Our Armed Forces Transition Programme starts in September/October each year and will provide you with the experience, training and support needed to embark on a career in Site Management.

Our Site Management teams ensure that our developments are built to the highest quality as efficiently as possible. As a leading housebuilder, we work on around 350 developments in both towns and rural areas across the UK: each with its unique challenges. Site Management teams deliver solutions to these challenges: ordering materials, managing big projects, ensuring health and safety and delivering exceptional customer service. And you’ll help them do just that. You’ll assist in leading the development of the site through to completion; co-ordinating trades; and directing labour and materials, all while meeting a challenging schedule, within budget, and with a focus on quality and customers. We need people who can bring fresh ideas and insight while managing people, budgets and costs.

How will I develop?

From day one, you’ll work on-site as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager to gain all the technical skills and industry knowledge you need to help run a site, and start your journey along the construction department career pathway. You’ll gain your technical experience on-site, working through a range of development modules over a 12-month period, covering everything from foundations to customer demonstrations. You’ll also benefit from face-to-face group sessions and online learning modules. You’ll understand best practice and master the regulation and construction knowledge you’ll need to build a long-lasting successful career in the industry.

You’ll also spend time in other departments in the business to gain an understanding of what they do and how this links into your role. This is supported by a matrix of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) training and a module at a Simulation Centre where you have the opportunity to put into practice everything you have learnt. We’ll also encourage and support you to achieve your NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision. For a detailed overview, click here.

Construction Department Career Pathway
  1. Construction Director
  2. Head of Construction
  3. Contracts Manager/Project Manager
  4. Senior Site Manager
  5. Site Manager
  6. Assistant Site Manager
  7. Trainee Assistant Site Manager

We have been running the Armed Forces Programme for a number of years now, and as a result we have a large number of veterans working across the business. We will ensure you are able connect and have access to people who have been on a similar journey and have progressed within our business.

At the end of the 12-month programme (if not before), we’d expect you to become a fully qualified Assistant Site Manager, taking on more responsibility. From there, the future is yours. That could be continuing on-site, progressing to a Site Manager role, or into a Contracts Manager, Project Manager or Construction Director role. We will push you to make the most of the programme and whilst it will be challenging, it won’t be one you can’t handle. It’s a fast-paced environment but one where you won’t be left behind.

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Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for you to demonstrate your leadership skills and ability to work in diverse environments. You might be a serving member of the Armed Forces right now, or have been in the past. We’re looking for people who can solve problems creatively and work well under pressure. We continue to grow because we pride ourselves on our work and it shows. So if you take care in everything you do and never settle for low standards or inefficiency, then we want to hear from you. 

You don’t need any formal qualifications to join this programme. If you have construction experience that’s great, but it’s not essential. What really matters is that you’re passionate about starting a career in construction and we want people who can show us that. We also have some characteristics we look for: 

Our competencies

1. Big picture focus.

You’re well-rounded with the initiative to make decisions and the awareness to understand how they will impact the wider business.

2. Putting the customer first.

You understand the importance of customers and always look to improve their experience.

3. Engage others to deliver.

You work well with people and understand the importance of teamwork, the difference in team members, and the value of honest, open feedback.

4. Builds relationships.

A confident communicator in any situation, you’re sensitive to other people’s views, but can present your own in a positive and persuasive manner.

5. Focused on success.

You’ll work tirelessly to achieve objectives; thinking laterally, overcoming challenges, resolving issues and delivering.

6. Drives change and continuous improvement.

You adapt positively to new challenges, and don’t mind stepping out of your comfort zone especially to improve yourself and the business.


As well as the ultimate headstart in a competitive industry and dedication to helping you achieve your ambitions, we pay well and offer a generous, flexible reward package. You’ll be paid a starting salary of £27,250 (£31,500 in London, North Thames and North Scotland), negotiable with construction or management/leadership experience.

We also recognise your contribution through our awards. Examples include the highly respected NHBC Pride in the Job scheme as well as formal recognition of Individual and Team Excellence. Prizes include cash awards up to £5,000.


Our benefits include: 

  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 26 days holiday with additional service holidays
  • Enhanced family friendly polices
  • Pension Scheme
  • Death in Service
  • Bonus scheme
  • Voluntary Bens
  • BenefitHub
  • Buy/Sell Holiday
  • Annual Health Assessment
  • Employee Assistance Programme

In addition, with the My Barratt Benefits scheme, you can sacrifice some of your salary for a range of benefits.

Application process

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Remember, selection is a two-way process. We want to find out more about you, but you need to ask about us too. Applications open between March and May, although we’d recommend you apply as soon as possible, as some locations close their vacancies early.

Search and apply for the programme using the link below, ensuring that you attach your CV. As part of the application process, you’ll be asked to complete an online questionnaire. Here are some additional hints and tips on submitting a great application.

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If successful, you’ll be invited to participate in a telephone interview, where you’ll be asked about your key skills, business awareness and motivations. Here are some ​​​​​hints and tips on how to prepare for your telephone interview.

Final interview
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Final interviews will take place from April onwards with the Construction Director from your local office. ​​​​Here’s what to expect from your final interview.

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Successful applicants will receive their offers from May onwards, commencing the programme in September/October.