Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

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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 16,000-strong network of experts find opportunities in complexity, so our graduate schemes will enable you to enhance your skills, knowledge and experience with the right support and guidance every step of the way.

Our engineers, project and programme managers take leading roles on some of the world’s highest profile projects, turning obstacles into elegant, sustainable solutions. By challenging norms and unlocking creativity, we deliver long-lasting economic, environmental and social outcomes for societies around the globe. 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 at Mott MacDonald we 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 advise what is genuinely right for our clients, our staff, and communities – not what is easy. We want to do a great job for everyone involved.

Our graduate schemes will support you in gaining experience across all core areas, developing your technical skills and knowledge with the support of a chartered mentor and a dedicated learning and development team. Using all the resources available to you, you will have the opportunity to work on exciting projects while making your career journey to chartered status. As soon as you join us, you will become a member of the Mott MacDonald Academy, a structured development programme for all entry-level professionals. The programme will introduce you to key business and commercial competencies, helping you to drive your career forward while improving your personal effectiveness, customer focus, communication, and teamwork.

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Case Studies

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  • Name: Anne Olubukola Adeniji
  • Role: Graduate process engineer

Why did you decide to apply to Mott MacDonald?
I chose to join Mott MacDonald as a graduate for the amazing career prospects the company offers to its new graduates. Additionally, I had been aware of the company while studying at the University of Sheffield, so applying for a role within the company was an evident next step, given my interest in working within engineering and consultancy.

What did your friends and family think when you accepted the position?
The day I received the call that I was being offered a role at Mott MacDonald, I shed a lot of tears, it was highly unexpected. I had just finished my final exam the day before, so knowing I was secured with a job was an overwhelming and gratifying feeling. Telling my friends and family, they were elated for me, given the role was as a graduate process engineer, making everything I had worked for over four years at university so much more worth it. They were baffled I’d be living in Wales, but they quickly came to terms when I listed some benefits of living in Wales, one being my independence.

What has been your favourite moment since joining?
I have made so many memories and had several moments since joining in September 2017. However, my favourite moment would be when I was awarded ‘Best Newcomer 2017’ at the staff Christmas party. This made me so happy, as it meant I had made a positive impact to the company socially and practically within the short four months I had been working. I keep my award on my desk as a reminder and it makes for great conversation when new people come and see me at my desk.

What has been the most exciting project you’ve contributed to?
I am currently working on a wastewater treatment phosphorous removal project for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. The site is situated in south wales, which makes for a lovely commute to site through the Brecon Beacons. This project is very exciting as I am the process engineer helping to design the new innovative technology for tertiary solids removal. The design uses chemistry and other prior knowledge of wastewater treatment I had gained in my time at university. More so, I am excited to see the technology commence construction and commissioning.

Has the role been what you expected?
My role is very active and requires frequent collaboration with engineers from other disciplines. This allows me to learn a lot on other engineering aspects I would have never had known about. More so, I was not expecting to be visiting sites so early into my employment. I get amazing support and encouragement from my line manager to go to site from the onset to get a better understanding of site, construction, commissioning and how units were operating practically. This then helps me to apply the practical knowledge gained to my designs.

What is your work/life balance like?
I work Monday to Friday and have my evenings and weekends free. The work/life balance is excellent. Each office has a sports and social committee, one of which I am currently the secretary. We plan meet ups and events for Fridays and weekends, weekday sports games (e.g. badminton club, table tennis club, football sessions) lunchtime walks and social activities to partake in at the office. Staff wellbeing and happiness is key at Mott MacDonald, so maintaing a good work/life balance is so important to us.

Tell us a bit more about you. Do you have an interesting fun fact about yourself/party trick?
I wouldn’t know where to start for a fun fact about myself. I suppose, a fun fact about myself is that I speak three languages fluently and learning two additional languages. Not Welsh yet! In fact, I use all three languages (English, Spanish and Yoruba) with some colleagues at work. Mott MacDonald really is the perfect employer for me, connecting everyone everywhere.

