What it does: International property and infrastructure group
Staff stats: Globally, around 12,000
The good bits: Helping construct iconic buildings, lots of opportunities
Hiring grads with degrees in: Property & Built Environment; Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration
The Lendlease story
Lendlease is one of the great migrant success stories of post-WWII Australia. In 1951 Dick Dusseldorp was sent to Australia to look for business opportunities for the Dutch housebuilding company he was then a construction manager for. Dusseldorp decided to start a business – Civil and Civic. In 1958, he created a financing arm for that construction company, which he called Lend Lease Corporation. To cut a convoluted story short, Lend Lease Corporation purchased Civil and Civic in 1961. The company, which is now known as Lendlease, subsequently purchased other large construction industry players such as P&O’s Global Project Management Company Bovis and Valemus Australia.
By 1970, Dick’s company had expanded into the US market. In 1991 it started operating in Europe. Nowadays, the business is headquartered in Sydney, has regional head offices in New York, Singapore and London and is undertaking projects in 10 countries. In Australia, Lendlease has been involved in pioneering projects such as the Sydney Opera House, Australia Square, Blue Point Tower, Brisbane Showgrounds and Barangaroo.
While the construction game might be seen as unreconstructedly blokey, Lendlease borders on obsessive in its commitment to diversity. It has partnered with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Diversity Council Australia, Australian Human Resources Institute, Australian Network on Disability and National Association of Women in Construction. It has one global and several regional councils, as well as lots of Employee Resource Groups, to advocate for diversity issues. Staff are offered flexible working hours, including the option to go part time or job share. The company does everything possible to ensure its “processes, policies and opportunities are fair and equitable for all”. In 2011 it adopted a Reconciliation Action Plan. This has resulted in thousands of Lendlease employees receiving cultural awareness training. The company has also provided mentoring support for thousands of Indigenous Australian students and joined Supply Nation, which facilitates companies incorporating Indigenous businesses in their supply chain.
Lendlease is also an industry leader in green building. In the 2015-16 financial year, 98 per cent of its development pipeline had either achieved or was targeting green certification.
Dick Dusseldorp became increasingly focused on making a social contribution as Lendlease prospered. He set up the Lendlease Foundation in 1983. The foundation’s objective is to nurture the wellbeing of employees in general and, in particular, support their involvement in charitable and community affairs. Over the last couple of decades alone, the Lendlease Foundation has volunteered the equivalent of 65 years to community projects around the world. The Community 365 initiative provides staff with the opportunity to participate in a range of skilled volunteering opportunities.
The recruitment process
Lendlease has the following grad programs: Building (Construction and design); Property; Services (Infrastructure) and Enterprise Support (Business Functions). All the programs last two years. All involve rotating through different areas of the business, undertaking a structured learning and development program, doing on the job assignments, as well as taking part in networking events and more informal social activities. By the end of a program you should have developed strong relationships with both your fellow grads and senior leaders.
The recruitment process will include an online application, video interview then assessment centre, where you will take part in a group activity and individual interviews. You’ll need the appropriate qualifications to undertake the grad program you’re applying for, but Lendlease likes to employ well-rounded individuals. So, make sure to draw attention to your extra-curricular activities.
Graduates report their salaries range from average to above average. Depending on how you and the business perform, you may get an annual bonus. There is also a well-stocked office kitchen, discounted gym memberships and health insurance, taxi vouchers if you work late and three extra ‘lifestyle days’ added to your annual leave.
These vary depending on what area you’re in though you should expect to pay your dues for several years before the promotions start flowing. Lendlease staff tend to hang around and there is a culture of promoting from within. There are a couple of year-long talent development programs – Aspire and Inspire – aimed at, respectively, developing future leaders and preparing mid-level managers for senior executive roles. You’ll need to both work and network hard if you want to rise to the pointy end of the org chart.
The vibe of the place
This will partly depend on which part of Lendlease’s sprawling global empire you end up in. While Dick Dusseldorp has long since departed, his passion for creating a fair workplace and a happy workforce lives on. Senior managers are accessible and colleagues are supportive. You’ll be expected to work hard, especially if deadlines are looming, but the work-life balance isn’t too bad.
"We’re very proud to say that every day people around the world live, work, shop or play in an asset we have created. We create life-changing healthcare facilities and hospitals; highways, bridges, tunnels and train lines that connect people. We create retail centres that support businesses and provide employment opportunities and residential communities where homes are established and families are cherished. We shape city skylines, create iconic structures, breathe life into forgotten precincts and design places and spaces for generations to enjoy.
With nearly 60 years of property and infrastructure experience, we are proud to offer our clients and investors the ability to leverage our expertise across the full property and infrastructure spectrum – from funding and managing projects and properties, right through to design, development and construction.
Headquartered in Sydney we operate in four key global regions – Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas – with a presence in 10 countries and circa 12,000 employees.
We believe in finding better ways. We create places that leave a positive legacy with a focus on safety, innovation and sustainability. We pride ourselves on a track record of creating the best places; but the best places are far more than bricks and mortar, it’s the people that make a place – our bold thinkers, go-getters, creators with purpose – they’re the heart of our success.
