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Graduate Development Programme

If you want to work on some of the world’s most iconic projects, have a drive to succeed, a passion for the construction industry and want to learn from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the industry... then Mace is for you!

So why choose Mace as the place to start your career? 

For three years running (2013-2016) we’ve been ranked as the best company for graduates to work for in the construction and civil engineering sector (following an independent survey of our graduates).

What makes us different?

At Mace our clients are, and always will be, at the very heart of what we do. We pride ourselves on our agile, responsive way of doing business which focuses on our clients’ needs. Our people are renowned throughout the industry for always going the extra mile. It is this customised service and deep understanding of our clients which adds greater value and builds lasting relationships.

We empower our people to be curious, collaborative and embrace the entrepreneur within. No matter what direction you choose, we want our people to thrive and achieve their fullest potential so we are passionate about creating an environment that provides opportunities for careers that will excite and fulfil you.

The Programme

Our two-year programme enables you to specialise in one of a number of disciplines, while gaining experience of the whole property lifecycle by working closely with other teams.

You will take on responsibility in real, live project environments and our flat structure means there will be opportunities to gain experience across multiple sectors. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside industry leading professionals and high-profile clients, delivering projects that will impact local communities and leave a lasting legacy. 

Our development programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) meaning that you will receive industry leading training sessions. 

Our graduate programme includes:

  • A two-day formal induction
  • Classroom and virtual sessions covering technical skills in the construction lifecycle, and key business skills such as presentation and leadership
  • Interactive group projects using live case studies
  • Guidance and support in order to progress towards professional chartership status with industry bodies, including the CIOB, ICE, RICS, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and The Professional Body for Facilities Management (BIFM)
  • Networking opportunities with senior managers and peers
  • One-to-one support from line managers, mentors, recent graduates and chartership advisers
  • A competitive salary, plus a joining bonus
  • 22 days of holiday, plus two ‘Mace Days’ and December holiday shut down
  • Pension scheme with 7% Mace contribution
  • Volunteering and charity fundraising opportunities
  • Other benefits including season ticket loans, private health insurance, gym subsidies, retail and leisure discounts and the cycle to work scheme 

Mace Graduate and Undergraduate Brochure 2018 

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To apply, complete and submit the online application by Friday 15 December 2017.

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The service

Mace offers a wide range of consultancy services and is employed by clients for industry leading expertise, including Building Surveying services. Our Building Surveying service provides independent, impartial, specialist advice on a wide range of areas including Building surveys, party wall instructions, defect diagnosis, conservation and restoration and many more.

We aim to provide sound, bespoke advice, enabling our clients to make confident informed decisions on all technical aspects of acquisition, development, ownership, occupation and disposal of assets through tailored report formats, and with the opportunity to have exposure to all areas of building surveying

The role

You will be a crucial member of the fastest growing sector within the wider Mace business, working closely with members of the cost consultancy and project management disciplines.

Your responsibilities will include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Support in the preparation and submission of tender documents.
  • Assisting in the preparation and administration of contracts
  • Supporting the preparation of schedules of works.
  • Supporting the delivery of building surveying services including condition and building surveys, party wall, defect analysis and dilapidation matters.
  • Monitoring project progress and updating relevant parties
  • Supporting in the production of cost assessments.
  • Monitoring health and safety on projects
  • Attending client meetings.

Location

This role is available in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Winchester.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained), preferably in a RICS accredited Building Surveying degree.
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition you are also required to have a number of skills including:

  • An understanding of the project life cycle and the roles and responsibilities of project teams
  • The ability to adapt and add value to different teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to deliver results
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

The service

Mace is proud to champion responsible business behaviours, with a dedication to the future at the heart of every service we offer. Whether controlling our carbon footprint, investing in responsibly sourced materials or creating social value for our clients, our people continue to champion industry best practice.

 

The role

As a graduate in Sustainability, your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Mace in delivering its Responsible Business Strategy
  • Supporting the drive for Mace to be a leader in sustainability and deliver best practice and innovation
  • Guide and assist Mace construction sites to deliver environmental compliance including assurance of environmental and sustainability reporting
  • Support projects with advice on sustainability topics including waste, energy/carbon, water pollution prevention, environmental nuisance, responsible sourcing of materials, well being and sustainable buildings
  • Supporting the development and delivery of sustainability strategies including vision, target setting and implementation for Mace Consultancy clients
  • Influence behaviour change by providing training and upskilling project teams
  • Contributing to communications materials, case studies and best practice exemplars.
  • Engaging with the wider Sustainability team, attending team meetings and helping to develop the Mace 2022 Responsible Business Plan
  • Support work winning through bid support and client liaison

Your work base will be flexible and could be in one of Mace offices, on site or at a client’s office.

