Mirvac
  • Construction & property services
  • Engineering, R&D and manufacturing
  • Retail & consumer goods

What it does: Builds and manages properties
Staff stats: Around 1500
The good bits: Working for an industry leader 
The not so good bits: Lack of clarity around career progression
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, Computer Science & IT; Property & Build Environment; Law; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration

The Mirvac story
In less than half a century, Mirvac has become an iconic Australian business. Especially if you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, you probably associate the company with its housing estates. But as well as building suburban houses, Mirvac is a major player in office, retail and industrial property, with over $18 billion of assets under management.

(If you’ve shopped at Cooleman Court in Canberra, Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre or Broadway...

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What it does: Builds and manages properties
Staff stats: Around 1500
The good bits: Working for an industry leader 
The not so good bits: Lack of clarity around career progression
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, Computer Science & IT; Property & Build Environment; Law; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration

The Mirvac story
In less than half a century, Mirvac has become an iconic Australian business. Especially if you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, you probably associate the company with its housing estates. But as well as building suburban houses, Mirvac is a major player in office, retail and industrial property, with over $18 billion of assets under management.

(If you’ve shopped at Cooleman Court in Canberra, Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre or Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney, Toombul Shopping Centre in Brisbane or Moonee Ponds Central in Melbourne, you’ve visited a Mirvac retail property.)

Mirvac grew out of a joint venture formed by Robert Hamilton, a real estate agent, and Henry Pollack, an architect and builder. While the two Sydneysiders joined forces in the late 1960s in the hope of making some money out of Sydney’s ever-booming property market, Mirvac didn’t officially come into existence until 1972. It started off by constructing and selling a small apartment block in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Rose Bay. From those humble beginnings, it’s grown into one of Australia’s leading property groups, with an integrated development and asset-management capability. State and federal governments, major Australian companies and multinationals have all purchased or rented Mirvac’s commercial offices and industrial properties.   

Unlike some other property-sector players, Mirvac has never focused on turning a quick buck. It has taken a long-term, ethical approach to developing and managing desirable properties. This has resulted in the company having “a competitive advantage in the creation of quality assets across the entire lifecycle of a project; from planning through to design, construction and development, leasing, property management and long-term ownership”.  

In 2017, Mirvac made a $1.16 billion profit and achieved $2.7 billion in residential pre-sales.

The culture
Mirvac aspires to “attract the best” as well as “reflect the communities we support and the customers we serve”. With those goals in mind, the company’s leadership works to “foster a climate that is inclusive and allows people to contribute – irrespective of differences relating to work styles, gender, family status, age, culture, sexual preference, abilities and beliefs”.

Mirvac has a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy that is overseen by the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. The Council is making particular efforts to recruit and retain more female staff. This being done through initiatives such as providing flexible work options that “enable our employees to achieve better work/life quality”, conducting annual gender-pay-parity reviews and rating succession planning “on the depth of female representation in the pipeline”. The company’s efforts in this area seem to be paying off, with the male-female workforce ratio now at an impressive 59:41.     

In 2017, Mirvac launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan. This seeks to “deliver long-term and sustainable outcomes for [Indigenous] people by using our substantial purchasing and hiring power thoughtfully and responsibly”.

Social contribution
Mirvac takes a zero-tolerance approach to employees or service providers engaging in fraud, bribery and corruption. The company is “committed to contributing to Australian society in all aspects, including meeting all our tax responsibilities”.

Mirvac plans to be ‘net positive’ by 2030. (By net positive, Mirvac means “generating more water and energy than we consume and finding ways to capture and reduce waste beyond that which we create”.) The company is also committed to demonstrating “community investment within and beyond our boundaries by 2018”. In practice, that appears to mean creating (or supporting the creation of) amenities, services aimed at the elderly, employment programs and spaces that facilitate play and discourage crime.

Mirvac now encourages its staff to embrace a ‘Reimagine Urban Life’ mindset. This requires them to “think about how we can redefine the landscape and create more sustainable, connected and vibrant urban environments, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come”.

The company supports a range of charities and community initiatives. It also matches employee donations up to the value of $10,000.

The recruitment process

Internship Program

Mirvac’s vision is setting the standard as a world-class Australian property group that attracts the best of the best! As a leader in the Australian development and construction industry, their employees benefit from working in a flexible and innovative working environment, strong leadership, clear career development opportunities and a wealth of health and wellbeing programs. They focus the internships in their Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane operations with placement in their corporate offices and site-based internships.

