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Opus

Opus is a leading international multi-disciplinary consultancy, with over 2400 staff in offices throughout the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Opus people find themselves at the forefront of award-winning and innovative projects, working in the key areas of transportation, buildings, water and other infrastructure. The company’s reputation is built on delivering challenging and exciting projects successfully. The future is equally exciting, with a wide range of projects presenting a variety of career opportunities.

Opus makes a point of looking after graduate engineers to ensure individuals get the best start to their careers. The company offers quality training and development programmes, as well as work flexibility. Graduate engineers who join Opus find that they can develop their own career in a particular discipline or chosen interest through structured internal training programmes, post-graduate study and general management training programmes.

Professional development is encouraged at every stage. Graduates find themselves working from day one with multi-disciplinary teams on a wide range of different projects. A mix of both office and site experience is guaranteed, with support from experienced colleagues able and willing to offer technical advice.

As part of the company’s structured international graduate development programme, there will be an opportunity to gain additional responsibility backed with mentoring support. Graduates are encouraged to take advantage of the career and project opportunities on offer at offices overseas. Great team work and lots of social interaction is a key part of the whole Opus culture.

For more details of the Opus graduate programme and to apply online, visit www.opusinternational.co.uk

BENEFITS

  • Diverse projects in varied locations with 17 UK offices and 81 globally in New Zealand, Australia and Canada

  • Accredited training schemes with ICE and IStructE

  • Full support of a mentor whilst working towards chartership

  • Undergraduate sponsorship for students who have worked for the company as a vacation or industrial placement student

  • Contributory pension scheme with life assurance

  • Competitive salary

  • Subscriptions to professional institutions paid

  • Accor Childcare vouchers

  • Company bonus scheme

  • Fun team based environment

Graduate profile: PATRICK
Patrick left Nottingham Trent University in June 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering. He talked to a number of different companies, before deciding that Opus offered him the best opportunity to hit the ground running at the start of his career by enabling him to follow his interest in marine engineering.

"The marine side of things is a bit more specialised than mainstream civil engineering," explained Patrick. "I really like it, there is a lot of diverse work, and it involves different aspects and an added element of the unknown that comes with working within a marine environment that I really enjoy. At the moment I am working on some life boat stations for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) – some of them are placed in really harsh environments, so there is a lot to take into account."

"I feel fortunate to get the level of support that Opus offers," continued Patrick. "I have signed on to the Opus and ICE training agreement and am working towards becoming an incorporated engineer, and then a chartered engineer after that. Everyone at Opus has been really helpful in helping me meet my objectives. They are really friendly, everyone in my team is really approachable, even the directors. Their knowledge and expertise is invaluable, and they are always happy to help me review options if I have a problem."

"I recently went to an ICE graduates day that was organised at ICE itself just for us Opus graduates. I am really happy working for Opus. There is nothing better than being in a job you like, with people that you like, in a company that you like."

Graduate profile: LAURA
Laura studied for her BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at Nottingham Trent University and then an MSc in Environmental Management at Nottingham University. When she graduated, her aspiration was to find a professional role where she felt that she could really make a difference. "I applied to the company then known as Joynes Pike & Associates, which has since then been acquired by Opus. I’m a graduate environmental scientist, which means I spend a lot of time on site investigations, evaluating the chemical and geotechnical assessments of sites. We work on lots of remediation projects and brownfield sites, so it is very rewarding work with a strong sustainable remit," said Laura.

"I love it – there is a buzz about Opus, lots of challenges, as well as being given responsibility at quite an early stage. It is very rewarding, I feel part of the team and part of the company. I get to work with all the other disciplines – geotechnical, structural and civil engineers – we have to consider all aspects of a development and the design process when writing the environmental assessment report.

"Opus has a great graduate training programme – I am two years from going for chartership with CIWEM, I have a training mentor who helps me. The company is very friendly, very proactive in helping you develop your career. Its hard work, and the work can be varied and challenging, but I feel appreciated. Opus has a job swap exchange programme with offices in New Zealand, Australia and Canada – I am excited about getting involved in that."

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