Crest Nicholson are now recruiting for its award winning 2018 Graduate Management Programme starting in September, with special emphasis on the commercial elements of building new homes and communities.

Is your aspiration to work for a FTSE 250 residential developer? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to learn and grow with an expanding business? Here at Crest, our focus isn’t just on building high quality new homes, we are fully committed to building sustainable communities for future generations to come. We’re proud of our track record in developing, retaining and promoting our graduates to become the  inspirational leaders of our business and the industry as a whole.


The Commercial Graduate Management Programme

This programme is aimed at graduates looking to develop their skills within the commercial elements of construction. The commercial department deals with the quantity surveying, procurement and estimating elements of large scale construction. Areas of responsibility focus on budgeting and costing based on land appraisals and estimations based on plans and drawing specifications. The role also covers scoping out works and the procurement of materials.

Degrees covering Quantity Surveying, Economics, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Project Management, Mathematics and Business Studies are all considered for this programme.

Possible future career paths within the Commercial Department are: Surveyor, Surveying Manager, Senior Estimator, Senior Buyer, Senior Surveyor and Commercial Executive.


What we offer

Our two year programme is designed to bring talented graduates into our business and create future managers and leaders. You will follow a well-structured two year programme, developing skills and expertise within your chosen discipline in year one and following a rotational programme in year two, which will expose you to the wider business, including technical, sales and marketing, customer service, land, build, and commercial.

  • A programme of 14 engaging workshops delivered by Board, Division and Group directors covering the end to end cycle of residential development.
  • Regular reviews and individual mentoring from a member of the Board and the divisional Managing Director.
  • Support to be able to contribute to and work on real business initiatives, task and projects.
  • Graduates will work on a variety of different learning projects including a design a house project where you will present your project to the Crest Nicholson board with the possibility that the design may end up being one of Crest’s future ‘house types’!
  • Management Excellence Programme to develop your leadership and management fundamentals.
  • Support to enable you to work towards chartered status in your chosen discipline such as RICS, CIOB or RTPI.Desired Behaviours
  • Passion for creating high quality, well-designed homes and sustainable communities for our customers.
  • Analytical mind – to analyse, interpret and develop innovative recommendations and solutions.
  • Desire and ability to make things happen whilst maintaining integrity and quality.
  • Confident in own ability to convince and influence others at all levels including board, project teams, consultants and colleagues.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Logical approach to decision making and problem solving.
  • Delivering well-conceived and thorough projects.
  • Resilience – The ability to learn from difficult situations and provide effective solutions.
  • An excellent attitude and approach to team work and inter dependant working.



  • Up to £25,500 annual salary with extensive benefits package
  • Company car
  • Inclusion in company bonus scheme
  • Formal salary and promotion review at 18 months of Graduate Scheme



  • Excellent Pension scheme
  • 25 Days Holiday
  • Private Medical Care
  • Bonus scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Child Care Vouchers


Crest Nicholson are a multiple NHBC Pride in the Job award winner with an outstanding industry reputation for excellence. If you feel you are ready to begin a rewarding career with one of the UK’s most celebrated developers, then please apply now.


Crest Nicholson is an equal opportunities employer.

Qualifications Required

Person Requirements
  • A good degree classification within the aforementioned disciplines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Brilliant interpersonal skills
  • Proven skills and experience working as a team
  • Full driving license
  • Eligible right to work in the UK
  • England – South East England
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