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Graduate Aerospace Software Engineer

Computer Science/Aerospace/Electrical/Software.

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The Opportunity

At Leonardo, we have a fantastic new opportunity for a Aerospace Software Engineering Graduate. Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 7,000 are based in the UK.

Exciting early career opportunities at Leonardo

Your story starts here.

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.

In conjunction with the Engineering Management Team and the Early Careers Team, you will have the opportunity to input into the design of your training scheme to include placements which give an insight into the complete Helicopter Product Life Cycle.

Typically, your placements will consist of 3-6 month rotations across the Engineering  department (potentially including a placement within Customer Training) including the opportunity to do an external placement elsewhere in the business. The graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to build on your technical knowledge and also develop soft skills through opportunities which a direct entry position may not be able to offer.

What you will do

The Graduate Scheme will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a team building week (including overnight accommodation) at an offsite location incorporating all Trainee starts. There will also be a Engineering specific induction to ensure that scheme 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.

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

Diversity Statement:

We are relentless about inclusion. We understand an inclusive environment is one that welcomes everyone as they are. We see diversity as a strength. We still have some way to go to achieving diverse teams across our whole business. We would like you to be part of our journey to creating that better balance and welcome applications from all individuals from all walks of life as we build a stronger company together.

What we are looking for

Desired skills:

  • A keen interest in pursuing a career in applied Software Engineering in Mission
  • System Development and Engineering Simulation at Leonardo Helicopters
  • Enthusiasm and aptitude for software development and the engineering life cycle
  • 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:

  • 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


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 which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.


  • 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.

What you'll get:

  • Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part time options
  • Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home based and onsite
  • Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employee has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals.
  • Network groups : To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion we have network groups for: Carers (employees caring for families or friends) Enable (supporting people with disabilities) Equalise (development of a gender balanced workforce) Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals) We also work in partnership with AFBE (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers).
  • Training : Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses
  • Continuous Learning : You will be supported in your ongoing professional development though training and mentoring
    Investors in People : We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Gold Award
  • Employee Assistance Programme : Providing free and confidential mental health support
  • Generous annual and flex leave in addition to bank holidays

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Job ID Number: 004015
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: March 24th, 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Yeovil (Somerset)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Avionics
  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Software
  • Systems

Also Accepting...

  • Most Engineering disciplines

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