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Graduate Recruitment

Graduates with Senior Management Potential

Do you have what it takes?

George Wimpey PLC has been a household name for 125 years. We are one of the UK's largest private developers noted for the quality, design and innovation of products which continue to receive numerous top awards every year. We employ 5,000 people worldwide and in the UK have 27 regional businesses nationwide.

We have two Graduate schemes tailored to different academic backgrounds.

General Management Scheme

Our General Management Scheme has been developed for graduates from any academic discipline. Current graduates' qualifications range from Microbiology through Geography to Management and Russian.

Technical Management Scheme

Our Technical Management Scheme attracts graduates from a technical background related to our industry, such as Architectural Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Land and Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering. You should have formed a good understanding of technical issues from your studies, but would like to apply your skills in a managerial capacity. We will assist in fast-tracking your career development.

Successful applicants will receive personal, customised, training and development combined with programmed experience in all aspects of the business and your progress will be closely monitored by top management. We will support you to achieve relevant professional or other appropriate qualifications. For outstanding performers, there may be opportunity for a placement in one of our USA operations.

All the Graduates, from both schemes bring openness, pragmatism, determination, good humour, a willingness to learn and also a readiness to challenge thinking. Rotational training through the departments in a regional business - Sales, Production, Finance, Commercial, Land - helps those whose degrees are not industry-specific to identify the area of work best for them to launch their careers. Placements will be throughout the UK and may involve relocation, so ambition, drive, flexibility and mobility are essential. You will need a full driving licence and your own car to enable you to travel between sites and see the full breadth of our business.

A first-class benefits package includes pension and some accommodation assistance during training. Applications are invited from graduates with a 2:1 degree backed up by a minimum of 300 UCAS points (formerly 24 UCAS points, 3 Grade B's or equivalent) and the personal qualities, communication and people skills to meet our demanding specification. All applicants must be eligible to work permanently in the UK.

First interviews take place in the first quarter of each year with Company Induction during the first two weeks of September.

If you can demonstrate that you have the drive and enthusiasm to make the most of this special graduate scheme, we will demonstrate our commitment to your personal success within the good company of George Wimpey.

Please email a brief CV to talent@georgewimpey.co.uk ....and get moving!

TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT GRADUATE PROFILE
Name: Lucy Gick
Age: 26
Job Title: Graduate Trainee
University: Edinburgh
Degree: Civil Engineering

As part of the graduate training scheme with George Wimpey, I spent thirteen weeks on site at Richmond Place, Chadwell Heath, Essex. This is a large development consisting of a mixture of apartments and townhouses, within commuting distance of London. My role was to help the Production team and gain an understanding of all stages and aspects of construction. My degree was Engineering, so it was great to get out on site and see the theory I had learnt applied in practice.

I began work with the Assistant Site Managers and in doing so experienced all aspects of the daily duties and running of the site. I also became familiar with the direction of build and traffic management systems. A great deal of emphasis is placed on Health and Safety on a George Wimpey site and the responsibility falls upon the Site Management to implement all the Health and Safety procedures to minimise the risk of accidents.

One of the most enjoyable parts of my training on site was spending time with each of the trades. I found this to be an extremely valuable experience. I gained a good working knowledge and understanding of their trade and achieved an appreciation what motivates them to produce a high standard of workmanship. I used this understanding of their roles to help me manage the site. I had to gain their respect in order to manage the project and organise the work of tradesmen who were much older and more experienced than myself. However, I did especially enjoy bricklaying - I hope the houses I helped build are still standing!

In addition to helping manage the site, I was directly responsible for the co-ordination of customer care in over 100 occupied plots. I managed tradesmen, liaised with suppliers, and customers to carry out all repairs and resolve any on-going design issues.

I thoroughly enjoyed my role, and the responsibility that was involved, making a direct contribution to the work of the Site team as well as interacting with customers. I also had to learn the technical aspects of snagging and repairs and deal with some rather difficult customers at times. Buying a house or apartment is the most important purchase of their life, and rightly so, they expect everything to be perfect. I gained a great deal of satisfaction from being able to actively contribute to meeting customer expectations of their new home. The graduate Scheme gave me access to non-technical training such as assertiveness and negotiation skills, which helps with the bits they don't teach you at university - dealing with people!