With opportunities across multiple areas of their diverse business for the Internship Programs will be recruiting penultimate year students from the following disciplines:

  • Construction Management
  • Property Development, Office Asset Management, Residential
  • Finance & Business Intelligence
  • Marketing Tourism & Consumer Experience 
  • Safety & Risk
  • Investor Relations & Communications
  • Retail Finance & Retail Services
  • Retail Development & Leasing
  • Capital Transactions, Allocations

Internship Structure

This is a full-time summer internship program designed to assist you to build your career in the Property & Construction Industry.

  • 12 weeks full time Summer Internship within your team.
  • Participation of active projects both within your team and within our Innovation Projects;
  • Learning programs to build upon your professional and technical skills;
  • Networking opportunities across business teams and our Executive Leadership Team;
  • Guided lectures each week from our Management Leadership Teams;
  • Support structure including the Team Manager who will mentor you, Buddy and Intern Program HR Team;

At the completion of your summer program a review meeting will be conducted, and you may be offered the opportunity to continue within your team in a tailorable working structure (Full time, Part Time or Casual throughout 2020 and beyond). This is based upon your performance throughout the summer and dependent on available business project workload and will be openly discussed throughout your summer program. Your continued employment beyond the program is not guaranteed, but there may be an opportunity for you and this is reviewed on a case by case basis for each student participating in the program.

Remuneration
Mirvac doesn’t publicise its remuneration arrangements, aside from noting it offers staff a “wealth of health and wellbeing programs”. Reports suggest salaries are around the industry average and it’s possible to earn substantial bonuses.

Career prospects
Mirvac promises staff “a flexible and innovative working environment, strong leadership and clear career development opportunities”. It can also offer staff “the opportunity to work on some of the industry’s most interesting and challenging projects”.

Given Mirvac’s consistent growth, you should have plenty of opportunities to progress if you perform well. If you decide to move on, a stint working at Mirvac will look good on your resume.  

The vibe of the place
Mirvac staff seem to be happy. A recent employee engagement survey found an overwhelming majority of them believed Mirvac cared about their health and safety. Staff also thought their manager supported them to “find an appropriate balance between their work and personal commitments” and agreed with the proposition “Mirvac has a culture of continuous learning and improvement”.  

 

From the employer:

About Mirvac

Mirvac is a leading, diversified Australian property group, with an integrated development and asset management capability. We have 45 years of experience in the property industry and an unmatched reputation for delivering superior products and services across our businesses.

Principally located in Australia's four key cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Mirvac owns and manages assets across the office, retail and industrial sectors, with over $18 billion of assets currently under management. Our development activities allow us to create and deliver innovative and high-quality commercial assets and residential projects for our customers, while driving long-term value for our securityholders.

Our integrated approach gives us a competitive advantage in the creation of quality assets across the entire lifecycle of a project; from planning through to design, construction and development, leasing, property management and long-term ownership.

Recognising the contribution we make to Australia’s major cities, our purpose, Reimagine Urban Life, inspires us to question how and why we do things. With a strong focus on our customers, we’re asked to think about how we can redefine the landscape and create more sustainable, connected and vibrant urban environments, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Mirvac’s vision is setting the standard as a world-class Australian property group that attracts the best university students to become our Future Leaders.

As a leader in the Australian development and construction industry, we offer interesting career opportunities across construction, engineering, architecture, design, marketing, sales, property management (office and retail), finance, IT, HR, legal and administration to our university candidates seeking to build their career with Mirvac.

Our employees benefit from working in a flexible and innovative working environment, strong leadership, clear career development opportunities and a wealth of health and wellbeing programs.

Diversity and Inclusion

To help us to fulfil our purpose to ' Reimagine Urban Life', Mirvac promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Our Diversity and Inclusion vision is to “Build a diverse team and inclusive culture that values the diversity of perspectives and enables our people to: safely contribute; realise their potential; respond to our stakeholder’s needs and provide Mirvac with a competitive advantage.”

We deliver on this vision through 4 key focus areas:

  • Diversity of Thought - We recognise that a culture that honours the individual and supports diversity of thought will underpin innovation and our capacity to identify and adapt to change.
  • Inclusive Culture – We aim to foster a safe and respectful environment that seeks, cultivates and leverages the views of a demographically diverse workforce, by reflecting inclusion in our values and building inclusive leadership.
  • Flexibility – We continue to develop innovative approaches to work arrangements that enable our employees to achieve better work/life quality.
  • Gender Balance – We are committed to continuing our initiatives to reduce bias and provide equal opportunity for females to contribute and progress their careers at Mirvac, and we aim to drive participation in industry advocacy to improve gender representation across the broader property sector.