What advice would you give to someone applying to Mott MacDonald?
For anyone looking to apply for Mott MacDonald, it is one of the best companies to work for, particularly for graduates. The company really invests in your career and goals through the Mott MacDonald Academy. Financially, you have a great start with a good graduate pay. Moreover, you have many opportunities offered to you on a regular basis to represent the company, chances to invest in yourself through attending conferences and training programmes, practical experiences are abundant, adding to your career development plan for those looking to get chartered. Plus, the company supports graduates with the chartership programme which is very career rewarding.

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  • Name: Efe Madranefe
  • Role: Graduate mechanical engineer

Why did you decide to apply to Mott MacDonald?
I decided to apply to Mott MacDonald when it was advertised in my university. I was struck by the diversity of the projects and opportunities Mott MacDonald offer. I have felt that the company thrives to make the world a better place which aligned with what I want to achieve in my career and life.

What did your friends and family think when you accepted the position?
My friends and family were very excited to hear that I was joining Mott MacDonald, as they knew how successful the company is.

What has been your favourite moment since joining?
My favourite moment was the Mott MacDonald Academy weekend away. The two-day event taught me a lot about management, leadership and teamwork. I had the chance to meet many graduates and we developed our communication skills through many workshops.

What has been the most exciting project you’ve contributed to?
The most exciting project I contributed to was the upgrade of a water treatment works in Scotland where we were asked to design new clean water storage. I was the graduate mechanical engineer on the project where I designed new pumping stations as well as utilising existing ones.

Has the role been what you expected?
Within my fifth month I was offered a secondment as a project coordinator at a client’s office. I am learning a lot and enjoying every moment.

What is your work/life balance like?
If you are in Mott MacDonald you are in a culture where work/life balance is respected, and it is granted to you. With things like flexible working, life can be easily enjoyed.

Tell us a bit more about you. Do you have an interesting fun fact about yourself/party trick?
I love clay pigeon shooting and wine tasting.

What advice would you give to someone applying to Mott MacDonald?
Be honest and prepared. Mott MacDonald will teach you everything you need to know as long as you show you can and are ready to learn. Be honest as in the interviews your interviewers will be experts in their field therefore be sure you are not saying something you are not sure about. Finally, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Sarah Hughes
  • Role: Environmental consultant

Why did you decide to apply to Mott MacDonald?
I decided to apply to Mott MacDonald after finding their graduate scheme online. It was everything I was looking for in a career and advertised opportunities for development and training. I read up on the company, and their core values and strong environmental focus reinforced that I wanted to work here.

What did your friends and family think when you accepted the position?
They were happy for me! I secured the job before I left university, which made the transition into work much easier.

What has been your favourite moment since joining?
My favourite moment so far has been working out on site, supervising a ground investigation. It provided a great opportunity to see a project through the design stage and to work with sub-contractors to collect the ground information required.

What has been the most exciting project you have contributed to?
The most exciting project I have contributed to so far is HS2, which I have been involved with since joining the company 10 months ago. This is a huge project which requires significant contribution from environmental teams, and I collaborate daily with ecologists, landscape architects, heritage consultants, land quality teams and many others. My primary role is co-ordinating the environmental input into one section of the line, but also involves contributing to documents and reports. This experience has helped to increase my understanding of engineering, design and project management.

Has the role been what you expected?
I expected the role to be very busy but rewarding, and it has lived up to this! I didn’t expect to spend lots of my time working with people in offices around the UK. This helps you to grow a huge network of people you can call on for assistance or advice.

What is your work/life balance like?
Great! Our office is very sociable and active, so even when you have a busy week at work there is something to look forward to at lunchtime or in the evening. My colleagues are really friendly and helpful, so if I was ever struggling with my workload I would feel comfortable asking for help to deliver work.

Tell us a bit more about you. Do you have a fun/ interesting fact about yourself/party trick?
I spent five years on a HM Coastguard search and rescue team in Mid Wales. It was very challenging but has provided me with a range of transferrable skills which help me in my day-to-day work.

What advice would you give to someone applying to Mott MacDonald?
I would recommend that they try to gain some experience in this industry. This will give you an insight into our day-to-day work, challenges, and expectations. If you aren’t able to do work experience or an internship (I didn’t!), try and stand out in a different way. This could be volunteering, having a keen hobby, or many other things. Great grades alone won’t get you that job, show your personality!

