Graduate Vacancies: 57 (2018)
Internships: 55 (2018)
What does your organisation do?
JN Bentley is a civil engineering and construction company directly employing over 1300 people across the UK. We deliver full turnkey feasibility, design, construction and commissioning projects with clients in a variety of sectors – but predominantly the water industry, where we work in partnership with six of the country’s largest providers: Yorkshire Water, Northumbrian Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water and United Utilities.
Much of our work is delivered as Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), a joint venture with global consultant Mott MacDonald. The joint venture has proved extremely successful since its formation in 1999, and saw JN Bentley join the Mott MacDonald Group in 2014 – the next natural step in the relationship between the two companies.
We offer a challenging but ultimately rewarding workplace, and have a long history of rewarding hard work and excellent performance with opportunities for progression through the ranks. We have well-established development programmes for our engineers to enable them to gain professional qualifications as well as experience in the disciplines important to our business
What area(s) / disciplines of engineering and technology do you recruit?
- Civil engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Quantity surveying
- Construction operations
How do you create an inclusive workforce?
JN Bentley is proud of the inclusive workplace that we have created. Construction and civil engineering is often seen as a white male dominated field, but as an inclusive employer we have colleagues both site and office-based who break the mould, and who are making great progression through the business.
When recruitment new people to the team we are solely focused on the skills and talent a potential new employee could bring to the table – we don’t discriminate and equally don’t look to just ‘tick boxes’ for no reason.
Our benefits packages is varied, and includes everything from a healthcare cash plan, to a generous pension scheme to a turkey at Christmas (or a £20 supermarket for those who choose otherwise).
We can boast a range of awards for how we train and develop our people – our ‘Developing the Engineers of the Future’ programme was recognised three years running by Business In The Community, for instance, and we have rewarding tie-ups with educational institutions in the areas in which we work. Our long relationship with engineering specialist academy, Skipton Girls’ High School, has led to a number of former students joining us over the years – one of whom you can meet below.
Top 5 tips for applying for a role at JN Bentley
- Be yourself
- Care about what you do, and be up for working hard
- Smile – and maintain a sense of humour (especially when you’re busy)
- Be ready for a hands-on role in your chosen field
- Be willing to learn and ask questions – your new colleagues will be more than happy to help if you’re showing the right attitude
Name: Gemma Holmes
Job Title: Site Agent
Engineering Discipline: Civil Engineering
Gemma is one of a number of female civil engineers working at JN Bentley. Gemma first joined us on placement from university, having attended engineering specialist school, Skipton Girls’ High School. She returned to us as a graduate, and has recently achieved Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Now managing sites of her own, Gemma recently oversaw the sensitive refurbishment of the reservoir spillway at Butterley, near Marsden in West Yorkshire. The project went on to win the stellar prize at the ICE Awards in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017.
Gemma told us, “If you show motivation and commitment then things will happen quicker – it is all down to the individual. All the engineers know that [At JN Bentley], the company will train and support them so that incentivises everyone to do well and prove themselves to develop to be that ‘engineer of the future’.”
Name: Nasar Adam
Job Title: Civil Engineer
Engineering Discipline: Civil Engineering
Civil engineer Nasar pursued a career in engineering because he had a genuine interest in the construction industry and liked to understand how things worked. Joining JN Bentley as a graduate, he recently achieved first class honours in Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) from Leeds Metropolitan University, and is now working towards Incorporated Eng. Status with the ICE, and plans to embark on his Chartership after completing his Master’s. He’s currently working on three spillway investigations, assessing the condition and capacity of the spillways to ensure they will safely pass design floods. These schemes are allowing Nasar to demonstrate his knowledge of engineering principles and design.
Now enrolled on the JN Bentley Civil Engineering Development Scheme, Nasar is working through a programme of objectives on a course he describes as “Supported, informative and structured”, which still spending plenty of time on site showcasing his skills and building his experience.
Name: Kimberley Dean
Job Title: Recruitment Team
Engineering Discipline: Recruitment
As a member of the recruitment team at our Head office in Skipton, Kimberley processes a large quantity of applications to positions at JN Bentley on a daily basis.
Resourcing staff for the North East area of the business, as well as labour staff throughout the UK, Kimberley speaks to people from various ethnic backgrounds all the time. Understanding that statistically there is an issue with the levels of ethnic minorities in the engineering industry, Kimberley told us she is very proud to say that during her tenure with JN Bentley she’s helped to employ hundreds of individuals, each from different backgrounds.
Kimberley said, “As a proud member of the LGBT community, I am aware of the stigma surrounding this within a male dominated industry. However, working at Bentley’s every member of staff have treated me equally. The best advice that I could give to any minority that wants to step into this industry is join us!”