What it does: Engineering and infrastructure
Staff stats: 7500 across the world
The good bits: Ability to develop a wide-ranging skill set
The not so good bits: High expectations, limited resources
The Aurecon Story
Aurecon came into being in early 2009. It was a result of the merger of Africon, South Africa’s biggest privately owned infrastructure consultancy, Ninham Shand, a long-established South African engineering and environmental consultancy, and Connell Wagner, one of Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary infrastructure consulting companies.
Aurecon subsequently merged with the Chinese engineering consultancy Daniel Chan and Associates, an electricity industry consulting industry business called NETGroup, the African quantity surveying practice Quoin and the Singaporean engineering consultancy AUP Consultants.
Aurecon’s mission is to “bring ideas to life to design a better future”. It now provides advisory, design, delivery and asset management services on projects in 24 nations located throughout Australasia, Asia and Africa. Headquartered in Melbourne, Aurecon is one of the top 500 companies in Australia. In 2017, it had revenues of $1 billion.
The company has staff from 32 different language backgrounds. In Australia, Aurecon aims to be an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. It has partnered with the Not-For-Profit Pride in Diversity to offer a support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion. Its Reconciliation Action Plan is centred around a commitment to creating sustainable and meaningful relationships with Indigenous individuals and communities. The company runs a ‘Yes Flex’ program to provide family-friendly flexible starting and finishing times. It also has an award-winning ‘Mind Matters’ program. This raises awareness about and seeks to reduce the stigma around workplace mental health issues.
Aurecon aspires to help deliver projects that “enhance our environment, build stronger communities, raise living standards and create vibrant and sustainable economies”. On top of that, it also allocates “resources to aid development and improve quality of life in the communities in which we live”. The company commemorates Mandela Day, partners with Engineers without Borders and provides employment opportunities to young Maoris in New Zealand. In Australia and New Zealand, it runs a bridge-building competition to create awareness of engineering careers among high school students. It also partners with Engineering Aid Australia to run Indigenous Engineering Summer Schools.
The recruitment process
Aurecon seeks to employ those with ‘Aurecon attributes’. These are: sense maker, resourceful, fearless, commercial, engaging, unconventional thinker and inquisitive.
If that sounds like you, and you’re in your second-last year of study, you may wish to do one of the company’s Vacation Programs during the uni summer break. You’ll need to commit for almost three months but you are paid and you will be able to position yourself well for a grad position.
Speaking of which, rather than the conventional series of wide-ranging rotations, at Aurecon, you’ll be expected to nominate a team you wish to join. You can choose from Built Environment, Advisory, Energy & Resources, and Infrastructure- including Transport and Water. You’ll then be assisted in developing the technical skills most relevant to the field you are working in and “fast track your experience and development”. You’ll be treated as an ‘Emerging Professional’ from the day you start and not be confined to a rigidly structured grad program timetable. Instead, Aurecon will “equip you with skills and provide development opportunities; allowing you to design your career.”
The recruitment process begins with an online application. Promising applications are sent to the relevant hiring manager. They invite the applicants they like the look of in for an interview. If you make it to the interview stage, expect to be asked about your experiences at work and university and quizzed about why you want to work for Aurecon and be part of the team you’ve applied to join. If the interview(s) go well, you can expect an offer.
Aurecon is an internally owned company and its “ownership model drives accountability and high performance”. The company provides “both financial and non-financial benefits to attract and retain high-calibre individuals”.
As an engineering grad, you can expect to start on a competitive salary with the opportunity to crack six figures within a few years. Aurecon isn’t big on perks. However, it will pay for professional memberships, and there are plenty of opportunities and support to undertake professional development as well as access to flexible working arrangements.
Aurecon has a “conversation-based framework called ‘Let’s talk’. This allows staff “to align their “contribution, professional development and career progress with Aurecon’s goals [which] ensures transparency, consistency and equity in how we set and measure goals, and ultimately reward employees for their contribution.”
