Future Leaders Programme
graduate scheme

Future Leaders Programme

Job description

Are you a talented Graduate who wants to make an impact and build your career as a strategic leader in a successful UK company with ambitious plans for growth? If so, take a look at our brand new Kier Future Leaders Programme.

Our three-year Programme is all about developing our leaders of the future. Personally sponsored by our senior leaders and structured around three 12 month placements, the programme will give you an unparalleled insight into all aspects of our business and the wider built environment sector in which we operate.

Over the course of the programme, in roles with real responsibility and challenge, coached and supported with structured development, you will grow the skills and insight to succeed as a future leader – self insight, developing strategy, delivering for clients, leading diverse and talented teams to reach their potential.

Your professional development will continue beyond the programme as we support and fund you to attain an internationally recognised MBA qualification.

The Future Leaders Programme will include the following placements:

  • Corporate / Strategy Placement
  • Strategic role working at Board level
  • Working on high profile projects centred around corporate strategy that span the breadth of the Kier business
  • Gaining experience of working with Executive Directors and other senior stakeholders
  • Building an understanding of the complexities of running a FTSE 250 company
  • There will be two Operational Placements – one will be in our Construction business and the other will be in Developments & Housing
  • Building a deep insight into business operations, developing skills in project/ service delivery for clients
  • Gaining experience of working with a range of stakeholders and developing client relationships that last
  • Building a toolkit of professional skills in finance and risk and change management
  • Building a core foundation in leading and motivating individuals and teams

What you’ll receive and achieve

  • Dedicated, individual development support, including an Executive Sponsor, to build your network and understanding of the Kier business, a coach to support your personal development and a placement line manager to help you get the most learning and stretch from each role.
  • Early responsibility and fast progression in structured placements
  • A learning programme tailored to you to build your skills, capability and confidence quickly
  • The opportunity to build internal and external networks that support your career development journey
  • An inclusive and sociable working environment where you’ll build lasting relationships with colleagues throughout the business
  • Regular performance feedback and personal development planning
  • Support in achieving your MBA post-programme

The package

  • Highly competitive salary and company car
  • Start your pension with our scheme (up to 7.5% matched)
  • Two exclusive share options
  • 26 days’ plus eight bank holidays
  • Kier Awards –be part of our annual award scheme.
  • Kier Rewards – get rewards and cash back to book your holidays and shop online

What we are looking for

  • Flexible and mobile as travel and relocation throughout the UK will be required
  • Curious and open to new experiences, with an appetite to learn and grow
  • A desire to make a difference, willing to take the initiative and push boundaries
  • Able to communicate and connect with people
  • A desire to lead teams of people from different backgrounds and experiences to achieve their potential
  • Must hold a valid UK driving license at the start of the programme


  • 2.1 or above degree classification (predicted or obtained) in any discipline
  • AAB at A Levels or overseas equivalent

Accepted degree subjects

  • engineering management
  • civil engineering and construction

How to apply

We are excited to receive your application so please review our roles and apply online as soon as possible. Our recruiters take the time and effort to read through each application thoroughly and appreciate your interest in our opportunities.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 30/03/2019

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Closing date: Continuous recruitment


Additional job details

LocationUK wide

Competitive salary

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