Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Software Engineer 2021


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On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will be provided with a wealth of development opportunities in both virtual and applied working environments. On our programme you will engage with challenging and exciting project work, and deliver innovative business or technical solutions as part of a team of subject matter experts. Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals.

You will gain a wide array of experience in your day to day role, however as part of the programme you will also complete a number of development modules and activities over a two year period. These modules and activities are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to realise your full potential. Leonardo is committed to developing our graduates into leading technical or business professionals, and as such we will also support you through your preferred route for Chartership.

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and this is no different for our graduates completing our Graduate Development Programme. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to take on a challenge to fill our graduate roles, and we will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges. If you are willing able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!

Designing the Technology of Tomorrow

Discover more about life at Leonardo, a global high-tech company and a key player in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sectors.

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

How will we support you?

We want to support you and encourage you to fulfil your potential through:

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • Accelerated graduate performance reviews
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare options
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free on-site parking

Mandatory requirements:

  • Nationality and security clearance
  • Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business.


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.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required


  • 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
  • Experience of full stack web development using HTML5, XML, JSON, Javascript, C#, IIS, Apache and MySQL and 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.
  • Experience in use of Coding Standards and Automated Test Tools

Highly desirable:

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


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Opportunity Overview

  • March 6th, 2021
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Basildon (Essex)
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  • Physics
  • Software

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