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.

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Case Studies

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

How many graduates do you recruit in the UK?
For our 2017 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.

We have also given you some Hints and tips to guide you through our application and interview process.