Jacobs

Jacobs works across the U.K. and beyond to tackle some of the world’s most complex challenges. Whether it’s projects focused on addressing the climate emergency, enhancing our security, improving infrastructure or delivering next-generation digital solutions, these are just some of the ways we are working to build a better future for all.

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With a global workforce of 60,000 employees, including more than 10,000 in the U.K., we’re always on the lookout for talented people to join our team.

Watch our two-minute recruitment video to find out more about what we do!

Prioritising your wellbeing

The wellbeing of our people is fundamental to our success. To help our employees to thrive, Jacobs provides physical, emotional, financial and social wellbeing programs and benefits to support you and your family, such as fertility healthcare, shared parental leave, free personalised counselling and retirement planning.

View our candidate brochure to find out more about life at Jacobs and benefits for U.K. employees.

Putting flexibility first

We want to ensure that our people have the time they need to refresh and recharge, while balancing their work.

We have offices and sites across the U.K., so we’re open to candidates from any location. We also have a variety of flexible, part-time and hybrid working patterns available, such as working school hours, 9-day fortnights and job sharing.

We live inclusion

Inclusivity is at the heart of our values and we focus on creating a workplace where everyone can belong. Our eight employee networks, along with our focus on positive mental health and wellbeing, celebrate and nurture our diverse workforce.

Read about our efforts to drive gender equality in the workplace.

Find out more about our approach to inclusion and diversity.

Welcoming career returners and career changers

Are you looking to reignite your career after an extended break from the workforce? Jacobs offers paid Returnships across a variety of locations and disciplines. In addition, if you’re a working parent, look no further than our Bridge the Gap program which will actively support you via buddies, structured workshops and manager toolkits.

If you’re considering a career change and are keen to apply your transferable skills, we can also offer a variety of training and upskilling to support your transition.

Explore the Jacobs Returnship Program.

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Ready to apply?

If you join Jacobs, you’ll be joining a company with a culture that is based on caring, flexibility and trust, where you’re supported to achieve your  potential. With our vast array of international projects, the opportunities to evolve your career are there for the taking!

As a ‘Disability Confident’ employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification and if you require any reasonable adjustments, please let us know.

Explore our current vacancies! 

Case Studies

Emily Farley

How Emily Farley, a former hospitality worker and mum of two, became a project manager at Jacobs

Emily Farley

When Emily realised her career in hospitality was not compatible with a young family, she knew she needed to make a change. “Trying to maintain a good work-life balance while working as a manager in the hospitality sector was really difficult; work often involved long, unsociable hours and weekend shifts,” says Emily.

Discussions with her spouse, a project manager in the nuclear sector, revealed parallels in their roles.

With the help of a project management (PM) fundamentals course, she gained a clear understanding of the role. It was a step in the right direction, and soon after, Emily came across a LinkedIn advert for Jacobs, hiring project managers and offering opportunities to those with no prior PM experience.

It didn’t take long before she landed her first role in November 2021. Almost overnight, she found the support and opportunities needed to make it a successful transition. Working on a framework for one of Jacobs’ largest UK clients gave her exposure to both external and internal stakeholders, which aligned to her communication skills. In addition, Jacobs’ New to Nuclear Training Academy provided an excellent foundation to increase her knowledge of the sector and kick-start her new career.

Katie Nagel

After taking a career break to focus on her three young children, Katie Nagel was at her wit’s end trying to find a new engineering role that would offer her the flexibility she needed.

But all was not lost! After spotting a Jacobs LinkedIn post about flexible working, she reached out, secured an opportunity and was delighted to start her new role with us as a Senior Systems Engineer in January 2024.

Katie NagelKatie said: “After having children, my job search was like looking for a needle in a haystack…there is still a lot of ambiguity in the flexible working space, so I would apply for roles and attend interviews, but it would transpire that my desired work pattern wasn’t compatible with the role. I saw a Jacobs LinkedIn post talking about flexible opportunities, got in touch, and was delighted when we found a solution that worked for both me and the business. My 15-hour working week across 34 weeks of the year allows me to continue to serve in my community, taxi my children around to their activities, and care for them during the school holidays. Being able to work remotely is of great benefit to me; office visits can be planned out in advance to make it easier to juggle the school runs.”

Jacobs offers a variety of flexible working options including flexible start and finish times, compressed hours, part-time hours, job-sharing arrangements, annualised hours and more. Please talk to us about your requirements when you apply.

Lydia Ruddy

Balancing family commitments with your career can be a juggling act. That’s why we offer our employees a wealth of flexible working options.Lydia, a Client Account Manager, has an annualised hours contract meaning that she works a defined number of hours over a year, with an estimated weekly pattern.

Lydia Ruddy

Lydia said: “My husband is in the military and works away a lot. When my daughter started nursery, trying to keep up with my hours and deal with the onslaught of childhood illnesses became detrimental to my mental and physical health.

The flexibility of moving to an annualised hours contract has been a lifesaver for me. I catch up on any outstanding hours as and when I can during the year, rather than worrying about how I’m going to complete my hours within the week if family commitments take over. I feel lucky to receive great support from my line manager and team.”

Roberta Moraes

“Flexible working is a two-way street and it has been very successful in terms of building trust between myself and my line manager.”

Roberta Moraes, a Senior Water Resources Engineer, explains how flexitime helps her to balance her career and home life. 

Roberta Moraes“When working on multiple projects, a standard 8-hour working day can be tricky to manage. Some days there are same-day deliverables, whereas other days may be quieter. Having the flexibility to work a few more or less hours per day enables me to effectively manage my role and my personal life depending on my projects. 

I am originally from Brazil, and it’s great to have the flexibility to work overseas and spend some time back home with my loved ones (up to 60 days per year, but not more than 30 days in a row). This benefit is heart-warming as it gives me the chance to attend special family and friend events that I would not been able to do otherwise. 

Flexitime gives me the peace of mind that I have the freedom to prioritise what matters to me outside of work. I think that people generally feel more motivated and happier when they feel trusted to deliver high-quality work alongside having a good work-life balance. 

Kirsty Edwards

Kirsty Edwards is a part-time Project Manager, working three days per week.

Working part-time helps Kirsty to balance her commitments outside of work: “Alongside my role as a Project Manager, I am also a Director of a Community Interest Company that provides Equine Facilitated Learning to both neurotypical and neurodiverse people, able-bodied people and those with additional physical needs.

I feel really supported by Jacobs to combine my professional and personal passions, allowing me to give something back to my local community.

Having an appreciation of people’s diversities makes me more equipped as a Project Manager to deliver inclusive solutions for our clients.”

Kirsty Edwards

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