Opus appears in the top 10 firms across all of the core themes – Engineering Equality (second), Future Engineer (second), World View (fifth), Future Technology (ninth) and Technical Excellence (10th), which demonstrates why the firm has been named NCE100 Company of the Year.
The consultant prides itself on having a clear diversity strategy; engaging its staff in outreach activities to promote the profession and act as STEM ambassadors; working with impact internationally culminating in professional recognition of its work; spearheading new technologies through research and development funding; and pushing engineering boundaries in partnership with clients.
Its history dates back to colonial New Zealand, when around 1,885 the country’s public works department began building national road and rail networks to open up its notoriously difficult terrain.
It has grown from a small number of engineers to a 3,000 strong staff working in the UK, Australasia, Canada and the United States in the key sectors of buildings, transport water and environment. The UK operation was established in 1989. It is now based in Bristol and employs over 400 in 12 offices. The parent company is based in Wellington, New Zealand and was listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 2007.
Staff include engineers, scientists, researchers, data analysts, chemists, surveyors and behavioural psychologists who work together.
Stand out stats
1885 Established in New Zealand
2007 Listed on New Zealand Stock Exchange
1989 Year Opus’ UK operation is established