Careers

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).

For more than 25 years our adventurous spirit has driven us to do things better, to push for more, to improve the world and to move the industry forward. Find out more about what makes us different.

The programme in a nutshell

Our two-year programme enables you to specialise in one of 15 discipline areas, 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 you’ll get hands on experience across multiple sectors. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside leading industry professionals and high-profile clients as you work towards your chartership.

Our graduate programme includes:

  • A two-day formal induction
  • Classroom and virtual sessions covering technical skills in the construction lifecycle, and key business skills like presentation and leadership
  • Interactive group projects using live case studies
  • Guidance and support in order to progress towards professional chartership status with industry bodies. Our development programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Support towards 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 – including a buddy allocated from the time you receive an offer
  • 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

Choosing the right direction

Our people are renowned throughout the industry for always going that bit further – using their expertise and collaborating with their teams to think harder, solve better and go further. 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.

On the graduate programme, you can apply to specialise in a service discipline. To discover more about the job roles on offer this year, simply select a job role below to read more about the service, the role and the required qualifications, skills and knowledge.

Mace Graduate and Undergraduate Brochure 2017 

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Are you ready?

If you think you can bring a different perspective to help us shape the cities of tomorrow then apply now. We have a few spaces left on our 2017 programmes.

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Ready for 2018?

Applications for 2018 open in September 2017 and you can register your interest here. We will contact you when applications open.

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Any questions?

If you have any questions about our Graduate and Undergraduate opportunities please contact our Emerging Talent team.

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The service

We offer our clients a fully comprehensive project management service. Our project management experts offer a flexible and highly bespoke service based on a robust and well-proven formula for delivery. Working alongside our clients, we adopt a value-driven approach to defining business and project objectives before identifying the most effective means to deliver. We provide a full spectrum of project management services from the preparation of business cases and the development of organisational frameworks to straightforward procurement, design, construction delivery and operation.

The role

As a project manager you will either join the public sector, private sector, utilities, energy, rail or major programmes and infrastructure team (see programme management) to coordinate all parties involved, taking time to fully understand our clients’ needs. You will learn to define project briefs, engage with 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 at one of Mace’s offices but may also spend your time at client premises. You will gain experience in all aspects of the construction process from initial design, through construction, fit out, commissioning, handover, and ongoing facilities management. You will be provided with a bedrock of experience that will help launch 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
  • Contract administration.

Locations

Opportunities are available in project and programme management consultancy in 2017 across various UK locations including Greater London, Heathrow, the Home Counties, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

Qualifications, knowledge and skills

Construction related degrees are preferred, however applications are considered from non-construction related degrees. 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
• Drive to deliver results
• Ability to plan and prioritise workload.

Professional qualification routes

Graduates working in project management (consultancy) 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.

 

The service

At Mace, our programme management experts identify our clients' strategic options and configure complex programmes from integrated projects. We have the experience to deliver a course of action that manages risk, time, cost and quality; the leadership to maintain complete control and transparency across the process; and the passion and enthusiasm to drive value at every turn.

Programme management is a core Mace discipline and typical of our larger commissions in sectors like aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors, and of course it was central to the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, providing assurance that the 40+ main contractors on the park were performing as expected.

The role

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.

There are two routes into programme management. One is via project management (consultancy) the other via project controls. You’ll gain experience in, and exposure to, all aspects of the construction process from design and design management, construction, fit out, mechanical and electrical services and commissioning and handover.

As a graduate trainee in project controls you will be involved in gathering and analysing data from a diverse range of sources from projects within programmes. Your main responsibility will be to report on the progress of your projects’ performance. You will gain experience in a wide range of areas such as planning, budgeting, cost management, change control, and risk management. Project controls graduates will typically have a degree that has an element of data handling and analysis.

Locations

Candidates must be able flexible to work throughout the UK.

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.

 

The service

Mace offers a wide range of consultancy services and is employed by clients for industry leading expertise, including cost management. Our cost consultancy service provides independent, impartial, specialist advice on the full scope of construction costs throughout the lifecycle of projects.

