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Graduate Protective Intelligence Consultant (Available 2022)

Americas Region
SAN0000M2 Requisition #

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Want to work for a company that invests in innovation and people who catalyze impact in the built environment? Arup is proud to be recognized by Fast Company in their third annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, which honors businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels.

We find solutions for some of the world’s most complex problems. From climate action to social value, we consider the broadest impacts of our work. We strive to build a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future. This purpose shapes our culture and has made us leaders in sustainable development. You’d be joining our multi-disciplinary design teams focusing on technical excellence and innovative solutions that create a better future for people, places, and the planet.

During your career at Arup, you’ll have the chance to engage in a fulfilling career and work with some of the most highly respected engineers and specialists in the world. You’ll also get the opportunity to work on exciting and significant projects, delivering quality work that has a positive and lasting influence on the community and the environment.

Our Resilience, Security and Risk practice has consistently been at the forefront of the field since it was formed in the mid-1990s. The practice brings together threat and risk specialists, physical and electronic security engineers, strategic operational security specialists, business continuity practitioners and blast engineers in a unique multi-disciplinary environment, helping our clients manage malicious risk, natural hazards and operational reliability in each aspect of their businesses and operations.

Our Protective Intelligence team analyses the nature and scale of terrorism, civil unrest, crime and other malicious risks in urban environments worldwide. Actionable intelligence on threats has a vital role to play in informing the design of buildings, transport infrastructure, bridges and stadia. We work closely with our teams in Blast Resilience and Security Engineering in North America, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. Our intelligence enables businesses that underwrite, construct and operate cities to become more resilient in an evolving threat environment.

About the role

We’re looking for a Graduate Protective Intelligence Consultant to join our growing team of bright professionals in our San Francisco office. From your first day, you’ll join an unrivalled community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification.

You’ll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients. While you’ll have a great deal of responsibility from day one, we’ll give you the chance to take on more as you progress and broaden your skills.

Your role will be to collect and analyze open source intelligence on malicious risks. You will structure and analyse relevant intelligence data utilizing various references and tools, with an emphasis in assessing and presenting data using digital-based platforms. You will deliver written and verbal analysis to our clients, and work with them in order to define their security requirements in accordance with their own risk appetite and other business objectives. You will support business development and marketing activities and work closely with our Blast Resilience and Security Engineering teams.

You will be expected to contribute to research and report writing, develop risk assessment methodologies, and help develop new marketing material in collaboration with others. You will provide support to internal clients where relevant. You may also represent Arup at relevant conferences and other external events.

You will demonstrate a high level of intellectual curiosity and interest in crime, terrorism, civil unrest, politics or international relations. You will enjoy solving complex problems. You will be comfortable making judgments about malicious risks based on imperfect information. You will enjoy working with people from a range of professional disciplines. You will be collaborative in your approach but able to work independently. At times, you will need to manage competing priorities and your workload to meet deadlines.

What we look for

We’re looking for graduates with intellectual curiosity, personal drive and technical knowhow. If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the protective intelligence sector and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we’d like to hear from you.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic discipline, e.g. politics, sociology, criminology, international relations etc.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct sound research and develop defensible research methodologies
  • Demonstrable proficiency in working with data and data manipulation tools
  • Strong interest and curiosity in open source intelligence analysis and/or political and security trends in a country or region.
  • An understanding or desire to know more about the built environment.
  • Be excited by working directly with clients to understand their business, define security requirements accordingly and identify opportunities to broaden the work that Arup does with them.
  • Ability to be creative to solve complex problems.
  • Be self-motivated, willing to learn and network extensively.
  • Demonstrate experience in using Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
  • Candidate must not require sponsorship, now or in the future to be considered for this role 


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant academic discipline.
  • Awareness or experience with using digital tools to process, analyze, organize and present data
  • Evidence of good commercial awareness (e.g. this could have been gained through an internship or part-time work in business, industry or other commercial organization).
  • Fluency in a second language
  • On occasion, flexibility to work with colleagues in global time zones
  • Client-facing experience
  • Quantitative analysis skills
  • Familiarity with the intelligence cycle
  • Experience with utilizing open source intelligence (OSINT) tools to collect and analyze data


Notable Projects

For over seven decades Arup has been at the forefront of the most ambitious and innovative design and engineering. From concert halls to national stadiums, renewable energy to driverless cars, we continue to add to that history every day. 


  • 2nd Avenue Subway, New York
  • Dulles International Airport Expansion, Washington, D.C.
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge, Los Angeles
  • Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building at Dudley Square, Boston
  • WW Grainger Headquarters, Chicago
  • Uptown District Mobility Improvement, Houston
  • Nasher Sculpture Center Garden, Dallas
  • Transbay Transit Center, San Francisco
  • LEED Platinum Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters, Seattle
  • Queen's Way West Revitalization, Canada
  • Agora Convention Centre in Bogota

Benefits that Work - At Arup, we have a comprehensive and valuable benefits program that works for our employees and their families while keeping costs low. These benefits provide health and welfare security for you as well as paid time off for rest and renewal. Our Global Profit Share Plan (paid bi-annually) provides an opportunity for you to share in the success of the Firm. As a valued employee of Arup, you can also choose to participate in our 401(k) plan with up to 10% company match to help you save for your future. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement - Arup requires all new employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  Arup is an equal opportunity employer and consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, will consider requests for reasonable accommodation based on disability or sincerely held religious beliefs where it is able to do so without undue hardship to Arup.

Flexible Working - We believe that flexible arrangements create a more inclusive way of working that supports our diversity and the wellbeing of our people. Options for alternative schedules and the ability to work outside of the office for a portion of your workweek are available.

Arup is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or other status protected by law. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please contact us at americasbenefits@arup.com.



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