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Software Engineer Industrial Placement (Air Sector)


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Role Profile

BAE Systems Air Sector engineering is responsible for the design and build of fixed wing military and training aircraft, unmanned air vehicles, as well as providing training, support and information services for the UK RAF and other customers worldwide.

Software is the critical enabling technology for modern platforms and network enabled capability.

Software accounts for around 20% of the UK defence procurement budget and a significant proportion of support costs.

Platforms such as Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II have 80-90% of their functions enabled by software.
Software acquisition and development often results in significant project risks that impact on budget, schedule or customer needs.

Software Engineering delivers technical solutions into Air Sector Products. Software forms an increasingly large and complex component in Air Sector Products and hence is a key implementation technology for the Air Sector business. The control of key risks associated with the acquisition of software components in Air Sector products is vital to their successful deployment and support through operational life.

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What you will be doing

On a graduate placement an individual would be expected to be involved in a number of areas in order to develop a broad understanding of fast jet and unmanned systems and the activities undertaken in the design and development of innovative software solutions.

Tasks involved could include:

  • Developing Customer and/or Product Requirements
  • Analysing and Validating Requirements and managing changes
  • Designing the Product or Product Component
  • Designing Interfaces Using Criteria
  • Implementing the Product Design
  • Identifying and managing key system properties and non-functional requirements
  • Maintaining Configuration control of all Software Engineering artefacts
  • Preparing for Verification
  • Performing Verification
  • Analysing Verification Results
  • Establishing Validation Procedures and Criteria
  • Performing Validation
  • Analysing Validation Results.
  • Generate Software Qualification Statement
  • Generating evidence to support the higher level Certification activities

Entry Requirements and what we are looking for

To apply, you’ll need to be on course for achieving a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in any Computer Science degree or other STEM subject with software related modules

Overview of Business Unit

The Air sector is a world leader in the aerospace industry with expertise that can be traced back to the very earliest days of aviation.

We design and build advanced training and combat aircraft; develop and work with the latest in cutting-edge technology; and provide support and maintenance for our customers across the world. By joining our 23,000-strong global workforce, you could directly contribute to some of our leading aircraft including the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II or our next generation of aircraft, in the UK or at one of our international sites. Whether you’re providing direct support to our customers, ensuring our programmes run to time and cost or influencing the design and manufacture of our products, you’ll be completing work that counts.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about delivering excellence and supporting some of the world’s most significant aerospace organisations.

We believe in investing in our people and inspiring continual innovation in our business. Developing and using the latest technology to compete with the world’s best is at the heart of what we do.

Providing world-class training, support and development to our people means we inspire the very best talent to achieve great things.

Security/ Export Control statement

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.


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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Yeovil (Somerset) and Hillend (Edinburgh)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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  • 01772 677277

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