stay motivated when you know that you're not going it alone.

What was your favourite part of the Academy, and why?

The best thing about the Academy has been that it has introduced me to graduates from other offices around the country - this is something that would be quite difficult to do otherwise and it'll probably prove very useful in future.

What advice would you give to current students applying to Mott MacDonald? (What would you recommend they do as they study their degree? Work experience etc.)

Definitely get a couple of summer's worth of work experience before you leave uni. You'll learn more about what it means to work as a civil engineer in those few months than you will over the rest of your degree. And a work placement can work as a long, subtle job interview - you'll get to know the company, they'll get to know you and if you both like what you see you could come away with a contract for when you graduate. Appreciate your time at university though; it's a whole new world once you start working.

What is the most exciting thing you have done at Mott MacDonald to date?

It's a close call between two things. There was a site visit to Crossrail organised by some of the Mott MacDonald team who worked on the design - it's impressive stuff down there. Also a bunch of employees from across the country went up to the North York Moors for a mountain biking weekend and we had a thrilling but occasionally painful time (I fell on my face).

[casestudy]
  • Name: Saleh Sambwa
  • Role: Graduate process engineer

Description:

How has your career developed since joining Mott MacDonald as a graduate? (Please give a brief synopsis of your career so far, be sure to include what you have particularly enjoyed learning or doing)

I joined the nuclear division of Mott MacDonald Limited as a Process Engineer. I really enjoyed being part of a multidisciplinary team learning what other engineers do and how my work affects them. I've gained further experience in safety engineering within a wider range of industries which granted access to further opportunities with other divisions in the business.

What are your favourite projects that you have worked on? (Please provide details of your role in this project)

My favourite projects are those where I take ownership of packages of work to be delivered to clients. I take great pride in knowing that my work will be reviewed and accepted by MM's clients which will contribute to the business's technical and corporate success.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

The team culture present in every office, presents an environment of learning and development for graduate staff.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

The varied amount of projects present within the group.

What support have you had whilst working towards your chartership?

At the end of every quarter, I meet with my institute of Chemical Engineering (IChemE) mentor who supports and provides me with valuable advice in my career path leading to chartered engineering status.

What surprised you most about Mott MacDonald?

The large amount of graduates recruited into the group every year, which are all doing very different types of work. Its evident MML has Graduate roles for students from all different type of backgrounds.

Training & Profiles

Although our requirements are not fixed, we typically recruit and have accredited schemes for graduates from engineering, environmental, quantity surveying and business related disciplines. Our accredited or approved professional development schemes include ICE, IStructE, IET,IMechE, CIBSE, RICS, CIHT, CIWEM and IC.

For more information on Mott MacDonald and our graduate scheme please click here to download our latest graduate brochure.

At Mott MacDonald the quality of our people is a vital asset and interviews are an important part of the process. They not only help us build on the information we gained from your application, but also make sure that you are the best match for the team. The interview format differs for each business unit.

You can apply for our schemes and opportunities on our careers site. The application form will be our first impression of you and it's not designed to trick you.

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When does your graduate scheme start?

We do not have fixed start dates but most graduates start working for us between July and December. We will try to accommodate when you'd like to start. If a role requires a particular start date we will discuss this with you before the interview.

Do you need industry experience to apply for the graduate scheme?

No, although some experience is an advantage as it means you understand the work environment and have made an informed decision to work in our industry. If you are not due to graduate this year, we suggest you apply for one of our placements to gain experience.

What are your entry requirements for the graduate scheme?

You should have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, a 2:1 or above in a relevant degree.

Can graduates apply for summer internship or industrial placements?

No, these placements are specifically for students. We sometimes require graduates on a temporary basis and these positions will be advertised on our careers site.

Can you help engineering graduates with a BEng become chartered?

Graduates with a BEng degree are supported and encouraged to gain an IEng qualification and then proceed to CEng. This can be done through the technical report route for your respective engineering Institution. Alternatively, you can apply for funding to complete a postgraduate qualification.

Do you have opportunities outside of the UK?

Graduates we recruit for our UK training scheme will be based here, however, there are some opportunities for graduates to work overseas on projects. These opportunities depend on the sector you choose to work in and whether the current projects require the skills of a graduate.

Graduate positions in other countries are advertised on our global careers site or you can contact our local offices - details can be found on our website. Remember to check whether you are eligible to work in the country you are applying for.

Do you offer financial sponsorship to students?

We are committed to supporting the students who will become the graduates of the future and that is why all of our placements are paid. We are involved in various schemes, such as the QUEST scholarship, but we do not currently offer financial sponsorship outside of these schemes

What's your closing date for applications?

We close for applications on the 20th November 2016

How many graduates do you recruit in the UK?

For our 2016 intake we will recruit about 200 graduates from a huge range of disciplines to work in the UK. To qualify for our entry level graduate roles you must have less than 12 months relevant work experience after completing your most recent degree.

How do I apply and what is the recruitment process?

Our 2016 schemes will open on the 29th August 2016. You need to complete the application process online. Please note that although our site is mobile optimized we recommend you complete the online application on a desktop device.

During this process you will upload your CV, cover letter and any other supporting documents, and will be asked some short qualifying questions. If you meet our minimum requirements you will be sent an email with details to complete 3 online tests (provided by SHL): verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and inductive reasoning.

You will receive two emails regarding these tests:

  • Initial email from us shortly after applying with instructions on how to access the tests.
  • A second email directly from SHL once you have registered for the tests.

You should not register with the site more than once as we will only consider the results associated to the email address you used when you applied to us.

Once you have completed each test a green tick will be displayed next to the assessment name and the results are automatically logged. We download results once a week so they may be a delay between when you have completed the tests to when we contact you. Please be patient we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Successful candidates will then be asked questions specific to the role or scheme you are applying. All of this information is required to consider your application.

Your application will then be looked at by the graduate recruitment team and if you are short listed for interview we will contact you to discuss the position and confirm the interview details. Interviews are held in the office where the role is based, giving you an excellent opportunity to meet members of that team.

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Application Process

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