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Graduate Communications & Engagement - Planning - Consulting

Job Details

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    6 December 2020
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Interested In This Role?

Please note that we are unable to offer Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship (previously Tier 2) for this role. Therefore, you must ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship in order for your application to be considered. 

About us

At Arup, we design and deliver iconic projects through our work in the built environment. Independent in ownership and spirit, we're a global firm of project managers, programme managers, designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

About the opportunity

This is an exciting time to join Arup as we invest in our rapidly growing stakeholder engagement and communications service offer. We work closely with clients to understand the communications and engagement challenges and provide creative, robust solutions to support the delivery of complex projects across the built environment. ​

With long-standing experience in this sector, we offer our clients a broad spectrum of consulting services including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Strategic communications and public relations advice for infrastructure schemes, housing/ employment/ education development, built environment policy/strategy, organisational change and major events;
  • Stakeholderengagement and management of the consultation process;
  • Strategic advice on stakeholder expectations of proposals and project messaging plans;
  • Support planning applications through the decision-making and post-decision processes; and
  • Construction communication with impacted communities.

Our communication and engagement experts work side by side with specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, including town planning, environmental, transport planning and civil and building engineering. We work on projects of regional and national significance across the built environment sector. We work hard to foster good relationships with stakeholders and communities in the development process – including national governments, regional partnerships or agencies, local planning authorities as well as the wider community.

Joining our Midlands office, you'll work alongside a team of values-based accredited professionals and trusted advisors in the field. 

From your first day you'll join a community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards an accredited qualification. You'll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients both nationally and globally.

We have five principles that guide us, underpin the strategic approaches we take in communications and engagement, the decisions we make and our contacts with stakeholders: ​

  • Collaborative: we build, support and encourage collaboration across partnerships to solve complex issues;
  • Integrity:we always hold ourselves and others to account, maintain a consistent and accurate representation of the project.;
  • Transparency:we are clear, consistent, accurate and transparent in communications;
  • Fairness: we treat stakeholder groups fairly and respectfully – look to find mutual value in projects;
  • Inclusive: we use various communications channels to suit different stakeholder groups and use appropriate language and methods for different audiences – while keeping consistent messages. 

You will join our Stakeholder Engagement and Communications team, which is part of the wider Planning, Policy and Economics team in the Midlands working at a regional, national and international level.

The role

  • Producing high-quality communications collateral including; consultation and engagement materials, presentations, reports, press releases and social media posts;
  • Working alongside multiple technical disciplines and a broad range of public and private sector client projects;
  • Supporting the team to deliver public consultations across a range of planning regimes; representing projects at public and stakeholder events, analysing feedback and writing reports;
  • Supporting event management and logistics (some evening and weekend work may be required);
  • Supporting the production of robust engagement and communications strategies;
  • Monitoring, analysing and responding to correspondence from a wide variety of stakeholders and through various channels; and
  • Organising, attending and recording meetings with a range of stakeholders.

 What are we looking for?

  • 2:1 or above in a Public Relations or a Communications related course (or equivalent).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to write content for multiple channels tailored to meet the needs of different audiences;
  • Ability to organise and manage own time and commitments when working across multiple projects and for a range of clients;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and collaborate to solve complex issues;
  • Good knowledge and keen interest in digital communications and engagement tools;
  • An enthusiasm in helping to shape the built environment and sustainable design;
  • A good grasp of current affairs – the political environment and issues affecting the built environment, including major infrastructure and regeneration schemes; and
  • A commitment to continuous professional development with an aspiration to become CIPR Chartered or equivalent.

Arup offers

Arup offers extensive opportunities for your personal and career development and:  

  • A competitive salary and welcome bonus
  • Profit share scheme
  • A comprehensive package, including a flexible benefits fund and a generous pension
  • Opportunities to work on international projects
  • Technically challenging projects that will stretch and develop your skills
  • An interesting and varied workload where you'll make a tangible difference to the world
  • A collaborative, intelligent and friendly team in an excellent working environment
  • Mentorship and support towards professional accreditation and career development opportunities

Interested in finding out more? Here's some additional Information.

Assessment Centres will take place from December 2020, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible so you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity.

Shape your time with us
Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a great place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. We therefore welcome applications from diverse candidates. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you'll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people.  As a firm with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.



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