Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Software Engineer

Luton. Open to all STEM.

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The Opportunity

Programme Description

Do you want to work on exciting software projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company?

Leonardo in the UK Early Careers

Your story starts here!

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 a continually expanding company, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of 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.

How this role fits in

This is an exciting opportunity to join our growing Electronic Warfare and Major Air Programme’s areas of the business as part of our 2022 Graduate intake at our Capability Green site in Luton. A world leader in electronic systems, our advanced technology is defining the next generation of products as well as being installed on existing helicopters, fast-jet and unmanned air vehicles. We are looking for the next generation of motivated and adaptable graduate software engineers to join our growing software community and work with our teams of world-leading experts in a fast-paced and dynamically changing environment:

  • Our technology helps define and extend the capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
  • Our research and innovation is defining and shaping future Air, Land and Sea products and platforms.
  • Our life-saving defensive aid suites are fitted on all of the UK’s military helicopters, including the Army’s battle-tested
  • Apache and the Royal Navy’s new AW159 Wildcats.
  • Our products help return service men and women safely home to their families.

What you will do

You will be exposed to the latest tools, technologies and processes with the opportunity to influence the future path of software development within Leonardo. This could be developing real-time embedded software on a complex aircraft protection system, sophisticated analysis and support tools running in a PC desktop environment or contributing ideas to innovate the next generation of products.

In addition, you will:

  • Need to have an understanding of software engineering principles with knowledge of programming in one or more software language(s).
  • Possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills and have the confidence and ability to challenge and contribute.
  • Have an enthusiasm and passion for software development.
  • Be able to demonstrate and apply system-level thinking.

Key Responsibility Areas

Working alongside developers and experts in an environment that is both challenging and rewarding. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Growing and applying your knowledge of software engineering as part of an Integrated Project Team.
  • Developing practical skills in design techniques for land, sea or aerospace applications.
  • Managing your personal development towards attaining professional standards and registration within a relevant body.
  • Supporting early careers activities - our graduates have the opportunity to work as STEM ambassadors in schools, colleges and universities.

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.


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 related, but not limited to, software engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline.

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

What are you waiting for?

Leonardo is one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD,  come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around!

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.

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