Work Placement / Internship

Industrial Placement Digital Communications

Capability Green (Luton)

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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 skill set in an innovative and practical environment that can lead to a place on our award winning Graduate 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 individuals 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 Graduate Programme

We have created a programme across our UK site that not only increases your technical skills but gives 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 life cycle from your time in industry, as possible.

Our ultimate aim is to see you through your undergraduate years and hopefully offer you a place on our 2 year Graduate Development programme at an appropriate time. At Leonardo, we have some of the Industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge. As one of our graduates, you will be working for a company at the cutting edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

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.

We are looking for an enthusiastic communicator currently studying a related degree to join Leonardo's UK digital communications team on a year-long placement.

The company's online activities are rapidly expanding and this role supports the daily management and creative output of all the company's UK digital channels (including the website and social media channels) in order to promote the company brand and raise awareness of our work in the UK.

The position sits within the overall UK communications department and would offer the individual the opportunity to work with other specialisms including media relations, internal communications and multimedia.

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Key Responsibility Areas

Reporting to the Head of Digital Communications (UK) the role includes:

  • Daily 'real-time' management and monitoring of the company's corporate social media platforms.
  • Daily management of the company website.
  • Managing and monitoring of the company's wider online presence.
  • Creation of original online campaign content including writing, videography etc (working as required alongside communications colleagues).
  • Supporting any communications crisis management activities.
  • Providing project support to the wider UK communications team.

Given the nature of digital communications, there will be daily requirements to work outside of the standard working hours as the team often reacts and support activities in real-time. No two days are the same!

There will be frequent opportunities to travel to different corporate sites and attend events across the UK and potentially overseas to support events first-hand.

Our company's position at the forefront of the aerospace, defence and security industries and our day to day work with the next generation of engineers and innovators, makes this position an exciting opportunity for someone who is creative and passionate about story telling.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

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.

The individual will have:

  • A predicted grade of 2:1 or higher .
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of the major social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr).
  • Experience working with Google analytics and other online analytical tools .
  • Demonstrable knowledge of website design and editing (ideally including Liferay).
  • Knowledge of photo-editing and video-editing programmes such as PhotoShop, GIMP and Premiere.
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office programme.
  • Experience of creating and editing content on Wikipedia.
  • The ability work as a team but also to work proactively under pressure and to tight timescales.
  • The ability to communicate clearly with internal stakeholders.

What’s in it for me?

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

  • Competitive starting salary & Accommodation Allowance (subject to eligibility).
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements.
  • Contributory pension scheme & Healthcare.
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers, including gym membership.
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site. 
  • Free parking.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 000096
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Opportunity Overview

  • March 29th, 2019
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Capability Green (Luton)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • Information Technology
  • Software
  • Systems

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