Careers


Beginning a new career in any sector can be a daunting prospect. Whether you’ve just left school, are considering university, or are just looking for a change of direction, finding an employer to support and develop your skills on your chosen career path can sometimes be hard.

Here at Simons however, we believe that by recruiting and supporting staff from the ground up, we’ll gain a workforce that’s committed and engaged. You’ll gain all the support and encouragement you need in your chosen career, whether you’re just starting out or have a wealth of experience and skill to share with us.

Our Values

  • Be performance driven - the challenges set by our customers, competitors and the economy make it vital for us to continuously evaluate and improve our service, whilst being reliable and profitable
  • Operate in a safe and healthy way - it's not just about the way we work on site, it is about the well-being of our people, the communities in which we work and our business
  • Have the right people doing the right things - supporting a collaborative way of working and always conducting ourselves in a professional manner
  • Showing relationships count - showing, valuing and delivering what is important to our customers, suppliers and employees.
  • Contribute positively to the communities we work in -  always being sensitive to the impact of our actions.


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There are many benefits on offer for those joining the Simons Group team. Employees can take advantage of an annual salary sacrifice holiday purchase scheme; private healthcare; voluntary free health checks; lunchtime Pilates; internal mental health first aiders and wellbeing days. Six volunteering days each year also allow staff to give something back to the communities in which we operate. 

Simons Group also offers support and sponsorship to students who are studying towards the following qualifications:

  • ATT
  • Architecture and professional memberships including:
    • CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building)
    • RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) 
    • RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) 
    • ICAEW  (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) 
    • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development)

Sound good?

See our Apprenticeship and Undergraduate pages for further details on early career options, or visit the vacancies page for current opportunities.

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If you’re a driven and proactive individual wishing to develop your knowledge and life-long learning skills within a career in the built environment, Simons Group wants to hear from you. 

Simons’ sponsors a few, carefully chosen undergraduate students on construction related degrees including Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. An equal opportunities employer, the business is proud to have a 30% female workforce compared to the industry standard of 11%.

Support offered includes full year and summer placements, part-time university placements, a competitive salary whilst working in the business and a bursary whilst at university. A book allowance will help you with purchasing the necessary text books, whilst a mentor within the business will offer advice and guidance. A placement plan will provide practical experience as will the provision of industry specific training courses that will support your degree (such as First Aid or Fire Warden training) Simons is also pleased to offer support towards obtaining the correct level CSCS card and payment of your fees associated with student professional memberships.

Once completed, you will have the opportunity to progress onto our Graduate Development Programme. If you feel capable of pushing yourself to the highest standard throughout your education, please contact emma_dodsworth@simonsgroup.com

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Traditionally the best way to get on the first rung of the ladder of your chosen career, today’s modern Apprenticeships provide you with an opportunity to earn whilst you learn. 

This is particularly attractive if the thought of further education really doesn’t appeal to you on leaving school, but you’d like to gain relevant qualifications for your chosen job.

Apprentices within Simons Group are supported in technical construction to Level 3 over a two year period. Six months are spent in four different areas of the business to provide you with an introduction to a range of construction careers.

Day release to a local college works towards achieving a BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment and NVQ Level 3 in Construction Contracting Operations.

If this career path appeals to you and you’re interested in an Apprenticeship, please contact emma_dodsworth@simonsgroup.com

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Does working in construction, development or design appeal to you? There are a wide variety of options within the industry and Simons is pleased to offer work experience to individuals wanting to learn more.

Our work experience is well planned and contains meaningful tasks which will take place over a given period of time ranging from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. 

As part of our programme, Simons offers sessions to help with CV writing, job applications and interviews. The programme can be
tailored to specific areas within our business or be more diverse to allow for a greater experience of different roles.

If you’re looking to do some work experience then please contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!

"I truly believe my week at Simons has given me an insight in to what I may like to do as a future career - it's been nothing but enjoyable!" - Jenny Kendall, work experience student 

 

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Alice Stone – Graduate Quantity Surveyor

How would you describe working at Simons and the scheme? Working at Simons is like being part of a big family. Even though the job is challenging you can always tell you have the support of your team and that everyone always finds time to help. No two days are the same and there are always new challenges. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started I knew I would be facing a steep learning curve but I didn't know just how much I would learn in  my first year. Although there is a lot of work required to balance work and university, I never would have thought I would be able to learn so much in such a short space of time!

Would you recommend this route? Working while doing a part time degree is challenging. But the benefit of gaining a qualification while working far outweigh this. By working during study I find I understand the topics far quicker than I would have done learning from scratch and often having a real world application to the theories taught helps me to understand the topic in more detail.  Also, doing my course alongside learning at work allows me to understand why I am being asked to do things and look at the industry as a whole rather than just gaining an understanding of my sector or role.

Any advice to others? I would advise new Simons’ students to ask for as much help as possible on their assignments. Everyone at Simons is friendly and willing to help, so just ask!



Amy Arnold – Trainee Chartered Accountant 

How would you describe working at Simons and the scheme? Simons is a fantastic place to work. I have plenty of support and am constantly pushed so that I can reach my full potential. The people are friendly and approachable and there are lots of opportunities for training and development. The company is providing me with the opportunity to become a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, which comprises 15 exams, an ethics learning programme and an online training log alongside my day to day work. This qualification typically takes 3-5 years to complete, however I am looking to be finished in under 3 years.

Would you recommend this route? The ACA qualification is definitely not one for the faint hearted and requires a lot of hard work and time commitment, having said that, I would still certainly recommend it. The qualification is a well-recognised and highly regarded one providing thorough accountancy knowledge and skills which are transferable across all areas of business. I have been lucky enough to find a company that is as passionate about my own development as I am and has therefore provided me with the full support with my work and studies in order to make the process as painless as possible.

Any advice to others? If you don't understand something, ask! If at any point you are struggling with your workload or your studies, don't keep it to yourself as others will be more than happy to help.