Location

This role will be based in London

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained) in a construction, engineering or science subject
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Evidence of significant work experience and extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition to the above, you are required to have a number of skills including:

  • An understanding of the project life cycle and the roles and responsibilities of project teams
  • The ability to adapt and add value to different teams
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to deliver results
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload.

The service

Mace was founded on a belief that the construction industry would benefit from a more open and collaborative approach and we've become a leader in construction delivery by adhering to that founding principle. We see ourselves as more than just construction experts. We are our clients’ partner in the truest sense, and as a result, our approach is to constantly challenge conventional thinking and relentlessly push for smarter, faster and more efficient ways to deliver while always working with integrity to ensure we uphold high ethical standards on every project.

Mace has delivered over 500 construction management projects. Today, construction management accounts for nearly 70% of the overall capital cost of our projects.

The role

Construction managers work out on site and they are responsible for ensuring a project is delivered safely and to the highest quality standards. A construction manager will be involved from the pre-construction/planning stage right through to project handover.

As a graduate construction manager your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the production of short term construction plans
  • Assisting with the procurement of trade/sub-contractors
  • Assisting in project start up and preconstruction stages
  • Assisting in the daily control, management and coordination of site activity
  • Keeping a detailed diary of works planned and actually carried out by trade/sub-contractors
  • Ensuring that all relevant paperwork is received, reviewed and communicated where necessary
  • Establishing key relationships with trade/ sub-contractors
  • Contributing to site progress meetings with trade/sub-contractors
  • Dealing with any problems on site and monitoring risks
  • Ensuring health & safety is adhered to, including site inspections and conducting site inductions.

Professional qualification routes

Graduates working in construction management will be supported in working towards their professional qualification with either the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), depending on your degree.

Location

This role will be based at one of our projects in London or the surrounding area. 

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained) in a construction related degree, including Civil, Structural and Architectural Engineering. 
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition you are also required to have a number of skills including:

  • The ability to build excellent relationships with colleagues and labourers on site, adding value to teams
  • The ability to plan and prioritise
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • A drive to achieve results Ability to plan and prioritise workload.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • A proactive approach to solving problems.

The service

Clients are increasingly taking advantage of Mace’s growing facilities management business, Macro. This has seen us apply our effective management skills, derived from years of delivering highly complex construction projects, to help run a company’s property, from managing costs to maximising the workforce. We support clients to build new premises, optimise their existing properties or handle the everyday maintenance and services.

We oversee a wide range of premises on behalf of clients, from commercial offices and government buildings to cultural landmarks. Acting as either a managing agent or principal contractor, we build a service delivery model around the specific needs of our clients, taking complete responsibility of cost and service quality. Areas that we manage include catering, cleaning, maintenance and security – whatever a client’s needs might be. Macro is currently employed in sectors such as technology, industrial, pharmaceutical, arts and culture, and public buildings.

The role

Facilities Management is essentially the on-going management of a built asset upon completion and handover from the construction phase. This integrated multidisciplinary field is devoted to the coordination of space, infrastructure, people and organisation.

As a graduate working in Facilities Management you will assisting senior members of staff with:

  • Effectively implementing facilities services
  • Effective management of the day-to-day delivery of facilities services
  • Management of people and processes
  • Ensuring that services are delivered to agreed levels
  • Updating management reports and administrative documents
  • Managing relationships with key client stakeholders and personnel. 

In this role your people management and influencing skills will be strengthened as you work with a wide range of stakeholders, including colleagues, clients, and delivery service staff.

Location

This role is based in London and you will spend time at both Mace and client offices. This will require some travel between offices.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained). A range of degree subjects will be considered from high quality applicants
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition you are required to have a range of skills including:

  • The ability to adapt and add value to different teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to deliver results
  • The ability to plan and prioritise workload
  • The ability to build relationships with a range of people at different levels
  • Enthusiasm to work in an operational client-centric environment.

