Graduate Development Framework (GDF) Engineering
graduate scheme

Graduate Development Framework (GDF) Engineering

BAE Systems
UK wide
Time left to apply
2 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

The 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 170 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

Graduate Development Framework: Engineering

Inspired engineering is the foundation of our business.

As a large employer of professional engineers, we support professional accreditation and have opportunities in a wide range of engineering disciplines including:

  • Electrical & Electronic
    Join our Electrical & Electronic Engineers and you’ll make decisions about electronic product content, optimise hardware and software design concepts, develop sophisticated design processes and test complex products.
  • Manufacturing & Production/Operations
    Working in Manufacturing & Production/Operations, you’ll balance costs, safety and quality to transform theoretical designs into physical products that satisfy our customers.
  • Mechanical
    As a Mechanical Engineer, you can help turn ideas into products. You’ll deal with the fabrication, installation, operation, application, maintenance and repair of mechanical or electromechanical machines, equipment, tools, engines and systems.
  • Naval Architects
    Our Naval Architects deal with the basic structure of the marine system. Join them to help define the essential, core design features and elements that provide the framework for all that follows.
  • Software
    Software Engineers work at the heart of our electrical products at all stages of the product lifecycle. You’ll be involved in determining initial requirements, designing functional prototypes, developing production standard solutions and testing the finished product to its limits.
  • Systems
    Join our Systems Engineers and you’ll focus on defining customer needs and required functionality, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem.
    We have also employed graduates to roles in Aircraft Maintenance, Civil Engineering, Metallurgy, Noise & Vibration Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Product Safety, Research and Structural Engineering. For the full range of our graduate engineering opportunities please visit:

Your career development

We recognise that development is key to you fulfilling your professional potential and us delivering our business commitments. That’s why we’ve created a scheme where you take ownership of your career aspirations and we give you support, training and practical experience to help you succeed.

First things first: your career with us starts with an induction to welcome you to your chosen UK business. Here, you’ll meet fellow graduates and find out more about what your future holds. Then, shortly after joining, you’ll be assigned a mentor who can act as a source of advice and insight when you need it.

You’ll also participate in ‘Graduate Developing You’, a series of development modules delivered by an Impact International award winning learning and development provider. The course brings our graduates together from across the different businesses and aims to help you better understand yourself and others to drive performance.

During the GDF you’ll also attend our UK Graduate Conference, which brings together graduates from across the globe to network, engage with a diverse range of managers and learn more about the inspiring work we do. There is also the opportunity to celebrate success through the Graduate Awards ceremony which takes place at the gala dinner.

All of this is designed to complement your placements, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.

Rewards: the complete package

Joining us means you’ll be expected to make a real impact. In return, you can expect a reward package that delivers:

  • Starting salary of £28,000
  • £2,000 welcome payment
  • Regular development reviews
  • Mentoring
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Car lease and share schemes20% of salary available up front as an optional advance
  • 25 days’ holiday per annum

Company information

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure. That’s work that inspires us.

What you can expect
As one of the world’s most innovative companies, we can offer you an exciting and challenging 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.

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.

Person requirements

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.

Qualifications and experience requirements

To join us on the GDF, you must have at least a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree. This can be in any subject if you’re applying for a business position, however, it must be in an engineering, numerical or scientific subject for an engineering position.

Accepted degree subjects





UK wide

Contract and working hours

How to apply

Our selection process works on a first-come, first-served basis.

We ask all candidates to complete the same online application to ensure our selection process is fair and consistent.

Your online application will then go through a variety of selection methods, either online or face-to-face, and is likely to conclude at an assessment centre.

We particularly welcome applications from women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, and will make reasonable adjustments to our application and selection process for people with disabilities.

You can find further information on our requirements, including details of how to apply viat the apply now button.

Closing date: 30/04/2017

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 30/04/2017

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