Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Security Systems Engineers


Save to shortlist Saved to shortlist Apply now

For this opportunity, Arup can support applicants in obtaining a Skilled Worker visa. Any offer we make will be conditional upon your visa application being approved.  

Please be aware that we can only accept one application during each recruitment period, so please only apply for the position that suits you best. If you decide to apply for a different role, please withdraw your first application before submitting the new one.

Communication is key

Mira describes her assessment day at Arup. We also discuss how to approach this stage of the application process. To watch the full Gradcracker/Arup webinar, click here.

Launch your career with Arup:

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world. 

Arup's security systems engineers have designed some of the world's leading buildings protecting against terrorist and criminal attack by implementing a range of physical and electronic security measures. 

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists. Founded in 1946, Arup first established its reputation as a world leader with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House and has since grown into a truly international multidisciplinary organisation, with 15,000 staff in 91 offices across 39 countries. 

Our resilience, security and risk practice has consistently been at the forefront of the field since it was formed in the mid-1990s. The practice brings together threat specialists, physical and electronic security engineers, operational security specialists and blast engineers in a unique multi-disciplinary environment, helping our clients manage malicious risk, natural hazards and operational reliability in all aspects of their business and operations. 

Our world-leading physical security team has developed an enviable reputation for innovation based on a risk-based approach to successfully develop the technical solutions of some of the world's most complex buildings and structures.  These include tall buildings, transport infrastructure, medical facilities, education and stadia. 

About the role 

We have an opportunity for a graduate security system engineer, to work in our physical security team based in London. Your role will be to learn the skills associated with designing, specifying and installing physical security measures, across a range of projects.  This work will be guided by our senior engineers and you will follow a structured development scheme, approved by the IET.  You will also work towards professional body accreditation with the Register of Security Engineers and Specialist (RSES) and the Security Institute to provide a pathway to becoming chartered as both an engineer in your own specialism as well as a security professional. This is vital when most of our projects involve working within multi-disciplinary design teams of architects, engineers, cost consultants and project managers to integrate our security solutions into the design. 

Working within and outside mandatory codes of practice in a risk-based framework, you will need to understand the strategy behind the proposed mitigation and prepare designs to meet these requirements. At the outset of a project, you will be part of the team responsible for producing Security Needs Assessment and Threat Vulnerability and Risk Assessments, supported by our threat specialists, which will assist our clients to develop their operational requirements which will inform the physical and operational design requirements. 

You will work within the requirements of ISO 19650 – Building Information Modelling and assist with the production of information working in a 3D environment using applications such as Revit and other bespoke tools. 

This role will require a broad understanding of cyber security but is not part of our core business as this service is provided by a dedicated team within Arup, with whom we work closely with. 

Ideally, you will have a background in system, electronic and / or communications engineering which together with strong skills in written, verbal and sketch communication. You will be able to develop into an industry recognised security consultant. You will have excellent organisational skills and an understanding of multi-disciplinary design. You will be collaborative in your approach but able to work independently and will gain a thorough understanding of the role of a Security systems design engineer. At the same time, you will work towards chartership through the firm's accredited graduate training scheme and will also be committed to research, contributing to internally and externally funded research projects and writing conference papers and journal articles as you progress. 

In this role you will be required to travel both within the UK and overseas, which could be for periods of up to 3 months, once you have proven you have the skills to undertake projects away from the office. 

What are we looking for?  

We look for our graduate security system engineers to demonstrate drive and motivation, applying high levels of technical expertise and a willingness to learn to deliver an excellent service to our clients. You will benefit from working a field which gives you opportunities to acquire skills in a specialist area, together with high levels of client engagement. As such we are looking for the following qualifications, skills and attributes in you: 

Essential Skills and Knowledge: 

  • To be self-motivated and be able to organise your workload. 
  • A Levels (or equivalent) (at B or above) including maths and physics. 
  • A Degree in system, electrical, electronic, IT & communications systems or aeronautical engineering, on track to achieve a 2:1/60% or higher. 
  • An understanding of your own limitations and what is required to develop your skills to further your career. 
  • An understanding of the design of electrical systems in buildings. 
  • An understanding of risk assessment methodologies. 
  • Good English written, verbal and sketch communication skills. 
  • An understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they support design. 
  • Eligibility for UK Security Clearance. Eligibility requires a background check and usually requires a minimum period of residency in the UK but is not limited to UK nationals. 
  • An interest/experience in IT & communications system design, electronic security system design, IP networks, cyber security (This is not a cyber security role). 

You must be available to start this opportunity in September 2022. 

What we offer you:  

Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people.  

As a membership organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme. Our people also have access to a range of broader wellbeing benefits.  

You'll have access to lots of learning opportunities including a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university.  

Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities in which we live and work through Arup's community engagement programme.  

We've signed the Gradcracker feedback pledge.

(This means that we will supply feedback if requested after an interview.)


Job ID Number: 2401
This button will open a new tab and take you directly to the employer's website to apply.
Please remember, if asked, that you found this job on Gradcracker.
Save to shortlist Saved to shortlist

Opportunity Overview

  • January 30th, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • London
    (Show map)

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aeronautics
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Information Technology
  • Systems
  • Telecommunications

Also Accepting...
Click to show all disciplines

More on our Hub

Employee Profiles

View more »

Watch our videos

Watch more of our videos »


Follow your favourite employers
Save jobs to your shortlist
Receive personalised alerts
Access our live webinars
Register now