New Zealand Graduate Programme

Applications open 20th of February to 31st of March 2023

Prosple New Zealand top 100 graduate employers sector winner for construction & property services Prosple 2023 New Zealand top 100 graduate employers finalist

Here at Fulton Hogan, we build careers

Fulton Hogan delivers high-quality infrastructure to improve the lives of people in New Zealand and Australia, every day. Our 9,500 strong team works in every kind of weather, creating, connecting, and caring for communities.

As a company that has come from strong family origins our culture underpins everything we do. Our people are always respected and encouraged to come up with new ideas and innovations so we can work safer and smarter. We believe resilient infrastructure will help tackle the challenges of a changing world, and we will continue to invest in the future of our Graduates to help them play an important part in our success.

By joining our business as a Graduate, you are embarking on a journey that will be rewarding on both a personal and professional level. Our Graduate Programme is part of our commitment to learning and development, and is just one of the ways we will keep you motivated and engaged as we grow together.

Find your perfect role here at Fulton Hogan

In 2021, the Fulton Hogan Graduate Programme came first in the Construction and Property Services category of New Zealand’s Top 100 Graduate Employers survey through Prosple (formerly Grad New Zealand). Across all businesses of all types, our programme rose 16 places to #36. The ranking is based on an assessment of the quality of the course, and direct feedback from graduates.

Civil Engineering in Contracting

Civil Engineering is less about designing a concept, and more about how to bring that concept to life – because you’ll actually see what you’re working on come to life!

Our Engineers work in a fast-paced environment where no challenge is the same. They need to be dynamic to find new innovative solutions to all the problems that are thrown their way, such as: building a bridge to reduce travel times; laying asphalt on a road to improve drivers’ safety; constructing and maintaining motorways to ensure our communities can travel from A to B; or upgrading an airport runway to increase travel capacity.

Delivering these exciting projects is no small task, but the lasting legacy they leave is big and tangible.

Accounting & Finance

Our National Accounting Program will allow you to experience all facets of our business on a rotational basis as you will cover our different business streams: Construction, Infrastructure Services, Utilities, and Shared Services in New Zealand.

Working with all levels of management, you will be exposed to a wide range of accounting functions, including: commercial analysis, management accounting, financial reporting, job costings, month-end processes and internal auditing.

This will provide you with a unique range of learning and development opportunities that will help you to see the big-picture behind the numbers and understand how we build and manage critical infrastructure across New Zealand and Australia that connects communities and helps us to shape a better world.

To further your accounting qualifications, we are Charted Accountants (CA) accredited, and support graduates in their professional development.

What to expect

Our Graduate Programme is 2 years in length, and designed to assist Graduates in obtaining teachings and exposure to various facets of our business. It empowers you to take ownership of your career from day one and helps you develop the fundamental knowledge, skills and experience required to create a solid foundation for your career. Overall, the success of your programme relies on your own level of commitment, interest and drive.

The programme encompasses:

  • Summits – in person ‘summits’ where our Grads from across the country are brought together to learn new aspects as a cohort and take part in fun team activities, and of course some important socialising
  • Rotations – experience various parts of our business and ultimately suss out what you want to do longer term
  • Mentoring – with senior and experienced employees who can help guide the success of your career
  • Technical Development – registration with Engineering New Zealand or Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ), combined with a structured competency framework to help you become chartered

Development Program

If you want a career that lets you reach higher levels and achieve your ambitions, then our development programme will help get you there faster.

Our programmes are tailored to your area of specialisation (e.g. Civil Engineering, Accounting etc.), and clearly identify the skills, experience and competencies required for you to move along your career from a graduate right through to management.

As you move through this, you will be able to see the gaps you have, the learning and development opportunities to close these gaps and a clear career plan that puts you in control of your future.

Our programmes have been designed not just for Fulton Hogan, but also to align with standards used across the construction industry in New Zealand and internationally.

Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is designed to foster the development of our Graduates by providing growth and learning opportunities to support Graduates in achieving their career goals, as well as obtaining valuable input from experienced and respected leaders in our business. Contact may be virtual or face-to-face, and formal catch-ups generally occur once a month, but may happen more frequently if required.

Professional Associations

Fulton Hogan has strong working partnerships with industry associations and support our employees joining and gaining professional registration.

Engineering New Zealand
Our graduates commence on their journey to becoming chartered with Engineering New Zealand on joining our graduate program.

Chartership is an internationally recognised competency based accreditation, which will provide you with a competitive advantage for your career.

To ease the process of becoming chartered, our Engineering Development Programme is aligned to the ENZ competencies.

More information is available on the EA website: https://www.engineeringnz.org/join-us/chartered-member/

Chartered Accountant (CA)
The CA Program is made up of seven core subjects and two elective Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDip CA) modules and a period of mentored practical experience. More information is available on the Chartered Accountants ANZ website: https://www.charteredaccountantsanz.com/become-a-member/entry-requirements/chartered-accountant

Grad Camp

Dive into your career with Fulton Hogan at our Grad Camp, where you’ll connect with our company and senior leaders, engage with our culture, and grow your skills alongside your fellow graduates.

Our three-day camp kicks off with an introduction to our business and the values we aspire to everyday. From there, you’ll get stuck into team building challenges and develop practical skills to make your first year with us a successful one. You’ll even be joined by the leaders of our New Zealand business, who will share their stories and offer some insight on exactly what you can achieve here at Fulton Hogan.

After it all, you’ll return to work with the knowledge, skills, and connections you need to make a great start in your new career!

REAL Benefits

When you join our team as a permanent employee, you’ll get an awesome range of benefits including:

What could a long-term career look like?


Meet Our Grads

Kim Buchanan NZ graduate programme Fulton Hogan

Kim Buchanan

2021 Graduate Engineer

“The graduate programme has given me such a solid grounding in my career. Going through a number of rotations gave me diverse experience and helped me to find a path that I really enjoy – I’ve learnt a lot about myself on the way as well!

I found the summits particularly useful for developing my soft skills, like communication and networking. Without the summits I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to improve in this way, the skills I’ve picked up have been really useful on the job when working with my team, contractors, and clients.”

Courtney Quinn from Fulton Hogan New Zealand graduate program

Courtney Quinn

2021 Graduate Accountant

“I found out about the graduate programme while I was working for Fulton Hogan in a part time administrative role while I was studying. It’s given me the opportunity to rotate through multiple areas of the business around the country, I even got to complete a rotation in Auckland.

The programme has given me a really varied introduction to the business, which is really helpful when working for such a diverse company.”

Fulton Hogan New Zealand graduate programme

James Wylde

2021 Graduate Accountant

“I’ve loved working on a number of different locations with great people and an awesome support system of managers and leaders behind me. I’ve heard from peers in other industries that some grad programmes can make you feel like a cog in a machine – that’s definitely not the case with this one.

The programme presents really great networking opportunities and helps you to build good, solid connections. The connections I made as a grad have helped me to secure a really exciting future role, I’m set to move over to Melbourne in November 2022 to get stuck into the Australian side of the business.”

Business Streams

Participants enter our Graduate Programme by joining one of our business streams such as Construction or Infrastructure Services.


Every day, our Construction teams are involved in building the transport infrastructure that connects and enhances the lives of communities across Aotearoa.

Our diverse teams work together to deliver complex and major projects, such as constructing highways, bridges, dams, wharves, water treatment plants and airport runways. Delivering these exciting projects is no small task, but the lasting legacy they leave is big and tangible.

As the demand for infrastructure continues to grow, there has never been a better time to be part of changing the shape of New Zealand by building landmark projects for the benefit of our communities.


Our Infrastructure Services business has a long, industry-leading history, we are involved in all stages of the process from owning and mining the rock quarries, all the way to putting that rock on the roads. Our good work does not stop there, we ensure you have safe roads, new airports and clean water.

You would of seen our Infrastructure Services team spray sealing or paving your road, or around your local area making sure other road assets are maintained to the best possible standard.

