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Join our Commercial Programme

Develop your commercial skills with a world-leader to establish yourself as a key player in the rail industry, with the chance to work towards professional qualifications too.

Commercial Programme, Nationwide

About the role


What you will be doing

You will be joining the central Commercial Team for our two-year graduate programme focusing on the commercial side of the business. During this time, you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills, and even work towards becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

We currently have opportunities available for graduates to join the following offices: Birmingham, Brentwood, Bristol, Cardiff, Dartford, London, Manchester, Rugby, Tonbridge and York.

  • You will work closely with our Commercial Team, as well as our experienced Operational Managers and senior leaders
  • You will support the delivery of our pre-contract work, manage existing contracts and mobilise new ones
  • You will take on client management in one of our divisions such as Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services or Urban Rail.

What you will have

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people, with at least a 2:1 from a reputable University and the ability and drive to stand out, demonstrated by internships, university successes or extracurricular activities.

While we do take graduates from all disciplines, a Legal or a Quantity Surveying background is beneficial. If you plan to take a Chartership with the RICS, you will need a Quantity Surveying background or the desire to undertake a conversion course in order to support your development to becoming Chartered.

At Colas Rail UK we are passionate about taking on the right people who fit our company ethos. Our behavioural framework embraces the 5 E's, and we look to see these demonstrated in your application:

  • Energy get up and go attitude
  • Energise the ability to lead, manage and inspire
  • Edge the drive to make smart decisions
  • Execute you make things happen
  • Engage commitment to stay close to your client.

Company benefits: Healthshield Cash Health Care Scheme; Aegon Pension; Season Ticket Loan; Cycle to Work Scheme; Employee Assistance Programme

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Colas Rail

One of the world's leading providers of rail infrastructure services, our award-winning specialists design and manage all forms of railway across Europe and the UK.

About Us


Our Culture - What we do

We provide total rail solutions for some of Europe's most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and the development of Morocco's first high-speed train line.

Our brand is well established, and we are proud of our reputation within the rail industry.

We are a multicultural and diverse organisation, committed to delivering on our promises to our employees, and lead with our key values: Safety; Profitability; Quality and Respect.

At Colas Rail, we look outwards to our customers and make sure to see things from their point of view. We respect their opinions, respond to their suggestions and are proactive in anticipating their needs.

In this way we are creative and innovative in our approach, always aiming to exceed the expectations of those with whom we work.

We have a long-running tradition of developing talent and giving graduates the opportunity to take their career in their own hands. Many of the talented people who have joined our schemes have been supported and trusted to the lead on major projects and tenders for the company.

Our strength in this area has been formally recognised by the 2015 Graduate Scheme award, and the 2016 Outstanding Teamwork Award, at the UK Rail Industry Awards.

Colas Rail understands the importance of developing their graduates. They do this through empowering them to take on additional responsibilities.

The opportunities here are never-ending. We are working on some incredibly exciting projects, including our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo – the busiest station in Europe – over the next three years. We are also delivering major schemes overseas in North Africa and Asia, which means there may be the potential to travel.

It's not all work: you can expect the opportunity to join a host of organised events, such as the annual charity bike ride, and our in-house football tournament which is very popular and brings teams from across the globe together to compete.

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