As an ‘Emerging Professional’, you’ll be provided with the development opportunities to “become a recognised professional in your field”, as well as “support to realise your career aspirations”. That said, you’ll be expected to drive your own development by telling your manager what training you’d like to do and what projects you’d like to work on. Aurecon has a well-funded leadership development program that provides resources to those at all levels of the corporate hierarchy.
The vibe of the place
Staff report having great working relationships with their colleagues. They also enjoy the opportunity to contribute to prestige projects and work overseas.
From the employer
"Who are we?
Aurecon is a global engineering and infrastructure advisory company.
We are passionate about partnering with our clients, and believe that our diverse and inclusive workforce drives innovation. In 2017, we were honoured to be named ‘Large Firm of the Year’ by Consult Australia, and we were ranked #5 in the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list.
We challenge the status quo and we want to work with people who, like us, are passionate about fostering human achievement.
The Aurecon Principles describe our culture, where our people can flourish and bring our clients’ ideas to life.
- Create a legacy - We engineer for life, serving society to create a positive legacy.
- Be playful with serious intent - Creativity is a talent and a way of operating. Our curiosity, creative energy and ﬂair help our clients shape the future.
- Believe it. Say it. Do it. - We help our clients make the world a better place through focus, discipline and commitment to excellence.
- Make the complex simple - We are sensemakers to our clients in the face of complexity. This is the essence of mastery in one’s ﬁeld.
- Be nimble - We make the most of opportunities brought about by fast-changing client and community needs.
- Master your craft - Our heritage and experience give us the right to innovate and stretch the boundaries of the possible.
Aurecon has staff from 32 different language backgrounds. In Australia, we aim to be an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. We have partnered with the Not-For-Profit Pride in Diversity to offer a support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion. Our Reconciliation Action Plan is centred around a commitment to creating sustainable and meaningful relationships with Indigenous individuals and communities. Our ‘Yes Flex’ program provides family-friendly flexible starting and finishing times, and our award-winning ‘Mind Matters’ program raises awareness about and seeks to reduce the stigma around workplace mental health issues.
Our social contribution
In the work we do, we have the real potential to make an impact on society. We can bring ideas to life – turn ideas into something real – something beneficial for everyone. We aspire to help deliver projects that enhance our environment, build stronger communities, raise living standards and create vibrant and sustainable economies. We also allocate resources to aid development and improve quality of life in the communities in which we live. Some of the ways in which we build stronger communities include: commemorating Mandela Day, partnering with Engineers without Borders, providing employment opportunities to young Maoris in New Zealand, and partnering with Engineering Aid Australia to run Indigenous Engineering Summer Schools. We also bring engineering to schools through our award-winning annual bridge building competition involving year 8 and 9 students in Australia and year 9 and 10 students in New Zealand, aimed at raising awareness of the engineering profession among students.
We believe it will take a diverse set of attributes and skills to compete in tomorrow’s world.
Are you inquisitive – fearless – engaging – resourceful – co-creative – commercial – a sense maker or an unconventional thinker?
These attributes are what we look for, it’s how we develop our people, and it’s how we stand out from the crowd.
If that sounds like you, and you’re in your second-last year of study, you may wish to do one of Aurecon’s Vacation Programs during the uni summer break. You’ll need to commit for almost three months but you are paid and you will be able to position yourself well for a grad position.
We challenged the traditional approach to graduate programmes, creating an environment where you can pursue your personal career interests, instead of being locked into a rigid rotation schedule where you spend several years in different areas of the company.
At Aurecon, you can express your interest in a preferred team, play to your strengths, and fast track your experience and development. You will also work alongside industry leading professionals, mentors and peers. If you’d like to experience numerous areas of Aurecon’s business, we can facilitate that too.
Bringing ideas to life at Aurecon is about being creative, grabbing onto new opportunities and getting the support, you need to find your niche.
Due to the breadth of services Aurecon offers, we organise our work and our people across multidisciplinary teams.
Each of our teams provide exciting career possibilities and the opportunity to work with internationally recognised experts – meaning you get to work with and learn from the best in the business.
As a global organisation, you can work on complex and innovative projects in a collaborative environment with people from around the world.
The below table indicates how your degree positions you for work in specific teams."