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Hyder

Hyder’s global reach and expertise on landmark projects proves a draw for engineers at all levels

Hyder Consulting is an international advisory and design consultancy that specialises in transport, water, environment, property, energy and resources.

It employs 4,750 people in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia and has a reputation for innovation. During the last year Hyder has completed six acquisitions and secured two major industry awards: the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising its 66% increase in international sales over the last three years, and the Ground Engineering Awards for its work on the foundations of the Burj Dubai, the tallest man-made structure ever built.

To find out more about working for Hyder Consulting go to www.hyderconsulting.com

Employee Profile: Brian Rechere
Function Group Director: Urban Design and Transportation

Brian Rechere’s career with Hyder initially began with a placement as an agency engineer on a major bypass scheme the company was supervising in Essex. After two years he was offered a permanent position, and stayed with the project until its completion. He then spent a year in the structural design section of Hyder’s Guildford office, before taking on another highways job where he was identified for the company’s "HiPo" high potential programme of training, development and networking opportunities.

While in Guildford he worked on the A130 DBFO for Essex County Council. "It was a very interesting job because it was the first highways DBFO where the client wasn’t the Highways Agency," Rechere explains.

Having started out as project coordinator on the job, Rechere progressed through the ranks to become project manager. A succession of project management positions followed, culminating in a two and a half year stint on design development of the M25 rapid widening between junctions 16 and 7, where a team of over 100 engineers from four different consultants worked together.

Rechere then took up a role managing and developing the company’s ITS team at Guildford, before moving to London last year to manage the 85-strong urban design and transportation business unit where he is now the director. "My interest and strengths are in leading and giving good direction to teams." Throughout his 12 years with the company, Rechere says his attitude has been: "If an opportunity is there, and someone’s got the confidence in me to do it, then I’ll have a go."

Employee Profile: Caroline Nickson,
Function Group Manager: Sewerage Team, Devon

Caroline Nickson has been at Hyder for five years, having joined as a graduate engineer with two years’ experience. She made the move because she wanted to work in the water sector, and was looking for a consultant with a strong reputation in that sector and with a presence in the South West.

Nickson joined Hyder’s Plymouth office, working mainly in "dirty" water projects, and has seen her career develop to the point where she is now design manager for a £7M pipeline scheme for South West Water. "Initially I wanted to focus on getting my Civils," she explains. Since achieving that two years ago she has been building up project and management experience.

In her first year at Hyder, Nickson won a competition based on her achievements, and spent two
weeks working in the company’s Hong Kong office. The following year she was named Graduate Of The Year. Over the last two years, Nickson has developed her design management and technical skills and is now keen to increase her people management expertise. "Since getting chartered I’ve been identifying each year where I would like to go, how to get there and which training I need," she says. "For now I would like to develop my way up larger projects and take on more line management responsibilities," she says. Once she has built up those skills, Nickson is keen to work overseas.

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