Graduate Civil Engineer

Why Join Mayer Brown?

As a graduate you will be both hungry to learn and appreciate of support to help you develop your career. Joining a small team as part of an established national business will ensure that you have this unrivalled support and opportunity to accelerate your learning. As part of a leading independent consultancy, we prioritise investment in our staff and cultivating partnerships with our stakeholders, leading to a thriving and prosperous business that enriches all involved. The scale of our business means that you will quickly gain deep understanding of the projects you are working on, build strong relationships with our clients and will be treated as an integral part of our team.

We want our graduates to achieve rewarding careers. We select only the best people to join our team and grow the business with them. At work we celebrate integrity, keep our word and treat people with respect. We support each other and embrace diversity to create a place where people from every background can come together and do great things. We promote the right environment for everyone to reach their full potential.

This role

The company is committed to building its presence on the south coast based on our Christchurch office location. We are seeking ambitious, talented, and highly motivated people to play an integral role to help drive the business forward in the local area.

Initially the role would involve supporting and collaborating with project managers from across the business to meet the needs and expectations of our clients. We are keen to ensure that we continue to provide the high-quality innovative solutions and service that our clients have come to expect from us. Your ability to learn, adapt and provide new thinking will be invaluable to the role.

Some specific requirements of this role will be to:

  • Assist with the production of Flood Risk Assessments, Sustainable Drainage and Foul Drainage Designs. 
  • Support the production of drainage and highway designs to secure S278/S38 (Highways) and S104/S106 (Water) technical approvals for developments of all types and scales.
  • Support with tasks / projects with moderate supervision including the production of reports, calculations and drawings, ensuring outputs are delivered on time, within agreed budgets and to a high standard.
  • Provide updates on the progress of tasks in line with programmes.
  • Write reports and liaise with Clients / Project Managers on the management and co-ordination of projects.
  • Ensure compliance with the relevant industry standards and regulations.
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of presentations and present information to internal and external groups.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, innovations, and best practices in infrastructure engineering and construction.


We expect you to:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree qualification in Civil Engineering or similar; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and written skills.
  • Be motivated, enthusiastic and committed to developing a career in Civil Engineering.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams and ideally Power BI).
  • Have basic skills or a good understanding of AutoCAD (or other industry specific software).
  • A full UK driving license, as the role may require you to visit sites only accessible by car.

Enjoy the rewards you deserve

We’ve invested time to create a great rewards package which includes 25 days annual leave, increasing with length of service up to an additional five days. The benefits also include 5% company contribution into your pension scheme, life assurance, income protection, and access to additional benefits such as the cycle to work scheme. Crucially, we will create a development programme tailored to you, including funding and mentoring for chartership.

The company has an active social calendar and runs regular events to bring our people together from across the UK. Whilst you will be based in Christchurch we want you to feel part of a bigger team. We offer a friendly and supportive environment where everyone can bring their best self to work.

The role is based from the Christchurch office and it will be essential to optimise the time available to collaborate with colleagues. We recognise however that the way people work is changing and the traditional 9-5 lifestyle is starting to transform. We appreciate that different individuals thrive in different ways and we operate a freedom to grow way of working. In a nut-shell, this is about helping our employees to have the freedom needed to find the working style that suits them, so that they achieve their full potential and bring the best version of themselves to work. Our guiding principle we live by is: if it works for you, your team and your client then it works for Mayer Brown.

How to apply

When selecting our graduates we obviously want to ensure that you have the right skills and aptitude, but more than that we want to know about you as a person.

In the first instance, please email a copy of your CV to Steven Lecoq and accompany this with a letter setting out why you are keen to work for Mayer Brown as a graduate in the Christchurch office. We encourage all applicants to be open and transparent, since ensuring a good fit is important for everyone. We are prepared to be flexible on a start date in 2024 for the right person.

We only accept graduate applications directly and not via any intermediaries.

Equal Opportunities

At Mayer Brown, we embrace diversity and are committed to being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, recognising the strength that diverse teams bring. Our goal is to create a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of our team. 

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