Gender Equity:

Mirvac has a strong reputation for the work that we have done to promote gender equality in our workplace. This work has been spearheaded by our CEO, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz and by our Board which is one of only a handful of ASX 200 Boards which is gender balanced.

The Gender Balance program that we have put in place has been multifaceted and has included:

  • Setting targets relating to various diversity measures.
  • Annual pay equity reviews – we have maintained a 0% like for like gender pay gap for 3 years.
  • Mainstreaming flexible work practices – 75% of our employees have some sort of flexible work arrangement in place based on the results of our engagement survey.
  • Participating in female only mentoring and sponsorship programs. • Creating ASPIRE our own female only development program for females in Construction.
  • Implementing an industry leading Shared Care Parental Leave Policy.

Through our Gender Balance program, we aim to reduce bias and provide equal opportunity for females to contribute and progress their careers.

In recognition of the work we have done around gender equality we have been awarded the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for the last four consecutive years.

We are also very proud to be the first Australian property developer to be named as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace.  White Ribbon’s mission is to eliminate violence against women, and the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to stop violence against women, and meeting standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace. 

My Simple Thing:

Mirvac understands that we all lead busy lives and sometimes it's difficult to strike a balance between work and our own personal commitments. We believe that to fulfil our purpose we must develop innovative approaches to working arrangements that enable our employees to achieve better work/life quality. And, to assist in the management of individual employee performance and development to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience to build an enterprise agile workforce and learning organisation.
 
Many people get lost in their work commitment, forgetting about their life outside the workplace. When employees are provided with flexible working arrangements, they are given the ability to pursue other hobbies outside of work, improving their quality of life.
 
Mirvac is adamant at providing their staff with flexible working conditions. We do this by promoting greater flexibility through our Flexible Charter and applying the TW3 across our offices.
 
What is My Simple Thing?

At Mirvac we allow our employees to make small changes to their work conditions and make arrangements that enhance their quality of work/life. Staff are able to make changes to their workhours by discussing with their managers what is the most suitable step to take.

Flexible working does not necessarily mean working less hours, staff are encouraged to be creative in the use of time and technology and work around their working schedules.
 
Examples of simple changes that is currently in place:

  • Work from home
  • Take occasional Friday off
  • Go for a run/pursue other hobbies
  • Drop/pick up kids to and from school twice a week.

At Mirvac we have faith that when we provide our employees flexible working conditions, that it improves the relationship with our employees and Mirvac. Which drives determination and good work ethics.

Our Internship Program

Mirvac’s vision is setting the standard as a world-class Australian property group that attracts the best of the best! As a leader in the Australian development and construction industry, our employees benefit from working in a flexible and innovative working environment, strong leadership, clear career development opportunities and a wealth of health and wellbeing programs. We focus our internships in our Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane operations with placement in our corporate offices and site-based internships. 

Interns are our future leaders! We are looking for people with the right combination of skills and values to drive our vision and strategy across our diverse business.

With opportunities across multiple areas of our diverse business for our Internship Programs we will be recruiting penultimate year students from the following disciplines:

  • Construction Management
  • Property Development, Office Asset Management, Residential
  • Finance & Business Intelligence
  • Marketing Tourism & Consumer Experience  
  • Safety & Risk
  • Investor Relations & Communications
  • Retail Finance & Retail Services
  • Retail Development & Leasing
  • Capital Transactions

Internship Structure

This is a full-time summer internship program designed to assist you to build your career in the Property & Construction Industry.

  • 12 weeks full time Summer Internship within your team.
  • Participation of active projects both within your team and within our Innovation Projects;
  • Learning programs to build upon your professional and technical skills;
  • Networking opportunities across business teams and our Executive Leadership Team;
  • Guided lectures each week from our Management Leadership Teams;
  • Support structure including the Team Manager who will mentor you, Buddy and Intern Program HR Team;

At the completion of your summer program a review meeting will be conducted, and you may be offered the opportunity to continue within your team in a tailorable working structure (Full time, Part Time or Casual throughout 2020 and beyond). This is based upon your performance throughout the summer and dependent on available business project workload and will be openly discussed throughout your summer program. Your continued employment beyond the program is not guaranteed, but there may be an opportunity for you and this is reviewed on a case by case basis for each student participating in the program.

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