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BAE Systems

Our company in a nutshell

About US

BAE Systems is a global defence and security company with approximately 95,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services.

2nd largest global defence company based on 2010 revenues*

Global capability

Customers in more than 100 countries

2011 sales of £19.2 billion

When you're looking for high performance, nothing beats the systems found in nature. Three billion years of evolution. That's the inspiration behind so much of what we do. Join us at BAE Systems and you'll become part of Europe's largest defence, security and aerospace company with over 100,000 employees' worldwide and reported sales of £19.2 billion.

We develop, deliver and support some of the most advanced defence, security aerospace systems in the world, leading to over 100 new inventions each year.

So whether it's military aircraft, surface ships, submarines or radar systems, our people make it happen. Which means it doesn't matter if you have a business, engineering or finance background. If you're striving to become a top performer, you'll find all the inspiration you need to achieve your goals here.

We believe in being the best. Doing everything better than before. After all, it's in our nature. So it's only natural we should look for graduates who'll do better. Go further and achieve more. Unlike many other schemes, BAE Systems' graduates are recruited directly into a business unit. That means you'll only work in areas that suit your ambitions.


Attracting all great performers

Few organisations can offer opportunities as exciting and challenging as ours in the fields of business, engineering and finance. Whether it's our Graduate Development Framework (GDF), Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP) or the Sigma Leadership Programme (SLP), all of them provide a mix of training and experiences that will help you become one of our great performers.

Graduate Development Framework

This is our main, two year, entry scheme into business and engineering.

Business Roles - BAE Systems is renowned for its engineering excellence. However just as vital to our ongoing success is ensuring that we deliver £multi-billion projects both efficiently and effectively. That's why we're continually looking to attract outstanding performers across every area of business management.

Engineering Roles - Engineering forms the foundation for our business. With over 18,000 engineers in the UK, they look after the design, development, testing and production of over 100 new inventions each year. As well as a number of best-in-class products

Finance Roles

If you're looking for a rewarding career in finance, you'll have the opportunity to move around the business and gain experience in the different facets of financial operations management with BAE Systems. You'll quickly become involved in delivering financial and operational performance within a variety of roles. It's everything you'd expect from an advanced finance programme.

Each placement offered will fall into one or more of the following categories; project accounting, management accounting or financial accounting.

Sigma Leadership Programme

Sigma is a unique, fast tracked leadership programme that we have specially created for people of the very highest calibre. Its members commit to 3 + years of multiple placements, and it is designed to develop the business and engineering leaders of the future.

The Sigma programme is fully endorsed by the Board, so it has a high profile. For us, it's a major long-term investment in real potential, and that's why our members are professional, influential and genuinely resolute. To be successful within Sigma you will need to be delivery orientated, able to build long-lasting relationships and inspire others to improve their performance.

Whichever area of our business you initially join on our graduate programme; you'll be encouraged and supported to develop your natural potential. This could mean further study towards relevant professional qualifications, for which we'll provide all the resources and support you need. It will certainly mean drawing up your own individually-tailored Personal Development Plan, setting your own goals and achieving them through regular performance reviews.

We won't hold your hand. If you want to be a success with us, you'll need to plan, drive and continue to set and achieve your own ambitious goals. It's your career, and you'll be responsible for taking it to the heights you want to reach.


Work offered: We have a range of exciting, challenging, stretching yet highly rewarding careers opportunities for graduates who impress. The roles available in engineering include: Systems, Software, Electrical & Electronic, Manufacturing & Production, Mechanical & Structures, Naval Architecture, Research Scientists/Engineers.

We also need commercially-minded professionals who will ensure BAE Systems is performing to the very best of its abilities. As a business graduate you could join either: Project Management, Commercial, Procurement, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing.

Subject of Study

Business & Finance Roles

You'll need

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in any discipline.

At least 280 UCAS points (or equivalent) excluding General Studies

Engineering Roles

You'll need

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in an engineering, numerate or scientific discipline.

At least 280 UCAS points (or equivalent) excluding General Studies

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There are many associated benefits of being a graduate on our Graduate Development Framework. These include: a competitive salary ranging between £24,000 and £28,000, welcome payment of £2000, 25 days' holiday, competitive pension scheme, support in gaining professional qualifications, performance reviews every six months


In the UK we have more than sixty locations, so depending on what you specialise in you really do have the country at your feet.

Closing Date

Early application is advised


In just one year you could help develop a submarine that weighs 7,400 tonnes, can dive down to 200 metres and won't ever need re-fuelling. Or a 60ft bridge that takes three minutes to build and can carry a tank over ten different rivers in just one day. A plane that can fly at supersonic speeds, land vertically and not show up on radar. Or a state-of-the-art GPS, 18 wheels and caterpillar tracks, which also has the technology to help soldiers survive on the front line.

In fact, who knows what you'll achieve. This is where true performance begins. We have a range of undergraduate placements at various sites around the UK. All of them offer the chance to work with some amazing products on land, in the air, at sea or in our security and support functions. Any of them will see you develop new skills and gain valuable industry experience.

Business Industrial Placements

Business placements are available across the organisation. Our business functions are vital in helping us achieve and deliver £multi-billion projects.

We have placements in a number of areas including Project Management, Procurement, Commercial as well as Sales and Marketing.

You'll share the challenges we take on every day, and also the longer-term objectives which shape everything we do. In turn you could even earn a place on the Graduate Development Framework.

Engineering Industrial Placements

Engineering placements are available throughout our business within various engineering functions.

These could be in a number of engineering disciplines including: systems, software, electrical, mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

You'll share the challenges we take on every day, and also the longer-term objectives which shape everything we do. In turn you could even earn a place on the Graduate Development Framework.

Finance Industrial Placements

Here, you won't just be working on the financial aspects of the most exciting projects in defence aerospace and engineering.

You'll also be working - and learning - alongside some of the most accomplished people in their fields. You'll share in the everyday challenges we face, and in the longer-term objectives that go hand in hand with developing the technologies of the future. And, in most cases, you'll be able to do all that in the location that suits you best.

A successful one-year placement with us means that you may well be invited to apply for our Finance Development Programme (FLDP) when you graduate. Around half of the people who join us on this placement go on to the FLDP - a testament both to the quality of the programme and to the skills of the people we welcome on board.


Applying for a 12 month industrial placement

Business and Finance entry requirements

280 UCAS points (or equivalent) excluding General Studies

Be expecting to obtain a 2:1 degree in any discipline

Engineering entry requirements

280 UCAS points (or equivalent) excluding General Studies

Be expecting to obtain a 2:1 degree in an Engineering, Numerate or Scientific discipline


Business and Engineering - £15,600 to £18,000

Finance - £17,000

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