The service

Programme managers are responsible for an efficient joined-up delivery of complex series of projects, constantly gathering and analysing the performance data required to effectively manage a scheme. This performance data includes financial information about contracts, progress data from contractors, risk data and other data that enable the project or programme managers to direct the work.

Programme management is a core Mace discipline and typical of our larger commissions in sectors like aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors. It was central to the delivery of major projects and programmes such as the London 2012 Olympic Games and Heathrow Terminal 5.

The role

As a Project Controls graduate you will play a key supporting role in the delivery of our services to our clients. Initially, working alongside more senior Project Managers and/or Project Controls Managers, you will be responsible for gathering, sorting, analysing and presenting a wide variety of information and data relating to the projects you have been assigned to.

Your role will be focused on the set up of processes that predict, understand and constructively influence the desired outcomes of a project or programme, through the communication of information to assist effective decision making.

Responsibilities include but are not exclusive to:

  • Scope definition and management of a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Estimating
  • Cost Control
  • Change Control
  • Risk management
  • Writing procedures and creating process flow charts
  • Administration
  • Document management
  • Interface management
  • Extensive data management and integrating departmental systems through common coding structures
  • Recording progress on site
  • Producing reports on all of the above

Locations

Candidates must be flexible to work in various UK locations.

Professional Qualification Routes

Graduates working in project controls will be supported in working towards their professional qualification with either the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The qualification you work towards is dependent on your degree.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained). Construction-related and numerical degrees are preferred.
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition to the minimum requirements you are required to have a number of skills including:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Numerical skills and the ability to analyse data
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literacy
  • A drive to deliver results

 

 

 

The service

We provide a full spectrum of project management services, whether it is advising a client on a new and evolving idea, preparing a business case or developing an organisational framework capable of delivering huge business transformation.

Client focus is at the heart of what we do. Our first step is to identify and fully understand what our clients are trying to achieve – we get under the skin of their vision, goals and values so we can realise them in the project or programme.

As an agile, focused and flexible partner we adopt a value-driven strategy to define and articulate project objectives, before identifying the most effective means to deliver.

Regardless of the scale or complexity of a project, we employ and refine our systems and processes to provide control, governance and transparency from inception to completion. In every decision we make, we challenge and work diligently to find the most efficient and cost-effective outcome.

The role

As a graduate in Project Management, you will work closely with clients and consultants delivering projects through all stages of the construction lifecycle. Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Working with clients to establish their needs
  • Preparing tender documents
  • Contributing to the project execution plan, including the logistics planning and scheduling
  • Working closely with the design team from concept to delivery of contractor documentation
  • Working closely with the project team and cost managers to ensure all strategies implemented work effectively and efficiently
  • Monitoring project progress and preparing progress reports to update relevant parties
  • Monitoring and reporting on budgets and cash flow
  • Monitoring any potential risks to the project and looking for mitigations where possible
  • Monitoring and reviewing of health and safety practices
  • Providing general support and assistance to the Project Manager.

Your work base will be flexible and could be in one of Mace offices, at a client’s office or facility, or in a designer’s studio. You will gain exposure to all aspects of project delivery from concept design, through to construction, commissioning, validation handover and into operation.

Sectors

  • Public & private sector – The majority of Project Management (Consultancy) roles are within our public and private sector teams. These roles are available in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Exeter, London and Manchester
  • Utilities – This role is based in either Derby or Solihull and you must have a Civil Engineering undergraduate degree to be considered.
  • Sports – Nothing quite beats the thrill and excitement of a live sporting fixture, in a packed venue, with a great view and a roaring crowd. Mace has a wealth of experience in delivering sports stadiums. This role is based in London and construction-related degrees are preferred.

 Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained). Construction-related degrees are preferred but we will consider high quality applications from graduates who have studied non-construction related degrees
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications). 
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition to the above, you are required to have a number of skills including:

  • An understanding of the project life cycle and the roles and responsibilities of project teams
  • The ability to adapt and add value to different teams
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to deliver results
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload.

