Willmott Dixon

Established in 1852, our organisation has grown to become a contemporary £1bn turnover business that has retained a focus on people.

We embrace diversity in the workforce and deliver projects and services of lasting value to the communities we work in.

We understand that everyone has a unique potential and ability to make a difference; if you want your skills developed and talent recognised, come and work for us!

Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group.

Founded in 1852, we are dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment and in 2018 were one of only six companies to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the promoting opportunity through social mobility category. Our goal is to become a net zero carbon company by 2030, with all buildings delivered after this date also being net zero. As the UK’s highest ranked contractor in the FT’s Diversity Leaders list in 2019 and 2020, we also aim to achieve gender parity across all levels of the workforce by 2030.

We are passionate about our purpose: to deliver brilliant buildings, transform lives, strengthen communities and enhance the environment so our world is fit for future generations.

Our family values and respect for people has seen the business achieve numerous accolades as one of the best places to work in the country. Willmott Dixon was awarded 5th place in the Sunday Times Best Companies Top 100 (2020) to work for, the Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 and is the first major contractor and developer to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of sustainable development.

The core values that support everything we do:

Ethical – our people and operations meet the highest standards of conduct.

Sustainable  – our culture, training and ethos is about making sure we have the best people in the industry to work with our clients.

Contributing – we want to make society a better place for all, and that includes investing over £2 million a year in community projects.

Quality – we are vigorous and determined that the output of our work is the highest standard available anywhere.

Our sustainability development journey – We’ve been on this journey since 1852 Sustainable development has been a priority for us for a very long time, and our activities have shaped not only our own business, but our industry as a whole.

Diversity At Willmott Dixon

Strategically we wish to create and maintain a professional workforce capable of delivering an effective and efficient service.

By making the best use of all the available resources we aim to achieve our strategic and operational priorities. As a company which greatly values its reputation for acting ethically, we are committed to promoting diversity and appreciating the differences that diversity provides.

  • We recognise the value of a workforce in which people from differing backgrounds are encouraged to offer fresh ideas and perspectives.
  • We aspire to increase motivation and productivity for all our people by providing career opportunities based on merit and potential.
  • We provide a safe, secure and accessible working environment that values the diversity of our employees and future employees.

This approach highlights our commitment to the promotion of a harmonious working environment where dignity at work, equality and diversity are central; where no-one is subjected to discrimination because of their age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, socio-economic background, or some other personal characteristic or circumstance.

This approach applies to all our people and extends to all those with whom a working relationship exists, such as supply chain partners.

Willmott Dixon is actively working to:

  • Value people and their differences and enable all of our employees to achieve their full potential.
  • Eliminate all forms of unfair discrimination (both direct and indirect), prejudice and victimisation.
  • Promote equality of opportunity and enhance choice and flexibility for all our people.
  • Treat people with dignity and respect, recognising the value of each individual.

In order to continuously embed equality and diversity into our culture:

  • Training is provided for managers as part of our well-established management development programme and managers are also required to attend the Group Diversity and Cultural Awareness training.
  • All new employees are given a copy of the Dignity at Work Policy as part of their induction and copies are posted on all notice boards.
  • Monitoring is carried out regularly with statistical data provided to the Board on a monthly basis.

Willmott Dixon is “seeking to extend and push the opportunity for women to join our business” in a bid to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2030.

Currently, women account for 24 per cent of the company’s total workforce.

The percentage of female trainees taken on by the firm last year was 40 per cent.

The contractor will aim to increase the percentage of female trainees taken on next year to 50 per cent.

Case Studies

Susie Bradshaw

Welcome back Susie!

Our ‘Welcome Back’ programme is designed to help people who’ve had an extended career break a route back into work via construction. Susie elaborates how she found the programme after a career break.

Susie Bradshaw joined Willmott Dixon as an operations intern, working on site with Willmott Dixon Interiors at their London Southbank University project. The opportunity was initiated through our ‘Welcome Back’ returners programme, following a career break to bring up her children.

Our Welcome Back programme is a 20-week programme on a fixed-term contract basis that offers work experience along with a coaching programme that includes refresher training and new skills development. For the right candidates, it could lead to the opportunity for a permanent role.

Tell us a bit about your background Susie…

I completed a Civil Engineering Degree in my 20’s and at that time I didn’t want to pursue a career in construction, so I moved into client facing sales and marketing roles.

