At Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions we offer our graduates a challenging 12 month program focused on developing their essential and technical skills through a combination of in person, virtual and on the job training.
Veolia works on things that matter. You can, too.
We provide smart and reliable solutions for towns and cities, businesses and industry that promote the efficient use of resources. We bring together the skills and expertise of our people and combine them with advanced technologies to solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability, quality, productivity, the environment and energy.
Diversity and Inclusion are at the core of our vision for creating an organisation that is ready to face the challenges of tomorrow. Together, our differences inspire the innovation and creativity to succeed. We have developed an Inclusion & Diversity roadmap to inspire a culture which embraces change, challenges bias, and celebrates difference to enable the success of our organisation in fostering community belonging.
What’s it like to work at Veolia?
We asked our existing graduates to use one word to explain what it’s like to work at Veolia. Here’s what they said:
Our culture is built around four core values which embody the Veolia winning spirit:
Our Graduate Program
Veolia aims to develop motivated individuals who are willing to think outside the box, share new ideas, take on new challenges, and help Veolia continuously evolve into leaders of the resource industry.
Being part of our graduate program is the ideal opportunity for someone who is looking for a challenging yet rewarding experience and wants to take a leap into a global organisation following the completion of their university studies.
As a Veolia graduate, you will be offered a unique and robust learning experience. The 12-month graduate program will challenge and enrich your learning to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence. The Graduate Program is our commitment to developing talented employees through:
- Structured training on both essential and technical skills
- Networking opportunities
- Experiential learning
- Real and meaningful employment
Our program follows the principles of our learning and development culture and combines on the job learning, learning through others and formal learning opportunities. We have established five key pillars to help you succeed in your graduate journey:
- Essential skills training
This forms a fundamental aspect of the program and focuses on equipping you with the essential skills you need to thrive in Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions. Our essential skills program includes a wide range of in person and virtual learning across the following key topics:
- Understanding Veolia
- Influencing for results
- Personal effectiveness
- Presentation skills
- Professional selling skills
- Personal branding
- Business acumen
- Building a business case
- Core technical training
In many of our graduate positions, core technical training is needed to equip you with the tools needed to deliver the value expected by both internal and external customers. This could include training on specific products or applications to ensure you have the depth of knowledge needed to succeed.
A member of our team will be able to provide you with further information on the technical training identified for the position you have applied for.
- Role specific training
As with core technical training, we recognise that you need to be equipped with the skills to succeed. In addition to the essential skills training provided to all graduates, some of you will require dedicated training to further develop your key skills. For example, if you take on one of our commercial roles then additional sales training may be offered to maximise the effectiveness of your customer interactions.
- Focused role
We have carefully identified roles from across our business which are key to fulfilling succession planning or growth needs within the business. This means that we only offer opportunities which provide meaningful work to you and add value to what we can offer for our customers.
- Support network
Your development matters to us and we want to help you get the most out of your experience on our graduate program. As well as having a dedicated line manager, each graduate has a coach, mentor and HR manager identified to tailor their support to your specific development needs.
Our Graduate Program – Program Principles
Be honest and fair
- We tell the truth to all our stakeholders
- We make informed and objective decisions
- We stand up for what’s right in the market
Strive for a better future
- We inspire ourselves and others to achieve
- We invest in smarter ways to help our customers
- We take bold and considered business risks to innovate and grow
Keep your promises
- We do what we say we will
- We consistently achieve standards & targets
- We anticipate challenges and solve problems
Work as one team
- We set and achieve common goals that benefit our customers
- We develop strong partnerships, internally and externally
- We seek and appreciate others’ strengths and contribution
Be professional and inclusive
- We understand and value the feelings, wishes and rights of others
- We take care of our environment and community
- We embrace people because of their differences, not in spite of them
Recruitment & Selection
One of the key principles of our graduate program is integrity – being honest and fair.
Our aim is to share relevant information with you so that you can decide whether the role and graduate program we have on offer at Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions are the right fit for you.
