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MACE graduate scheme

Project Controls

The Service

Programme managers are responsible for an efficient joined-up delivery of a complex series of projects, constantly gathering and analysing the performance data required to effectively manage a scheme. This performance data includes financial information about contracts, progress data from contractors, risk data and other data that enable the project or programme managers to direct the work.

Programme management is a core Mace discipline and typical of our larger commissions in sectors like aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors. It was central to the delivery of major projects and programmes such as the London 2012 Olympic Games and Heathrow Terminal 5.

The Role

As a Project Controls graduate you will play a key supporting role in the delivery of our services to our clients. Initially, working alongside more senior Project Managers and/or Project Controls Managers, you will be responsible for gathering, sorting, analysing and presenting a wide variety of information and data relating to the projects you have been assigned to.

Your role will be focused on the set up of processes that predict, understand and constructively influence the desired outcomes of a project or programme, through the communication of information to assist effective decision making.

Responsibilities include but are not exclusive to:

  • Scope definition and management of a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Estimating
  • Cost Control
  • Change Control
  • Risk management
  • Writing procedures and creating process flow charts
  • Administration
  • Document management
  • Interface management
  • Extensive data management and integrating departmental systems through common coding structures
  • Recording progress on site
  • Producing reports on all of the above


Candidates must be flexible to work in various UK locations.

Professional Qualification Routes

Graduates working in project controls will be supported in working towards their professional qualification with either the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The qualification you work towards is dependent on your degree.

Minimum requirements

A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained). Construction-related and numerical degrees are preferred.
240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills
A passion for a career in the construction industry.

In addition to the minimum requirements you are required to have a number of skills including:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • Numerical skills and the ability to analyse data
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literacy
  • A drive to deliver results 

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