Work Placement / Internship

Industrial Placement Systems (Digital)

Luton. Open to all STEM.

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The Opportunity

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.

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Your story starts here!

Leonardo’s Industrial Placement Programme offers you a paid placement to develop your knowledge and skills in our innovative and practical environment. In addition to working with our highly skilled engineers and business professionals, successful completion of an Industrial Placement can often lead to an offer for a permanent graduate position on our industry leading Graduate Development Programme.

Role description

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. 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!  

How This Role Fits In

Can you imagine yourself using new technology to solve customer problems? Does being a key part of keeping Typhoon aircraft flying sound rewarding? Would you like a role that includes process automation, business transformation and data visualisation? If so, then why not join the Digital team within Customer Support and Service Solutions (CS3).

The CS3 line of business operates across all of the main UK sites, providing innovative and invaluable support solutions to our customers. We help to ensure the availability of front-line capability wherever and whenever required, whether that’s helicopters supporting the Covid-19 relief effort or fast jets protecting UK air space. By joining our team, you could help us to continue to make a difference.

What you will do

As a systems industrial placement student within CS3 Digital, you will be part of a team producing data driven applications to improve our current business, and also create new opportunities for our customers in the UK and around the world. You will have the chance to work directly with these customers and our end users, getting the opportunity to understand some of their challenges first-hand.

Your role might include the use of data science, mathematical analysis and modelling, to provide decision support for our service delivery teams. You could develop software applications that make a real difference to support engineers in the field. You might also look at how technology can be applied to provide new types of training service that can be accessed globally by customers.

The role is likely to include travel, both within the UK and possibly also abroad, to provide in-person support to our customers.

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Using technical expertise to solve problems, generate ideas and be pro-active within the team.
  • Developing and applying your academic knowledge to undertake various activities across the engineering lifecycle, delivering to agreed performance targets, including cost and schedule.
  • Developing practical skills in engineering design and development for complex solutions, understanding key processes and technologies.
  • Working closely with engineers across multiple disciplines to solve problems.
  • Completing tasks to a high standard and in accordance with appropriate processes and procedures.
  • Taking an active role in engineering process improvement

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.


All of our Industrial Placement roles require a minimum of a predicted 2:1 grade in a relevant degree discipline. For technical roles please note that our preferred degree disciplines include Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or other STEM subject degrees.

Highly Desirable

  • Self-motivated with an aptitude for problem solving and an ability to drive difficult issues to conclusion
  • Able to work with minimum direction or supervision on complex tasks
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to interact with subject matter experts regarding a range of technical and operational topics
  • Confidence and ability to challenge and respond to technical or process issues.

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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