Grontmij has shown dramatic organic growth in recent years and now employs over 7,000 professionals Đ 1,000 of whom are based in the UK and Ireland. Two new UK offices opened this year, in Solihull and Warrington, alongside significant expansion to the the Glasgow team. All in all, now is an ideal time to join as further opportunities develop.
The sharing of ideas and best practice contributes to the growth of Grontmij, and underline its success with many long-term alliances, such as the water industry's AMP4 frameworks.
People work in an open atmosphere, where the company's culture of creativity is encouraged to thrive.
Graduates are given hands-on involvement in large projects. They could find themselves working on any number of exciting schemes, such as the design of the £275M, 4.5km Dublin Port Tunnel, the Esholt WwTW, one of Yorkshire's largest sewage treatment works, or the £175M bridge over the River Esk on the M6 between Carlisle and Guards Mill.
"People have good access to career development," explains human resources director Jan Lewis. "They are treated as individuals and are assisted towards chartered status through practical, professional and financial support." Grontmij development schemes are accredited to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Chartered Institution of Water and Environment Management, and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). Other development opportunities include project management and an innovative Leadership Excellence Programme. The appointment of a dedicated learning and development manager, has ensured that training is structured on an individual basis, demonstrating the company's commitment to developing people.
"Graduates receive regular reviews on their performance from their delegated engineer/mentor through our competency based Performance Development Review process," explains Jan. "Career development is supplemented with formal modules such as health and safety and contract law."
Grontmij looks for a minimum 2:1, but whether this is a BEng or MEng is less important than the applicant's personal attributes. "We want people who think for themselves and challenge themselves and each other," says Jan, "people who want to develop and be the best."
23 days holiday, increasing after 2 and 4 years
2006-07 graduate intake: approx 12 - 14
Industrial placements available (year long / vacation placements)
Sponsorship opportunities available
Non-contributory pension scheme
Competitive starting salary
Optional employee contribution health plan available
Subscriptions paid to two professional institutions per annum
Office locations: Leeds (UK Head Office), Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Peterborough, Reading, Solihull, Wrexham and Warrington.
Amy Baker joined Grontmij in 2005 after graduating with a BEng (Hons) in civil and structural engineering. Following a 14 month placement with Grontmij between her second and third year as a student, she rejoined the company's water team after graduation.
"I returned to Grontmij because of the valuable experiences I gained during my placement," commented Amy. "The atmosphere is very open, it's easy to talk to any of my colleagues and managers and learn from their experiences. The financial benefits Grontmij provided in my final year at university, and since joining, also demonstrated their commitment to me."
With two years at Grontmij behind her, Amy has been promoted to Assistant Engineer. "During my placement I realised Grontmij has clear promotion channels with no ceiling. This means I can make clear plans for the future, and I aim to become a chartered civil engineer by 2010," she explains.
Amy is currently working on several large projects, such as designing the Neiley WwTW. She is involved in projects for Grontmij's water framework clients, such as Severn Trent Water and Anglian Water. "I have had a significant involvement on our Severn Trent Water framework schemes," she says, "and have worked on a number of projects from initial concept design through to construction, allowing me to learn and develop my skills a lot faster."