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Developing Future Leaders

Developing Future Leaders at Downer

Our talent strategy is about developing future leaders who could potentially take on a range of leadership roles.
We believe our programme is a great way to develop and accelerate leadership skills and to help individuals develop competencies they may apply to roles beyond the two-year programme. 
We know that in our changing environment our customers demand leadership thinking, agility and action.
So it’s our job to develop leadership potential with you and it’s important to start early in your career.  That’s why we offer our graduate's career leadership opportunities across our business.
We have an award-winning comprehensive two-year graduate programme, a hands-on summer intern programme and a selection of scholarships that will help you get the experience you need to succeed in the industry.
We are looking for people who will take ownership of their personal and professional brand, have agility, are bright and intelligent, pursue problem-solving with energy and look beyond the obvious to find a solution.
We hire “the whole person” so this means we are really interested in you! Your academic transcript is only part of what we look at.  Don’t forget to tell us about your extra-curricular activities, your community involvement, your vacation and weekend work.  It all counts.
So be prepared for us to ask you these following challenging questions because we are looking for people who can answer them with confidence.
Own your career, own the journey
  • Where are you going in life?
  • What would your friends and family say about you?
  • What motivates you?
  • What excites you?
  • What do you find hard or challenging in life…and what exactly are you doing about that?
  • Do people know what you stand for and why?


Kelsey’s first contact with Downer was at the Auckland University Engineering Careers Fair. When applying for graduate roles, Kelsey was particularly interested in infrastructure services which is a big part of Downer’s business.  Kelsey is now a Pavement Design Engineer in our Transport Services business. 
"I’ve had the opportunity to assist with design work for various urban roads around Auckland, and some rural projects too. I’ve designed two full urban arterial road rehabilitation in South Auckland. It was a really great experience to be responsible for a complete road rehabilitation design, right from investigation to the design report."