Arup is a global professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. The firm is present in Africa, the Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and has over 16,000 staff based in 92 offices –See all 23 Arup photos
Arup: Design for a better living
We shape a better world
We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. We shape a better world.
Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation. Most recently, its work for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment.
Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms.
This unconventional approach to design springs in part from Arup’s ownership structure. The firm is owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is an independence of spirit that is reflected in the firm’s work, and in its dedicated pursuit of technical excellence.
How will you shape a better world?
Every day, a new challenge. Every day, a chance to make a difference. Every day, talented people like you join Arup.
We meet our clients’ goals in many different ways. We’re a diverse community of tenacious problem-solvers, daring designers, creative coders, imaginative engineers, insightful economists, inventive acousticians, and experts in many other disciplines. There are always new problems to solve and new ways to collaborate, as we shape a better world.
Launch your career with Arup
If you're at the very start of your career, there are different ways you can join us. Whether you are a qualified graduate or looking for an internship to provide you with practical work experience in your field, we have opportunities that provide a unique pathway into a future with Arup. Join our Talent Network or sign up for job alerts to always be up-to-date with opportunities.
Discover life at Arup
If you are the voice that says "why?" and "what if?" and "why not?", you are already an Arupian.
We are a community of intellectually curious minds.
Work at Arup is measured on two dimensions: it must be interesting, and it must be rewarding. We collaborate to make each other better. Constructive debate and restless inquiry are our shared passions. Imagining the future for our clients and the communities they and we serve demands this. Our independence allows it.
As an Arupian, you match high technical achievement (whatever your field, in project management every bit as much as engineering) with the ability to move beyond accepted answers. To take a journey that exercises your, and our, greatest asset: your curiosity.
Training, Mentoring and Coaching
Personal development is at the heart of our determination to be an employer of choice. We train, coach and mentor our people. To pass professional qualifications. In leadership, in management. To achieve their ambitions.
We use every channel from e-learning to skills networks, tutorials, face-to-face. And we fuel those channels with a substantial proportion of our profits each year, reinvesting in the intellectual capital of everyone who works here.
No external training consultant knows more about our disciplines than the leaders in their fields that already work here. As mentors, as coaches, part of their job is to inspire, inform and guide you, giving you exposure to the best in the business.
Going to work can be a journey of exploration and discovery. We use our international presence and range of disciplines to put those career choices in your reach. For some, this freedom has taken them to different parts of the world. For others, it has taken them from one aspect of the firm’s work to another.
Geographically, across our 96 offices we have five times more people on international placement than the average firm.
Within disciplines, you choose your route. Technical or commercial. Client-facing or internal. Leading projects, leading people or leading geographies. In your original discipline or exploring something new. Many people have multiple careers within Arup. Your interests may even lie outside of our current competencies. For example, we sponsored a colleague interested in fire engineering to study his new interest in Sweden, returning to set up a new practice area. That open-mindedness and spirit of adventure is precisely what has allowed us to grow.
Some claim the best way to learn is on the job. But what if you could talk with someone who’d done that job before?
Our 50 skills networks exist to help you share and build your professional knowledge and experience. As well as technical disciplines, they cover HR, transactions, logistics. Over 60% of people in Arup regularly use these networks to learn more, faster. Through open collaboration. Through dialogue. As a contributor. The networks are open to all in Arup and give you access to like-minded professionals with a deep practical interest in your subject.
A world of opportunity
We’re committed to workforce diversity and equal employment opportunities. Those beliefs are reflected in the way we reward staff. The benefits you enjoy working with Arup are tailored to suit the local conditions and needs of our many offices. What they all have in common is a highly competitive package of benefits: a package driven by principles of fairness, transparency and flexibility.
A fair reward for individual contribution in relation to job size and market.
Each year we set aside 40% of profits for Global Profit Share. Open to all permanent members of staff with a minimum of three months service in the financial year, the share allocation is based on grade and service.
We take your development as seriously as you do, both in your personal development and in Continuous Professional Development, up to and beyond professional qualification. Your development is determined by your role, your future role and your aspirations. Arup University exists to bring together all of Arup’s very best learning, so that anyone can quickly locate the best development for them, and make it happen. Some locations offer accredited training schemes linked to professional bodies in order to support professional qualification and continuous professional development. Where this happens it includes professional mentoring and experience designed to accelerate your qualification.
One of Arup’s long-standing differentiators is its strength in key established locations. Increasingly, we are developing globally and expanding into more and more countries. Mobility is a vital part of what Arup does. The result is many opportunities for international assignment. Each year we create a number of Development Assignment opportunities for staff who show high levels of commitment and potential.
Your wellbeing is essential to your success and fulfilling your potential, so each of our locations takes this very seriously with a package of benefits designed to make sure you’re in great shape – and to get it sorted out quickly if you’re not. The type of package you can expect from your location might include medical and dental benefits, employee medical reports. Employee Assistance Schemes for you and your family and insurance schemes to help you cope when things go wrong.
Retirement benefits/Pensions (401K) are offered in the majority of our locations.
All Arup locations offer paid vacation as standard. The number of days varies in line with local market practice.
Some of our locations offer a number of benefits not discussed here – do get in touch with your local office to hear about what working at Arup will bring.