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Taylor Wimpey Overview

High Wycombe, England
1001 to 5000 employees
2007
Company - Public (TW.L)
Construction
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Taylor Wimpey is a FTSE 100 business and one of the largest residential developers in the UK, building new homes and communities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Our people are passionate about the house building industry and about our customers ... Read more

Mission: Our vision is to become the UK’s leading residential developer for creating value and delivering quality. We build over 10,000 homes each year, from one-bedroom apartments to six-bedroom houses all across the country.


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Best Places to Work: 2018 (#15)

Company Updates

  • We’re proud to be one of 70 companies helping address the UK skills shortage in housebuilding. The Home Builders Skills Partnership has everything you need to know about getting into our growing industry. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ6wg

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    From customer-facing negotiations to the completion of administration work, sales advisors are responsible for the on-site property sales process. Sales advisors are responsible for delivering exceptional customer service and should maintain a strong level of enthusiasm, drive and determination. Sales advisors need a good understanding of the legal obligations and processes of selling a home.

  • Applications for our 2018 Graduate Schemes are now open! For more information and to apply, click here:

    Taylor Wimpey: Graduate Schemes

    We run several different Graduate Programmes depending on skill set and where your area of study fits within our business. Our general programme is a 2 year rotational scheme divided into 4 separate 6 month placements, where you will spend time in all areas of the Taylor Wimpey business including; production, commercial, technical, sales and marketing, customer service, land and finance.

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Taylor Wimpey – Why Work For Us?


We are one of the UK's largest residential developers. As a responsible developer we are committed to working with local people and communities.

We were formed by the merger of George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow in 2007, and have operations in the UK and Spain. We aim to be the developer of choice for customers, employees, communities and shareholders.

We are one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, operating from 24 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales.

We build a wide range of properties, from one- and two-bedroom apartments to five bedroom detached houses, with a broad price range including both private and affordable homes. We are truly national and we cover most regions across the UK. Our regional businesses are run as local homebuilders and have in depth knowledge and experience of the local market. We understand that development is about more than creating homes and we provide millions of pounds worth of infrastructure, for example roads, sewers, landscaping and community facilities, every year across the UK. We aim to develop vibrant communities with a true sense of place that fit into their surrounding area and meet the needs of local people.

We are a responsible community developer, committed to working with local people, community groups and local authorities and keeping them informed about our work, both before we build and throughout the life of the development. We focus on getting the basics of homebuilding right first time, such as quality, customer service and health and safety, and we aim to continually improve all parts of our business.



We aim to build attractive, high-quality homes and communities, with a focus on the following.

Selecting land

Land is the critical ‘raw material’ for our business and the ability to purchase the right sites in the right locations at the right price and at the right point in the cycle is a key driver of shareholder value.

Managing community engagement and the planning process

Community engagement is all about keeping local people informed and up to date with what we are doing and encouraging them to take part in consultation so that they can have their say on our development proposals. We must do this effectively if we are to design sustainable developments that meet the needs of local residents, are attractive to customers and provide appropriate returns for our business. We aim to become the industry leader in managing the planning process across our business.

Getting the homebuilding basics right

We work with selected subcontractors and use carefully sourced materials to make sure that the homes we sell are of a high quality, are built safely, efficiently and cost-effectively and have as little effect as possible on the environment.

Caring about our customers

Buying a home is a significant financial and emotional investment and we aim to make buying, moving into and living in a Taylor Wimpey home as easy as possible for our customers. Delivering a great product and service that goes beyond our customers’ expectations is at the heart of what we do.

Our goal is to become the employer of choice in the industry, attracting and retaining people because of our culture and the opportunities we provide for career development. House building is an exciting and rewarding sector in which to build your career.

Having the right people in place is key to our corporate strategy and commercial success. Where we can, we always look to recruit and promote from within, however, we also realise the benefits of diversifying our workforce by combining internal talent with the best skillsets and backgrounds from outside of the business.

Regardless of what level role you are applying for, or what business function you are interested in, there are certain behaviours that we look for in all our people. Below are a few examples of the competencies that are vital to success at Taylor Wimpey irrespective of your level in the business or functional area.

  • A Collaborative approach to work. In a business with 24 different regional offices with separate priorities specific to the communities in which they build, it is vital that we share ideas, learn from our colleagues and communicate regularly and effectively.
  • Be Open to Change in a sector that is always adapting to legislation, innovation and customer feedback.
  • Always Focus on our Customer and their needs. Without them we would not be the business we are today – in fact we wouldn’t be a business at all! 
  • A Passion for People Development. Whether you’re an employee showing interest in the development of your colleagues or a line manager looking at progression and opportunities for your team members, it’s vital part of what makes our business great.
  • A Solution Focused approach in a complex industry that presents plenty of challenges on a day to day basis.

These behaviours, amongst others, make up a key part of our selection process for all jobs we recruit for so if you are thinking about a career with Taylor Wimpey then we would encourage you to always think about our key competencies. 

We provide competitive salaries benchmarked against current market data from a variety of companies both within and outside our sector. On top of our excellent salaries we reward our people with several benefits. Just some of these are listed below. 