The service

We understand the complex environments within which our biopharmaceutical and research clients operate in, providing them with the expertise they need to realise their business objectives. As a contractor and consultant, we draw upon diverse expertise to provide a truly unique consultancy offering in setting up new facilities to research and pharmaceutical clients. We manage the entire lifecycles of projects and programmes through all phases of design, construction, operation and maintenance

The role

As a project manager you will work closely with clients and consultants, taking time to fully understand our clients’ needs.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with clients to establish their needs
  • Preparation of tender documents
  • Contributing to project execution plans, including the logistics planning and scheduling
  • Working closely with the design team from concept to delivery
  • Working closely with the project team and cost managers to ensure all strategies implemented work effectively and efficiently
  • Monitoring project progress, and preparing progress reports to update relevant parties
  • Monitoring and reporting on budgets and cash flow
  • Monitoring any potential risks to the project and mitigating those risks where possible
  • Dealing with changes to the project
  • Monitoring and reviewing of health and safety practices
  • Providing general support and assistance to the Project Manager.

Your work base will be flexible and could be in one of Mace’s offices, at a clients’ office of facility, or in a designer’s studio. You will gain exposure to all aspects of project delivery from concept design, through to construction, commissioning, validation handover and into operation.

 

Locations

You will be required to work in various locations in the UK and internationally for extended periods of time. As such, living away from home is required and accommodation will be provided. It is likely that you will work in at least two different locations during the Graduate Development Programme.

 

Minimum requirements

  • A degree in chemical engineering is essential
  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained)
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnical experience is preferred

Qualifications, knowledge and skills

  • French, German or Dutch language skills are desirable due to the international clients that we work with
  • Ability to adapt and add value to different teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to deliver results
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload

The service

In the rail sector we provide a full spectrum of project management services to our clients.

Client focus is at the heart of what we do. Our first step is to identify and fully understand what our clients are trying to achieve – we get under the skin of their vision, goals and values so we can realise them in the project or programme.

As an agile, focused and flexible partner we adopt a value-driven strategy to define and articulate project objectives, before identifying the most effective means to deliver.

Regardless of the scale or complexity of a project, we employ and refine our systems and processes to provide control, governance and transparency from inception to completion. In every decision we make, we challenge and work diligently to find the most efficient and cost-effective outcome.

The role

As a graduate in Project Management in the rail sector, you will work on complex rail programmes working closely with clients and consultants through all stages of the construction lifecycle. You will gain exposure to both consultancy and construction delivery. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


  • Working with clients to establish their needs
  • Preparing tender documents
  • Contributing to the project execution plan, including the logistics planning and scheduling
  • Working closely with the design team from concept to delivery of contractor documentation
  • Providing support ensuring that technical standards are being applied through critical examination of contractors design submissions throughout the project lifecycle
  • Working closely with the project team and cost managers to ensure all strategies implemented work effectively and efficiently
  • Monitoring project progress in line with KPIs, cost and programme and preparing progress reports to update relevant parties
  • Monitoring and reporting on budgets and cash flow
  • Monitoring any potential risks to the project and looking for mitigations where possible
  • Monitoring and reviewing of health and safety practices
  • Contribute to successful railway system integration through involvement of relevant disciplines and parties.
  • Monitoring the quality of works completed on site and helping to deal with any issues that need resolving

Your work base will be flexible and could be in one of Mace offices or at a client’s office or facility. You will gain exposure to all aspects of project delivery from concept design, through to construction, commissioning, validation handover and into operation.

Location

This role will be based in London.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained). Civil Engineering degrees are preferred but high quality applications from other construction-related subjects will be considered
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition to the above, you are required to have a number of skills including:

  • An understanding of the project life cycle and the roles and responsibilities of project teams
  • The ability to adapt and add value to different teams
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to deliver results
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload.
There are two opportunities available for graduates in Quantity Surveying; Cost Consultancy and Commercial Management. The role descriptions are detailed below. 

Cost Consultancy: 

The service

Mace Cost Consultancy is about focusing upon cost and value early in the project lifecycle to be able to influence decision making. We combine the understanding of our clients' business drivers and output requirements with our knowledge of construction costs and the market trends that influence costs to create insightful and accurate assessments of proposals.

The role

Quantity surveyors working in consultancy are often referred to as private quantity surveyors (PQS) whose role can be defined under multiple job titles such as Cost Consultant or Cost Manager. This role is predominantly based within Mace or client offices, with regular site visits. As a PQS you will have the opportunity to work across multiple projects simultaneously.

