Working at Essence

We thrive on challenges, operate on trust, and leverage the diverse perspectives of people on our team in everything we do.

A career at Essence means you’ll have the opportunity to develop and utilise new skills and do challenging work that will impact the lives of people and communities and drive change through sustainable practices and a responsible supply chain.

You’ll be encouraged to examine problems from every angle, challenge the status quo, and come up with new and innovative ways of progressing projects.

No matter your background, we’re united by our focus on excellence and innovation.

Our values are a huge part of our culture

A culture that’s growing to support our business strategy, our people, our clients, and community expectations of us.

  • Honesty

    We act with integrity in all interactions. We stand by our values no matter what challenges are encountered.

  • Excellence

    We strive for continuous improvement and demand high standards from ourselves and those we work with.


    We take individual & collective responsibility for the outcomes & experiences we deliver.


    We value & seek different contributions from all our team members & industry colleagues.


    We build strong relationships with our people, clients, and partners to foster collaboration and partnerships.

Leadership in green buildings

Environmental stewardship is at the heart of our commitments.


As project managers, clients turn to us to develop a strong sustainable foundation for their projects. As such, we are committed to upskilling our employees to assist clients in meeting their sustainability goals, manage risk, and improve sustainability performance and cost reductions across project activities.

We are committed to new ways of partnering with our stakeholders to achieve our shared ambitions for a sustainable future.

We are one of the first project management companies to obtain certified carbon neutral credentials and are currently undertaking more work to ensure sustainable practices are embedded in our supply chain and procurement practices.

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How we’re tracking

  • location

    We have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

  • team

    We have more than 60 team members employed nationally.

  • office-building

    We have worked on more than 180 projects.

Good Business Practices

Doing business responsibly & sustainably.

Sustainability in the office

Every Essence office manages its business with consideration of reducing environmental impact and when selecting offices, we ensure the building owners align with our environmental goals. We encourage employees to use reusable containers and have a robust recycling program.

Responsible supply chain

We practise responsible supply chain management. That means when selecting suppliers & consultants, we ensure they uphold environmental & societal values that address global issues such as climate change, water security, deforestation, human rights, fair labour practices & corruption.

Workplace giving

We have donated more than $130,000 of revenue to charities such as the Property Industry Foundation, Housing All Australians, and Vinnies since the inception of Essence in 2016. We support team or individual efforts to raise money for charities by backing donations of our staff.

Diversity & inclusion

We’re committed to creating a respectful, fair, and inclusive work environment. We believe understanding and responding to the needs of our clients is best accomplished when our people and leaders reflect the diversity of the communities we deliver.

Fair recruitment practices

We are committed to treating all employees fairly, ensuring that they are recruited, trained and promoted solely on their abilities. We strive to hire, retain and promote employees with diverse attributes, backgrounds, experiences & skills who think differently, have varying perspectives and bring unique ideas & points of view.

stephanie-edmondson senior project manager

Gender equality

We annually celebrate the achievement of women and raise awareness of gender bias by celebrating International Women’s Day through events and thought-leadership initiatives. We are a proud supporter of the Property Council of Australia’s (PCA) 500 Women in Property program and encourage our female employees to apply for the program.

Realising the rewards


Ready to grow your career but still maintain a balance?
A career at Essence means you’ll have the opportunity to develop and utilise new skills, explore interesting fields and do challenging work that will impact the built environment.

Interested in a career at Essence?

We welcome problem solvers at all levels.

All expressions of interest are kept confidential.

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Rewards & benefits

  • Renumeration & reward

    Parental Leave 

    Eligible primary carer employees receive 12 weeks paid leave + 6 months superannuation. Nonprimary carers receive 4 weeks paid leave.

    Annual Leave 

    We offer 23 days of annual leave, (20 standard days, plus three ‘wellness leave’ days).

    Purchase Leave 

    Eligible employees can purchase up to four weeks additional leave annually.

    Loyalty Bonuses 

    We celebrate employee loyalty with a $1500 gift card on their five-year anniversary, and a $4000 gift card on their ten-year anniversary.


    Our financial recognition program recognises & rewards individual performances of employees who have contributed to company goals or have exceeded performance objectives. Discretionary bonuses are paid bi-annually following performance reviews.

  • Your wellbeing

    Employee Assistance Program 

    To support our employees and families during times of need, we offer a complimentary employee assistance program that provides immediate confidential counselling support & advice and training opportunities. The EAP also offers networking opportunities, training & well-being initiatives.

