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Technology Discover Graduate Programme

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From using drones to supply medical supplies to rural communities, to helping bridge the digital gap for over 1.5 billion school kids across the world and powering our European network with 100% renewable resources, we don’t just speak about change. We lead with change.  

Tech 2025 | Vodafone

Welcome to 2025. Vodafone Technology’s Tech 2025 strategy is committed to: Building in-house new, scaled platforms.

At Vodafone, we empower you so that your voice can be heard and carried forward. So that your ambition can be backed and made bigger. We want all our graduates and students to be able to make an impact on our customers, the world, and their careers.

Technology Discover Graduate Programme

Start date: September 2023 
Duration of Programme: 2 years with rotational placements in your assigned sub-stream 
Salary: £35,000 plus an annual bonus 
Location*: The majority of our roles are based in our vibrant Newbury campus, with a few in our London Paddington campus. Flexibility is required between both locations for the duration of the programme.

What you need:  

  • A 2.2 in your chosen STEM degree (achieved or predicted). Preferable degrees outlined below; 
  • Recently graduated – i.e. a bachelors or masters obtained or to be obtained between June 2021 and August 2023;  
  • You must also have the correct right to work documentation in place for the full programme duration. We do not accept the Graduate Route Visa. If you are unsure if you have a suitable visa to work in the UK, please contact us on the email address provided below BEFORE you apply to check. 

Application close date: 13th November 2022, however, we may close early if we’ve received some game changing applications – so make sure you apply early!  

What you need to submit: You will only need to upload your CV as part of the application. You do not need to upload a cover letter as it will not be reviewed as part of your application.   

*Flexible working options: Our blended working approach means you’ll come to your contracted hub location office as and when needed to get things done for your role and for tasks that require it, otherwise you will be able to work from home.

As a guide, you can expect to be in the office 40% time, and we encourage you to find the right blend for you and your team. 

Please note that you can only make one application to one of our Discover programmes for 2023. We will only consider your first application.  

For the Technology Graduate Programme, please read below to consider each sub-stream carefully before submitting your preferences at the point of assessment. 

Tech at Vodafone 

At Vodafone Technology, the collective imagination of thousands of engineers and developers brings innovation to the market. We are ONE tech team comprising more than 30,000 people across multiple countries. We are on an exciting journey to build new products and platforms across Europe and Africa.  

Imagine keyboards that grow on any surface using nanotechnology, and smart stickers with years of battery life that keep track of your valuables. The technology of the future will do more with less, meaning fewer phones, fewer computers and less electronic waste. 

We’re building a gigabit future above and below ground. We’re allowing a tech workforce, immersed in our inclusive culture, to invent the future.

It’s a great chance for you to join us, break new ground and explore and learn the endless possibilities in the ever-changing world of tech. With technology driving 5G, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, there’s plenty to get involved with, and we are looking for ambitious, innovative and driven Graduates with a passion for all things Tech to push Vodafone forward.  

What to expect: 

Each journey in technology can look different, depending on the path you choose but all our streams offer a structured development programme that will stretch and challenge you, as well as build your technical expertise. 

There are 4 sub-streams to the programme for you to choose from, and we’ll ask for your preference. Each sub-stream or technical discipline is designed to allow you to gain an in-depth exposure of tech in that field and its impact on our customers. 

  • Software Engineering

Did you know that over the last three years Vodafone has been building a world class software engineering capability, driven by some of the best industry minds? Vodafone sees Software Engineering as the art and discipline of delivering great quality software into services that delight our customers.

Software Engineering is an every-growing area in Vodafone, and one that is critical to driving us forward from building our own unique customer experiences, buying quality solutions and inventing the future of communications. Our engineering teams are empowered to focus not just on what we deliver, but how we deliver world class software that we can all be proud of. 

Typical rotations include: As part of this sub-stream, you can expect to be gaining skills through placements in areas ranging from the Internet of Things, Cloud and Automation to Digital Architecture. Here, learning is focused on disciplines such as cloud solutions, networks, Digital customer experiences, portfolios as well as DevOps, CI/CD toolchains, new software lifecycles and agile methodologies. 

  • Network Engineering

We’re continually building and enhancing our best-ever network that connects millions of people and businesses across the country and globally. As part of this sub-stream, you could be a part of the team that makes the magic happen, bringing gigafast speed and innovation to our customers.