As a Graduate Cost Consultant you will be assisting the Senior Cost Consultant with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Estimating and producing cost plans
  • Checking costs
  • Conducting valuations
  • Analysing final accounts
  • Measurement exercises, including the preparation of schedules of quantities for building elements
  • Drafting procurement documentation, monthly reports and tender reports
  • Supporting the tender process
  • Assisting with variations and change control processes
  • Attending client meetings.
  • Locations
  • This role is available in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Winchester

Qualifications

Mace’s Cost Consultancy graduates must have a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degree in Quantity Surveying.

Professional qualification routes

Mace’s Cost Consultancy team provides extensive training and support for graduates in working towards professional RICS qualification. 

Commercial Management:

The role

The role of the commercial manager in contracting covers all financial aspects of a project, from bidding for work through to the close out of final accounts when the project is completed. This involves procurement of works and the subsequent management of costs through the design and construction phase. This is a site based role and you will be assigned to one project.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Assisting with monthly client applications
  • Raising Interim Payment Certificates (IPC) for packages
  • Administering Interim Statement of Accounts (ISA)
  • Updating cash flows
  • Cost management of allocated construction packages
  • Supporting the drafting of subcontracts and agreeing variations costs
  • Assisting in procurement
  • Carrying out variations
  • Cost reporting

Qualifications, knowledge and skills

Ideally Mace’s Commercial Management graduates have studied a Quantity Surveying or Commercial Management degree. We will consider strong applications from graduates who have studied highly numerical degrees. If successful you may be required to complete a part-time conversion course while working. 

Professional qualification routes

As a Commercial Management graduate you will be supported towards CIOB or RICS accreditation depending on the degree you studied.

Minimum requirements

For the above roles you are required to demonstrate the following:

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained)
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.
  • In addition to the minimum requirements, candidates must have:
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Drive to achieve results.

The service

Risk managers at Mace utilise their knowledge and experience to implement robust project risk management frameworks to manage risk and uncertainty effectively across capital projects and programmes securing alignment with industry best practice.

The most effective way to manage risk is to identify, analyse and evaluate whether the risk should be treated in order to bring it to an acceptable or tolerable level. Our Risk Practitioners communicate and consult with stakeholders, monitor and review the risks and controls used to modify these to ensure no further treatment is required and to develop effective reporting metrics.

Successful risk management depends on the effectiveness of the management framework or strategy and embedding this within the project or programme. Information about risk derived from the risk process is reported and used as a basis for decision making and accountability at all appropriate levels. 

Risk Management is a core Mace project management discipline and is central to the delivery of major projects and programmes such as the London 2012 Olympic Games, The Shard, London Eye, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Battersea Power Station (Phase 2).

The role

As a graduate working in Risk Management, you will be involved in the setting up, management and implementation of risk management processes that influence the desired outcomes of a project or programme through effective and informed decision making. 

You will be assisting Senior Risk Managers and project personnel with a variety of responsibilities. These will include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching, analysing and presenting risk information and data
  • Establishing and updating project risk registers
  • Establishing and running routine reports against associated metrics
  • Defining risk procedures and establishing framework documents
  • Creating and delivering training
  • Maintaining all relevant project documents
  • Interacting with key project stakeholders, including clients and project controls personnel
  • Providing general support and assistance to senior colleagues.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained). Construction-related, numerical and risk management degrees are preferred, but we will consider high quality applications from students who have studied other subjects.
  • 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills 
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition to the minimum requirements you are required to have a number of skills including:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Numerical skills and the ability to analyse data
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literacy
  • A drive to deliver results

The service 

Mace offers a graduate programme for individuals who would like to work in South Africa or the USA in project management (consultancy). In order to apply, candidates must have permanent and unrestricted rights to work in the country of which they apply.

The role

As a project manager you will spend time in one of the project management (consultancy) teams in the UK during your first year of the programme to be able to take key learning back to South Africa/USA. You will coordinate all parties involved in the start-up, delivery and handing over of construction and infrastructure projects, taking time to fully understand our clients’ needs. You will learn to define project briefs, engage and manage expert design teams and contractors throughout the project lifecycle, and create solutions for risks and obstacles along the way.

You will be based predominantly in a project management office and gain exposure to all aspects of the construction process from initial design, through construction, fit out, commissioning, handover, and ongoing facilities management, providing you with a bedrock of experience that will help start your career.

