Graduate Opportunity

Bidding Graduate Programme

Start Date: September 2020

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‘QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company operating primarily in the defence, security and critical infrastructure markets. We offer our customers world-class expertise through our services and innovative technology-based products. Our people proactively understand our customers’ current and future needs and create and enable solutions at greater pace to meet current, adjacent and emergent threats. Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?’

What we do

QinetiQ is a company of over 6,000 people dedicated to being on the side of their customers.


QinetiQ’s Bidding Graduates will focus on three main objectives:

  • Structuring the right offer.
  • Building relationships and networking
  • Creating and managing winning proposals.

As part of the Bidding community you will be in a position to make a real difference in the commercial success of our business.

By joining the Bidding team you will combine excellent organisational skills, creative thinking and strategic analysis to ensure that bids are managed effectively to deliver compelling proposals. The role will also give you exposure to every element of the business community. Successful members of this team enjoy the challenges of addressing individual work tasks while also understanding the bigger picture of the deal, its business implications and risks.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with teams across the business: Air and Space; Cyber, Information and Training; Maritime Land and Weapons, Research, Exploitation and Innovation and International.
  • Work with Sales and Business Capture Teams addressing significant growth opportunities.
  • Have regular exposure to many internal functions including Commercial and Legal Services, Procurement, Finance and Operations.
  • Be immersed into the team for a true hands-on experience.
  • Become proficient in identifying and addressing the needs of our customers, whilst balancing the needs of the business.
  • Learn to use judgement and creativity to help find new and innovative ways to do business.
  • Develop and use communication skills (written and verbal) to help position QinetiQ in customer proposals.
  • Develop leadership and management skills, working with staff at all levels in the business.
  • Learn skills for engaging and teaming with other companies.
  • Help to grow profit and minimise risk at every stage of the business lifecycle.

We offer a comprehensive graduate programme where you will receive first class training and support whilst working alongside experienced Bid Managers to learn the job. No two bids are ever the same. You will be exposed to a range of opportunities from weapons trials and evaluation to science research and software development and will make a positive impact across the business, supporting our growth.

You will be encouraged and supported in studying for an accredited qualification from the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, which is the internationally recognised body for Proposal Management. This will form part of the practical training programme that you will undertake, along with many other opportunities for formal training and skills development which will give you a practical based skillset for succeeding in the business arena.

You will have the opportunity to travel to and work at some of our other UK sites during your graduate programme, in order to get a good understanding of the business.

At the end of the two year graduate program, you will be well placed to take your next steps up the career ladder and where you have gained the necessary skills, you will be encouraged to apply for an Associate Bid Manager role within the Bid team and take on an increased level of responsibility

Entry Requirements

To apply for the role you MUST meet the below criteria:

  • Have gained, or be expected to gain a 2:1 in a relevant STEM degree.
  • Have a strong pre-university academic report.
  • Be a keen and proactive problem solver with a good eye for detail.
  • Be an excellent communicator and team player with a track record of establishing effective relationships with others.
  • Full British citizenship.

Please be aware that this role is subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that you must hold full British citizenship and obtain the right to stay and work within the UK. Restrictions may also mean that any dual or previous nationalities held can affect the roles in which you can perform within QinetiQ.

QinetiQ Benefits

As well as the opportunity to work in a company at the forefront of the technology sector you will also receive

  • Flexible Employee Benefits
  • Annual Salary Review
  • Recognition Scheme, volunteering - helping charities & local communities
  • Up to 50% discount on meals across a wide range of restaurants
  • Up to 15% off high street stores and 40% off cinema tickets
  • Buy annual leave, flexible working, social events, employee assistance 24/7
  • Gym and sports facilities on larger sites
  • 25 days standard annual leave + bank holidays
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Much more!


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 10776
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • 26,500 per annum + Bonus Schemes + Benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Science

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