2024 University Graduate (UK) - Business Development Associate

Requisition ID: 270790 

  •  Relocation Authorized: None 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: London WC2E 

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, vital services and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure, Nuclear, Security & Environmental, Energy, Mining & Metals, and the Manufacturing & Technology markets.


Our services span from the initial planning and investment, through start up and operations.


Core to Bechtel are our values - ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our commitments - integrity, respect, collaboration, trust and delivery.


They are what we believe, what customers can expect and how we deliver.


Project Overview

Our Marketing & Business Development (“M&BD”) team in the UK & Ireland is recruiting for a graduate role within our Business Development (“BD”) to support our work growing Bechtel’s infrastructure business. The role provides an opportunity for an ambitious graduate to develop a skill set in BD and an understanding of the strategic, commercial and financial considerations that underpin effective winning of work. The role offers potential for a candidate interested not only in Business Development but also a long-term career with Bechtel including in engineering and/or project delivery. As part of our Graduate Programme you will rotate away from BD into project delivery functions.


The role will be part of our Graduate Development Programme, so it is intended to be an initial stepping-stone towards broader roles within the delivery of major projects. Our Graduate Development Programme is intended to give you first-hand experience across a variety of functions and responsibilities, with a wide range and variety of subsequent opportunities available to you, with truly international career prospects. Experience on a project site, both in the UK and abroad is offered and encouraged right from the early on; so that you see world-class work taking place on the ground and build your career in this exciting sector.


Bechtel staff at all levels in BD are expected to work flexibly to craft propositions that will help our customers deliver the most critical and complex projects. To do so we are all expected to work collaboratively within, and promote, our values of fairness, diversity, inclusion, trust and collaboration guided by our Vision, Values and Commitments.


Position Summary

The Business Development Associate (BDA) will work within the BD team supporting major initiatives and, in particular, providing support to, and working closely with, the Regional Business Development Manager. Internally, the BDA will hold responsibility for supporting key reporting and business development processes and discrete pieces of work to assess markets, opportunities or competitors.



  • Leads on special assignments of an analytical or information-gathering nature for M&BD staff, assessing new potential markets or opportunities
  • Assists in the development of material for proposals or pitches
  • Assists in the preparation and monitoring of business development activity reports, screening reports and business unit pipeline updates
  • Maintains records of prospective projects and competitor information
  • Supports members of the M&BD team as required to deliver the region’s growth targets
  • Engages with prospective clients as required

Skills and Qualifications

You do not need prior business development experience for this role, but you should have an interest in how to grow the business, strategy and commercials and a willingness to learn fast on the job. You will need:

  • Preferably a Masters degree (2:1 or above) in a subject relevant to project delivery
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to develop key messages and reports
  • Effectiveness in using tools such as PowerPoint and excel to support communication and analysis
  • Good people skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with others
  • Effective skills in research and analysis and a problem-solving mindset


What you can expect from us

At Bechtel we offer a competitive salary package with the opportunity for flexible working to achieve greater work-life balance. Employee wellbeing is at the centre of our business and Bechtel is committed to offering you the benefits and resources to live healthy lives. We can offer:

  • Flexible Working
  • Private Medical Coverage
  • Life Insurance Program
  • Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Long Term Disability Scheme


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.  

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.