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Engineering MSc Degree Apprenticeship

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Competitive salary
Closing date
1 Feb 2022

Job Details

Here at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we are committed to helping governments, organisations and society navigate digital threats and opportunities. One way we do that is by identifying and developing a set of products aligned with our core customers’ needs, to enable their missions. This often involves solving hard problems, pushing the limits of technology, while maintaining robust reliability, and ensuring the highest security. We are looking to recruit those with the potential to be great engineers, to help us achieve this.

As the cyber and intelligence arm of BAE Systems, we employ over 3,500 people around the world, with the main focus being here in the UK. This presents a prolific set of opportunities for our engineers to develop their skills and progress their careers.

The programme is designed to give you ownership of your career aspirations, supported by training and practical experience to help you succeed. You will be part of our Future Talent Community and be assigned a Career Manager, who will support and guide you throughout your career with us. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.

Role Profile

The Cross-Domain (XD) team deliver high performance appliances for the Defensive Cyber market. We develop from a blank sheet with security as a primary consideration, designing the whole appliance from high performance C++, embedded software, FPGA firmware (VHDL), custom PCBs, power distribution, and thermal management. All of which has to deliver a reliable, supportable, and maintainable capability for our customers.

You will be given engaging technical challenges to solve, a collaborative, trusted work environment and the opportunity to develop a career that can encompass the full range of the company’s activities, form product development, research, technical consultancy, business consultancy, and customer engagement.

As an Engineer within our Future Talent community, you will join an established product team, working alongside skilled and experienced individuals who are motivated to train and coach you on the day-to-day skills required to produce high quality solutions to complex engineering problems.

Our Engineers get involved with the whole development lifecycle from day 1, from design through development, test, release, and where possible customer engagement. You will learn the tools, techniques and approaches used by engineering professionals and apply them in a controlled environment to ensure projects are delivered on time, to quality and to budget.

There are a variety of roles within the Product Engineering field and Cross-Domain Team, so while you will specialise in one, you will be encouraged to develop skills and understanding across the range. These include:

Software Engineer (Application): Commonly in C/C++ or Java on Linux, developing application code for a product’s primary function, management capabilities, and support functions

Software Engineer (Embedded): Commonly in C/C++, developing code that runs in constrained environments and which requires an understanding of the hardware involved

Firmware Engineer (FPGA): Predominately in VHDL, developing designs to perform high performance processing using Intel or Xilinx FPGAs

Hardware Engineer (Electronics/Mechanics): Designing and producing custom hardware (PCBs) to meet specific product and/or customer requirements. Many of our products have specific environmental challenges, whether that is temperature/dust/humidity, limited space, power density, or security. To meet these needs, we develop custom enclosures incorporating power, cooling, and security solutions

Testing Engineer: Our products are relied on by our customers in order to achieve their mission objectives. As such testing forms a core part of our development approach. This ranges from designing test approaches, developing test frameworks (from Python through to custom distributed C++), to producing automated test mechanisms as part of Continuous Integration (CI) pipelines.

Desired Competencies 
We will support you in developing the right skills for both your role and career, but are looking for people who show:

  • An interest and aptitude in solving problems

  • Excellent analytical and numerical skills

  • A desire to learn

  • Clear and effective communication skills

  • Articulate, both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to work as part of a team

Desired Technical Ability
Given the range of roles, we are looking for people from a wide range of backgrounds, however experience in any of the following would be advantageous:

  • C/C++, Java, Javascript

  • Networking protocols

  • Qt, React, Redux, JEE

  • Multithreading

  • Linux, Docker, VMWare

  • Git, BitBucket, Jira, Jama

  • Databases – SQL, ODBC, JDBC

  • VHDL, Modelsim, OrCAD, Solidworks

  • Jenkins, Bamboo

  • AWS, Azure

Entry Requirements

  • You will need to have obtained (in the last 3 years) or be studying towards a 2:2 or above, in a STEM degree

  • Only those with the permanent and unrestricted right to live and work in the UK will be considered for a position within BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. Due to the nature of our work, successful candidates for this role will be required to go through Government Developed Vetting (DV) clearance prior to starting with us.


  • Qualifications

  • Competitive salary

  • 25 days of annual leave, with the option to buy or sell additional days

  • Car lease and share schemes

  • £1000 relocation allowance*

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.

Please be aware that due to the nature of our work, candidates must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. 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.

Life at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence 

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day. By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance wellbeing.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. 

About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

We use our intelligence-led insights to help defend Governments, Nations and Societies from cyber-attacks and financial crime. Our customers depend on our evolving capabilities to help them safely grow their organisations. Our unprecedented access to threat intelligence, world-leading analysts and market-leading technology means we can help them to adapt, evolve and stay ahead of the criminals.

Division overview: Government

At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Government contracts are an area we have many decades of experience in. Our Government business unit houses four of our critical client groups: UK National Security, Global National Security, defence and central government. Government and key infrastructure networks are critical targets to defend as the effects of these networks being breached can be devastating.

As a member of the Government business unit, you will defend the connected world and ensure the protection of nations. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we believe that digital technology is the key to unlocking our customers’ advantage. By advancing digital technologies, we open doors to worlds of opportunities, together. We work across 6 main areas, Cyber, Defence, Delivery & Advisory, FinCrime, Intelligence and Space. Come visit us at the expo, or our website, to learn more about our opportunities.

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