Graduate Opportunity

Commercial And Supply Chain Graduate Leadership Development Programme

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Summary of Role

What is Commercial?

Commercial is the pathfinder of the business, spearheading strategy, leading negotiations, and influencing innovative solutions. Every day is different from the next, be it dealing with internal governance and financial performance, or meeting customer queries, bids and demands across the globe. Commercial are the interface between the business and customer, without such arrangement no contractual commitments or changes could be implemented.

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Do you have what it takes to join the Commercial and Supply Chain team?

From the Start…

If you find success with the application process, you will commence a 2 year Commercial and Supply Chain Management Graduate Programme. The programme is designed to provide a wide understanding of Commercial and Supply Chain (including Sub Contract Management). Assigned to a business area on a rotational basis, you will support contracts and orders with business clients and suppliers, where you will be assigned activities to help you grow your commercial acumen and key business competencies.

During the Graduate Programme, in addition to your main role you will complete a range of in-house and outward bounds modules designed to support your career development. Topics include Presentation Skills, Effective Communication, Building a Network, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership & Influencing to team-building and are intended to develop your business acumen and enhance your skills within the workplace.

To be considered for this Programme you will demonstrate a high level of energy in pursuing work objectives and a total commitment to achieving successful outcomes, as evidenced by your academic results. You will have long-term ambitions, first class communication, planning and organisational skills. Raytheon champions a High Performance Culture, therefore the ability to work collaboratively within multi-functional teams is essential.

We are looking to take on graduates who will develop into the company’s leaders of the future. On joining Raytheon, you will undertake a structured two-year leadership development programme, which will incorporate classroom based and experiential learning alongside your day-to-day work. You will be given responsibility from day one and will be expected to actively contribute to the business.

By joining Raytheon you will have the opportunity to work within a range of different areas of the business. Enthusiasm for a career in an innovative organisation is essential, as is the ambition to succeed.

Main Duties

Operating in an integrated fast paced team, the Commercial function plays a leading role in Contract Management activity in respect of establishing and maintaining routine and bespoke contracts of high value and complexity. Commercial staff identify and manages risk, interfaces internally and externally across key functions and contributes to business area strategies. On a day-to-day basis a Commercial and Supply Chain graduate may be expected to:

  • Contribute to contract management strategies and relationship management at business area and programme level.
  • Help develop innovative Contracting solutions in support of proposals.
  • Negotiate and manage contracts.
  • Identify and manage risk and opportunity.
  • Administer due diligence and supplier performance.
  • Support the financial performance and compliance of contracts.
  • Facilitate the delivery of invoicing for goods and services.
  • Influence customer meetings and internal management reviews.
  • Develop briefing materials for senior management reviews.
  • Participate in business optimisation with cross-functional improvement activities.
  • Draft and review Agreements (Non-Disclosure/Teaming/Licensing).

Graduate Leadership Development Programme Training

  • During the first 2 years, in addition to your main role, you’ll be assigned various modules to support your career development.
  • These range from business skills to team building activities.

A Day in the Life of a Commercial and Supply Chain Graduate

"Each day as a Commercial and Supply Chain Management Graduate offers variety, from the very first day you are given real responsibility to add value to the business, contributing as part of a diversely skilled team to a range of exciting innovation led projects.

Most mornings begin catching up with colleagues and responding to emails before the day begins. From managing the customer interface, analysing complex contractual terms, advising internal stakeholders on commercial matters to negotiating business positions with strategic partners and interpreting customer requirements with our engineers; each day offers a different challenge, with each opportunity driving my development.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to work in a company at the peak of innovation within the industry. Graduates are given a real opportunity to initiate ideas, drive change and make a difference. During my first 12 months, I had the opportunity to initiate my own process improvement project which has left a lasting impression on the business. This would not have been possible without the support and mentoring of highly experienced and knowledgeable colleagues who helped make my transition from University into the workplace seamless, and inspire me for my future career."

Candidate Requirements


  • 2:1 degree (any degree discipline).
  • 120 UCAS points (new system).
  • Ability to relocate to different UK sites.


  • Second language.
  • Demonstrable leadership experience.
  • A business, finance, law, or associated degree which can demonstrate the ability to present cogent cases for diverse approaches.

About Raytheon

With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester and Manchester, Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country the company employs 1,700 people and supports 8,000 jobs. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Raytheon continues to invest in research and development, supporting innovation and technological advances across the country.

Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specialising in defence, civil government and cyber security solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

Standard Benefits

  • £27,500 salary with twice yearly pay reviews
  • £2,500 joining bonus
  • 25 days' holiday + statutory holidays
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Enhanced sick pay scheme
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (up to 10.5% company contribution)


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Opportunity Overview

  • January 31st, 2020
  • £27,500 + £2,500 joining bonus + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Broughton (Flintshire, Wales), Waddington (Lincolnshire), Harlow (Essex) and Glenrothes, Fife (Scotland)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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