Industrial Placement Software Engineer - Edinburgh

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

Leonardo’s Industrial Placement Programme offers you a paid opportunity to develop your current skillset in an innovative and practical environment that can lead to a place on our award winning Graduate Development programme.

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 graduates 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.

The 6 month – 1 year Industrial Placement 

We have created a programme across our UK sites that not only increase your technical skills but give you the opportunity to work on meaningful real life projects alongside experienced engineers and graduates across our business. You will receive coaching and support to achieve your personal goals and work in multidisciplinary teams to gain as much experience across the product lifecycle from your time in industry, as possible. Our ultimate aim is to see you through your undergrad years and hopefully offer you a place on our 2 year Graduate Development programme at an appropriate time.

We value those who continuously ask questions and look to resolve problems through creative and innovative thinking. We will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.

Industrial Placement Software Engineer Job Description

An exciting and challenging Software Engineering opportunity for students currently in the final or penultimate year of a science based degree e.g. Software Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or Electronic Engineering (BSc (Hon) / BEng (Hon) / MEng) to have the opportunity to experience a 6 to 12 month paid industrial placement working as a Software Engineer within Leonardo.

Come and join one of our multi-disciplinary integrated project teams (IPT) in Edinburgh and contribute to the solving of real-life engineering problems on state-of-the-art avionics sensor systems such as: the radar for the Typhoon fighter jet; the radar for the SAAB Gripen fighter; one of our family of Surveillance AESA Radars (Active Electronically Scanned Array); an IRCM (Infra–Red Counter Measures) system; or perhaps on one of our laser target designator or laser ranging systems.

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Particular emphasis will be placed on learning practical skills that may not be easily gained or experienced in the academic environment of a university.

Students applying for this position should demonstrate an interest in Software Engineering in the area of real time development for avionic systems.

Quote from a previous Placement Student: “the work at Leonardo was much more exciting than developing web pages”

Key Responsibilities

  • To learn the skills required for software development. As experience as a Software Engineer is gained, 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 lastly to acceptance test and delivery to the customer.
  • As a software engineer you are responsible for creating high quality and robust code, for fully documenting and recording your work products, keeping them under configuration management and providing plans and reports on progress to your supervisor.
  • You will develop practical skills in design techniques for aerospace applications, understanding of key processes and technologies, and develop software using state-of-the-art modelling tools, compilers and test environments.
  • You will deliver technical reports and presentations on your work assignments to your supervisor and fellow placement students and be given assistance to deliver plans and reports to the required academic standard of your university.
  • Your task may involve working closely with Systems engineers and Hardware engineers to solve real integration problems on a complex system.
  • Most training will be delivered via on-the-job experience working in real software teams within project groups delivering sensor systems to our customers. Additional formal technical training to augment the on-the-job training may be provided via taught courses depending on the business needs.

Role Requirements

  • Candidates are expected to be in further education in a related course and have an appropriate gap in studies.
  • Ideally candidates for a software placement should have some experience of computer programming and be enthusiastic and passionate about designing software and writing code.
  • Experience of an object-oriented programming language such as C++ and knowledge of UML (Unified Modelling Language) is an advantage but not essential.
  • A full statement of courses and projects studied at university and corresponding grades/marks/percentage should be included in your CV.
  • Applications are also welcomed from candidates who have completed a first degree and are looking to gain industrial experience prior to commencing a relevant higher degree (i.e. PhD, MSc).
  • You must be able to satisfy the necessary security clearance for the role applied for and meet a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

What can I expect from my working environment?

You will be working within world class facilities regardless of which site you are based. Dependent on your role, you may be working in an office or lab environment or a combination of both. There may also be opportunities to travel between different sites and to meet with customers and suppliers. Occasionally you may also travel abroad.

What’s in it for me?

Leonardo values their people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive salary & Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • 33 days' holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare

What are you waiting for?

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. 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.

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: February 28, 2018
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Placement Duration: Year-long
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Region: Scotland - South/Central Belt
  • Type: Work Placement / Internship

Other benefits...

  • 33 days' holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive salary & Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare

Disciplines accepted...

  • Software
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