Turner & Townsend Graduate Programme 2017

Posted on :

11 Apr, 2017

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Graduate Jobs in South Africa

Turner & Townsend is an independent professional services company specialising in programme management, project management, cost management and consulting across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. With 90 offices in 39 countries, we draw on our extensive global and industry experience to manage risk while maximising value and performance during the construction and operation of our clients’ assets.

The Graduate is employed on a programme that has been tailored to include the competencies and behaviours that Turner & Townsend believe are key to a successful career.

The programme also focuses on competencies that are relevant to field of work, i.e. cost management.

Main purpose of role

  • To assist the Pr.QS / Project Manager in taking responsibility for end to end service delivery.
  • To assist in meeting the client objectives through the delivery of an effective cost management service.

Key Accountabilities:
Risk Management
This competency covers the management of risk on construction projects. Graduates should be aware of the benefits to be gained and the techniques and processes used to manage risk. They should have a detailed understanding of how risk is dealt with on their projects.

Project Controls
This competency deals with the control of time and cost on construction projects. Graduates should be aware of the applicability of the various time and cost control techniques, including data analysis, productivity and resource analysis, earned value management and their practical use.

Contract Administration
This competency covers the role of the surveyor administering a construction contract. Graduates should be aware of the roles and responsibilities of the administrator under the main forms of contract. They should have a detailed understanding of the contractual provisions relating to the forms of contract that they have administered.

Project Financial Control and Reporting
This competency concerns the effective cost control of construction projects during the construction phase. Graduates should be aware of the principles of controlling and reporting costs on any construction project. They should have a detailed understanding of the control and reporting processes used on their projects.

Analysis of Client Requirements
This competency is about defining and understanding the requirements of clients in the context of the construction industry, where you are seeking to become engaged in providing change management solutions for a client. It explores how to identify and scope client needs.

Building Information modelling (BIM)
This competency encompasses the establishment and management of information modelling systems on projects. It covers the collaborative process and technological principles involved in implementing Business Information Modelling (BIM).

Contract Practice
This competency covers the various forms of contract used in the construction industry. Graduates should have an awareness of all of the main standard forms of contract and a thorough understanding of contract law, legislation and the specific forms that they have used.

This competency covers the design and construction of assets and the science of the principal materials utilised in building construction. Graduates should understand the key design principles and the principal methodologies of construction, including the comparative characteristics and performance of construction materials.

The planning system plays a vital role in the opportunities available for any potential construction scheme. This means it is important for Graduates to have good working knowledge and experience of the processes involved to ensure successful construction development.

Procurement and Tendering
This competency covers how a project is structured and delivered in terms of risk allocation and contractual relationships and how tendering processes are used to establish a contract price. Graduates should have a clear understanding of the different types of procurement and tendering commonly used and the advantages and disadvantages of each to the parties involved. They should have a detailed working knowledge of the procurement routes and tendering procedures used on their projects.

Health & Safety
This competency covers all aspects of a construction professional’s working life. It is about ensuring that their entire working life is conducted as safely as possible with as little risk to health as possible, and that the same is true for all of those around them.

Quantification and Costing of Construction Works

This competency covers the measurement and definition of construction works in order to value and control costs. Graduates should have an awareness of the various methods of quantifying and pricing construction works used throughout a project. They must have a thorough understanding of the specific methods used on their projects.

Commercial Management of Construction
This competency covers the commercial management of construction works. Graduates should have an awareness of how commercial competitiveness balances against profitability. They must have a thorough understanding of the financial processes used to achieve profitability and how these integrate with the overall delivery of the project.

Stakeholder Management
This competency deals with the techniques associated with managing stakeholders on large, complex projects. Graduates should demonstrate an effective understanding and application of the various ways to identify, analyse and engage with the relevant project stakeholders.

Programming and Planning
This competency covers involvement with the programming and planning of infrastructure projects. It is about the management of time and the duration of activities from project inception to completion and covers an understanding of programme techniques and critical path features, including use of computer software to produce programmes. Graduates should have an awareness of the various principles, techniques and issues that relate to the programming and planning of projects generally.

This competency covers the role of the project manager in dealing with the impact of sustainability issues on infrastructure. Graduates should have an awareness of the various ways in which sustainability can impact on infrastructure. They must have a thorough understanding of the impact made by sustainability on their projects and have been involved with the financial management of that impact.

Minimum requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualification i.e., B.Degree, BTech Degree or QS Diploma obtained from a recognised institution
  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within 7 days from date of application, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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