Location: UK: Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow, London, Stockton, Warrington 

Opportunity: 6-month returnship, with flexible working options

Start Date: November 2021

Apply by: 30 July 2021

Applications are now closed

Atkins is pleased to be partnering with Women Returners for their 2021 Returners Programme.

Atkins celebrates diversity and has created an environment in which their people, drawn from a range of backgrounds and expertise, are able to achieve high standards of integrity and ethics in the workplace. This 6 month returnship offers talented experienced professionals, who have had an extended career break of 2 years or more, the opportunity to return to work in a supportive environment with the potential for a permanent role at the end of the programme.

There could be many reasons for you taking time out; this may have been for childcare or eldercare, or to relocate. During your career break you may have been working on a part-time or freelance basis to fit around your other commitments or you may not have done any paid work for a number of years.

Atkins is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, they value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

About Atkins

Atkins solves some of the most complex engineering problems that Europe faces today – applying innovative thinking, pioneering technologies and outstanding projects to create the best outcome for clients and society.

You’ll be working to change the world. Their teams work on global projects that take on today’s most pressing challenges. From population growth, to increasing transportation needs, and climate change – they merge ingenuity, knowledge and technology to uplift communities and drive a safer, better tomorrow.

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise, working with private and public sector clients including central government, defence, education, nuclear, transportation, aviation and infrastructure. They are ranked in the Financial Times Leading Management Consultants for Aerospace and Defence and have been listed in LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies.

Atkins’ offers a talented team environment, where everyone has a voice, and where together they face their clients’ problems head-on. It’s a diverse and inclusive work environment where world-class talent knows no distinctions. Find out more about Atkins and read about some of their recent, most exciting projects.

About the Atkins Returners Programme

The programme is designed to help you to ease back into work in a safe and structured manner and allow you to explore the scope of opportunity within Atkins and confirm where you can best fit. As a returner Atkins’ recognise you will be seeking to re-establish your professional career, building on your previous expertise and experiences and that you will have unique needs and individual goals.

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses that are designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talent.  You will build your expertise while working on projects within their client-embedded teams and will be supported by your line manager and project or subject mentor. You will receive coaching from Women Returners and  training courses in accordance with your agreed development plan.

Flexible and remote working is a central part of their culture. They invite you tell them what’s ideal for you – from reduced weeks to buying more leave over school holidays.  Read more about their flexible working culture.

Atkins offers Total Reward a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs: flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career. 

Read these returner stories, from earlier programmes. Read more about how you can thrive with Atkins.

For more information about the programme please visit the Atkins Returners Hub.

Who is Atkins looking for?

Experienced professionals with a track record of delivery in one of the following areas:

  • Architects – Birmingham, Epsom, London; some travel to client sites may be required

Join a welcoming group of talented individuals with shared passion for design and a commitment to the environment through a sustainable approach to architecture and engineering. The team comprising of creative minds, Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior designers’ engineers, work alongside each other and everything they do, from the smallest project to the largest masterplan, is a team effort.

  • Civil Engineers (Structures/Bridges/Highways) – UK wide

As a Civil Engineer with experience in structures, bridges and highways you will be involved in projects of all sizes, scopes and scales. Atkins’ projects are transforming the way people live and work and you’ll be part of collaborative design teams based across the country and the world.

  • Civil Engineers (Infrastructure & Nuclear & Power) – Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow, London, Warrington

Working on high profile projects to niche innovations, you’ll join a team with a reputation for being the client’s go-to for difficult challenges in engineering, operations, life extension, and decommissioning. And with experts located in their activities across the globe you’ll learn from the top minds in the industry.

  • Geotechnical Engineers – Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow, London, Warrington

You’ll be part of a talented team working on a portfolio of major projects across the UK where their team offers a comprehensive service in ground technology. With more than 280 UK based geotechnical professionals, Atkins’ geotechnical reputation is built on the skills, excellence and commitment of their people in all aspects of geotechnical engineering

  • Building Design Engineers – Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow, London, Warrington

Atkins work on large, technically complex projects from concept to completion. From designing buildings of the future to working on iconic hotels, you’ll be driving innovation that ensures our cities are better today and into the future. It’s about more than just buildings – for over 70 years they’ve been defining skylines – so they’re looking for people who want to revolutionise societies through game-changing hospitals, retail centres, transport hubs and education establishments.

