Graduate scheme

North West

The principal purpose of the Commercial function is to manage and develop constructive, long-lasting relationships with Customers, suppliers and partners based on trust and proven operational excellence.

To develop, negotiate and agree innovative business solutions that exceed BAE Systems’ Customers expectations whilst delivering shareholder value and achieving profits for the company.

To negotiate, agree and support innovative contracts that provide a Commercial framework within which BAE Systems an deliver world class capabilities to Customers while minimising risk and maximising shareholder value.

To achieve these objectives the Commercial function promulgates Commercial policies and process, delivers the effective management of contracts and carries out appropriate training to ensure that the function’s personnel have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their role effectively.

Working in the Contracts discipline of the Commercial function provides the opportunity to support the generation of bids and proposals to Customers that are priced, developed and approved within the Business.

Follow your passion with the following responsibilities for a contracts role:

  • Understanding and influencing Customer requirements.
  • Collaboration with Procurement in establishing the basis of subcontract cost and terms.
  • The negotiation of innovative, appropriate and acceptable business agreements and contracts including the associated amendments for the sale of BAE Systems goods and services.
  • The negotiation of payment profiles and associated terms to meet the cash flow requirements of the business.
  • Active participation in contract launch activities to ensure all parts of the organisation understand obligations and commitments..
  • The closure of completed contracts including, where appropriate, the negotiation of the final price, working closely with Finance and Project

It takes a unique set of skills to be part of the Commercial function:

  • Analytical and curious
  • Problem solving and innovation
  • Communicative and authoritative
  • Able to draw on business-wide expertise and join the dots
  • Wise enough to lead and strong enough to support

The Commercial role is one of the few within BAE Systems to interact with all other functions. It is a role which exists throughout the project lifecycle and has end to end exposure and experience. It requires a breadth of vision to understand the bigger picture, and a laser focus that spots issues and identifies solutions.

Demonstrating consistently high levels of business acumen is central to the Commercial team’s value add.

As a minimum requirement you’ll need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, a 2.2 in your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

What we have on offer for you!

Take your first steps in a career that motivates, rewards and evolves. At BAE Systems you’ll be working on exciting, world-leading engineering and business projects from day one. Our graduate scheme will prepare you with the skills you need to navigate situations that bring others to a standstill. We will help you make the very most of your talents. We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. We are passionate, collaborative, and take pride in work that helps our customers and communities. Working for BAE Systems, you’ll go home at the end of each day knowing what you do really makes a difference.

Security/ Export Control

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions.
These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Working with us

At BAE we want to be the number one employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.
We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.

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