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targetjobs Awards: shortlisted
targetjobs Awards: shortlisted
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#5 UK 300 student rated sector ranking
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#30 UK 300 student rated overall ranking
Employees: 10000+

BAE Systems helps to protect people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. It’s a culture that values diversity, rewards integrity and merit, and is a place where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter what their background.

Who we are

With a skilled workforce of more than 93,000 people in around 40 countries, at BAE systems we’re committed to nurturing talent and striving for excellence; empowering our people to drive innovation, make the right decisions and solve complex challenges.

Sound like the place to launch your career? Join us now, and play your part in the next phase of our story.

BAE Systems is a place you can secure and build a career that’s truly yours with the training, coaching and boundless opportunities to achieve your ambitions. With a huge range of opportunities; from engineering and technology, to project management, manufacturing, consultancy, and finance - or wider business disciplines - you’ll be given the responsibility to make a real impact, from day one. It’s a career you can be proud of, in a team that’s shaping a safer tomorrow.

With a starting salary of £34,000, welcome bonus and opportunities nationwide; as a BAE Systems graduate or undergraduate, you’ll grow your network and learn alongside some of the brightest minds.

When you join us, you’ll be choosing a future enhanced by flexibility, innovation and inclusivity – somewhere your work matters. It’s a supportive, collaborative culture where you’ll be given every opportunity to build a varied career, and be empowered to achieve your potential.

Have you ever considered relocating for a graduate position?

Hear from Ellen, a Graduate Project Manager at BAE Systems, as she shares her story about moving to Barrow-in-Furness for her dream role working on submarines – something she never thought she’d get to see every day! With over 50 sites across the UK and a large graduate community, there is a world of opportunity. Join BAE Systems and start your next adventure…


Why BAE Systems?

  • #1 Most Attractive Employer with Engineering Professionals in the UK, Universum
  • Rate My Placement, rated in The Best 100 Student Employer 2022-23
  • 25th in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers
  • #2 Engineering Employer of Choice as voted for by female engineering students
  • 8th Best Student Employer, IT & Telecommunications, RateMyPlacement

Application process

Accelerate your career with the BAE Systems graduate programme, where you’ll be supported and empowered to achieve your potential.

Developing your expertise in engineering, technology or business, our non-rotational graduate programme varies in duration and structure, but will give you exposure to live projects and real responsibility from day one. You’ll build on your existing talents and have all the tools, projects and platforms to develop both your personal and technical skills for the future.

For undergraduates we have a range of experiences available to help build your skills and develop your career – all before you graduate. Take a look at our 12 month industrial placements , 12 week summer internships or insight experiences.

Culture & values

Building a better tomorrow

We want to help change the world we live in for the better – and that starts with our workplace. We're committed to building a truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable place to work. We actively promote a culture of respect so everyone can be free to be themselves. It empowers us to do our best work, it enables us to grow, and brings us together to find new and better ways to protect what really matters.

Our ambitions

We want to lead the way in our sector and beyond. By 2030 we have set our ambition for women to make up at least 50% of our Executive Committee and 30% of our workforce. We’re determined to be more diverse at all levels of the organisation and to be truly representative of the communities in which we operate. There’s work to do, but we’re focused on attracting the best people to work here – regardless of gender, age, ethnic or religious background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic. To secure our ambitious future, we are committed to investing in our people. Without them, there is no us. Working here, whatever your role, you will find the tools, support, and inclusive environment to fulfil your ambitions and make an impact now and in the future.

Our commitment

Our graduates will be part of a culture that’s committed to working to the highest ethical and environmental standards, in an inclusive work environment. Making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we operate.

Join us – and embrace the opportunity for a brighter, better and more secure tomorrow.


What are the benefits of our graduate programmes?

  • Experience and qualifications: get hands-on experiences working on real-life projects, with real responsibilities, as well as getting funded to receive professional qualifications.
  • Training and mentoring: after an immersive induction, you’ll join dedicated buddy schemes, mentoring, one-to-one coaching for both skills training and personal development.
  • Social and networking: connect with other graduates and employees in different locations and programmes through community initiatives, stretch assignments and social events.
  • Market-leading benefits: Starting salaries for our graduate programmes are £34,000, as well as a £2,000 welcome payment and from £22,000 for our undergraduates. You'll also get lots of other benefits like generous time off.


The UK 300 2021/22

The UK 300 2021/22

The 300 most popular graduate employers in the UK, as voted by students

Shortlised - The most popular graduate recruiter in engineering, design and manufacture award

Shortlised - The most popular graduate recruiter in engineering, design and manufacture award

As voted for by students. Announced at the targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2022

The sustainability recruitment alliance

The sustainability recruitment alliance

Committed to sustainability practices in recruitment

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in engineering, design and manufacture award 2023

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in engineering, design and manufacture award 2023

As voted for by students. Announced at the targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2023.

Latest opportunities

Latest opportunities

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