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Graduate Project Manager - London

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    17 June 2018

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At Arup we deliver ground-breaking icons and major programmes through our work in the built environment.  Independent in ownership and spirit, we’re a global firm of project & programme managers, designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Our 500 project & programme managers are based in 24 countries across the global Arup network and come from a variety of backgrounds with a range of professional qualifications across engineering, design, construction management and cost control.  Our multi-disciplinary approach to project management and programme management ensures we consistently deliver a high-calibre, tailored service to each of our clients.

Arup Programme & Project Management (PPM) teams provide professional services across a wide range of strategic and complex projects and programmes. These services include, but are not limited to the following and are supported by the rest of Arup:

Strategic Advice:

  • Programme Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Masterplanning & Options Appraisals Estate Strategy & Reconfiguration
  • Due Diligence
  • Business Case Development
  • Management of Gateway Process
  • Process Improvement & Governance
  • Benefits Realisation
  • Post Project Reviews & Audits
  • PPP Support & Delivery

Project Delivery:

  • Programme Management
  • Project Management
  • Design Management
  • Construction Management
  • Management of IT systems
  • Management of specialist client-supplied equipment
  • Lead Consultant
  • Client Advisor
  • Moves & Migration Management
  • Management of Commissioning & Certification

Specialist Skills:

  • Team Building & Alliances
  • Cost Management
  • Risk & Opportunity Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Procurement Advice & Contract Negotiation
  • Dispute Management
  • Sustainability
  • Project Planning & Logistics (inc. 4D)
  • Brief Development
  • Value Management
  • Contingency Management
  • CDM Coordination & Safety Management
  • Change Management
  • Operational Readiness

Our PPM team is currently active in many sectors including Energy, Education, Science, Healthcare, Commercial, Industrial, Rail, Highways and Water.

Our project managers are inspired to innovate on our projects and in the services we deliver – this aligns to our ethos of striving to be the best that we can be and seeking innovative solutions.  Please follow this link to read more about our thoughts on the Future of Project Management.

In 2016 Arup PPM celebrated our 25th anniversary of delivering professional project management services in the UK.  Our learning and development framework for project managers is accredited by the Association of Project Management and we have close ties with both the APM and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

A small selection of our projects is available on our website via this link.

About the role

We are looking for Graduate Project Managers to join our team of bright professionals. From your first day, you will join an unrivalled community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification, whilst maintaining control and drive of their own career.

You will help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients. You will have a great deal of responsibility from day one, which will involve working in high performing teams and delivering client facing tasks. As you progress in your role at Arup, we envisage you will develop your skills and progress in the levels of responsibility and challenging projects you are involved with.

Covering the spectrum of project & programme management, you will have the opportunity to be involved in all stages of the project life cycle from project inception, feasibility, concept design, design coordination, procurement, contract administration through to delivery and handover.  It is likely you will work on a variety of projects as a graduate, which will provide a diverse working environment.

Arup graduate programme

We take your development as seriously as you do. After all, your reputation helps us build ours, so we’ll support your professional and personal development as long as you’re with us.

For more information on graduate training and development at Arup, please follow this link.

What we look for

We are looking for graduates with curiosity, personal drive and technical knowhow. If you can combine these skills with a thorough understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the role of a Project Manager and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for the following qualifications, attributes, skills & experience:

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject*, such as Engineering, Architecture, Business, Construction Management or Project Management, at 2.1 or above;
  • Work-experience within a professional services consultancy environment is preferred, but not essential.
  • Master’s qualified in a relevant subject* (as above) is desirable, but not essential.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable engaging with people with diverse backgrounds and drivers
  • Strong ethics towards team-working
  • An understanding of Project Management
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Microsoft Project software (or similar) understanding being an advantage


  • Enthusiasm for a career in Project Management, underpinned through a knowledge and understanding of our sectors and work
  • Focus on collaboration and team working
  • Be planned and organised in your approach to work and meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to problem solving
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative and be proactive
  • Be flexible to the needs of the business, and changes to project plans
  • Be prepared to travel for assignments (including overseas)

What we offer

There are infinite possibilities when you join Arup. You’ll receive all the opportunities that come with a challenging, fulfilling career, including:

  • A competitive salary and welcome-bonus
  • Profit share scheme
  • A comprehensive package, including a flexible benefits fund and a generous pension
  • The support you need to develop your career through professional accreditation and training
  • 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
  • A challenging workload that will stretch your mind and make the most of your skills
  • Opportunities to manage inspiring projects including the potential to work on international projects

Additional Information

Our Graduate Welcome and Skills Week will take place in September 2018. Although we can be flexible on start dates we would hope that the successful candidate will join their peers for this event.

Please note that we are unable to offer Tier 2 visa sponsorship 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.


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