You may even travel each day on the surfacing products that have been developed by our highly-skilled, dedicated technical staff and manufactured from our network of quarries, asphalt, emulsion and PMB plants.

Recruitment Process

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  1. Submit Application.
    The first time you apply, you’ll need to create an account on our application tracking system. You’ll need to upload a cover letter, your CV and academic transcript (an informal document outlining where you are at so far is okay if you have not yet received your formal paperwork). Please make sure you answer all of the application questions to the best of your ability!
  2. Initial Review of your application.
    Once applications have closed, ALL applications will be reviewed by our Talent Acquisition team. If your application is shortlisted, one of our team will get in touch with you to invite you for an online video interview. If you aren’t selected, we will let you know via email.
  3. Video Interview.
    This is a pre-recorded online interview where shortlisted candidates will be asked questions and given time to prepare and then respond.
  4. Assessment Centre.
    This is where it gets exciting, we want to know more about you, what you like to do outside of university and why you want to join Fulton Hogan! As assessment centre is less scary than it sounds, it’s actually a really fun day where you will take part in lots of different activities so that we can get a sense of your strengths i.e. problem solving, teamwork, analysis, critical thinking.
  5. Face-to-Face Interviews.
    Following an assessment centre we may require a final face to face interview to be held with shortlisted candidates. Interview styles can vary between regions, but don’t worry, you will be given plenty of notice before hand with details for the day.
  6. Pre-employment Stages.
    This is where candidates will undertake a series of checks that will proceed before a formal offer is made. This will include reference checks, ACC, MOJ, medical and drug testing.
  7. Employment offers.
    We’ll contact you as soon as a decision has been made to let you know our decision. If you’re offered a job, we will send your formal offer online via email following a verbal conversation to let you know the good news. An education check will be completed at the beginning of the calendar year to confirm your qualification/s.
  8. Welcome to Fulton Hogan.
    Congratulations! We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our Fulton Hogan family! You will be assigned a buddy and welcomed onto the graduate programme commencing the following year.

Helpful Tips

Searching for a job and attending job interviews can be a tiring and nervous exercise for some people, particularly for Graduates and those who have never fully experienced a recruitment process like this before. At Fulton Hogan, we acknowledge this, and this is why we are here to guide you every step of the way. Take a look at some of these handy little tips to get you started. Good luck, and remember…we are here on the journey with you!

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When do the applications open and close?

Recruitment for our Graduate Programmes starts at the beginning of each year around February.  However, we encourage you to check our careers page throughout the year as we have other graduate opportunities arising.

When does the programme begin?

The Graduate development programme commences in January each year, however there are opportunities for successful graduates to commence work earlier as required.

Are there age restrictions?

If you’re a graduate, you’re welcome to apply, whatever your age. Please note, however, that our programme is designed for graduates with little or no work experience.

What Level of Qualification do I need?

Fulton Hogan is seeking Civil Engineering graduates with a Diploma, Bachelor’s degree or higher to partake in the programme. Finance students will be required to have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Do I need to be a New Zealand resident to apply for the Graduate programme?

To be eligible for our programmes, you must be a New Zealand or Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident or Resident at the time of application.

How long is the Graduate Programme?

The Fulton Hogan Graduate Programme is 24 months

Can I apply again now if I was unsuccessful last year?

Yes. Our graduate programme is open to students who have completed their studies up to three years ago.

How much will I get paid?

Each year, we adjust our graduate salaries to be competitive in the market. We will share the package information with you if you are successful and offered a position. To give you a taste, in addition to a competitive salary, we also offer a slew of other benefits, such as career opportunities, a robust learning and development programme, medical and life insurance, retail discounts, and an awesome company culture with a family feel, alongside a range of other perks.

How do I apply?

Once our graduate recruitment drive kicks off in February, you’ll see an Apply Now button at the top of the page to apply to our programmes.

I have a few questions, who can I speak to?

Our graduate talent team can be reached via email on careers@fultonhogan.com.