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BAE Systems

Updated: October, 2018

About BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. This is a long-term commitment involving significant investments in skills. We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.

As one of the world’s most innovative companies, we can offer you an exciting and fulfilling career. If you have the drive and enthusiasm to improve within your chosen field, you’ll receive the support you need to be creative and pioneering in all sorts of ways.

Passion. That’s our secret. You’ll need it here to be successful. We want you to see opportunity where others see problems and find a way through challenges that others can’t navigate. You’ll use our extensive resources and the skills you’ll develop to collaborate with your team and find solutions to real problems.

We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. We encourage our employees to take pride in their work and the role we play for our customers and our communities. Working for BAE Systems, you can go home at the end of each day knowing that what you do really makes a difference.

The Graduate Development Framework (GDF) is our two-year scheme that develops people who are passionate about, and show great potential in, their chosen field of business or engineering. Each year we take in approximately 160 graduates.

By combining formal learning with real challenges across a number of placements, the GDF will give you a solid foundation for a successful career within one of our UK businesses. Starting salary of £28,000 per annum.

The Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP)

The Finance Leader Development Programme (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. Starting salary of £30,000 per annum.

Summer Internships (12-weeks)

A Summer Internship at BAE Systems will give you invaluable insight into working life. If you secure one of the 100+ placements available across our UK business, you’ll receive on-the-job training, within a structured framework. It’s a great way to see theory in practice. We have a range of Business and Engineering roles available with a salary of £16,800 per annum pro-rata.

Industrial Placements (12 months)

If you have the talent, now is the time to prove it. We have approximately 60 one-year placements available each year and all offer you the chance to develop new skills and gain valuable industry experience in the real world. We have a range of business and rngineering roles available with a salary of £18,000 per annum.


To apply, you’ll need to have a minimum 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in a related subject for our graduate scheme and on course to achieving a 2:2 for our undergraduate schemes, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance. This differs for Finance, you will need to be on course or have a minimum of 2:1 including 112 new tariff UCAS points or equivalent (excluding general studies).

Work sectors

engineering and manufacturing


East of England, North West England, South East England, South West England

  • Times Top 100 Graduate Employer

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