UK Graduate Civil Engineer (Water Team)

Mott MacDonald

Reading, , GB

Job Description

At Mott MacDonald, we are passionate about providing solutions that help our clients to achieve a sustainable approach to growth, balancing environmental and societal needs. The availability of water, and the provision of adequate sewerage disposal, are vital to meet the ever-growing demands of development, population growth and climate change.

Our Reading team is primarily focused on supporting Thames Water, with whom we have a long-standing and highly successful relationship. We continue to provide them with vital services across a range of frameworks, from Developer Services and Strategic Growth to major stand-alone projects such as their Water Resource Management Plan. We also support their Major Projects and Operations teams, providing solutions to improve their wastewater treatment works, including two of the largest treatment works in London. Beyond Thames, we are also expanding our international focus – supporting pipelines projects in Africa, Asia and Europe.

As a graduate in our Reading team, you’ll join an innovative and motivated team of engineers, preparing outline and detailed civil engineering designs, producing technical and commercial specifications, drawings and schedules, working in close partnership with clients and contractors. We will support you as you develop your technical and project management skills, delivering designs for multi-disciplinary water or wastewater schemes. You might work with our pipelines and networks teams, or tackle trunk mains leakage problems. There are also opportunities to undertake hydraulic modelling. Perhaps you’ll work with our team of asset management specialists looking at strategies to provide water across the Thames region into the future, or with our major projects teams on large wastewater treatment works. There are a range of opportunities available.  In terms of career progression, we offer development in technical, management or commercial/client-facing directions, or a combination thereof – ensuring you get the experience you need to achieve your chosen professional qualification.


Candidate Specification

We are looking for a flexible and motivated graduate with a genuine passion for Water Engineering and a desire to make a difference in the world. If this describes you, apply today to launch your career at Mott MacDonald.

To apply for this scheme, you will need to have less than 12 months experience and have achieved a 2:1 or above in Civil Engineering:

You must have a strong interest in the Water sector, which we ask you to demonstrate in your application form through relevant experience, such as the modules you have studied or previous work experience.

We are looking for a graduate with the following characteristics:

  • Methodical approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to use your initiative to undertake tasks efficiently and independently.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, which allow you to confidently liaise with clients and team members.
  • Excellent written communication and attention to detail and be able to demonstrate accurate technical drawings and good report writing.

** Please note, this role is based in our Reading Office only ** 

Equality, diversity and inclusion: 
Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are at the heart of our organisation. We promote equal opportunities and have several initiatives to create an inclusive workplace culture; Our dedicated inclusive recruitment page provides more information on our efforts and recognitions.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at [email protected] and we will talk to you about how to help. 

Flexible working: 
we support our staff to create work-life balance which works for them and welcome candidates looking for career flexibility. We are open to discussing flexible working at interview stage.


Job Profile

About this role – is it the right one for you?

A graduate role should be more than just job. We know this and so do you. That’s why with this programme, we aim to give you the experience and technical knowledge you need to progress your career.

From the moment you join us, you’ll receive the training you need. You will be assigned a chartered mentor, who will guide you to meet the objectives of your professional training agreement. We’ll also support you on your journey to gaining chartered status with your chosen institution.

What else is involved?
With our innovative graduate development portal, you will be able to effectively track and plan your personal and professional development online.

You’ll be enrolled onto Accelerate Your Future, a three-year programme which develops your strengths, it also gives you the opportunity to network and meet other graduates in your cohort. The programme is a mix of residential events, classroom-based learning, virtual webinars and business challenges.

We understand that each person’s career goals vary, therefore we tailor make each individual’s development programme to suit them. With our vast library of e-learning courses available to you, you can choose which direction you want your career to go in.

You’re probably wondering what else is on offer. Join us, and you’ll get:

  • Biannual salary reviews: we believe that hard work should be rewarded and recognised. Therefore, for the first three years of your career with us, you’ll have biannual salary reviews.
  • A competitive salary: in addition to biannual reviews, we will ensure that you’re given a salary that matches the current industry standard.
  • Contributory pension: we have the best people on our team and we like to look out for them. With our support, you’ll have all the advice and options you need to be able to invest in your future.
  • A flexible benefits scheme: our company is made up of a range of different people and we understand that different people want different things. That’s why with our flexible plan, you’ll have the ability to manage the range of benefits we have on offer, to suit your specific needs.

Our social side
Being part of Mott MacDonald means more than just work, there’s a huge range of fun and exciting things that you can get involved in. From the moment you join us, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your social and professional network, whether it’s meeting other graduates at the graduate weekend residential course or joining forces with other members of staff from around the company at our annual sports day.

Each of our offices have a sports and social committee which will give you the chance to be part of a variety of sports, social and charity events. We’re committed to promoting a strong culture of social responsibility and encourage our staff to play active roles in the local community.

It’s worth noting that sports and social committees tend to vary from office to office, so as well as getting involved in what’s already on offer, don’t be afraid to suggest new events or initiatives that you think could be a great addition.
It doesn’t stop there. As well as events, you’ll also have access to discounts on cinema tickets, travel, fashion, utilities and much more as part of our company benefits which you can take advantage of the moment you join.






IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development