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It’s only impossible – until you do it at Northrop Grumman.

Who we are

Northrop Grumman is a pioneering company. We design, develop, build and support some of the world’s most advanced products, from cutting-edge aircraft and next-generation spacecraft to unrivaled cyber security systems and all-seeing radars.

Whether it’s making a 200 ton airplane invisible, predicting cyber attacks before they happen or solving the mysteries of the universe, wherever the boundaries of possible are being pushed, Northrop Grumman is there.

Starting your career at Northrop Grumman

Our Early Careers pipeline is the lifeblood of our organisation and we are committed to ensuring that your experience here is the best it can be, with exposure to a variety of stimulating work alongside training and development that will help you to shape your career.

Northrop Grumman interns and early career employees get exposure to how some of the top minds from across many different industries turn ideas into outcomes. Our interns work on projects in aerospace, cyber, manufacturing, engineering, information technology, business management, logistics and all functions across the enterprise.

Northrop Grumman in the UK

We work on a range of game-changing defence and security programmes and have an unparalleled reputation as an innovator. Innovation and performance are at the heart of all that we do.

We strive to be a trusted partner and a company marked-out by the way we conduct our business to the highest ethical standards, without comprise and with an unerring focus on seeing things through and supporting customers to solve their most complex problems.

Key Facts

  • Northrop Grumman is among the leading technology driven defence and security suppliers in Europe
  • We have 2500 employees in Europe and support 5000 jobs in the UK
  • We offer the best of our European and American R&D and technology to deliver solutions that help solve our customers’ defence and security challenges
  • We deliver advanced technology, products and services across land, sea, air and space, from advanced electronics and engineering to cyber security, information technology and manufacturing solutions
  • We work on critical programmes that protect the UK, and its allies, around the world
  • The UK is Northrop Grumman’s largest single country market outside of the US
Northrop Grumman graduate
Northrop Grumman graduate
Northrop Grumman graduate


Why join Northrop Grumman UK’s Graduate scheme?

As well as a range of competitive financial and non-financial benefits you would expect from a leading organisation, we also offer:

  • Starting salary of £30K
  • A permanent contract from day one
  • Optional compressed working hours
  • Salary increases every six months (c£2.5K)
  • Exciting customer project work
  • An engineering development programme covering a range of technical disciplines
  • Exposure to a variety of work that will allow you to follow your interests and shape your career

For top performers, there is the potential to progress to senior engineer shortly after completion of the Graduate Programme.

Our Employee Benefits

As an integral part of the team, you’ll receive professional development and a comprehensive benefits package.

  • Satisfying work: We work side-by-side. Scientists next to Technologists. Manufacturers next to Marketers. Leaders next to Interns. It’s that constant collaboration that allows us to continue to tackle some of the biggest challenges in space, defence, critical security missions, and aeronautics.
  • Option for flexible work hours : At Northrop Grumman in the UK (NGUKL) we have flexible and hybrid working arrangements. Talk to us at the application stage about what may be possible.
  • Competitive salary: The work we do is important. We value how our people help us to define possible every day by paying a competitive salary.
  • Flexible benefits package: Choose which NGUKL benefits you want to satisfy your personal needs. Core Benefits provided for you are Healthcare, Dental, Life Assurance and Pension. Benefits you can flex include Critical Illness Cover, Health Cash Plan, Health Assessments.
  • Travel benefits: Cycle to Work or Public Transport? Join the “Cycle to Work” scheme for that new bike, or the interest free Season ticket loan to help with the cost of public transport travel tickets for your commute.
  • Pension scheme: We offer a contributory, salary sacrifice scheme, where your contribution can start from 4%, with NGUKL contribution starting at 6% and you have the option to increase your contribution level.
  • Paid leave: The annual holiday allowance is 25 days, plus bank holidays (prorated for part time workers) and additional paid leave is available for Reservists.
  • Family friendly policies: We recognise the importance of work/life balance. At NGUKL we have generous paid Family Leave provisions (including enhanced Maternity pay, Paternity pay, Adoption leave and pay, Surrogacy leave and pay, Carer Leave, Foster Care Leave and paid time off for Fertility Treatment) for parent/s, primary carers and supporting partners.
  • Holiday buy and sell: Extend that vacation. Purchase additional annual leave per annum or sell if you would prefer the £s.
  • Employee performance recognition programme : Give thanks where it’s due through our internal social media platform and receive recognition for your contribution. Recognition may include a financial reward too.
  • Employee incentive programme : We value exceptional performance. This annual incentive is awarded to top performers who excel.
  • Employee referral award programme: Know someone who would make a great addition to the team? Make a referral and receive a bonus if they are successful.
  • Professional development: We are committed to helping our people be the best they can be. Support is available for professional industry memberships and more.
  • Unlimited access to online learning: Develop or improve skills with unlimited access to a range of online training including our own global learning platform and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Wellbeing programme: Initiatives to promote health and social wellbeing including: Health First Aiders and online resources.
  • Employee assistance programme: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as online resources to support.
  • Discount programme: Access a range of savings on travel, retail products, entertainment, groceries and more!

Your Development

We don’t believe in impossible.

Shape your career journey with diverse roles, mentorship, and development opportunities that fuel your curiosity, channel your expertise and nurture your passion.

