Sigma Leadership Programme (Sigma)
graduate scheme

Sigma Leadership Programme (Sigma)

BAE Systems

Job description

The Sigma Leadership Programme is our three-year fast-track programme packed full of broad and deep experiences – across multiple business areas – that help aspiring leaders to succeed.

There are two streams within the Sigma programme – business and engineering. Each stream is tailored to enable you to develop the core skills and behaviours to be a business or engineering leader of the future.

This unique programme has only a few places available each year, which is why we carefully consider who we recruit; we need individuals with the potential to lead our company into tomorrow. That means you’ll need to be able to build strong relationships with people quickly, working collaboratively to get the most effective results.

The Sigma Leadership Programme offers no blueprint or structured path to follow, so you’ll also need to be driven and self-motivated to succeed.

Arranging your own roles, which will typically last between six to 12 months, you might find yourself undertaking an international assignment, or working at one of our customer sites. Through these hands-on, intensive secondments to different businesses and projects you’ll rapidly gain a diverse range of experience, knowledge and skills. You’ll also have accountability and responsibility to make a difference to our businesses.

Upon completion of the Sigma Leadership Programme, you’ll be expected to take on a substantive role at an executive level.

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 schemes
  • 20% 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.

Although the academic requirements are important, you’ll also require equally strong personal qualities, such as the ability to be resilient, flexible, analytical yet practical and focused on taking responsibility for your own progression. Finance is a very hands-on profession that will see you working in demanding industrial environments, therefore it’s vital that you have the tact, confidence and tenacity to challenge accepted practices and manage cost savings.

You must also be flexible and willing to move to new locations annually to maximise your development while on the five-year programme.

Qualifications and experience requirements

To join us on the Sigma Leadership Programme, you must have at least a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree. This can be in any subject for our business opportunities and must be in an engineering, numerical or scientific subject for our engineering positions.

Accepted degree subjects






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, including details of how to apply via the apply now button.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 15/10/2017

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