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Hungary / Geotechnical / Principal engineer

Christopher Hicks

"If I feel I want to go in a certain direction then I have the support of my managers around me. Opportunity is never too far away!"

What attracted you to apply for a role with us?

I was working for a different company in Qatar and was given the opportunity to move to Dubai with Mott MacDonald. This was really exciting for me as I had already worked in the Glasgow office - so I knew what to expect.

How did you find the recruitment process?

It was a straight forward process. Luckily, I was aware of who would be my line manager in Dubai, so I added him on LinkedIn and connected with him before I started. The whole process took a couple of weeks.

What’s your team like?

My current team in Budapest consists of Hungarian, Iranian, Syrian, Argentinian and English colleagues. My team in Dubai is very similar, with people from all over the globe. I love how the different teams draw on each other’s cultures and use this to our advantage.

What are the three things that make you look forward to coming to work each day?

The culture, the people and the type of work we do. The reason I have chosen the culture is because I have worked for three large engineering consultancies in my career, and Mott MacDonald has been the one I’ve enjoyed the most. This is due to everyone being so approachable.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Working in some of the most amazing cities in the world, while delivering local and international projects. Right now, Hungary is the seventh country I have worked/lived in.

How has your career progressed since joining?

Since re-joining, I have been given autonomy over my career. If I feel I want to go in a certain direction then I have the support of my managers around me. Opportunity is never too far away!

What has been your favourite sports or social event?

When I worked in the Glasgow office, I had the chance to attend our annual sports day in Manchester. It was a great weekend away with my colleagues and we ended up winning the football tournament. Another one I really enjoyed was a recent caving trip in Budapest, particularly as the team here focus on underground works, so being able to walk tens of metres under the city in natural geological formations was a great day out.

What is your favourite pastime?

Football. Watching it and playing it. So much so, that I used to be the Glasgow’s office football team manager for two seasons.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

I have so many to choose from, but for me I would have to say the Vatican City. The history and scale of all the museum pieces and architecture they have are like nothing on earth, truly amazing.

Has Chris tempted you to pursue a career in Budapest? If he has, then look no further. Apply for your perfect opportunity here

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