Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Business - Sales & Marketing

Yeovil, Somerset.

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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.

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Programme Description

The Graduate Development Programme is designed to support your first steps after leaving University and to help you develop your career. Through a comprehensive 2 year program, you will have the chance to gain a complete understanding of the organisation and be involved in real challenges from day one. You will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, while always being encouraged to use your initiative.

Typically your placements will consist of between 3-6 month rotations across the appropriate Sales, Marketing and Strategy departments which may include Bidding, Proposals, Contract Management and Pricing preparation for both UK Government Business and International Government Business.  There will also be the opportunity to do an external placement elsewhere in the business. 

The Sales, Marketing and Strategy function provides the link between the customer and our world class manufacturing and engineering business, focusing on In Service Delivery and Business Acquisition activities. The function delivers capability to the UK Armed Forces via an innovative contracting and through life approach by sustained skills and design authority support and by achieving best in class service provision.

The graduate scheme is a fantastic way to gain practical experience in a wide spectrum of business disciplines which a direct entry position cannot always offer. Additionally, you can begin to build a network of contacts, which will assist you in your future development. Alongside the core placements, the graduate scheme supports your personal development, such as DISC profiling and personal branding workshops, all with the aim of making you in to an all-round professional. Upon successfully completing the scheme the plan is to transition you into a full time role within the company, with a vision to progress within Leonardo.

What you will do

The Graduate Scheme will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a Trainee team building event at an offsite location (incorporating all Trainee starts). There will also be a departmental induction to ensure that trainee requirements and expectations are fully established.

Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is manufacturing & supply chain.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Providing pre-contract support to the Bids & Proposals Team for new aircraft proposals and major aircraft upgrade proposals.
  • Translate customer bid requirements within the business to respond to these requirements in full
  • Co-ordinate bids inputs from across the organisation.
  • Critically analyse proposals to ensure completeness
  • Preparing and submitting proposals for adhoc services (modifications, contractor working parties, technical services and training) to existing Customers
  • Contributing  to the Pricing of tasks
  • Managing and controlling proposal, cost, price and risk reviews
  • Development and evaluation of commercial proposals
  • Managing the preparation of bid approvals.
  • Managing and delivering against strict schedule requirements to meet Customer deadlines for bid submissions.
  • Supporting contract negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion
  • Understanding the offset requirements for each bid as required
  • Managing new contracts and existing contracts.
  • Contract Management including identification, analysis and resolution of issues.
  • Establish effective working relationships with both internal and external interfaces

How this role fits in

Leonardo represents a unique opportunity for a career-minded person to have the best of both worlds; a challenging role with career development prospects and a quality of life that is hard to equal.

As one of the leading helicopter manufacturers in the world, Leonardo Helicopters is part of the multi-national Leonardo Group of world class engineering companies. Leonardo Helicopters designs, develops and manufactures an unrivalled range of the most advanced helicopters, rotary wing technology, also developing mission and performance critical systems. Our helicopters are used extensively in civil and military roles worldwide. Primary operations are in the UK, Italy, Poland and the USA.

What we are looking for


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.

Desired skills:

  • Organisation skills and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Industry experience beneficial but not essential
  • Tenacity, fresh thinking and enthusiasm
  • Analytical Mind Detail conscious and commercially aware
  • A strong team player
  • Conscientious and keen to learn
  • A keen interest in pursuing a career in Business

Must have been a permanent UK resident for a minimum of the past five years in order to meet security requirements

Personal qualities:

  • Tenacity, fresh thinking and enthusiasm
  • Be open to new methods ways of working and innovation
  • Analytical Mind
  • A strong team player
  • Conscientious and keen to learn

Qualifications required:

  • Minimum 2:1 Bachelors or Masters in a Business related subject.

Highly desirable

We are looking for candidates who show a real interest in the organisation, as well as a desire to succeed in their chosen field.  Self-motivated individuals who are looking to grow and develop with the company are urged to apply!  What makes you stand out from the other candidates?

How will we support you?

Leonardo values people with a passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving. We reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • 25 days' holiday and ability to earn flexi-leave
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative

We recruit on a rolling basis so don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.

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Opportunity Overview

  • March 13th, 2022
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Yeovil, Somerset
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Analytics
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Finance
  • Hardware
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Naval Architecture
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Statistics
  • Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Web Development

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