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BAE Systems

BAE Systems

Real world. Real work. Real challenges.

Join us as a graduate and you’ll quickly become involved in developing some of the most technologically advanced defence, security and aerospace systems on earth.

About Us
We work together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture, and support the innovations that sustain economies, increase defence sovereignty and safeguard commercial interests. With some 88,000 employees in six continents, our story is about talented people who are relentlessly committed to creating solutions that protect and strengthen nations. That’s work that inspires us. That’s BAE Systems. 

What you can expect
As one of the world’s most technologically innovative companies, we can offer you an exciting and challenging career. Whether it’s our Graduate Development Framework (GDF), Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP), Sigma Leadership Programme (Sigma), all combine formal learning with real world challenges across a number of placements to help you realise your potential.

Our Graduate Schemes
The GDF is our two year scheme which develops people who are passionate about and show great potential in their chosen field. Inspired engineering is the foundation of our business. With over 18,000 engineers in the UK, we support professional accreditation and have opportunities in a wide range of engineering disciplines including (but not limited to) civil, electrical , manufacturing, naval architecture, research, software and systems. However, it takes more than engineering excellence to deliver our customer commitments. That’s why we’re continually on the look out for people who can add real value to our business in Business Development, Commercial, Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement and Project Management.

FLDP is our five year fast-track graduate scheme, which seeks to prepare individuals to become Finance Directors of the future within our organisation, through an accelerated programme of training and practical experience. The programme includes a structured and fully supported route to the highly respected Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification. It will also equip you with all the leadership and management skills necessary to become one of the finance function's senior leaders.

Sigma is our three year fast-track leadership programme created for people of the very highest potential. With only a few places available each year, it’s unique, quick paced and aimed at giving individuals a breadth and depth of knowledge from across multiple business areas. There are two streams within the programme; business and engineering. Each is tailored to ensure that you develop the core skills and behaviours to be an engineering or business leader of the future.

There are many benefits to joining one of our graduate schemes including:

  • A minimum starting salary of £28,000
  • A welcome payment of £2000
  • 25 days holiday
  • Six monthly performance and salary reviews
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Discounted healthcare, car lease and share schemes

For our full range of opportunities including undergraduate opportunities and associated benefits, please visit our website


Case Study 1

Ayesha Godigamuwe


Going into a business role, it’s definitely about the skills you have, obviously if you are looking to be an engineer they certainly want you to have some more technical skills. But the general people skills that they’re looking for are: an understanding of markets and customers, a certain determination, and self awareness. They want you to be a high performer so they’re looking for that drive and determination.

I think what’s amazing about BAE Systems and one of the challenges I certainly had, was understanding how you fit into the organisation. We have six home markets, customers in over 100 countries, over 100,000 employees and you’re one of them and you’re thinking, where am I in this mix? You’re working in one team and certainly it’s a challenge to understand where it all fits together and how the jigsaw comes together, but it’s what you make of it. If you’re keen to learn about more than just one area – for instance, I’m in Military Air Solutions – then you can do that, but it’s up to you to then drive that forward.

Case Study 2


Matthew Dalton

When looking at companies and graduate schemes, I had a very clear idea of what I was looking for: a global company with opportunities to work abroad, and an established scheme with real responsibility, plus the chance to work on interesting projects, and to do something a bit different. BAE Systems filled all of these requirements. Better still, BAE Systems had never previously recruited Business Development Graduates – this was the element of uniqueness I was after.

My expectation of working for BAE Systems was that it would be highly secretive, a den of technology and expensive military products strewn around the offices. That expectation is slightly off from what actually exists. It is a hive of technology, but it is primarily computer based – at least at Insyte. There are areas that you need special access to, but generally they look pretty similar to the rest of the office – just darker! And with regards to products strewn around the office…well, it’s actually far cleaner than that! In reality, BAE Systems is a technologically advanced company, accommodating a large number of very intelligent people, working in areas of expertise, that increasingly go beyond typical military products – it’s an interesting and exciting place to work – that is something I hoped it would be.



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