  • Annual bonus
  • Private healthcare
  • Regular salary reviews
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Corporate pension scheme

Other company schemes that are available to Taylor Wimpey employees include...

  • Childcare Voucher Scheme - saving you money on childcare costs
  • Taylor Wimpey Employee Discounts - which provides discounts and cashback offers on purchases made with a huge selection of retailers online and in store
  • Employee Share Schemes - These schemes give employees access to free or discounted Taylor Wimpey shares so you can share in our success.
  • Employee Home Purchase Discount Schemes – We run two different schemes offering employees a sizeable discount on a Taylor Wimpey home depending on length of service and other criteria
  • Membership of Professional Bodies – We subsidise and in most cases cover the cost of relevant professional body memberships dependant on role and business area
  • Subsidised Professional Training – We fully support role specific, external training and cover the costs where appropriate.

We believe in recognising hard work and results. We run various reward schemes throughout the year, across our regional business units.


Entry Level Employment Programmes

The housebuilding industry is booming and the reported skills shortages in the construction sector confirm the real need for a future pipeline of talent.  

Our apprenticeship, management trainee and graduate schemes offer a structured path into our business. We realise we’re building futures for the next generation and ensure our schemes offer a good grounding in all areas of the housebuilding industry.  You will receive a broad experience to make sure you are well prepared for your chosen route. Whether you are out on site, or in an office environment, you will be guided and looked after by leaders within our company, making sure you have plenty of opportunities to develop a sustainable career with Taylor Wimpey.

Whilst our graduate employees are spread across all business disciplines, our apprenticeship programme is designed for those wanting to progress in the world of Production and Site Management. Our Management Trainees are mainly office based and sit across the business unit disciplines such as Commercial, Technical and Planning. If you would like to find out more about these business areas then please click on the appropriate link.  

Additionally, we run various initiatives to find entry level talent for all areas of the business including links with local colleges and attending regional recruitment fairs and events.

Find out more about our Entry Level Employment Programmes below.

 

Graduate Schemes

We run several different Graduate Programmes depending on skill set and where your area of study fits within our business. Our general programme is a 2 year rotational scheme divided into 4 separate 6 month placements, where you will spend time in all areas of the Taylor Wimpey business including; production, commercial, technical, sales and marketing, customer service, land and finance. However we also focus on specific disciplines such as finance, construction and technical.

As well as functional breadth we also recognise the importance of diverse geographical exposure as our business units have some subtle but important differences in the way they operate. This will depend on things like the local community, economy and customer base.


Management Trainee Programme

If you are finishing college at 6th form and want to enter the world of work as an alternative to further education, then you may want to consider beginning your career with Taylor Wimpey, one of the leading UK house builders.

We look for the most talented school leavers with the right attitude who are looking to develop their careers quickly in a fast paced business.

Trainees start by gaining a general appreciation of the business, and complete day release studies to equip them to become qualified professionals. These are fantastic opportunities to join one of our many business units across the UK and learn directly from our teams of specialists and business leaders. You do not need industry specific experience to join us on a management trainee course, just a keen interest in the house building sector and an ambition to progress your career in one of our office based disciplines


Apprenticeship Programmes

If you are looking to begin a career in site management or in one of the on-site trades, then Taylor Wimpey could be exactly what you’re looking for in an employer. 

We offer paid apprenticeships across site management, carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing and many more. Our apprenticeships are designed to give you the right balance between classroom learning and hands on experience ensuring you are best placed to be offered a permanent opportunity following your studies. Depending on the trade you opt for and your level of experience, an apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey should be completed in 3-5 years and you would formally qualify with a level 2 or level 3 diploma in a construction related discipline. 

Talented apprentices are the future of our production business and we are investing in relationships across the country with schools and colleges. We are the key sponsor for Buckinghamshire University Technical College Aylesbury and are committed to taking an apprenticeship intake from the college each year into our local sites and business units. 

 

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    Pros

    Taylor Wimpey is a great organisation that is always striving to be better. For a decentralised organisation, there is a surprisingly consistent culture across all the different business units. People work hard and are rewarded for doing so. There is a huge amount of pride in getting things right and people really care about building high quality homes for our customers. For a FTSE 100 business there is less bureaucracy than you’d expect. Senior management are approachable and the lack of an obvious hierarchy is refreshing. Regardless of your role, your contribution is appreciated.

    Excellent reward package and benefits including a cutting edge flexible benefits system. Head office has recently been through a fantastic refurb and technology is improving.

    Cons

    No real draw backs. Industry can be quite insular but really think TW lead the way in diversity, creative thinking and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on collaboration and effective ways to communicate across all the different businesses

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Taylor Wimpey Interviews

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    Detailed telephone discussion with head of resourcing, followed by two comprehensive interviews - firstly with head of resourcing and Group Sales & Marketing Director, then with Divisional Chairman and Group HR Director which included a 15min presentation. All were very positive interactions which gave a clear and consistent view of the culture and vision of the business.

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Taylor Wimpey Awards & Accolades

  • Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List, Corporate Knights, 2010

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