Local recruitment: 2024 UK Graduate Water Sector Analysis Career Path

Mott MacDonald

Cambridge, UK 🇬🇧

Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

Leeds, UK 🇬🇧

London, UK 🇬🇧

Reading, UK 🇬🇧


Full time

Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Reading

Job Description

To avoid missing out on this opportunity, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible as we will close when the positions have been filled. 

Our water asset management and investment planning team provide strategic water sector services to utilities, regulators, multilateral and commercial lenders, government organisations and research bodies. These services include asset management planning, utility performance improvement, regulatory advisory services, investment appraisal, water resource strategies, water and wastewater feasibility studies, carbon and net zero advisory, Systems thinking and project finance advisory services. There is a strong demand for our services, particularly with asset management playing a key role in helping water companies meet their targets and achieve their goals across their infrastructure and operations. 

Depending on your interests and background you could be involved in the following workstreams: 

Asset management. You would be advising water companies to operate their assets in a better way to realise efficiencies, to incorporate resilience in their systems to deliver a better service in a changing climate, and to make cost-effective investment decisions in pursue of their performance commitments to protect the environment. 

Decarbonisation. You would support the water industry achieve their net zero commitments by accounting for their carbon footprint while defining investment strategies or appraising schemes, promoting low-carbon solutions during the design of infrastructure and promoting organisational change and transition policies. 

Water Resources and feasibility studies. You would help to meet future demand for water by identifying and appraising water resources infrastructure and support decision-making by selecting the combination of option that delivers best value for customers. 

Candidate Specification

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

To be eligible for this opportunity, you will have less than 12 months relevant experience  and have a degree  or are expected to achieve one of the following degree disciplines: 

  • Engineering 
  • Geography 
  • Economics 
  • Mathematics  
  • An MSc in a relevant topic including but not limited to asset management, water policy, water resources, water engineering , carbon, systems, climate change, environmental engineering.   

In your application you should be able to demonstrate your interest in the role and working at Mott MacDonald through relevant experience, such as studying relevant modules, or previous work experience.

We are looking for graduates 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.

As we want the best people for the role, we support flexible working.  Please ask us at interview stage about any flexibility you may need.

Use of AI tools in our application process 
In today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world, we understand that candidates may use various tools, including AI, to enhance their applications. Whilst we embrace the changes technology brings, we also value the importance of authenticity and genuine human connection. 

At Mott MacDonald, we are interested in the unique qualities, experiences, and perspectives that you as an individual can bring.  We want to emphasise that what truly sets you apart is your authentic self and to consider this when making an application.  Please be prepared to answer questions during your interview, based on the information you have provided in your application form. 

Job Profile

About your development
A graduate position should be more than just a job. We know this and so do you. That’s why with our graduate roles, 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 support you on your journey to gaining chartered status with your chosen institution.

What else is involved?
You’ll be enrolled onto Accelerate Your Future, a structured three-year soft-skills development programme which develops the strengths that we know graduates need to be successful at Mott MacDonald. 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 CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) 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 will have the opportunity to make a difference; learn more about our Social Outcomes and the difference we can make!

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 up to 7% of your salary: 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.
  • 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, including season ticket loans, restaurant discounts and gym membership.

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 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.

Other Information

Equality, diversity and inclusion
We put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they have the opportunity to contribute.

Agile working
At Mott MacDonald, we believe it makes business sense for you and your manager to choose how you can work most effectively to meet your client, team and personal commitments. We embrace agility, flexibility and trust.

More about Mott MacDonald
We’re a global engineering, management and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.
A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.
Our values: progress, respect, integrity, drive, excellence

Job Ref: 66609BR

Recruiter Contact: earlycareers.recruitment@mottmac.com

Country: United Kingdom

Region/State: England – East Anglia, England – Inner London, England – North East, England – Outer London, Scotland

Discipline: Consultancy

Sector: Water

Website Region: Europe and Central Asia

Website Sector: Water and wastewater





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