Mace adopts a modern approach to cost consultancy and is consistently ranked in the top 10 UK quantity surveyors. We engage with design teams and procure projects to achieve best possible value from construction costs, market testing a minimum of 70% of the cost plan value for real time costing on our projects.

The role

Quantity surveyors working in a consultancy capacity are often referred to as private quantity surveyors (PQS), whose role can be defined under job titles such as cost consultant or cost manager.

Cost consultancy graduates and placement students work closely with both main contractors and clients, by providing authoritative commercial and risk advice. Responsibilities include producing cost plans, value engineering, negotiating cost variations and producing final accounts.

A commercial manager on the other hand works on behalf of the contractor to agree the main contract, typically with the PQS, before setting up and agreeing contracts downstream with sub-contractors (in a traditional design and build style of procurement), or trade-contractors (when working under a construction management form of contract) on behalf of the client. If you are interested in working in contracting as a graduate trainee commercial manager explore our people section.

Qualifications, knowledge and skills

Mace’s cost consultancy graduate and placement students ideally have a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degree in quantity surveying. Other degrees are considered.

You will require a range of connected skills including:

  • Strong numerical ability
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to build excellent relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Drive to achieve results. Candidates need to be able to take responsibility for effectively delivering a range of tasks to a high quality of standards throughout end to end service delivery.

Professional qualification routes

Mace’s cost consultancy team provides extensive training and support for graduates including RICS workshops, leading to professional RICS qualification. Graduates who do not have an RICS accredited degree may be required to complete a conversion course.

Locations

Opportunities in cost consultancy for 2017 will be based in London, Manchester, Winchester, Birmingham and Exeter.

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).

Opportunities will be available in the following roles.

  • Building Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Design Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Project Controls
  • Project Management Consultancy
  • Project Management Consultancy - Biopharm
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Sustainability

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.

 

Are you ready?

Whatever your background, we want to attract the best and brightest people to bring new perspectives to some of the most challenging and inspiring projects around the world. If you think you’ve got what it takes to influence our industry as we take on even bigger challenges then apply now!

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.

Feel inspired

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

Are you ready?

If you think you can bring a different perspective to help us shape the cities of tomorrow then apply now.

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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.”

Bethany McLoughlin, 	Assistant Cost Consultant, Consultancy

“At Mace you very much hit the ground running! When I first started I was working on three projects. After a year I'm now working on seven projects across a range of sectors. All are at different stages in the project lifecycle which makes my role really varied. The level of opportunity and encouragement I receive, working towards my chartership and completing the graduate training is astounding. I also learn so much from each project. No two projects are alike but when I apply my knowledge from previous experiences, I can really feel my knowledge and confidence grow.”

Will Allan, Graduate Trainee, Construction

“The best thing about the grad scheme is that we get to build a strong network of colleagues and friends across the business in roles so different to our own - it's an excellent learning platform. This year we formed a multidisciplinary team to do an academic project on a school extension. We had to identify client needs and engineer the project all the way through to the construction phase before presenting our solution to the Mace Group Board.”

Amie Westlake, Assistant Construction Manager, Como

“I love being on site. Every day is different and it’s really fast paced. I can’t keep still – even at weekends – so having a job that keeps me on my toes and constantly challenged is perfect for me. I love the daily interaction I have with the entire project team and the fact that I get to totally transform an empty shell into something that gives the client a lot of satisfaction. Being able to stand back at the end of a project and see the physical results of all the hard work is really rewarding.”

Millie Evans, Mobilisation Coordinator, Macro

“The best thing about my role is the independence. I'm not micromanaged which means I can think much more strategically and make decisions. The culture is supportive and my opinions are listened to by senior managers which is encouraging - it makes me feel comfortable communicating with anyone at the company when I need to ask for help or advice”

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

“Last year, we welcomed 71 graduates from 38 different universities with a broad range of degrees to our Graduate Development Programme - 20% more than in 2014.”