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Graduate Strategic Consultant

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Graduate scheme
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AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. 

Our UK based Strategic Consultancy team undertakes a wide range of technical management consultancy projects. Our client range is diverse and includes national and private asset owners and operators, infrastructure construction organisations and environmental agencies. We provide expertise in:

Network Management Policy, Strategy & Safety

  • Change Management
  • Operations & Maintenance consultancy
  • Development of maintenance contracts, including associated process and procedures and performance metrics
  • Improvement of Incident Management
  • Statistical analysis of collisions and development of safety strategies
  • PFI/PPP advice
  • Guidance, standards and specification development

Sustainability & Resilience

  • Climate change risk assessments and development of adaptation measures
  • Construction materials resource efficiency and optimisation
  • Measurement of carbon footprint of construction activities and development of management processes
  • Severe weather planning
  • Emergency Planning

Highway Asset Management

  • ISO 55000 assessments
  • Strategic, tactical and operational advice
  • Investment support/Value Management
  • Whole life costing
  • Asset management plans/lifecycle plans
  • Efficiency, lean and value management
  • Training

Research & Innovation

  • Technology trials
  • Traffic management research
  • Driving simulator research

Recent projects include:

  • Future Maintenance Requirements – supporting the development of the next generation of maintenance contracts (Highways England)
  • Designing for Operational Maintenance – review of current delivery models and suitability for the strategic road network (Highways England)
  • Analysis and reporting of STATS 19 data and development of safety improvement initiatives (Highways England)
  • Stakeholder engagement and research to develop minimum site standards for non-off road capable HGVs to reduce the number of off road capable vehicles on London’s roads and improve safety for vulnerable road users (Transport for London)
  • Development of a framework that provides a process for understanding and addressing the impacts of climate change on road networks, assets and operations (World Road Association)
  • Development of a structured strategic approach to Climate Change Adaptation and a formal management procedure (Northern Gas Networks, Scottish Canals)
  • Enabling the parallel calculation of whole life cost and whole life carbon parameters (Transport Scotland)
  • Development of decision support tools to embed asset management decision making (Transport Scotland)
  • Analysis of asset condition data to develop a prioritised forward programmes of maintenance (Telford & Wrekin Council)
  • Gap analysis against Well-managed highway infrastructure code of practice for local authorities (Midlands Highway Alliance)
  • Driving simulator trials of revised sign design for roadworks, and alternative traffic management for All Lane Running (Highways England)

Job Responsibilities 

Our work is client-focused, often with a strong commercial basis. We are a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in science, engineering, sustainability, statistics and commercial. Consequently, we have the capability, expertise and mindset to develop solutions applicable to a wide range of problems. We are looking to strengthen our Strategic Consultancy team with graduates to fulfil the following responsibilities:

  • Source, review, collate and report information from a variety of sources
  • Take ownership for project tasks with direction from the Project Manager
  • Develop novel bespoke solutions on a project-by-project basis


  • BEng Civil Engineering, BSc Geography, or MSc Transport Planning with a 2:2 classification (or equivalent) or above
  • MEng Civil Engineering or a MSc Transport Planning would be an advantage
  • Relevant work experience would be an advantage
  • Demonstrable interest in Strategic Consultancy and developing a career in this industry
  • Willing and able to work towards chartership with the relevant professional institution
  • Good Microsoft Office skills essential such as Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external clients, both verbally & in writing with the confidence to engage with a variety of people (clients, colleagues, stakeholders and sub-contractors alike) and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss technical issues and capture feedback
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, with ambition and drive
  • Ability to structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole
  • Ability to work in a team and independently without losing initiative & focus


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP), along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future.  We have over 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Ireland, from over 40 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live and work in.

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK & Ireland. We will push you to achieve the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your development, and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

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