Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Software Engineer

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. In conjunction with the Engineering Management Team and Product Support Engineering team, a Software Graduate has the opportunity to design their own scheme to include placements which give an insight into the complete Helicopter Product Life Cycle.

Through a comprehensive 2-year programme, 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 3-6 month rotations across the Engineering / Product Support Engineering department including the opportunity to do an external placement elsewhere in the business. The graduate scheme is a fantastic way to gain practical experience in a wide spectrum of 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 Engineering / Product Support Engineering, with a vision to progress within Leonardo.

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 you will do

Role description

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.

We are currently looking for an energetic Software Engineer for the LH graduate programme, we are open to candidates that have an interest and aptitude for software studied as part of a range of engineering and or science based degree types. Our graduates will participate in Software Engineering activities directly applied development of the Mission System, Simulators and Human Machine.

In particular, you will:

  • Perform defined engineering design and analysis tasks, required for project, process and departmental purposes using established methods.
  • Develop and integrate engineering solutions from design concepts and schemes. Gather and collate relevant technical and commercial information, as directed, to aid/influence design and technical solutions.
  • Perform defined requirements capture and analysis, software development, testing, simulator and
  • Human Machine Interface assessment activities to ensure that the engineering solution meets customer requirements.
  • Become familiar with software development in an applied and diverse product environment.
  • Assist with the creation of software requirements and participate in the over sight of test activity and the creation of documentation, to support the Systems Engineering and qualification process.
  • Assist with the development of new technologies, methods, and procedures for business benefit.
  • Produce standard engineering documents, reports and qualification statements within agreed formats for work undertaken.
  • Investigate assigned customer and product issues to produce a recommendation for their resolution. 
  • Understand the contribution that your activities have on the improvement of overall aircraft capability.
  • Perform engineering tests in our Engineering Simulation facility and rig environments that comply with required processes and procedures, to produce valid engineering data to support the design and qualification process. 
  • Perform assessment activities to ensure that the engineering solution meets customer requirements.
  • Identify and develop improvements to methods and procedures used in your activities.
  • Support the interpretation of system and user requirements to develop software requirements in collaboration with our customers.
  • Ensure that planned tasks are consistent with the methods by

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:

  • Knowledge/experience of Engineering
  • Enthusiasm and aptitude for software development and the engineering life cycle
  • A willingness to learn and grow new skills over time in a supportive environment
  • Enthusiasm for challenging convention and working within a collaborative environment
  • Enthusiasm for the application of software development applied into the helicopter and simulation facility
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams

Personal qualities:

  • A keen interest in pursuing a career in applied Software Engineering in Mission System Development and Engineering Simulation at Leonardo Helicopters
  • Organisation skills and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Industry experience beneficial but not essential
  • 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 Computer Science/Aerospace/Electrical & Electronic Engineering/Data Science related subject. We are open to candidates who have an interest and aptitude for software studied as part of a range of engineering and or science based degree types.

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

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Opportunity Overview

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

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Avionics
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Naval Architecture
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Web Development

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