  • Cost Managers – Birmingham, London, Stockton; and Cost Modellers – Bristol, London

Atkins have a huge variety of projects on the go, so as a Cost Manager there will always be something exciting for you to get involved in. There is the opportunity to build a career as a professional cost manager, while helping to make a sustainable difference, and shape the future of the business.

As a Cost Modeller you’ll work with teams that use quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse, model and recommend solutions to their customers’ business decisions. A huge variety of projects, ranging from niche consultancy projects to large, high profile programmes, will keep you challenged.

  • Environmental Consultants – Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London; some travel to client sites may be required

Atkins are looking to recruit environmental consultants to support the growth of multiple projects across a range of sectors. You will be joining a team of environmental and sustainability coordinators supporting some of their key clients, with opportunities to work on sustainability projects being championed by their business.

  • Human Factors Consultants – Bristol, London; some travel to client sites may be required

You’ll enjoy a vast range of project opportunities to keep you progressing, working in supportive, multi-disciplinary teams across a range of industries.  

  • Knowledge Consultants – Bristol

You’ll enjoy a vast range of project opportunities to keep you progressing, working in supportive, multi-disciplinary teams across a range of industries, helping others to access and encourage the sharing of knowledge.  

  • Management Consultants – Bristol, London

You’ll stay challenged providing key clients with day-to-day advice. You’ll be trusted with technical delivery, using emerging innovation and data analysis to develop client recommendations. Everyone at Atkins is up to the challenge, and you’ll enjoy leading and building up their diverse, talented and supportive teams.

  • Mechanical Engineers and Safety Engineers – Bristol; some travel to client sites may be required

As a Mechanical Engineer you will have plenty of opportunities to grow where your interests take you. Work with experts as proficient as you, providing pivotal mechanical engineering services to high-profile clients across multiple markets. You’ll be shaping the future, making a tangible, sustainable difference on some of the world’s most significant, complex projects.

As an Atkins Safety Engineer, you’ll be part of a talented team designing complex new schemes to protect their clients’ assets. As well as delivering what’s best for major organisations, you’ll be involved in something that improves thousands of lives every day.

  • Project Managers – Birmingham, Bristol, London, Stockton

Atkins have a huge variety of projects on the go, so as a Project Manager there will always be something exciting for you to get involved in. Build a career as a professional project manager while helping to make a sustainable difference, and shape the future of Atkins’ business.

  • Project Controllers and Project Controls Managers – Birmingham, Epsom, London, Stockton

Project Controllers and Project Controls Manager play a crucial part in projects of all sizes, scopes and scales. You’ll find plenty of interesting opportunities to grow and challenge yourself across your technical, people, stakeholder and management responsibilities.

  • Quantity Surveyors – Birmingham, London, Stockton; some travel to client sites may be required

You’ll be involved with major building and engineering projects, ensuring that value for money is always balanced with meeting quality standards and regulations. Cost-planning and commercial management are integral components of a quantity surveyor’s role, but an Atkins professional goes further to deliver success. Their quantity surveyors know everything about statutory building regulations, assess commercial risks and often work with both clients and contractors, navigating on- and off-site requirements to ensure projects run smoothly. You’ll be part of some of the biggest and most rewarding construction projects around.

How to apply

For further details about the programme opportunities and to apply, please use the relevant link(s) below:

Please apply asap. The deadline for applications is 30 July 2021


In your application please state clearly:

  • what role(s) you are interested in
  • the locations which are of interest
  • the duration and dates of your career break

Successful applicants will receive invites to interview by early August. Interviews will be held in September 2021.

For some roles offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining security clearance. Where relevant, this will be discussed with you at interview. When applying please do not make reference to, (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

If you have any questions, please contact returners@atkinsglobal.com

Atkins want you to perform at your best at each stage of their recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how they can support you better, please contact the returners team confidentially at returners@atkinsglobal.com