Proudly Military Friendly
AtkinsRéalis Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years' design, engineering and project management expertise. We’re engineering a better future on complex, time-critical projects across security, aerospace and defence, transportation, cities and development, energy, environment, industrial and manufacturing, and water markets.
We are proud to employ more than 150 veterans and 50 reservists, as well as cadet force adult volunteers (CFAVs) and military spouses/partners. These talented individuals contribute considerable transferable experience and expertise – from stakeholder, organizational, leadership and management skills to high levels of professionalism, problem-solving, awareness of health and safety, security awareness and best-practice, and team working.
Over and above being the right thing to do for the nation, the invaluable diversity of talent the Armed Forces community brings to our team is why we signed the Armed Forces Covenant and achieved the Gold Award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme in 2015, which was revalidated in 2020. To enable Atkins to deliver on its pledges and commitments, we created the Partnering with Armed Forces (PwAF) programme led by our Armed Forces Champion and a Programme Manager. In effect, this created Atkins’ first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) employee network, of which there are now nine.
working for our armed forces community
PwAF provides leadership and management for our extensive Armed Forces community, so supporting the needs of the business as well as those of its members. PwAF ensures this vibrant community remains connected and active internally and externally. We also help the community to understand their entitlement to benefits and how to access veteran-specific health and well-being support from the NHS and military charities. PwAF works closely with the MOD’s Defence Relationship Management and Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) in the Wessex Region.
We also conduct extensive outreach with military resettlement organizations, including the MOD's Career Transition Partnership, BuildForce, Recruit for Spouses, the Forces Employment Charity (and their TechVets programme), Forces Families Jobs, the REME Association's Jobs Agency (RAJA), and the White Ensign Association.
We run military insight days and attend careers events. We run a mentor network to enable early conversations to shape service leavers’ understanding of their fit with our organization. This includes reviewing CVs and preparing for interviews. We also aim to recruit more spouses and partners of Armed Forces personnel into permanent roles.
We also work with organizations helping veterans and service leavers to transition into their second careers.
We fundraise for military charities such as the Soldiers, Sailors, and Air Forces Association (SSAFA). And by being a founding member of the Employer Recognition Scheme’s Gold Award Association, we have enabled companies to share knowledge and ideas to further the cause. We lead the Wessex Region GAA group on behalf of the GAA and Wessex RFCA.
awarding our commitment
meet Our people
We offer a friendly pathway into a rewarding second career where you can make a tangible, sustainable impact on the world. We are proud to provide a welcoming environment where people understand your background, experiences, three-letter acronyms and unique culture.
Our dedicated PwAF team is here to help you along this journey.
Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of culture, with colleagues willing to pitch in to help you grow and succeed. We're increasing the diversity of our people, creating a more welcoming place to work, where everyone feels valued and free to share ideas, promoting an inclusive culture, and providing everyone with an equal voice because we know it's the right thing to do.
PwAF works with our HR and recruitment teams and hiring managers to ensure we reach out to service leavers through Military Insight days, virtual careers fairs, one-to-one engagement advice, mentoring, matching to job roles, and arranging work placements to allow Service Leavers to 'try before they buy’.
BuildForce and Recruit for Spouses are able to match candidates to our jobs. Our roles are also advertised on portals such as CTP. The PwAF mentor network, hiring managers and recruitment teams match candidates to appropriate positions across our business divisions. We evaluate candidates' non-traditional experiences with open minds, treating your job application with fairness and understanding.
Ongoing training & support
You're welcome to use your Enhanced Learning Credits for your career progression. With us, you'll also enjoy mentoring, leadership training, and support with personal, unbiased career planning.
Thanks to our award-winning well-being strategy, we also have excellent resources and facilities to support you. These include healthy workplaces, 24/7 employee assistance support, mental health first aiders and resilience training.
Rewards & benefits
We take a holistic approach to making you feel rewarded and appreciated for your work and talent. Total Reward is a package you can tailor to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. It includes benefits including buying and selling annual leave, access to the best doctors, partner discounts and top financial advice and products. Discover more.
Flexibility to thrive
We genuinely care for our veterans and reservists and are committed to an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive. We encourage flexible working, supporting employees with important out-of-work commitments. Talk to us about what suits you: part-time working, job sharing, mobile working, phased retirement, hybrid and home working, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, sabbaticals or career breaks and term-time working.
what skillscan i bring?
Many service leavers and veterans feel they lack experience in our industry. However, they already have transferable skills and an excellent foundation for our key roles thanks to considerable skills, knowledge, and qualifications, such as the Association of Project Management Professionals, PRINCE 2, Bachelors'/Masters' degrees and charterships in engineering or management. These provide an excellent foundation for our key roles – here are just some of them:
When you join us, everything you do will engineer a better future – no matter the project's scale, complexity, or location. Discover our teams below:
We collaborate in multidisciplinary teams, connecting people, digital technology and data across ten core markets: cities and development; consulting and advisory; energy; environment and geoscience; industrial and manufacturing; minerals and metallurgy; project, programme and cost management; security, aerospace and defence; transportation; and water.
supporting our reservists and cadet force adult volunteers
Atkins welcomes and encourages employees to become reservists which provides many benefits to the individual, the Armed Forces and our business. The training and skills gained in the Reserves can be used to improve performance in the workplace and can enhance skills in areas such as leadership, teamwork, communication and decision making often in challenging situations and environments. Many of the attributes expected from individuals while they are in the Reserves can be mapped across to Atkins roles and associated core competence frameworks.
The experience you gain as a reservist is highly relevant to your career and it can help you understand your career aspirations, support your development and your successful progression.
We support reservists by providing an additional 10 days’ paid leave over and above normal leave. We have clear procedures for line managers and reservists to follow to enable a fruitful relationship that maximizes benefits to all; including enabling the mobilisation of reservists, which routinely takes place in the UK (e.g. Covid-19 Task Force) and overseas. We also run reservist recruitment fairs in our offices.
Furthermore, we promote the Cadet Force Adult Volunteer Service as the benefits of volunteering are varied, from learning new skills, meeting people, taking on challenges and gaining valuable leadership experience. Atkins offers CFAVs the same additional leave benefit as reservists.