Graduate Engineer

Job Details

A unique opportunity within an established SME, offering a fantastic opportunity to explore the end-to-end business workings. With relative freedom and flexibility to build your own Graduate Scheme with the support of an experienced mentor.

About Us

WES is a long-established and respected company based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. We are now part of the RSE (Ross-shire Engineering) group, and our client base is spread across various industry sectors including water, nuclear power, defence, marine and industrial manufacturing.  We specialise in the design, engineering and supply of chemical dosing systems and ancillary products and services.

The range of services WES offers varies from a simple component through to the complete design, build and installation of bulk chemical dosing systems.

Overview of the role

WES is currently looking for a Graduate Engineer to join our dynamic engineering team and become part of this growing company at an exciting time. Graduates are fundamental in shaping the future of WES, and we encourage young people to join our team and launch their career developing innovative solutions that will have significant impact within the water industry.

Our graduate role is designed to provide the opportunity of exposure to all areas of WES, a carefully constructed position that provides flexibility to explore multiple roles and projects before discussing with your mentor your chosen career path.

Our innovative opportunity will empower you to develop your skills and experience. Suitable training and qualifications will be recognised at this stage.

What your first 12 months will look like:

From your first day you will be working on projects that will challenge you and your skills. Being an SME, you will have access, and contribute to all areas of the business, while building a strong network of relationships that will support your career, both now and long into the future.

You will embark on a 24-month development programme, in the first 12 months exploring all aspects of the projects departments, which include proposals, tendering processes, project engineering, hands on experience in manufacturing, testing, and commissioning, finance and cost reporting. This is a unique opportunity to experience multiple disciplines within an Engineering role, before building your career path with the support from you mentor.

Who are we looking for?

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Engineering degree (other degrees or experience will be considered)
  • Computer literate – fully proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Adaptable and willing to working within a collaborative team environment.


  • Salary starting from £30,000 (dependent on skills/experience)
  • 33 days annual leave (includes bank holidays)
  • Workplace pension (when over 22)
  • Training/development opportunities
  • Free on-site parking

How to apply:

Please contact & and provide your CV along with a covering letter telling us why you’re a good fit for the role.

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Les Bunce

Hire Business Manager

Les Bunce is Hire Business Manager. He leads the WES Hire Business responsible for managing the supply of our Temporary Chemical Dosing hire fleet on both a planned and emergency basis. Les has over 25 years’ experience in the hire industry and fully understands our customers’ hire requirements.

Patrick Fisher

Projects Director

Patrick Fisher is Projects Director. He leads the business stream responsible for project management, design, engineering, manufacture and delivery of “Capital project” chemical dosing systems. A degree qualified engineer with over 10 years’ experience working in fluid delivery solutions to the water, general industrial, petrochemical, and food & beverage industries.

Bob Cook

Senior Proposals Manager

Bob Cook is Senior Proposals Manager. After completing a traditional engineering apprenticeship at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Bob was one of the original partners who started the business in 1986. Bob now applies his considerable experience to developing proposals & solutions to meet customer requirements, as well as providing technical support & passing on knowledge & expertise to colleagues across the wider WES business.

Ian Price

Dosing Products Business Manager

Ian Price is WES Dosing Products Business Manager, leading the business stream responsible for delivering a wide range of standardised chemical dosing packages, ad-hoc dosing needs and ‘off the shelf’ dosing products & solutions. A mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in fluid handling solutions into the water, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage markets.

Jamie Cole

Operations Director

Jamie Cole is Operations Director. Jamie joined the business in 2018 bringing career long experience in a variety of operational roles – including service delivery to the property and utilities sectors. Jamie is responsible for the management of all operational activities of the business including the repair, maintenance & refurbishment business stream, and our site installation and workshop manufacturing teams. Jamie also forms part of the senior management team of WES.

Graham Ward

Business Development Director

Graham Ward is Sales and Marketing Director. His extensive experience includes a number of senior roles working for various SMEs and large organisations in the water, power generation, petrochemical, marine and food & beverage industries. As a qualified marine engineer, Graham has established his career in Sales and Business Development and is responsible for the business development, marketing and sales of systems, products and services across WES.

Carl Millington

Non-Exec Director

Carl joined WES as Non-Exec chairman following an appointment via the Business Growth Service to assist the business with growth strategy. A highly experienced Business Mentor, Coach, Managing Director & Non-Exec Chairman, having led product, manufacturing, contracting and service provider businesses for nearly 30 years. A strong track record of market, sales and profit growth within a diverse range of sectors.

Core competencies include business growth strategies, board & business leadership, strategic planning, sales & marketing management, P&L & balance sheet management, acquisitions, divestments, outsourcing, TUPE transfer, mentoring & coaching.

Kevin Wheeler

Managing Director

Kevin Wheeler is Managing Director. Kevin trained as an Engineer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment and joined the business in 1989. Kevin now leads the Board of Directors setting strategy and defining priorities to meet the business objectives & growth aspirations whilst adding experience to technical issues where required.