South East

The Wates Group was established in 1897 and is one of the leading privately owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK.  We employ almost 4.000 people, working with a range of clients and partners from across the public and private sectors At Wates we are proud to be a family-owned business, small enough to recognise and support great talent, yet big enough to challenge and inspire our people through amazing multi-million-pound projects. To us our industry is more than just building, it’s also a chance for us to positively impact the communities where we work and thrive.

Our Construction Business

Wates Construction specialises in maximising value by finding the most intelligent and creative ways to deliver outstanding buildings. We deliver projects in a range of sectors including, government, commercial, industrial and historical restoration. The award of Construction News’ Contractor of the Year in 2017 is a testament to the quality of our projects, our client satisfaction, and our approach to the communities in which we work.



The base locations for these roles is as stated above, however, you will be required to travel to and/or work at locations within the Construction Central region should the business require.

The Role

Do you enjoy problem solving? Would you like to work with a range of different people and stakeholders including Architects, Engineers, Consultant Quantity Surveyors and Subcontractors? Then our Design Management Industrial Placement may be the role for you.

The Design Management team review and analyse complex information to ensure the design of a project incorporates buildability, programme sequence and encourages best practice health and safety.

As a Wates Design Industrial Placement, you will be involved in:

  • Ensuring the company manages the process of design to reduce risk and maximize return.
  • Maintaining relationships with clients, designers, subcontractors and suppliers, through a fair and professional approach when managing design and related matters
  • Safeguarding the contractual position of Wates in respect of such matters as progress of the works, design responsibility and our contractual obligations to sub- contractors regarding design responsibility.
  • Provide sound design, progress and dashboard information to your line manager and other functions as well as support in the preparation of reports regarding design consultant performance.

Our Management Trainee Programme

If you’re looking for a programme full of innovation and variety then you’re in the right place. Here are some of the core benefits our Management Trainee Programme

  • We support you all the way through to Chartership whether school, college leaver or graduate
  • Competitive industry salary and benefits package
  • We’ll rotate you around our business unit, ensuring you get a full breadth experience
  • You’ll receive structured development and a combination of technical and behavioural training
  • You’ll receive professional mentorship and guidance as well as great exposure to our senior leaders

What we're looking for

  • Genuine interest in our Construction business
  • Effective interpersonal and organisation skills
  • Motivated to manage and drive own development
  • Ability to work within a team and participate in all required activities
  • Well-developed communication and influencing skills
  • Identify opportunities to improve design approach to project delivery
  • Candidates will be required to have a full driving license by September 2022, this will be a condition of offer

Entry Requirements

You will be working towards a 2:1 degree in Design Management, Construction Management, Architecture, Civil Engineering or similar related subject and have the opportunity to take an Industrial Placement as part of your studies

Next Steps

This role will close on Sunday 28th November at 11:59pm. Please ensure you allow enough time to complete your application before the deadline as applications made past this date will not be considered.

Assessment centres will take place in at the start of 2022.

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