Responsibilities include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Preparation, management and review of tender documents
  • Contributing to project briefs
  • Producing project programmes
  • Monitoring and reporting on budgets and cash flow
  • Involvement in construction and project close out
  • Project administration.

Qualifications, knowledge and skills

A construction related degree is essential and you are required to have a number of connected skills including:

  • An understanding of the project lifecycle and the roles and responsibilities of project teams
  • Ability to adapt and add value to different teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A drive to deliver results
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload.

Professional qualification routes

US graduates will carry out their LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification on return to the US in the second year of the programme.

Graduates on the South Africa programme will be supported in working towards their professional qualification with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What you need to know

The application process

  • Choose the area of Mace for you: see ‘choosing the right direction’ above
  • Application form: complete the online application form as soon as possible. Take your time to carefully read and answer the questions. Offers are made on a rolling basis and applications will close once vacancies are filled
  • Interview: candidates who submit strong application forms will be invited to attend a first stage interview. These will take place from October 2016
  • Assessment centre: candidates who are successful at the first stage interview will be invited to attend a final stage assessment centre from November 2016
  • Offer: candidates who demonstrate the key competencies at the assessment centre will be made an offer to join the Graduate Development Programme in 2017. The programme starts in September 2017 with the graduate induction event. However, there might be the opportunity to start before September 2017.

Salary

Competitive plus a joining bonus

Benefits and rewards

  • 22 days holiday plus two 'Mace' days to support work life balance
  • Time off between Christmas and New Year (yes, on top of your holidays and Mace days!)
  • Industry leading pension scheme with 7% Mace contribution
  • Season ticket loan
  • Private health insurance
  • Gym subsidy
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • A range of retail and leisure discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme.

Our international Graduate Development Programme offers comparable benefits. Speak to our Emerging Talent team to find out more.

Feel inspired

Find out what our current and former graduates have done with their careers at Mace on our emerging talent page.

Who we're looking for

Your time at Mace will leave a lasting legacy across the world. You must therefore have a solid understanding and passion for the construction industry. We want people with:

  • A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained)
  • 240 UCAS points from 3 A Levels or the equivalent for BTEC National Diploma at Level 3 (excluding general studies)
  • Equivalent international qualifications and HNCs are also accepted
  • A passion for the role you’ve applied for, including evidence of driving your own development through extra curricular activities
  • Proactive thinkers with excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Problem solving, organisational and influencing skills
  • A drive to deliver results, attention to detail and numerical ability
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Strong applications from people with non-construction related degrees are considered for most roles. However, construction related degrees are preferred and some roles do require a specific degree. These include: architecture and design, construction management, planning, engineering and biopharma.

What happens once I get an offer?

After receiving an offer you will be assigned a 'buddy' who will be able to help with any questions before you join us. Once you join, you will also be assigned a line manager who will provide you with a clear definition of your role and responsibilities. They will collaborate with you to define your objectives, and will support you as you build on your strengths and address your development gaps.

What next?

After the second year of the programme most graduates are promoted and spend their third year working towards a chartership. High achievers with leadership aspirations will be considered for our talent development programmes to further develop their leadership skills.
Ben Kingsnorth, Assistant Sustainability Manager, Sustainability

“I’ve always been passionate about sustainability and climate change. The opportunity to work with a project management construction and consultancy company was the perfect platform for me to make a real difference.”

“I’m doing exactly what I’d set out to do, just a lot sooner than I’d thought possible.”

Amar Sahi, Assistant Manager, Consultancy

“The best thing about the graduate scheme is that it's clearly been developed with us in mind. The training covers all the facets of the industry we are exposed to from feasibility surveys to procurement, planning, construction technologies and handover procedures. Our graduate project gives us the opportunity to network with our peers and we get great exposure to senior colleagues.”

Ebony Jones, Assistant project manager, Consultancy

“The best thing about Mace is the opportunity to learn more every day. There is so much going on at Mace and so many opportunities to do something new or different, there's always another string to add to your bow. Working in North America has been a great opportunity to help shape Mace's reputation there - it's a relatively new business and to spread Mace's brand, and be part of the team showcasing Mace's strength on an international level has been very rewarding”

Michael Nathan, Senior Emerging Talent Manager, Group Services

“In 2017 we welcomed 65 graduates from 41 different universities with a broad range of degrees to our Graduate Development Programme - with over 36% being female.”