I learnt how organisational, motivational and programming skills, along with a good technical knowledge and a high degree of safety awareness, are vital in order to run a site successfully. I am hoping to broaden my knowledge further, when I visit our American subsidiary, Morrison Homes. I am visiting Sacramento, California in October, to spend a month learning how the American housebuilding industry differs from the UK and to bring back some ideas to apply in the UK. Longer term, I am looking to progress within George Wimpey and I expect to be a Director in one of our regional businesses within 5 years.

Prior to my time at Richmond Place I had not been exposed to a site environment and have really enjoyed meeting and getting to know some of the many characters in the housebuilding industry. It is a great career path that allows you to get out of the office, put on your hat and boots and see things working in practice!

GENERAL MANAGEMENT GRADUATE PROFILE
Name: Oliver Dyson
Age: 26
Job Title: Land Manager
University: Durham
Degree: Geography

From my first day with George Wimpey I have been made to challenge my own ability and thinking at every turn. I came into the business as a General Management Graduate 2 years ago. At first I wasn't sure how a career in house building was going to allow me to transfer the knowledge I'd gained at university into a more technically based environment. How wrong I was...

After a whirlwind 2 week induction with the other graduates in London it was more than apparent how much exposure to the business I'd received in such a short time. This exposure began immediately on site in Huddersfield where, as the Site Manager was new to the site, I had to act as an Assistant Site Manager before I even knew what a 'joist hanger' looked like, never mind what it was used for! I was expected to undertake immediate responsibility for managing the co-ordination of subcontractors, making sure new homes were ready for occupation and talking to material suppliers when problems arose. After 8 weeks on site I'd experienced everything from building the front aspect of a family home, maintaining good relationships with new and existing home owners to excavating trenches, laying and finally connecting water, electricity and gas supplies.

Five weeks in the Sales Area of the site gave me an opportunity to experience customers perhaps making the biggest financial decision of their lives and to be able to say 'I have sold someone their first home' is incredibly rewarding. This hands-on experience helped me to develop key skills both interpersonally and managerially. I also got to understand the tremendous variety of people and roles within the business, to appreciate their experience and learn from them.

Personally, the major benefit was the massive growth in my confidence within the business. Leaving University and beginning your first major career can be a daunting time but rather than having the chance to dwell on it, I had no choice but to throw myself into everything I did. If I hadn't done so the business would have suffered as a result. In essence, from the very first day I knew I was making a direct contribution to the success of the business. I can't think of any other job I've ever had that has placed so much confidence in my ability and given me that opportunity. It really grew me.

My next placement was in the Land Department in Brentwood, Essex. Once more I was thrust into a Land Negotiator role from the start looking to buy suitable land. It's very difficult to sum up the immense amount I learnt and the responsibility I was given. Suffice it to say, after 4 months of work I chaired a meeting with 12 people in a boardroom in Bond Street, London, to give a presentation about our offer of £30m… I think that says it all. After spending almost 13 months in Land I realised that I enjoyed every aspect of that particular job. On a daily basis I managed a team of internal and external consultants across a variety of disciplines and have done everything from corporate negotiations to ducking under brambles in 30 degrees of heat in a black suit to check the boundaries of a site.

My next placement was to develop a role for the regional business which would speed up the housebuilding process. I was a Project Manager which involved the co-ordination of all internal departments from the first stage after buying the land right through to laying the first brick. This allowed me to immerse myself in the business once again which showed me the interaction between each department and how one relies on all the others to achieve it's goal. It also showed me how that once one department appreciates what another is doing the whole process runs much more efficiently and, in truth, helps to foster teamwork and pride within the company.

After 2 years with the business I am now a Land Manager in my own right at George Wimpey North London. I would challenge anyone who is lucky enough to join a graduate scheme to surpass the unlimited exposure to the entire company that the George Wimpey Graduate Scheme has given me. To be able to test-drive different roles and decide which career path you want to follow is quite extraordinary. I can honestly say that the diverse range of experiences, across the whole company structure and in different parts of the world, have helped shape me into the person I am today.

I came from a non-technical background and now I am responsible for acquiring the land which can decide the fate of an entire company. Now who was it that said a Geography degree had nothing to do with house building...