When you join Northrop Grumman UK, you will have a strong support network with a mentor, buddy, project lead, line manager and the early careers development manager.

At the start of your Graduate or Internship programme, you will have a one-week induction followed by structured training which will fully prepare you for customer projects.

You will have allocated time to develop your technical skills, building your leadership capability and to innovate.

To provide greater learning and development, there will be the opportunity for a rotation across site, department and/or project, which could see you placed in a different Northrop Grumman UK location.

Your development plan, which will be specific to you and agreed with your line manager, will include opportunities for you to gain experience in the various disciplines relevant to your role.

A career at Northrop Grumman UK is a career that adapts to you with a wide range of flexible benefits and work arrangements. This includes optional compressed hours with a nine day working fortnight and hybrid working. We empower you to find the balance that works for you.

As we grow, our people grow with us. Let's uncover your possibilities together.

Our values

Northrop Grumman is committed to Values based ethics and promotes an open and honest culture.

  • We do the right thing – We earn trust, act with ethics, integrity and transparency, treat everyone with respect, value diversity and foster safe and inclusive environments.
  • We do what we promise – We own the delivery of results, focused on quality outcomes.
  • We commit to shared success – We work together to focus on the mission and take accountability for the sustainable success of our people, customers, shareholders, suppliers and communities.
  • We pioneer – With fierce curiosity, dedication, and innovation, we seek to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Ethics is at the heart of everything we do. This is upheld by our performance management process which assesses all our employees on what they achieve but also, importantly, how it is achieved.

We expect all employees to act with absolute integrity. Regular essential training is provided and you will find support in a range of ways – from colleagues who are Business Conduct Advisors at each location to advice services and safe routes to seek guidance, ask questions or raise concerns.

Performance Management at Northrop Grumman is…

  • accountability for both achieving Performance Goals “ the WHAT ” - and behaving in alignment with the Northrop Grumman Leadership Characteristics “ the HOW ” whilst aligning our individual goals with business priorities
  • a management style that is open and honest, encouraging conversations between managers and employees
  • delivering on-going, candid, feedback on both performance and behaviours.
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Northrop Grumman graduate
Northrop Grumman graduate

Equity, diversity & inclusion

At Northrop Grumman, innovation means collaboration. Our unique capabilities stem from our unique people, and our success thrives on diverse experiences and perspectives.

We believe that creating a team and a workplace that values diversity and fosters inclusion is pivotal to promoting innovation. Our goal is to continually support and nurture the large number of Northrop Grumman employees whose backgrounds, characteristics and perspectives are as diverse at the global communities in which we reside.

Employee Resource Groups at Northrop Grumman

Globally, thousands of enthusiastic Northrop Grumman employees are engaged in our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Across more than 260 chapters, these groups include those supporting African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Native Americans, women, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ employees, young professionals, parents, multiple generations, remote employees and environmentalists. Every ERG is inclusive of all employees. Read more about our UK ERGs below:


REACH helps cement Northrop Grumman’s reputation as truly diverse, fostering and supporting an inclusive environment that recognises and progresses talent.


NGND provides knowledge and understanding of Neurodiversity, supporting colleagues, and their families, to achieve their potential.


greeNG ERG is a volunteer employee community designed to create an atmosphere where employees can gain and share knowledge, solve problems, build relationships and enhance personal development and growth related to environmental interests. We encourage the employee population to reinforce the company's commitment to the environment by volunteering to support the company’s Environmental Sustainability priorities, improve local area communities and accelerate initiatives that matter to the employee population.


NGWIN, Northrop Grumman Women's International Network, seeks to inspire women to lead succeed and excel both personally and professionally. Our mission is to energize women by providing a forum for networking, development, knowledge sharing, community outreach and recruitment, while collaborating to produce opportunities for advancement, leadership and mentoring.


Pride in Diversity Alliance focuses on fostering an inclusive environment for all employees to strive and fulfill the highest level professional growth in Northrop Grumman. We strive to make a difference in the quality of life at work for LGBTQ+ workers and allies by engaging in community support and fostering Diversity & Inclusion Awareness.

Environmental Sustainability

Northrop Grumman recognises that environmental sustainability is a matter of national security. Climate change is influencing natural disasters, population displacements, and conflicts over essential resources like food and water, which all contribute to destabilisation. That’s why we’re dedicated to meeting the environmental challenges facing our world with solutions and technology that expand the boundaries of what it means to define possible as a global steward.

Advanced Technologies and Climate

Northrop Grumman technology has always been at the forefront of tackling the toughest challenges facing our planet, including climate change. From satellites that collect data to track changes on the Earth’s surface to unmanned aircraft that produce fewer emissions than traditional manned options, we’re redefining how technology can advance global stewardship.

Technology for Conservation

Northrop Grumman’s Technology for Conservation (T4C) innovation projects are a unique way to build on the company’s emphasis of environmental sustainability, evolve our partnerships with conservation organisations and provide new opportunities for employees. By combining the expertise of Northrop Grumman engineers with the conservation organisations’ knowledge of Earth’s ecosystems, these projects are able to leverage the best of today’s technologies to enhance and scale conservation programmes.

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