Research & Library Assistant - Grad Trainee

  • Job Reference: 00001823-1
  • Date Posted: 23 November 2022
  • Recruiter: AECOM
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: Upon Application
  • Sector: Commercial, Industrial
  • Job Type: Contract, Graduate Trainee Opportunity, Full-time

Job Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

Job Description

The Research & Library Assistant is a new role which will provide administrative and functional support across the AECOM Library and Information Services (ALIS) team.  

This is a one-year contract intended to provide pre-qualification experience in advance of a post graduate qualification in an information and knowledge subject.

The post holder will assist in the delivery of the ALIS research services and gain experience working within all aspects of a corporate information service.  The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to help implement and manage a project designed to enhance existing ALIS services.

If you are enthusiastic, proactive, and motivated we are looking for you to join our established team, playing an active part in developing ALIS globally within AECOM.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Research support - using information resources to help conduct research for library users, ensuring that research is done to a high standard and meets the needs of the requester
  • Enquiry support - dealing with routine requests in a timely manner
  • Assisting with administrative functions of the team such as new starters, maintaining mailing lists, distributing alerts and updates, and general record keeping
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the ALIS print collections, including cataloguing and weeding
  • Help developing a global corporate membership resource
  • Supporting an industry events tracker, to highlight events and learning opportunities arising from memberships and industry partners
  • Undertake other duties in support of the work of ALIS as may be required


We would welcome applications from people who demonstrate the following:

  • A desire to establish a career in information and library environment
  • Interest in research and information seeking
  • Capable of working with minimal supervision on routine tasks
  • A team player, able to manage your own time and prioritise tasks according to requirements of users, colleagues, and the operational needs the team
  • Consistency, attention to detail and the ability to work to established protocols
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, motivation to learn and able to exercise appropriate initiative

Person specification:

  • Graduate with a degree in any subject and a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the information sector
  • Active user of libraries
  • Some previous experience of undertaking research would be particularly beneficial

Additional Information

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.