Having enjoyed project managing my own extension and various a part time position as a Cad Technician, I embarked on a MSc in Building Surveying. Following graduating in the Masters Degree, I started looking for a new career. I had heard good things about Willmott Dixon in particular their commitment to gender parity by 2030 in the business, so I had a look at their website and was amazed that there was a returner programme advertised.

How long was your career break and for what reason?

In 2006, I left in order to have my first child and I hadn’t worked full time since then although I was working in a part time position within the construction industry.

What did you do on the Welcome Back Programme?

In honesty, the first thing I did was worry! Worry about not being able to pick things up, the perception my colleagues would have of me, how going into a male dominated environment would work out and how the business would accommodate my need for flexible working. Thankfully, these concerns were unfounded.

Firstly, the programme incorporated four coaching sessions with other people in a similar situation. These sessions helped me manage my return to work, discuss any concerns with others in confidence and get the best out of the wider programme. It was great to meet other returners, in other areas of the business and be able to share thoughts and concerns together.

In addition to the coaching sessions, a range of people including colleagues, line managers and the people team have been fully supportive of my return. They have understood aspects that may have been challenging, for example being flexible with my working hours around childcare.

How did the Welcome Back Programme help you?

The returners programme has given me a supported way to get back in to work along with starting a new career. It has given me the opportunity to build relationships and learn company processes without anyone having high expectations. I now have a place in a company where I feel my confidence and ability to make decisions without deferring to others is developing every day.

For me, the main benefit of the programme is that because of the support given, it allows skills that I already had to re-emerge which would otherwise remain hidden behind a lack of confidence due to time spent out of work.

Speaking as a female in the construction industry, I’m happy to report a really positive experience on site. My colleagues and mangers should give themselves a well-earned pat on the back as they have gone out of their way to support me and when the occasional, inevitable ‘out of my depth wobble’ occurs. I only have to ask for help and it is there straight away.

Tell us a bit about your role now…

I am thrilled to say that following the programme, I was offered the position of Assistant Build Manager where apart from managing specific packages of work, I am taking a leading role in our site’s sustainability and social value commitments. It’s is challenging, but also diverse and rewarding, there is something new every day.

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Susie on site at our project at London South Bank University

What advice would you give anyone who is thinking about applying for our Welcome Back Programme?

Have courage and go for it! There is a wealth of opportunity in the construction industry and the opportunity to have a rewarding career, it is far from the stereotype of being muddy and manual.

If you are new to construction then try not to assume you don’t have transferable skills. You will get support from colleagues, managers and the business, which will allow you to develop your career and contribute to a great company.

If you know anyone who has been on a career break and looking to get back into employment – we have the right opportunity for them! Find out more here.

Gemma Welsher - Director (Procurement).

Gemma has been working for Willmott Dixon for 10 years and was recently promoted to pre-construction manager, overseeing all tender and bid work for our Wales and the West office.

Managing a team of 15, Gemma thrives on the diversity and variety in her role but didn’t always plan on a career in construction.

Gemma says:

“At school I was actually really interested in art and English, but I was lucky to be made aware of the opportunities within the construction industry as my Dad was a lecturer in Construction in the built Environment.”

She continues “Through that course I got a real taste of all the possible roles in the construction industry, from bricklaying to management and surveying we got to experience the lot, which is where a lot of people miss out I think, as they are just not aware of the diversity of roles available to them”.

Although originally intending on a degree with Loughborough University, Gemma was given the opportunity to become a management trainee in quantity surveying for a construction firm, “that was something I would never have predicted, when quantity surveying was suggested my response was – ‘but I am no good at maths!’ it’s these preconceptions that we need to break down as I have honestly never looked back.”

Gemma then worked on several high profile projects before joining Willmott Dixon as commercial manager; “I really enjoyed working for here from the start, my roles have been interesting and challenging and what I really love is that every day is different.

One of the most satisfying parts of working in construction is the team work aspect, everyone pulls together to build something amazing.

I often drive past buildings and say ‘I built that!’ to my kids, not that I laid a brick of it, but that’s the point – there is so much more to creating a building than just laying the bricks.”

Gemma’s advice to young women thinking about a career in construction:

“To be honest I think the most important thing is to understand the opportunities available – regardless of gender, no matter what your skill set is there is probably something that will appeal to you” she continued “the industry is changing a lot at the moment, and new technologies are coming to the forefront so different skill sets and competencies are required; the options are vast and often surprising.”

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