Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Project Manager

Luton. Open to all STEM.

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The Opportunity

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

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.

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Your story starts here!

Leonardo’s Graduate Development Programme offers you a permanent position to develop your knowledge and skills in our innovative and practical environment. In addition to working with our highly skilled engineers and business professionals, you will complete a 2 year formal training programme to develop the skills you require to be a leading technical or business professional of the future.

Role description 

We are looking for a Graduate Project Manager to join the FCAS International Team supporting the internationalisation of the Future Combat Air System programme. This exciting opportunity gives the chance to experience the early life cycle of this strategically important programme.

Major Air Programmes is the lead contractor for the Integrated Sensing & Non Kinetic Effects and Integrated Comms Systems (ISANKE & ICS) elements of the UK Future Combat Air System Acquisition Programme (FCAS AP). The UK Combat Air Strategy details that effective international partnering in this sector is fundamental to the delivery of the UK government’s national goals. The UK has declared it will work quickly and openly with allies to build on or establish new partnerships to deliver future requirements. UK government has committed to working collaboratively to define the best partnering constructs in order to develop the capability to deliver their strategy.

UK government has a plan in terms of international partnerships and Leonardo will be a key enabler in the development of the appropriate supporting industrial relationships. There is therefore a requirement for support to these activities at an appropriate level in terms of Project Management.

What you will do

The Graduate Project Manager will be responsible for supporting the programme activities required to internationalise the FCAS programme within Leonardo UK.

This person will be required to work collaboratively across UK industry to support the international activities with the various nations as they arise. Each nation has a different level of industrial base for us to engage with and a differing level of capability which is offered.

Part of this role is also to support the co-ordination across the cross LoB and cross function team of resources which will need to be in place in order to assess and support each international engagement as we progress.

This involves the following:

  • Support to a cross Line of Business (LoB), international integrated project team (IPT) including members from across the Division.
  • Support the international relationship development from a PM perspective
  • Ensure appropriate Lifecycle Management (LCM) governance is adhered to
  • Support the International Programme Manager in the delivery of an internationalised FCAS AP for Leonardo UK

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, mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline.

Highly desirable

Highly motivated, self starters who are comfortable in a complex environment with a desire to travel and support the development of international programme relationships.

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!

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