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Graduate Consultant – Operations and Safety, Transport (Manchester or Guildford)

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Manchester or Guildford
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer. Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.

Our work is serious, and serious fun. We create homes for penguins, help you get from A to B faster and safer, create inspiring places to live and work, and shape the skylines of our cities.

WSP is looking for a number of graduate consultants to join its industry-leading Intelligent Transport Services team.  We provide consultancy and engineering services to transport clients throughout the UK and overseas.

As a key part of our team you will be able to access a range of benefits, from targeted professional development, the opportunity to contribute to the direction of our business and to help us improve the way we do things.

We have recently secured a number of exciting new projects and are now looking to grow our team by recruiting a range of consultants – from recent graduates to individuals with extensive consultancy experience. 

Working within the Operations and Safety Group, our graduate consultants work with clients to develop solutions to transport issues.  We work across all aspects of projects providing expertise in areas including safety risk assessment, project appraisal, business cases, transport operations, customer impact, feasibility studies, traffic and safety analysis and stakeholder management.  

Our current projects include several smart motorways schemes, trials of connected and autonomous vehicles and management of Highways England’s National Roadside Telecommunications Services.

A typical week may include:

  • Scoping issues and developing methodologies for addressing them
  • Strategy development and planning
  • Researching and gathering evidence
  • Carrying out qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Identifying scheme risks and mitigations
  • Writing detailed reports
  • Working with clients and stakeholders
  • Supporting and developing other staff

What you’ll need

  • You’ll be graduating in 2020 or have recently graduated with at least a 2:1 in a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. engineering, transport studies, geography, psychology, liberal arts) or are a technician with BTEC, HNC/HND and an appropriate level of experience
  • You’ll ideally have less than two years relevant experience
  • You’ll be passionate with the curiosity and creativity to solve problems
  • You’ll want to stretch and inspire us, speaking up about any new ideas you have
  • You’ll want to throw yourself in from day one and put your studies into practice
  • You’ll have excellent communication skills
  • You’ll enjoy working in a team environment, sharing ideas and collaborating with colleagues 
  • You’ll have confidence to work under pressure with the ability to prioritise and plan effectively

What you’ll get from us

We care about individuals and their progress and offer the most fulfilling career development for our professionals. Professional accreditation is an important milestone to reach. After years of study in your field and hard work on the job, you’ll want the recognition that you are at the top of your game.  Our two-year graduate development programme will support you to achieve your goals. 

If you choose to pursue a qualification with the ICE, IStructE, IET, CIBSE, IMechE, IChemE, TPS, CIWEM or RICS, we’ll provide a technical mentor to help you on your journey, and reward you for your efforts as well (when you reach certain professional milestones you’ll even get a bonus as a thank you and well done for your hard work).

The structured programme includes but is not limited to training in: 

  • Technical report writing
  • Team specific technical skills
  • Project management (introduction and advanced)
  • Influential communications
  • Commercial concepts
  • WSP Team Building Event
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Our Culture
  • 3 Residential trips across the course of the programme

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We also offer our Professional Growth Network (PGN) which is a networking group run by early career professionals for early career professionals. It helps to grow your network of contacts across the UK business as well as providing you with opportunities for extra experience to support you in achieving chartered status or other professional accreditations. 


Finally, we have a comprehensive wider benefits package which includes:

  • Professional Development Bonus to recognise attainment of professional statuses
  • 2 paid days a year to be used for volunteering activities 
  • Cheaper gym memberships and Tastecards
  • Discounts and offers with a variety of high street retailers through our Treats programme
  • A standard 25 day annual leave allowance plus Bank Holidays and the flexibility to buy and sell annual leave
  • The Cycle to Work Scheme (which entitles you to a tax free bike)
  • The option to purchase additional benefits such as dental care, personal accident cover, holiday or life insurance at reduced rates
  • Reduced rates on gadget insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme – EAP offers you free access to specialist advice in areas such as legal, financial, personal and family matters including bereavement and counselling services. 

How long does the process take?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 48 hours of submission. We work hard to match you to the most suitable roles in our business and the recruitment process can vary depending on the role and team you are matched to. Most applications are progressed to assessment centre within 2-3 months but it’s good to know that the whole process can last up to 6 months in total. We will aim to keep you informed throughout the time that your application is being considered however, due to the volume of applications received, we are not able to respond to individual requests for status updates.

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More about this vacancy

South East, North West
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5