Bus Engineering Management Graduate

Who will I be working for?

First Bus are one of the largest bus operators in the UK operating around a fifth of local bus services, including 40 of the UK's largest towns and cities. We have a fleet of approximately 6,300 buses and we employ 18,000 people based at around 70 depots. Since 2010 we have invested in more than 2,300 new buses across our fleet, helping us to improve punctuality, fuel and cost efficiency and reduce our environmental impact.

What does the programme involve?

Every single day, you'll enjoy getting to grips with new challenges and learning on the job, Everything about this scheme will take you out of your comfort zone. Rather than follow regular office hours or sit at a computer, you'll be out there – typically on site – gaining experience in bus maintenance, repair and fleet reliability; together with operations management (including time with finance, commercial teams and HR) as well as project and contract management. You will go on a range of external courses to develop your skills, these include; metal cutting, welding appreciation, machine and hand tool experience.

Starting out as an Engineering Management Graduate, you'll be developing your skills to become a future business leader from day one. Right from the beginning, you will gain hands on experience working on real life projects giving you the perfect basis to fast-track your way to a senior management position.

Your two year graduate programme will involve a variety of placements and experiences, some of the things you will be involved with include:

  • Hands on engineering experience including inspection servicing, diagnosis and repair
  • Depot engineering management experience
  • Engineering projects looking at anything from efficiency to reliability
  • PCV driver training
  • Engineering performance

Throughout the programme, we'll provide you with training courses to help you to develop your skills and knowledge. These will be a mixture of internal and external courses led by leading subject matter experts to aid with your development.

We will support you every step of the way by providing you with a syllabus and assigning you a mentor who will work with you to ensure you realise your full potential. It's very much on-the-job learning for people eager to learn from others, yet passionate to drive their own development too.

Who are you looking for and what qualifications do I need?

Aside from your technical skills, as a successful graduate within our Bus Engineering Teams you will need:

To be high-reaching with your sights set on a management role
Some solid strategic awareness and the ability to see the bigger picture 
Have plenty of energy and the confidence in managing colleagues in demanding commercial environments.
The ability to build positive relationships, collaborate and be comfortable dealing with people and your colleagues at every level
To have a real customer focus, being able to put the customer at the heart of everything you do to ensure the best customer experience
A focus on safety and the importance of ensuring safety for yourself, the customer and your colleagues

Work experience or placements within an engineering discipline would be advantageous, although most of all you'll be driven, with a keen desire to succeed and develop. This will be shown by your wide range of achievements – the societies and sports clubs you've been a part of and the interests you hold outside of university.

We aren't strict with our entry criteria, there's only a few things we feel are essential:

You'll need to have achieved or be expected to achieve at least a 2:2 BEng or MEng which is accredited by the IMechE or IET
You don't need any previous experience in the transport industry, just the passion, enthusiasm and curiosity to understand how the business operates and the ability to align yourself with the business goals and values.

As you grow your skills you'll help to grow our business too. You'll need an understanding of the knock-on effect every decision you make will have. It's about spotting opportunities, and reacting quickly and effectively to any challenges. You'll be as comfortable analysing data as you will be presenting proposals on new opportunities to improve the way we work. 

Where will I be located?

Ours is an industry that's always on the move so we need you to be flexible to adapt to an ever changing environment. You'll be placed in one operating company but will move around our various businesses to ensure you obtain as much exposure as possible to our industry. There is a need to be flexible and you will more than likely need to move away from home.

What will I receive in return?

We offer a competitive salary, travel benefits, pension scheme, buy as you earn and save as you earn share schemes as well as discount and cash back programmes with high street and online retailers. We'll also fully support you to become an Incorporated Engineer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

How will I be selected?

Successful applicants will undergo a 5-stage selection process. Apply and we will invite you to complete some online tests. If you get through these, you'll be asked to undertake a video interview. This may then result in you being invited to an assessment centre, which if passed will lead to an offer for a place on the next graduate programme starting in September 2019.

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