Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Software Engineer


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Do you want to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?

Leonardo’s Graduate Programme develops promising young graduates into engineers and business professionals of the future.

Leonardo in the UK

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The opportunity:

Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of our technology. With the majority of our engineers having chartered status, you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.

Our 2 year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will unlock a wealth of development opportunities and further learning. You will receive mentoring, coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and accreditation from your professional body.

At Leonardo, we have some of the Industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge. As one of our graduates, you will be working for a company at the cutting edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

We have created a programme across our UK sites that value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking. We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.

Job Description

We are looking for a Graduate Software Engineer to join our Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division.

You will be joining our highly skilled software team at Leonardo UK Southampton on a Graduate programme. This is a great opportunity for you to contribute to Leonardo's future success and in return we can offer great opportunities to develop and grow your skills, so why not join us!

Key Responsibility Areas

  • You will work closely with experienced and multi-disciplined engineers to solve real problems
  • You will work with minimal supervision within a small team following Agile software development practices
  • Software development will include the full software lifecycle from requirements analysis; through design, coding and unit test; to integrating the software with the hardware target; and to acceptance test and delivery to the customer
  • You will design and implement high quality robust code and support build, configuration control, and deployment
  • You will be expected to complete tasks and documentation in accordance with appropriate processes and procedures and take an active role in engineering process improvement
  • You will be an effective communicator.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

All of our roles require (a) a minimum of an upper Second class Bachelors/Integrated Masters degree, or (b) a higher degree, such as a MSc or PhD. In all cases the subject should be engineering, mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline.


  • You will have a degree level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant STEM discipline
  • Experience of developing software in the C++ and C# programming languages
  • Knowledge of full stack web development using HTML5, XML, JSON, Javascript, C#, IIS, Apache and MySQL and/or SQL Server databases
  • Knowledge of developing software for complex distributed system environments under Linux Windows desktop and server
  • Knowledge of creating new and developing existing UML designs in IBM Rhapsody.


  • Knowledge of agile software development and experience of using JIRA, FishEye, Confluence, Git and BitBucket.
  • Knowledge of communication systems and understanding of networking
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Exchange server, Internet Mail and military messaging and the related STANAG, ACP and RFC standards.
  • Understanding of Microsoft Hyper V and WMWare virtualisation.

What’s in it for me?

Leonardo values its people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary & welcome bonus
  • Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility) & 3 performance related pay reviews within the 2 years
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Healthcare
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers, including gym membership
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free parking.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 000991
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Opportunity Overview

  • March 3rd, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Southampton
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Software
  • Systems

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