What it does: Engineering and infrastructure
Staff stats: 6600 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 2016, it had revenues of $1 billion.
One of Aurecon’s three core values states: “We celebrate diversity and respect others by acting with integrity and honesty."
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 is now running a pilot ‘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 puts a lot of effort into commemorating Mandela Day, partners with Engineers without Borders and provides employment opportunities to young Maoris in New Zealand. In Australia, it runs a bridge-building contribution 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, Aurecon’s grad program is narrowly focused. You’ll be expected to nominate a team you wish to join. You can choose from Built environment, Construction, Data and telecommunications, Defence, Energy, Government, International development assistance, Manufacturing, Oil and gas, Resources, 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 $60,000 - $70,000 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 you’ll have access to free or discounted shares if you make it to the executive ranks.
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.
As engineers and advisors, we blend what is with what might be to create what is possible. Using innovation and design, we bring our clients’ ideas to life to shape the future.
Complexity inspires us. Ambiguity energises us. We believe that together, we’ll solve some of the world’s most complex problems. All that’s needed is to start seeing the world differently, today.
At Aurecon, we are passionate about partnering with our clients, and believe that our diverse and inclusive workforce drives innovation. We challenge the status quo and we want to work with people who, like us, are passionate about fostering human achievement.
What makes us unconventional?
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.
As a graduate, you will learn from future ready leaders and gain development opportunities and mentors who will invest in you. You will work on some of the most challenging and complex projects around the world.
Visit our website to find out more about what we’ve been up to or take a glimpse into the future on our Just Imagine blog."