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About BAE Systems

At BAE Systems we serve, supply and protect those who serve and protect us. Ours is 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.

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With a workforce of 90,000 people in more than 40 countries, we’re committed to nurturing talent and developing highly skilled colleagues - empowering our people to drive innovation, make the right decisions and solve complex challenges.

With a long history of innovation and excellence behind us, and ambitious plans for the future, BAE Systems is a place where you can start, and grow, your career with confidence. Wherever your career interests lie – from engineering, finance or project management, to manufacturing, consulting, technology, or wider business disciplines – at BAE Systems, you’ll have the chance to make a real impact, where it counts, whichever team you join.

If you’re in your first or penultimate year, and want to gain insight and build skills, we offer three-month summer internships and twelve-month industrial placements across our business. You’ll receive on-the-job training within a structured framework, where you’ll develop technical expertise and professional skills such as commercial awareness and problem solving. You can choose between a range of engineering disciplines as well as business roles including project management, finance and consulting. And best of all, if successful on your internship, you could end up fast-tracked onto a Graduate programme the following year.

With graduate opportunities nationwide, joining a BAE Systems programme means you’ll learning through valuable hands-on experience and formal training – developing a career, from day one. Upon completing your graduate programme, and if you demonstrate the passion and potential to lead, you could even find yourself on BAE Systems’ Future Talent Programme, helping us to meet our most significant business challenges.

At BAE Systems, we’re not just proud of what we do, we’re proud of how we do it. So when you join us, you’ll be part of an inclusive culture that’s committed to working to the highest ethical and environmental standards, making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we operate.

Join us, this is a place where you can make a real difference – apply now.

Equality and diversity

Our ambition is to be recognised as the leading employer in the defence and security sectors for valuing diversity and inclusion. 

  • Ensuring that women make up at least 50% of our Executive Committee by 2030.
  • In the UK and by 2030 at the latest, our ambition is that more than 30% of our workforce will be women. This includes more women in senior grades and in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths roles.
  • Increasing representation of race, ethnicity and gender in our workforce and across all our localities.

Our Company Behaviours, launched in 2019, build on our organisational strengths and focus us, individually and collectively, on the characteristics that will underpin our success into the future. They define the way we want to work – with each other and with our partners and customers – and are key to creating an inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive.

Increasing the diversity of our workforce and building diversity and inclusion into our processes, practices, policies, systems and training remains an area of strategic focus for the organisation. We have clear, common objectives focused on attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects market availability at all levels of the organisation, and advancing an inclusive workplace where employees feel that their differences are valued.

Coronavirus update - early careers recruitment

In line with the UK Government’s developing guidance for the Covid-19 pandemic and in support of social distancing, we have been reviewing the management of our recruitment activity. We will continue to keep this under constant review.

In order to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone, we will now be conducting interviews remotely. Candidates will be contacted by their recruitment advisor to make these arrangements.  If you subsequently require any adjustments to the interview process described to you please raise this with your recruitment advisor.

Start dates and on-boarding arrangements may also change and your recruitment advisor will inform you of any relevant changes.

We thank you in advance for your understanding as we adjust to this unprecedented situation.

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