[casestudy]
  • Name: Tom Dodson
  • Role: Graduate management consultant

Why did you decide to apply to Mott MacDonald?
I was originally drawn to Mott MacDonald as I wanted to work for an organisation whose projects had a large social impact, both in the UK and globally. However, after more research, I decided to apply due to the emphasis Mott MacDonald places on their people, as opposed to solely focussing on commercial objectives. I loved the focus on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the push for promoting ethical practice. In short, I was keen to work for an organisation comparable to The Big Four, but who conduct themselves in a different, more sustainable

What did your friends and family think when you accepted the position?
Both my mum and brother also work for engineering consultancy companies, so my family had a strong understanding of the sector. While Mott MacDonald may not be as large as some of our competitors such as AECOM, our reputation for maximising economic and social impact is unquestionable. A point repeated by both my friends and family.

What has been your favourite moment since joining?
While I have loved my project work, my favourite moments must relate to the fantastic people I have met and am lucky enough to now call my friends. Mott MacDonald places such emphasis on ensuring their open, friendly, and diverse culture is sustained and demonstrated by their new starters. The graduate scheme is also set up in such a way that we are encouraged to network outside of our immediate teams and develop a cohort of our own. I am also lucky enough to have been involved in the recruitment process for the 2018 graduate intake, providing me with a unique view of what is looked for on an application, or at an assessment centre.

What has been the most exciting project you’ve contributed to?
My most exciting project is 30 Hours for the Department for Education. Since September 2017, all three- and four-year-olds in England are eligible for 30 hours of funded childcare. The policy aim is to reengage parents with the workforce, with a specific focus on families from disadvantaged backgrounds. My role within this project is running the project management office, liaising between local authorities, our delivery partners, and the government.

My favourite part of this project involved designing a data collection form to be sent to and populated by all 152 local authorities in England. It is then my responsibility to analyse this data, establish how the policy roll out is going, and identify any emerging themes. We then present these findings back to the client at a one-day workshop held in Westminster. I love the ability to shape our future work and see the tangible impact of an increase in the number of children in funded places.

Was the role what you expected, or was there anything unexpected that you really enjoy?
Yes and no. As my family already work in the sector, I understood the sort of work I would be doing, for example: stakeholder engagement, project management, data analysis etc. However, I was not prepared for the level of responsibility which I would be given.

For example, by the end of week two, I was producing reports to be shared with the Minster for Children. By the end of my first month, I was visiting Westminster, meeting with the client, and providing local authority updates regarding the progress of the policy roll out. And by end of my first quarter, I was actively shaping the future of our work, through my data analysis activity. While this was difficult at times, I had plenty of support from my team, and have developed immeasurably as a result.

What is your work/life balance like?
Mott MacDonald place a strong emphasis on ensuring wellbeing and a healthy work/life balance. For example, I will rarely stay in the office past 5pm. Also, due to the nature of our work, working remotely from home occasionally is a huge benefit. Having said that, all the graduates are happy to work late occasionally to meet a deadline, if and when our projects require it.

Tell us a bit more about you. Do you have an interesting fun fact about yourself/party trick?
Just before I started university, I was part of the Young Magic Circle (YMC). During my time in this club, I won the YMC’s Stage Magician of the Year at their one-day convention, along with YMC Member of the Year. As a result, I then toured around the UK performing for ever growing crowds in numerous different shows and events. While this hobby has now subsided, the presentation skills it taught me will prove invaluable in my future career.

What advice would you give to someone applying to Mott MacDonald?
Be yourself and think wider. That is, when I interviewed I was the only graduate without a master’s degree. I was sure that I would be refused the job as a result which evidently was not the case. Mott MacDonald are not solely focused on academic achievements and professional experience. Rather, they want you to think wider and understand what you bring to the table. This could be in terms of your extracurricular work, volunteering, hobbies (such as magic), and the competences these have equipped you with. You are the best and only version of you, so stop trying to be the person you think the interviewer is looking for, just be you.

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