Our Graduate Program
With opportunities nationally the Lendlease Global Graduate Program supports the professional and personal development of all newly employed Lendlease graduates through a structured and supportive environment. Our joint commitment to you is to expand your insight and knowledge of our industry whilst providing the opportunity for you to gain practical experience in a range of sectors across the construction, property and infrastructure industry.
As a Lendlease Graduate you will undertake a minimum of two rotations through the business over two years to ensure you are exposed to as many varied opportunities and activities as possible. Throughout the Program, you will have access to and work with all levels of management and be supported by a dedicated program support team.
What is perhaps most unique about our program is the immersive and holistic learning experience designed with our graduates in mind. The first year you are set to discover our business, discover how you work with others and start building the foundational skills to help you transition into the workplace. You will then shift gears in Year 2 to concentrate on a higher responsibility to self and others, and to be ready for the next step in your career post-program. You will be given opportunities to prove your readiness to learn and to lead others and we will challenge you with new learning experiences that increase your responsibility to not just your own learning, but to others as well.
The learning program is a combination of highly individualized experiences. Each learning interaction is intentionally built over time in a program of learning, and your development activities will be tailored to your own individual development plan designed to accelerate your development. Creating a better future for our people is at the heart of our vision of together we create value through places where communities thrive. And we want you to thrive as part of our Lendlease Global Graduate Program!
With opportunities nationally across multiple areas of our diverse business, for our 2022 Graduate Program we will be recruiting Graduates from the following disciplines;
Who we are?
Being bold and innovative characterises our approach and doing what matters defines our intent.
We create award-winning urban precincts, new communities for older people and young families just starting out, retail precincts, and workplaces to the highest sustainability standards. We are also privileged to create essential civic and social infrastructure including state-of-the-art hospitals, universities and stadiums around the world.
Lendlease has been entrusted with many projects of public, cultural and social significance: constructing the Sydney Opera House, creating the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, and restoring and renovating historic buildings such as London’s Tate Britain and National Theatre.
As we expand our experience and our footprint, we aspire to continue creating places people want and care about, and providing value for security holders and the broader community.
Headquartered in Sydney, our people are located in four operating regions: Australia, Europe, the Americas and Asia
About our Graduates:
Graduates are our future leaders. An organisation of our size and scale needs the sharpest minds to ensure we continue to create the best places. In line with this we have built a best-in-class graduate program to provide a consistent experience for our graduates across the globe. We have opportunities that span the full property and infrastructure sector to kick start your career. Whether you are an aspiring Construction Manager, Engineer, Property Developer or Business leader we would like to hear from you. And as a graduate, your input will be valued from your very first day. Ensuring you grow and develop with us is an important part of our culture. In fact, many of our long-term employees began their career as a graduate.
Why Our Graduate Program?
No matter who you are, if you have the drive and talent to progress, when you are part of Lendlease, you’re going places. Our people are the greatest contributors to our success and underpin our ability to create innovative and sustainable places around the world.
Our goal is to build capability for future growth across our global regions. Our program supports this goal with an aim to transition a university graduate to a Lendlease Graduate who has foundational skills, knowledge and tools to navigate real world situations and adapt to future needs quickly.
The two-year early-career talent program is built around rotational experiences that enable graduates to practically apply their learnings and enhances their knowledge and skills within our industry. Technical job-family learning is embedded into on-the-job development depending on the program stream and graduates are expertly coached to develop a development pathway that is specific to them. Simply put, the Lendlease Graduate learns through doing.
Over two years the Lendlease Global Graduate Program will kick start your career and support your transition to the workplace. We have specifically taken a global approach, so that we create a consistent experience for all our graduates, no matter where in the world you are or which program stream you are part of. The development that you will get on our program will provide you with the foundational skills, knowledge and tools to navigate the workplace and help you adapt to the challenges and opportunities that are ahead.
Our unique program streams are developed to enhance your skills and support you for future roles and opportunities with Lendlease. Explore the career opportunities below:
Construction – careers in Construction harness the expertise in infrastructure, design, development, investments and management to deliver a project from conception to completion. This includes site construction management, commercial, design and project management. Graduates in the Construction field will specialise in site construction management across a variety of project sizes and values, commercial management or design and project management which could be focused on a region or specific sector such as but not limited to health, defence, education, retail or commercial.
Property – careers in Property are involved in the development of communities, inner city mixed-use developments, apartments, retirement, commercial assets, and social and economic infrastructure. Careers in Property branch over development, investment management (fund and asset), retail, stakeholder and community engagement.
Digital – Create, design, code and build new products. Start your career with our Digital business where you will manage the latest technology and be part of a team that is developing new digital products and services that will transform and disrupt the property and construction industry. In the Lendlease Digital Graduate Program, you will have the unique opportunity to manage the latest technology, create and design new products for our market. These experiences will create new and differentiated skill sets that will help set you apart and truly be a “unicorn” of the IT industry. The Lendlease Digital Graduate Program is a two-year development program that incorporates rotations providing you with hands on experience as a Product Analyst, Software Engineer and Data Analyst.
Enterprise Support – a career in one of our Enterprise Support functions will have you partnering and supporting the functional aspects of our business. Below are the key functions that are covered under Enterprise Support:
Start your career in our Services businesses where you will deliver key infrastructure projects including the construction and maintenance of roads, rail, tunnels, bridges, telecommunications, power and renewable energy assets.
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