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Graduate Software Systems Engineer

Salary notes: 
£27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000
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Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
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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 programmes conclusion.

In this role, you will be working in a team within the highly successful Network Management Systems (NMS) Centre of Excellence. This group develops software products for use in secure satellite communication networks worldwide. The department is currently working with the following areas of technology:

  • Micro-Service Software Architecture
  • Containerisation and Virtualisation.
  • Software Defined Networks
  • User Experience Design
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Distributed Systems


The successful applicant will join one of our development teams to build on their existing skills and contribute to software systems being developed for one of our worldwide clients. They will evaluate suitable software solutions and, from system requirements, propose high level software architectural solutions. They will follow the full software project/product life-cycle (specification, design, implementation, test and installation), and have opportunities to present and demonstrate their work to stakeholders.


  • Achieved a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in a Software Engineering or Software Systems subject.
  • Strong UML/SysML modelling skills.
  • Knowledge of software interface protocols.
  • Knowledge of the full software system development lifecycle.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of object orientated programming especially using Java EE.
  • An interest in working with satellite communication networks.
  • The ability to work within a team environment, sharing ideas and your work, and working collaboratively to achieve deliveries.

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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