Design Management Year Out Placement Programme - Wates

Design Management Year Out Placement Programme


About us

Established in 1897, and having celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2022, the Wates Group is one of the leading privately-owned construction, residential development and property services businesses in the UK. We employ over 4,000 people and work with a wide range of public and private sector customers and partners.

We’re committed to the long-term sustainability of the built environment and aim to eliminate carbon from our operations by 2025. We’re honored to have recently received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, which is a record third win for the company.

In addition to being a Gold “Investors in People” business, in acknowledgement of our commitment to increasing the proportion of women within our business, Wates Group has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022, as it takes action to decrease gender inequality and make Wates a fairer place to work at all levels of our business and broadening the ethnic diversity of our workforce.

Working for Construction

Wates Construction is a UK-wide contractor working with partners in both public and private sectors to create a more sustainable built environment and deliver lasting legacies for the communities in which we work. We have significant experience of using innovation to deliver complex projects in a range of sectors including, education, residential, commercial, healthcare and historical restoration. Our projects are delivered through four regional businesses – Central, London, North and South.

About the role

When you join the Design Management programme, you’ll engage with a variety of professionals such as stakeholders, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and sub-contractors. Learning to review and analyse information that relates to the sequence of multiple projects, you’ll prioritise cost effectiveness and best working practices, and build experience through a project’s life cycle. Ensuring the company manages the process of design to reduce risk and maximise return, you’ll help to safeguard our contractual position in respect of the progress of the works, design responsibility and our obligations to sub-contractors.

We’ll also expect you to provide sound design, progress and dashboard information to your line manager and other functions and support the preparation of reports regarding design consultant performance. Working and engaging with your colleagues and building networks to support information gathering and building expertise, you’ll also help to review design information, check technical completeness and identify any risks, errors or concerns.

About you

To be a success on the Programme you’ll enjoy learning new things, have a curious nature, be a superb communicator and you won’t be afraid to ask questions. Organised, reliable and professional, and a problem solver with the ability to think logically, you’ll have the initiative to start and complete tasks. It’s important that you possess good time management skills and are able to prioritise your work to meet agreed deadlines. You’ll be in your penultimate year of University and be on track towards achieving a 2:2 degree in a Construction related degree such as: 

  • Architectural Eng.
  • Architectural Eng. and Design management
  • Architectural Technology degree
  • Architecture
  • Architecture & MArch Design for performance & Interaction
  • Civils
  • Engineering, product design
  • General Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architectural Design

Please be aware that you should be willing to commute for up to an hour a day around the location for which you apply, and sometimes further. In some instances, you will be required to have a full UK driving licence on commencement of the Programme. See details below. This location can change if you’re assigned to a new site, and as Wates don’t support relocation, you should be comfortable that you can meet this requirement.

Locations with driving requirements

Oxford - No

Cambridge - Yes