Graduate Opportunity

Software and Digital Graduate Scheme


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Our graduate programme

As a Software and Digital Graduate on our prestigious 3-year programme, you will help to support and deliver the software aspects of a variety of challenging and exciting projects in the UK and internationally. We operate across a range of markets including Airports, Nuclear Power, Aerospace, Defence, Energy, Environment & Geoscience, Transportation and Water.

Whether it’s the development of facial recognition, the formal verification of nuclear power plants safety shutdown systems, you’ll help us to deliver outstanding projects that respond to the needs and resources of a contemporary world. Whatever your ambitions we’ve a role to match your passion and degree, while our training will help you achieve Chartered status and develop industry skills that are highly sought after.

Brilliant minds. World-changing ideas. We’re one of the world’s most prestigious consultancies. With the Atkins Graduate Development Programme, you’re in great company.

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Where will I work?

As a recent graduate you could find yourself in one of the following business areas:

1. Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADS&T)

Locations: Bristol, Aldershot, Epsom (Surrey)

Degree Requirements: Achieved or predicted 2:1 or above (Masters or Bachelors) in Maths, Computer Science, Physics, IT, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, App Development, Information Technology & Communications, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Control & Systems Engineering, or equivalent.

Joining on our Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T) Division will mean you that you will be joining a specialist software practice and will be able to work with teams across a variety of mission critical industries. You’ll be working as a Software Engineer across a wide customer base. You could be involved in a range of projects across the full project lifecycle including; Business Analysis, Requirements capture, Design, Coding, Testing.

You’ll be working as a Systems Engineer or Software Developer across a wide customer base. You could be involved in a range of projects across the full project lifecycle including; Requirements Gathering, Business Analysis, Design, Coding, Testing, Development and ongoing Support & Maintenance.

Working in the fields of Identity Assurance, Geospatial information System, software development of data intensive applications, Industrial Automation and Control Systems, Software Assurance, and bespoke Software Development. Our services include the provision of independent technical advice to Customers, the supply of commercial off the shelf software combined with support and custom application training, the development of custom applications using a blend of Microsoft development tools, 3rd party API’s and industry leading databases, and the supply and maintenance of our product portfolio.

Some of these specialist areas involve, biometric management, geospatial, high-integrity and safety-critical software, control systems and information security.

2. Infrastructure

Locations: Bristol, Epsom (Surrey), Birmingham, Warrington

Degree Requirements: Expect or achieved a 2.2 Master's or MEng degree in Maths, Computer Science, Data Science, Physics, IT, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, App Development, Information Technology & Communications, Product Development.

Whether it’s an airport, a transport interchange, a university campus or the world’s first tidal lagoon, we love creating outstanding places that respond to the needs and resources of a contemporary world. Across all our markets we touch every aspect of social and economic infrastructure. Using the latest digital technologies, we make spaces and places work perfectly for people, while safeguarding our natural resources, to create a better, more sustainable future for all.

Our Civil Engineering team creates all kinds of infrastructure systems, ranging from power supply, water and wastewater, marinas to power stations, private developments and industrial facilities. You could get involved in the design of a wide variety of water and wastewater projects, buildings and structures, tunnels, ports, dams, hydraulic systems, rail/road and nuclear infrastructure. You could even find yourself producing specialist blast or seismically classified heavy civil engineering designs.

3. Oil, Gas & Offshore wind

Locations: Aberdeen

Degree Requirements: Expect or achieved a 2.1 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in Computer Science or similar.

Our Software Development Team in Aberdeen works closely with our clients to develop high-quality software solutions that add real value to their operations. As a Software Engineer you will get involved in the full software development lifecycle, from requirements gathering, design and implementation, through to testing, deployment, maintenance and support. We use a lean and agile methodology, giving you the opportunity to grow into a well-rounded developer and allowing you to have an impact on every stage of a project.

You will deliver bespoke software applications using a range of modern technologies and platforms. Our technology stack is mostly Microsoft-based: we develop software using the .NET Framework and Visual Studio, in both C# and VB.NET. We use Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and legacy WinForms for our desktop apps, ASP.NET and Angular for web development, SQL Server and Azure for data, but these can change as the technologies evolve. You will also get to develop clever macros using VBA to help our engineering teams become more efficient and save time through automation.

The team will help you continuously improve your programming skills, learn new things and keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry. You will solve logical and algorithmic problems, review them with the wider team and implement these solutions into working software features. Constantly adhering to our software engineering standards, procedures and best practices and provide suggestions for continuous improvements.

What are we looking for?

  • Passion and understanding for working in a consultancy environment, with the ability to work with clients and internal stakeholders.
  • Drive and determination to achieve Chartered status
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills, with the confidence to work on your own initiative or as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to apply your technical knowledge to analyse problems and create innovative solutions
  • An interest in developing digital and technology-based solutions
  • A flexible approach to travel as our projects and training may take you to a variety of locations in the UK and possibly abroad.

How do I apply?

Please click the apply button now to start your application journey! As an equal opportunities employer we value applications from candidates of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities.

We want you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially on 0121 483 5089 or

Some of our programmes are incredibly popular, to avoid disappointment (where some roles may close earlier) we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

NB: This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.


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Opportunity Overview

  • January 31st, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Bristol, Aldershot (Hampshire), Epsom (Surrey), Birmingham, Warrington (Cheshire) and Aberdeen
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Product Design
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Web Development

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