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At Downer, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

Our purpose is to create and sustain the modern environment by building trusted relationships with our customers.

Our Promise is to work closely with our customers to help them succeed, using world-leading insights and solutions.

Downer designs, builds and sustains assets, infrastructure and facilities and we are the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

With a history dating back over 150 years, Downer is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and New Zealand Stock Exchange as Downer EDI Limited (DOW). We are an ASX 100 company that also owns 88 per cent of Spotless Group Holdings Limited (SPO).

Downer Group employs more than 53,000 people across more than 300 sites, primarily in Australia and New Zealand but also in other parts of the world.

As a large company, there is always a need for talented people to work in site-based or office-based roles. This includes Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Administration, Risk, Legal, Planning, Procurement and Quality.

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Life at Downer

Community Partnerships

Downer is a large and diverse business and we understand the importance of building strong relationships with the various communities we operate within. Current community partnerships include the The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation’s (ALNF) Walls of Hands Appeal, Jawun, Blackwater Police-Citizens Youth Club, The Smith Family, Federation University and Wandering Warriors.

A diverse & inclusive workforce

Our focus on gender and cultural inclusiveness are active and ongoing, and through various initiatives, we aim to foster equality in our workplace and help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. This commitment and philosophy is captured in our Group Diversity and Inclusion policy which is available to download from our website.

Our Brand

The Downer brand sends a strong signal about who we are and what we do today. Our tagline, ‘Relationships Creating Success’ is the cornerstone of our brand and we seek employees who can bring that to life.

Variety & Experience

Downer operates in several, key Australian industries. This provides employees with exposure and access to many diverse career opportunities and experiences not normally afforded by smaller employers. Our people work in offices and sites all across Australia so if it’s a particular job you’re after, chances are we’ll have it.

Zero Harm Culture

Caring for and protecting our people continues to be of the utmost importance to us. The Downer Zero Harm Management System has been established to ensure that all activities which may have an impact on the safety and health of the people associated with our operations, products and services, the communities in which we work, and the environment, are carried out in a manner that will not result in harm.

Sustainable Work Practices

Understanding and managing our environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of our products and services is fundamental to our long-term business success. We believe that our ability to manage these impacts and to identify opportunities to assist our clients to do the same will deliver long-term environmental benefits for all.

Downer Benefits

As an employee of Downer, you are entitled to special deals and benefits that the buying power of a large company like Downer can provide. These include discounted travel and accommodation, health insurance, gym memberships and technology as well as exclusive offers on vehicles. Downer also provides study assistance (including study leave and financial support) to eligible employees who wish to complete higher education for their professional development.

Leadership Mentoring Program

Our Programs

Own your future

Dreaming of something big? Come kick start your career at Downer. We offer a range of entry-level roles and programs across the organisation which provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to help you succeed in your industry.

Graduate Program

We offer graduates a range of opportunities in engineering, planning, information technology, procurement, legal, finance, human resources, cybersecurity, robotics and Zero Harm disciplines right across our diverse business including, Rollingstock Services, Transport Projects, Asset Services, Major Projects, Engineering, Utilities, Mining, Spotless and Downer Defence.

We’re looking for motivated team players who pride themselves on their innovative thinking and service delivery outlook.

To be considered for the Downer Graduate Program, applicants must:

  • Be a recent graduate (within the past three years) or a penultimate year student graduating early in the year of the intake
  • Have a university degree in the relevant discipline
  • Be mobile (able to work and live in any state of Australia)
  • Be tenacious and seeking an opportunity to make a significant contribution
  • Have the courage to challenge themselves, their surroundings and try new things
  • Be achievement-oriented and outcomes-focused
  • Have full Australian working rights.

Our recruitment process

Our recruitment process is diligent and structured to ensure inclusiveness and enable you to put your best foot forward. As you progress through the process you may be required to undertake psychometric assessments, an interview (video and face to face), assessment centre, a pre-employment medical and professional references.

Applications for our 2022 graduate program will open in approximately February 2021. Be sure to sign up for job alerts.

Real grads, real opportunities

Our Downer Graduate Programs offer unique opportunities for you to build a solid foundation for your career.

