Graduate Software Engineer

IT, Computing, Web Development, Systems, Software.

Our 12 month Graduate Programme

Joining the Leonardo Graduate Scheme is the opportunity to be part of the next generation of our business. As a Graduate you will join us on £32,000 with a welcome bonus and could receive a generous Temporary Accommodation Allowance if you move more than 40 miles away from home for the role.

Get to know Leonardo
Working in Leonardo today means developing the most advanced technologies in the strategic sector of Aerospace, Defence and Security, in one of the mayor companies worldwide that makes innovation the main driver of its development.

You will be provided with a wealth of development opportunities in both virtual and applied working environments. On our programme you will engage with challenging and exciting project work and deliver innovative business or technical solutions as part of a team of subject matter experts.  

Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals. We are committed to developing our graduates into leading technical or business professionals, and as such we will also support you through your preferred route for Chartership

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and this is no different for our graduates. We have partnered with Coursera, the world leading online training platform that offers around 4,000 courses you can sign up to, according to your professional and personal interests. Self-directed learning thrives in this environment.

The Opportunity

Do you want to work as a Graduate Software Engineer, working on complex software and systems 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, transport, air traffic control, land security and protection, and sustainable ’smart’ solutions.

What you’ll do as a Graduate Software Engineer:

  • You will work closely with experienced and multi-disciplined engineers to solve real problems.
  • You will work with minimal supervision within a small team following Agile software development practices.
  • Software development will include the full software lifecycle from requirements analysis; through design, coding and unit test; to integrating the software with the hardware target; and to acceptance test and delivery to the customer.
  • You will design and implement high quality robust code and support build, configuration control, and deployment.
  • You will be expected to complete tasks and documentation in accordance with appropriate processes and procedures and take an active role in engineering process improvement.
  • You will be an effective communicator.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for a motivated software developer who works well within a team.

It is essential that:

  • You will have a degree level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant STEM discipline.

It is desirable if you have knowledge in some of the following:

  • Experience of developing software in one or more of the following languages: Java, C++, C#.
  • Experience of full stack web development using Javascript, HTML5 and CSS.
  • Knowledge and use of databases, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, CouchDB, or Oracle.
  • Knowledge of client server architecture.
  • Development experiencing under Windows and Linux.
  • Knowledge of Agile software development.
  • Knowledge of front end web development frameworks such as React, Vue or Angular/AngularJS.
  • Experience of embedded development.
  • Experience of using JIRA, FishEye, or Confluence
  • Knowledge of configuration management systems such as Git, BitBucket or SVN.
  • Knowledge of communication systems and understanding of networking.
  • Good understanding of virtualisation technologies such as Hyper V, VMWare or VirtualBox.

If this sounds like you why not apply and join our team!

Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.

  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us
  • Company funded flexible benefits: Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)
  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year
  • Pension: Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)
  • Wellbeing: Employee Assistance Programme with access to free mental health support, financial wellbeing support and network groups to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Reservists, Carers)
  • Lifestyle:  Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme
  • Training: Free access to more than 4000 online courses via Coursera
  • Referral Incentive: You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member

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.

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Job ID Number: R0003772
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  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    £32,000 + benefits
  • Degree required
    2:1 and above
  • Location
    Southampton (Hybrid)
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Web Development
Also Accepting...
  • All STEM disciplines
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