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Graduate RF Systems engineer

Salary notes: 
£27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000
Job/scheme locations: 
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

  • Start date: September 2020
  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Application closing date: 10th November 2019

Our UK Graduate Programme provides exceptional graduates the opportunity to master managerial and technical skills. Over the two year period it combines rotational placements with focused training and the possibility of European assignments as well as further personal development and the chance to build your professional network.

From day one, you will be assigned to a particular department and will be guided through the various placement opportunities that exist within your function, the wider business and even with customers and suppliers. This, along with training provided works to ensure you are ready and experienced enough to take the next step of your career following the programme's conclusion.

We are presently looking for a Graduate Systems Engineer to join our Terminals Engineering group. This role can be based from our Portsmouth site but includes scope to travel across our other UK sites. You will gain hands-on experience of our range of Satellite Communication Terminals used on Aircraft and Naval ships. You will be involved in all facets of Systems Engineering from Architecture Design through to Integration, Commission and Test and will have the opportunity to deal with challenging situations in a real world conditions. Also you will have access to a catalogue of training, both online and in person, which will enable you to develop your skills and experience.


Your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Participation in the Graduate Engineer Training Programme
  • Attendance of Graduate Training courses
  • Enthusiasm, desire and ability to develop into a Systems Engineer, where tasks will be:         
  • System Requirements analysis         
  • System specification development         
  • RF systems performance analysis         
  • Satellite Terminal system design         
  • RF System test strategy development and Validation, Verification and Test plan documentation 

This role will involve travel to European Airbus D&S sites and international Suppliers/Customers. As such you must be able to travel accordingly.


  • Educated to degree level in Electronics-based Engineering or similar discipline.
  • Analytical skills and logical approach to problem resolution
  • Ability to convert system-level requirements into solutions
  • Ability to understand the interaction between various system elements (software/firmware/hardware) to generate a complete system solution
  • Ability to understand a range of system abstraction levels from a ‘whole-system architecture’ level to ‘bits & bytes’ level
  • Teamwork and leadership attributes with excellent communication skills

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

The successful candidate will be subject to UK National Security Clearance in order to undertake related work in accordance with business needs.

This role will be based in Portsmouth and will receive the full Airbus Defence & Space Graduate programme benefit package including an annual Salary of £27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000.


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc. If you wish to discuss this further please contact via email Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

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