Each of the job opportunities linked to our EMEA Graduate Program has a specific job description. The job description provides details of the key responsibilities (i.e. what you will be doing) and the skills, experiences or characteristics we are looking for (i.e. what you need to be successful). When we share details of the skills, experiences or characteristics we are looking for you will see us make a distinction between those that are identified as either:
- Essential – a ‘must have’ for candidates; or
- Desirable – a ‘nice to have’ for candidates.
Recruitment & Selection – Top Tips
We strongly recommend that you thoroughly review the job description for the role(s) you are applying for. In your application don’t be afraid to draw our attention to where you have already demonstrated the essential skills, experiences and characteristics we are looking for.
After your initial application, you will be contacted by a member of the local Human Resources (HR) team if you have been shortlisted for the next stage of the process. Due to the large number of applications for our positions we can’t contact all unsuccessful candidates directly, although you will receive an update on the status of your application through the local applicant tracking system.
If you are shortlisted, you will be informed about what to expect from the next stage of the process. This could take the form of a phone / virtual interview, a face to face interview, role specific knowledge tests or an assessment centre. It’s important that you know what’s expected of you so that you can prepare well – please ask questions if anything is unclear or you need any further information!
As a general rule, understanding what is expected of you and being able to demonstrate this to the hiring manager using a variety of specific examples will help to set you apart from the competition. Giving us an honest overview of your strengths and development needs will help us to assess whether you are a good fit for the role in question and, if you are successful in your application, provide a solid basis for us to work with you on your personal and professional development.
Recruitment & Selection – Current Opportunities
Are you ready to support ecological transformation? Check back here in early 2023 for opportunities to join our 2023/24 EMEA Graduate Program!
Looking for a role now? Please refer to our main careers page and initiate search to identify alternative opportunities.
- Can I apply for more than one role?
Yes, provided that you meet the essential criteria for the role.
Before applying for any of our roles we strongly recommend that you thoroughly review the responsibilities associated with the role and consider whether you have the essential skills, experiences and characteristics we are looking for. This will ensure that you have a detailed understanding of the role, what we expect and whether it is a good fit for your skills and experience.
You can find all of our open graduate program positions in the Current Opportunities section of our website.
- I have a disability. Can you accommodate my needs during the selection process?
Of course. If you are shortlisted for the next stage of the process after your initial application you will be contacted by a member of the local Human Resources (HR) team. Please provide them with any relevant details of your disability so they can adapt the recruitment process to best suit your needs.
- What do you look for in prospective candidates?
We are looking for candidates who meet the essential criteria outlined in our job postings. Successful candidates will also demonstrate understanding of the Veolia Values and our Program Principles.
- What happens when I have submitted my application?
Your application is reviewed and sifted to check you meet the relevant eligibility criteria. If you do, you will be considered for the next stage of the process.
You will be contacted by a member of the local HR team if you have been shortlisted for the next stage of the process. Due to the large number of applications for our positions we can’t contact all unsuccessful candidates directly, although you will receive an update on the status of your application through the local applicant tracking system.
- What is the closing date for applications and when does the program start?
Please check the application closing date for the specific role(s) you are interested in as processes vary across the region. To avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.
Successful candidates will join us between 16 August and 17 September. The first training session will take place during October.
- Will I be expected to travel?
Role related travel requirements vary from position to position. Please refer to the ‘who are we looking for’ section of each job opportunity to learn more about the expectations for the specific role(s) you are interested in.
We expect to hold four in person learning events as part of the Graduate Program. These will be held at one of our key locations in Europe. Successful candidates will be expected to attend all in person (and virtual) learning events included in the Graduate Program.
- What about the impact Covid-19?
Safety is our primary concern.
The local HR team will advise you on the relevant approach for interview and assessment in your country. In many cases we have adapted our approach to ensure candidates and employees remain safe.
The Graduate Program forms part of our long term commitment to talent development within the region. During 2020 we adapted our Graduate Program and converted our planned in person training into a series of virtual events. This balances our ongoing commitments to providing learning opportunities and ensuring employee safety.
- Does Veolia offer visa sponsorship?
We require applicants to have the right to work in the country they are applying to.