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Sinclair Knight Merz

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) is a leading engineering, sciences and project delivery firm with more than 6,000 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 hundreds of high-profile projects such as Stadium MK and the Roundhouse. The company 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 ongoing 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

 Graduate Conference in Australia


 Bonus payment

 Salary increase

 International professional development reward - a return ticket to an international destination where SKM operates to perform a business-related activity or the equivalent value towards training


John Cotton studied for a MEng in civil engineering design and management at Cardiff University, graduating in 1999. He then stayed on at Cardiff to study for a PhD in finite element analysis of concrete subject to elevated temperatures, which he completed in October 2003.

Fresh from the world of academia, John joined SKM's Sheffield office, then known as Anthony Hunt Associates, which a year later merged with the major leading firm of engineers, SKM.

"My first job straight out of University was a college in Birmingham," recalls John. "I was involved in checking the structure and then, when it went to site, dealing with the fabricator Đ it was a huge leap for me, straight in at the deep end. I think this was a great experience for me as a young engineer, far preferable to being kept in the background."

In October 2006, John found himself on a plane to Australia. He joined the SKM Sydney team for seven months, working with his colleagues in the structural dynamics group. "Working in Australia gave me first hand experience of how different cultures operate," says John.

"The Structural Dynamics Group over there are mainly mechanical engineers and they approach dynamics differently to structural
engineers, so there was a lot to compare, and a lot of information to swap. But then, dynamics is a complex issue, it is not a straightforward subject."

Now he's back in the UK, John is a project engineer specialising in structural dynamics and is working hard to gain his ICE-chartered status. "This is a good company for supporting people as they work for professional accreditation," he says.

"They provide regular training and try to cover all the subjects, whatever the discipline. You get a lot of support here. And it is a great firm to join if you want to work overseas. All SKM's offices have a very relaxed working environment. Some big firms can push people too soon, but at SKM it is more like, if you want to have a go, then do it and we are right behind you all the way.

Basically, I feel that working here I will be able to get as far as I want to go. They are good at recognising when you have been successful as well. The social side of things is pretty good too - there is always something going on. To any graduates out there who are looking around, I'd say, put Sinclair Knight Merz on your list."

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