What is AECOM Returners

AECOM Returners is a structured and supportive programme aimed at bringing people who have taken significant career breaks back into our workplace.  AECOM are excited to be running our third Returner Programme where we have successfully transitioned a number of fantastic people into permanent roles.  As a Returner you will work on real AECOM projects.  We recongnise that it can be daunting readjusting from a career break to the working world and therefore we have partnered with Women Returners to offer 4 coaching sessions throughout the programme which will focus on building your confidence, professional identity and helping you get set up for success.


How do I apply?

Please review our Returner roles and apply to the opportunity that most closely matches your background, previous experience and career expectations. Please submit a CV and covering letter, stating how long your career break has been and which roles and locations you would be most interested in.


Can I apply for more than one role/sector/location?

If you are interested in applying for a few different roles, please state this on your covering letter, and we will ensure that your application is reviewed against all of the roles you are interested in. It is also useful for you to state your preferred locations and if you are flexible on where you are based.


What if I don’t see a role that is right for me?

If you don’t find a role that matches your skills and experience or in your chosen location, you can still register your interest by joining our Returners Talent Community. We will contact you directly when we identify a relevant opportunity that matches your background and experience.


What counts as an extended career break?

Anyone who had a career break of at least two years is eligible to apply AECOM Returners. If your career break has been less than this, please view open positions on our Careers website

Our programme is open to applicants of any gender who has taken a career break for a variety of reasons, such as travelling, focusing on your family, studying, caring or recovering from illness.  Whatever your reason, we look forward to you bringing a fresh perspective to our teams and projects.


I have a disability, or a health condition can AECOM help support any adjustments I may need?

If you require any workplace adjustments because of a disability or health condition before joining, our HR team will work with you and your manager to identify and put in place any accommodations that you may require.


What working patterns will AECOM consider?

We are happy to accommodate a range of working patterns. With Freedom to Grow, you will have the permission to choose when, where and how you prefer to work in the way that best suits you. The guiding principle is that if it works for your client, your team and you, it works for us. We will discuss your requirements during the recruitment process and work with you and your manager to ensure a working pattern that suits.


What can I expect from the recruitment/interview process?

If your application matches with one of our roles, you will be contacted by one of our Talent Acquisition team to talk through the position and to set up an interview with the hiring manager.

Our interview process will focus on what experience you have gained outside of the working environment and your transferable skills. You will not be expected to provide specific examples of recent experience. We encourage hiring managers to learn about your strengths and qualities during interviews.

It can take some time to review all applications, so please bear with us. We will notify unsuccessful applications by email.


My skills and knowledge are out of date, what refresher training will I get?

While AECOM Returners is not a re-training programme as you will already have had some previous relevant experience, we realise that you may need upskilling in certain areas. Your line manager will work with you to identify areas that you need to develop and help bring you up to speed. Under AECOM’s 70/20/10 learning model, you will have access to on the job learning, mentoring, and formal instructor lead training to enhance your professional growth.


Is the start date of the programme flexible?

We look forward to welcoming our Returners on 27th April to start as a group, but we can accommodate different start dates if required.  However, all Returners will be required to attend four coaching sessions run by Women Returners. This will enable you to meet and network with other Returners who are also joining the programme. We will work with you and your hiring manager during the recruitment process to discuss and agree on a suitable start date if required.


When are the coaching sessions and where will they be held?

We will advise the dates and locations of the coaching sessions before the programme starts so you have enough notice to plan. You will be required to attend all coaching sessions which may involve travelling to one of our AECOM offices. Travel costs will be covered by AECOM and can be booked through our internal travel system.


If you have any additional queries, please contact us at TalentAcquisition.UKI@aecom.com