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Industrial Placement Software Engineer


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The Opportunity

Do you want to work on exciting software 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.

Leonardo in the UK Early Careers

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The 6 month – 1 year Industrial Placement Programme

Our Industrial Placement Programme is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills you require to become an engineering or business professional of the future. 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. You will gain a wide array of experience on your placement that you can apply to your academic studies and future career. 

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and successful completion of an Industrial Placement with Leonardo can lead to an offer on our Graduate Development Programme. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to take on a challenge to fill our industrial placement roles, and we will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges. If you are willing able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!  

What you will do

This is an exciting opportunity to join our growing Electronic Warfare and Major Air Programme’s areas of the business as part of our 2022 Industrial Placement intake at our Capability Green site in Luton.

A world leader in electronic systems, our advanced technology is defining the next generation of products as well as being installed on existing helicopters, fast-jet and unmanned air vehicles. We are looking for the next generation of motivated and adaptable software engineers to join our growing software community and work with our teams of world-leading experts in a fast-paced and dynamically changing environment:

  • Our technology helps define and extend the capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
  • Our research and innovation is defining and shaping future Air, Land and Sea products and platforms.
  • Our life-saving defensive aid suites are fitted on all of the UK’s military helicopters, including the Army’s battle-tested Apache and the Royal Navy’s new AW159 Wildcats.
  • Our products help return service men and women safely home to their families.

During your placement, you will be exposed to the latest tools, technologies and processes with the opportunity to influence the future path of software development within Leonardo. This could be developing real-time embedded software on a complex aircraft protection system, sophisticated analysis and support tools running in a PC desktop environment or contributing ideas to innovate the next generation of products.

In addition, you will:

  • Need to have an understanding of software engineering principles with knowledge of programming in one or more software language(s).
  • Possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills and have the confidence and ability to challenge and contribute.
  • Have an enthusiasm and passion for software development.
  • Be able to demonstrate and apply system-level thinking.

Key Responsibility Areas

As part of our early careers community, you will work alongside developers and experts in an environment that is both challenging and rewarding. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Gaining experience, applying your knowledge of software engineering as part of an Integrated Project Team.
  • Developing practical skills in design techniques for land, sea or aerospace applications.
  • Growing your understanding of the business as well as the software engineering lifecycle.

What we are looking for


Nationality and Security Clearance

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.


We require a predicted 2:1 grade in a relevant degree discipline. In all cases, the subject should be engineering related, but not limited to, software engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline.

How will we support you?

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

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • 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!

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.

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Opportunity Overview

  • March 13th, 2022
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 6 - 12 months
  • Luton
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Analytics
  • Automotive
  • Avionics
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Statistics

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