    Flu Shots & Skin Checks 

    We provide the option for all employees to receive a free flu-shot and skin check annually.

    Financial Well-being 

    We work with external partners to provide topical financial sessions throughout the calendar year.

    Wellness Leave  

    We encourage employees to take regular breaks of meaningful rest and provide staff with 3 days ‘wellness leave’ to be used within a 12 month period.

  • Your experience

    Recognition Program 

    We recognise employees
    who have performed beyond expectations and positively represented the company values though annual employee awards.

    Diversity & Inclusion 

    We proudly maintain a company Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy, to encourage awareness and understanding. We recognise and celebrate diversity days. We proudly deliver diversity reporting to our Board on a quarterly basis.


    We hold regular company events such as team lunches, sporting teams, drinks, and celebrations. In addition, we participate in industry events organised by PCA, UDIA, NAWIC, PIF and other industry and professional bodies.


    Our leaders cultivate a culture that enables all employees to reach their full potential. We also do our best to ensure that our employees are enjoying their work. Independent, non-executive board directors underpin business-wide governance practices.

  • Ways of working


    We are committed to supporting employees with a work/life balance through flexible working arrangements.

    Career Growth 

    With interstate offices, from time to time there may be opportunities for supported relocation where positions become available. These opportunities are in addition to roles that become available to apply for in your home office, to support your development.


    We encourage a culture of autonomy where managers trust their teams to do their best and are supportive of a growth mindset. We do this by ensuring teams have the tools, training and support they need to achieve their goals.


    We support employees volunteering as part of their annual leave entitlement, independently or with our charity partners.

  • Learning & development

    Learning & Upskilling 

    We support our employees at every level to continually learn and add to their skill set by providing regular performance enhancement opportunities.


    We support mentoring of our people through programs provided by recognised industry bodies. We invite employees to nominate themselves to apply for PCA or NAWIC’s mentoring program. Essence will reimburse two employees annually
    to participate in successful applications to these programs.

    Leadership Development 

    Managers are given opportunities to further develop their leadership skills through leadership training programs.

    Lunch & Learns 

    We support our employees at every level to continually upskill by providing structured training sessions and B2B’s with various industry contacts.

Hear from some of our team members

  • kieron mclivin project manager

    Essence has a vibrant and inclusive social culture, whether that be the City2Surf, social football comps or social activities. We’re also fortunate to have a national conference where the whole company comes together for a long weekend, fostering interstate collaboration.

    Kieron McIlvin
  • sarah-evans

    A flexible workplace to me meant being able to move temporarily to Adelaide and work for Essence remotely, while I look after my young son.

    Sarah Evans

Starting Your Journey

2024 graduate  & summer intern program

We are currently developing a summer intern and graduate program with an expected launch Summer of 2023-2024. Students will need to be in their final year or penultimate year to apply as a summer intern or to our graduate program.

What can you expect?

You’ll contribute from day one by working on real projects that impact our business. You’ll be mentored by a senior project manager or project director who will assist you in developing your technical and soft skills.

With a career at Essence, you will play a part in building a better tomorrow by helping deliver outstanding projects that shape the way people interact. You’ll make a positive difference and a genuine impact on how cities are shaped.

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  • What are the start dates of the program and how long does it run for?

    Applications for our 2024 Graduate Program and Summer Intern Program will open in late 2023.

  • What year of study do I have to be in?

    You’ll need to be in your final year or penultimate year to apply as a summer intern or to our graduate program.

  • What does Essence look for in graduates?

    We are looking for graduates in their penultimate year, who have great problem-solving skills, show initiative, and are eager to contribute to the success of our projects.

  • What locations are you recruiting for?

    We will be taking graduate and summer intern placements in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

  • I’m a temporary visa holder. Can I apply?

    To apply, you must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, at the time of your application. This includes New Zealand citizens already residing in Australia.

  • What is the recruitment process timeline? When can I expect to hear from you?

    From the date applications open, the recruitment process takes about two months. After applying you should expect to hear from someone in our team after assessment of candidates (approximately 1 month)



Interested in a career at Essence?

We welcome problem solvers at all levels.

All expressions of interest are kept confidential.


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Career Opportunities

Interested in a career at Essence? Click on the link relevant to you and send us an expression of interest. All submissions are kept confidential.