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Operational Cyber Future Practitioner

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Manchester, Gloucester, London
Closing date
2 Feb 2022
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Our Cyber Accelerator aims to take great software engineers and security researchers and give them the training and experience needed to deliver cutting-edge systems and research in an industry where success really matters.

If you have some experience developing software, are driven by learning new things, love playing around with technology and are excited by finding out how things work, then our National Security Cyber Accelerator could be just the challenge for you!

You’ll start with a 6 month programme of hands-on learning, covering a range of languages, platforms, and technologies that will prepare you to both make things and take things apart. Training will be delivered out of a specialised BAE Systems facility in Gloucestershire, right on the doorstep of the thriving Cyber innovation and tech sector hubs of Bristol and Cheltenham. Learning will take place alongside other colleagues joining our Gloucester and London teams, with the company providing extra support to help accommodate you in Gloucestershire during this time.

Whilst you progress through the NS Cyber Accelerator we will support you through the UK Security clearance process up to DV level which will allow you to work on our more sensitive (and most interesting!) projects which support the UK Government.

On completion of the Accelerator you will move into a permanent role in our new Manchester based cyber team. This is a new location for us, so you will coming in at the ground level to help shape our team here, whilst forming and establishing relationships with new customers. We can’t offer you more specifics now on exactly how this team will run, but we can give you the chance to help define it! And, we can say with confidence, that the work you will do will contribute to solving these customer’s hardest problems.

Key programme features

  • An integrated programme delivering learning that supports a strong sense of progression, continuity and collaboration.
  • Work in small teams using Agile methodologies to deliver projects across platforms including Android, Windows and Linux.
  • World class technical training in Software Development – Python, C++, and C#.
  • Expert trainers imparting experience and knowledge to ensure you have the skills to succeed.
  • Practical experience of hands-on learning to solve real life challenges.

Who we are looking for

We're looking for people with the right attitude and aptitude, not specific languages, tools or qualifications.

We want people who love to code and have some experience across a few different platforms/languages. We don’t mind which, it’s the versatility that we’re after.  You might be self-taught or have learned in an existing job (you don’t need to have a degree or any formal qualification), but you will need to know how to code in at least one language confidently to get the most out of your start with us.

To be successful on this programme, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Some coding experience
  • Versatility
  • A love of technology and the desire to keep learning
  • Some experience which demonstrates a familiarity with working with computer technologies such as:
    • Technical apprenticeship
    • Previous work experience in the tech sector
    • Contributions to open source development projects
    • Personal technical projects undertaken in your free time

The team

You’ll be joining a team of Cyber experts in a fast-paced field. These are our values:

  • Our mission, experience and approach make us unique.
  • We have a supportive, inclusive and friendly environment for everyone to work, learn and succeed.
  • We are easy to work with.
  • We are customer focused.
  • We aim to be the best we can be.

Our Cyber teams deliver the most interesting work you’ve never heard of! We’re the best in our industry and investing heavily in order to grow our team.

Assessment Process

  • Recruiter & Hiring Manager CV sift
  • Telephone conversation with recruiter
  • Online Assessment
  • Face to face interview (subject to change if Government guidelines changed) 

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

Applicants will be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve DV security clearance.

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.

Launched in 2022, Digital Intelligence is part of BAE Systems, and has a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses around the world from advanced threats.

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