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.

Starting Your Journey

Essence Graduate Program 2025

The Essence Graduate program is your first-step into the dynamic industry of project management. In this hands-on role, you will be working within a team of our project managers to gain invaluable experience in managing real-world projects and helping our clients transform and reinvigorate some of Australia’s landmark locations.

What can you expect?

As an Essence Graduate, you will gain exposure to a wide network of people and projects and will be equipped with the tools to gain practical experience across a range of project sectors.

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.


Sydney | Melbourne


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  • How does our grad program work?

    Our industry leading team share a collective expertise and holistic understanding of how to successfully deliver projects in across sectors including; Healthcare, Education, Hotels & Hospitality, Commercial, Build to Rent, Residential, Heritage, Retirement & Seniors Living, Retail, Social and Sustainable Design.

    Our graduate program has been designed to provide the necessary training and development, that will empower you to meet your highest potential. Throughout the program, you will be closely supported by a dedicated graduate advocate team. You will also have the opportunity to be mentored by leading industry professionals, who will provide ongoing feedback and guidance. The regular feedback will be provided in a constructive and transparent manner to ensure you have a thorough understanding of your areas of strength and any areas that require further development. The performance feedback process will enable us to provide you with extensive support throughout the program, including targeted development and learning opportunities.

    The program will span across an 18-month period, where you will move between a variety of projects, teams, and managers to offer you exposure to:

    • Different industry sectors
    • Full lifecycle of a project
    • Undertaking diverse roles and responsibilities

    You will be employed as a Graduate Project Manager and will be provided with all the Employee Benefits that come with being part of the Essence Team. The Essence Graduate Program is designed to equip Graduates with the skills and experience required to successfully transition into full time permanent employment with Essence.

  • Why Essence?

    Essence is a vibrant and energetic employee-owned and operated project management consultancy firm.

    Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We have focused on recruiting and developing a highly skilled team dedicated to the delivery of an exceptional experience for our clients.

    As an Essence graduate, you will have the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment and be part of and contribute to an excellent culture.

    Meaningful work

    At Essence you will become an integral part of the team that actively contributes to the success of our projects, our clients, and our business. Our team have been entrusted with delivering numerous significant projects across Australia.

    Skill Development & Training

    Our program will allow you to develop proficiency in:

    • Project management
    • Client representation
    • Superintendency
    • Design management

    Support Network

    You will have access to our development and training opportunities to help you succeed in your personal and career development journey. Examples include:

    • Workshops held by leading consultants in the industry presenting on key topics e.g. planning, services design, sustainability, architecture, fire engineering etc.
    • Regular 1:1 informal check-in’s with a dedicated senior member of the business
  • What skills & qualifications do I need to apply?

    • Tertiary level qualification or in your final year of study within any of the following:

    Building & Construction

    Project Management

    Civil Engineering


    • Strong aspirations to learn and grow within the industry
    • Have exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop valuable connections with people
    • Well presented with a positive attitude
  • Who can apply?

    The position is open to all current or future graduates with a passion for building connections, ongoing learning and thrive in a team-based environment. To be eligible you must be in your final year of study or have just graduated from one of the above degrees and have full working rights in Australia.

    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.

  • When can I apply?

    Applications Open: 28th May 2024

    Applications Close: 26th July 2024

    Start Date: February 2025


Hear from some of our graduates

  • Working with my team at Essence has been a great experience. Their guidance and teamwork have not only levelled up my skills but also boosted my confidence in handling stakeholders. With my team’s support, I’m owning my own tasks like never before, and I’m also now managing my own projects.

    Therese Jensen
  • The Graduate Program at Essence is a great opportunity to get involved in the construction industry, by having an active involvement in live projects from day one. It caters well for new starters with a friendly culture and wide team who are happy to support you with any questions you have along the way, while leaving plenty of room to grow into your role. I couldn’t recommend this program more highly for anyone lucky enough to get the opportunity.

    Sam Brereton

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

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