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 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 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

[casestudy]
  • Name: Angela Lai
  • Role: Graduate Consultant
  • Joined: August 2014
  • University: University of Utrecht
  • Degree: International Economics and Business MSc

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'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.

[casestudy]
  • Name: Georgia Hughes
  • Role: Environmental and Sustainability Consultant
  • Joined: June 2014
  • University: University of Southampton
  • Degree: Environmental Science

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'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'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.

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  • Name: Jumana Al-Zubaidi
  • Role: Assistant Bridge Engineer
  • Joined: September 2009
  • University: Imperial College London
  • Degree: Civil Engineering MEng

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.

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