The program ranges from two to three years in duration. By undertaking this program, our graduates enjoy a number of benefits, including:

Rotations through the business
We aim to develop well rounded, highly skilled professionals by exposing you to the wider business before you specialise in one area.

Dedicated mentor program
Downer has an established network of mentors across the business. As a graduate who joins Downer, your manager will identify and engage an experienced colleague who has time to meet with you on a regular basis.

Young Professionals Conference
For our New Zealand graduates, there is an opportunity to participate in our Young Professionals Conference.

To join Downer’s graduate program sign up for a job alert here.

Apprenticeships

Bring your A-Game to Downer – become an Apprentice

Are you energetic, ambitious and keen to learn?

An apprenticeship with Downer is a great way to secure a pathway into our large and diverse workforce. You can combine paid work and training on some exciting projects, developing many of the practical skills that we require of our teams.

To apply to be an apprentice at Downer, sign up for a job alert here.

Cadets and Trainees

Begin your cadetship or traineeship today

Put yourself on the path to success.

We offer cadetships and traineeships at various projects across Downer, providing the support and skills you’ll need to master the basics, grow your practical experience and begin a successful career.

To join Downer on a cadetship or traineeship, sign up for a job alert here.

We’re committed to diversity

Downer works to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace that facilitates opportunity and respect. Our focus on gender and cultural inclusiveness is active and ongoing, and through various initiatives, we aim to help close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

View Downer’s Diversity & Inclusiveness policy and click here to look at our diversity reports.

Local Aboriginal trainees set for success

A group of Aboriginal people from the Pilbara has gained life-changing skills and the chance to earn valuable experience working on the City of Karratha’s City Centre revitalisation project which is being delivered by Downer and LandCorp.

Alwi Drummond, Tytus Hunter, Denise Hubert and Bevan Wally were recently awarded their Certificate III in Civil Construction and a Downer worksite accreditation during a ceremony at the Pilbara Institute in Karratha. This outcome has resulted from a commitment made through an Aboriginal Participation Plan (APP) established by Downer and LandCorp.

The four trainees will now complete onsite work experience in the coming months and two will have the opportunity to gain full-time employment with Downer. LandCorp and Downer will assist the remaining two trainees in finding potential work opportunities with local contractors.

Downer construction manager Andrew Mapfumo (pictured far right with the trainees and representatives from LandCorp and the Pilbara Institute) said the Aboriginal Participation Program was a success. “The trainees can be proud of the commitment they have demonstrated to attain new work skills and hands-on experience, along with the inspiration they have provided to their work colleagues and the broader community,” he said.

“The APP initiative has been successful on multiple levels — it has not only benefited the  participants by providing accredited training that will last them a lifetime, it has also identified potential employees for Downer who have the right skills, capabilities, experience and valuable local knowledge.”

LandCorp Chief Executive Frank Marra said the trainees should be congratulated for their “tremendous” achievements.

“The participants are now equipped with the necessary skills — including forklift and power tool operation, first aid, workplace communication and fatigue management — that will allow them to safely and confidently work on civil construction sites,” he said.

“It is particularly heartening to see the positive outcomes the training and employment program has achieved for the participants, their families and co-workers.”

Case Study

Waanyi Downer Joint Venture

The Waanyi Downer Joint Venture (WDJV) in Queensland’s Gulf Country is a ground-breaking partnership. It is the first equitable 50:50 mining services joint venture formed between a corporation and a local Aboriginal community-based organisation.

The partnership between Waanyi Prescribed Bodies Corporate (representing local Traditional Owners) and Downer has provided care and maintenance and rehabilitation services at the Century Mine near Mt Isa since July 2016. In September 2018, the WDJV was awarded a life of mine contract by New Century Resources Ltd to provide services for the mining of East Fault Block and South Block Resources immediately adjacent to the Century Open Pit Mine. The WDJV recognises the unique diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities and their spiritual, physical, social and cultural connection to the land.

It represents a significant step forward for the representation of the Waanyi People, who are the Traditional Owners of the Century Mine site, and is seen as a viable mechanism to recognise the value of Indigenous Cultural Heritage, empowering local Indigenous communities that have mining developments within their traditional lands.

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