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Sinclair Knight Merz

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) is a leading engineering, sciences and project delivery firm with over 6500 employees.

This dynamic, employee-owned business has an open and highly motivating culture. The company strives to provide an environment where people can do their best.

SKM works on several high-profile projects such as the Docklands Light Railway station at Langdon Park and Greater Gabbard which when completed, will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. As a leading consultancy firm, SKM recognises that its service is only as good as its people. Therefore by investing in graduates the company not only shares in their personal success, but also benefits from their contribution to the on-going success of SKM.

As a graduate you will be supported by the company, your manager and a mentor. You’ll receive a combination of on-the-job training, job rotation and attendance on a range of courses that are all part of SKM’s ICE and IStructE accredited programme. You will also work on projects alongside professionals from a range of disciplines, obtaining a wide range of experience.

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  • Competitive salary of £20–24K

  • Contributory pension

  • Private medical and dental insurance

  • Life assurance

  • Income protection scheme

  • Professional membership

  • 25 days annual leave

  • Opportunities for overseas placements


  • Bonus payment

  • Salary increase

Graduate profile: ROBERTJONES
Robert Jones graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2007 with an MEng in civil engineering. By the time he had entered into his fourth year at college, Robert was becoming more drawn to the structural side of design. By graduation he knew that structural engineering was the way he wanted to take his career.

"I decided to look for a firm which could offer me an exciting structural engineering experience," Robert recalled. "I applied to SKM in the February before my finals. I liked the idea of working on large structures within the sports sector and was aware of SKM’s track record in this sector. I’m originally from the North West, and I wanted to try my hand at living in London, so there was a fit in more ways than one. I applied and I got the job and started with SKM in the London office after I graduated."

"Since I have been here I have worked on a wide range of projects," Robert recalled. "Private houses, and some commercial work including a hotel and a mixed-use project. The company has more than met my expectations. This is a really good place to work, with lots of talented people who are on the ball. They are giving me a lot of support to become a chartered engineer following the IStructE route. I am really settling into my career here as a structural engineer. I have been assigned a mentor to help me, but in reality everyone is very open here and always prepared to give me advice if I ask for it. I am getting lots of different experience working on different types of jobs. My manager actively tries to give me both challenging and varied work. I go out to meetings and meet with clients and architects. I am not just sitting there day after day doing the same thing – no two days are the same."

"SKM is a global company and has lots of offices around the world. Lots of overseas colleagues come to the UK to work and hopefully I will get the opportunity to go to one of SKM’s other locations to work for a while at some point. There is a busy social side to the London office too – we play softball against other companies every week, and the structural team are all going out next week to celebrate with graduate engineers who have recently passed their chartered exams."

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