You could be helping to lead the engineering and delivery of voice & data services, coming up with new network solutions and commercial products like TV, or helping constantly monitor the entire network, from mobile to fixed, TV, and even the thousands of miles of deep-sea cable to detect any issues.

The next few years at Vodafone are predicted to be even more thrilling than ever before, as networks become virtualized, predictive, self-adapting, and ever more intelligent. 

Typical rotations include: Within this sub-stream, you could find yourself learning in placements including (but not limited to) network operations (fixed, mobile & TV), radio & transmission, technology strategy and architecture, I.T operations, cloud & virtualisation while obtaining core learning in the area of network engineering. 

  • Security

As technology advances, we know that security – for businesses and for consumers – becomes paramount. We need to keep one step ahead of ever-growing cyber threats and our world class technology security team leads the way with just that.

At Vodafone, we have a strong, international team of security professionals, ethical hackers, cyber-defence experts and architects working hard to maintain our existing services and designing security into new products as they come off the drawing board. To keep up to date with new threats and new technologies, we also need new minds to expand our expertise into the future.  

Typical rotations include: In a highly regulated environment, you will learn the importance of creating high quality solutions that can work across international boundaries and remain safe and operational in the face of increasingly complex threats.

These practical skills will prepare you for potential placements covering Cyber Defence, Security Consultancy and Engineering, Ethical Hacking, Incident Management support, Vulnerability Management as well as Security Architecture. 

  • Big Data, Insights & Analytics 

The way our customers use data is as varied as it is complex. So, everything we do to drive Big Data and Analytics forward at Vodafone is summed up in our philosophy: think big, start small, scale fast. 

Working across various teams focused on Big Data, BI, AI & Robotics, to name a few, using predictive, prescriptive and cognitive analysis to reveal and create the impossible through insight and design. You will get to be a part of the Data Revolution! From apps to chatbots, Artificial Intelligence to Internet of Things, being a part of this sub-stream gives you a chance to explore, experiment and expand on what’s possible.

Whether it’s utilising the location-centric data of over 500 million global consumers to develop useful and profitable insights for Vodafone, supporting teams on the future conception and build of chatbots for our business or helping run our Big Data Delivery Platform, you will help grow Vodafone and shape our analytics future.  

Typical rotations include: You might find yourself placed in teams including, but not limited to, Big Data Science, Big Data Delivery, Big Data Architecture, Google Cloud Platform, Business Intelligence, Technology Shared Services and the Internet of things.

Sub-stream specific degree requirements: 

Graduates must have a technology related degree to be eligible for these sub streams. This could include degrees in, but not limited to, electrical engineering, computer science, telecommunications, mathematics, data analytics, software development, network engineering, AI/robotics, big data, security or information technology. 

What we’re looking for: 

  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, the ability to analyse problems and offer outside of the box solutions; 
  • Able to adapt to different areas and ready to apply your skills to something new;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Embodying our Spirit behaviours;
  • Demonstrate creativity and adaptability; 
  • Curiosity and passion for technology, how things work and the future of digital;
  • Proficiency in English.

What’s in it for you: 

  • Working with Business and Consumer customers to create exciting Technology Products and solutions that will help shape our digital future; 
  • Learning from industry experts and investment in your personal development with cutting-edge training on-the-job and in the virtual classroom; 
  • Having business exposure and accountability from day one;
  • Mentors and additional support from global leaders;
  • Being part of a global community of graduates;
  • Flexible working and fast paced environment;
  • A focus on innovation and doing things differently;
  • Exciting opportunities which will test your capability further.   

All this PLUS 28 days of paid holidays, 3 days' charity leave, discounts on Vodafone's broadband and devices. PLUS our flexible benefits programme offers health, wellbeing and lifestyle benefits including cycle to work scheme, subsidised gym-subscriptions and season ticket loans. 

Vodafone is committed to making reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process for all candidates considered to have a disability. If you have any questions or requirements, please let us know at the following address: youth.recruitment@vodafone.com.  

Whatever your degree is or wherever your passion lies, you’ll have the freedom to experience different rotations and projects, so you can discover what you enjoy the most.

And if you’re open to learning, pushing boundaries, and making the most of every opportunity, then there’s nothing stopping you from Acting Up, and making the kind of change you’ve always wanted to. Apply now!  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: January 11th, 2023
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £35,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Newbury (Berkshire) and Paddington (London)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Information Technology
  • Software
  • Telecommunications

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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