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Graduate Research Engineering - January 2023

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Gloucester, Guildford, Great Baddow
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22 Jul 2022
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BAE Systems Digital Intelligence 
Research Engineering Graduate Programme

Start date: January 2023
Base location: Gloucester, Guildford, Great Baddow

Here at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we exist to protect and enhance the connected world. We are committed to helping governments, organisations and society navigate digital threats and opportunities.

To support our customers in achieving their missions we undertake a range of research activities, both on their behalf and in support of our own product and capability development.
The word “impossible” is very easy to use, but unless it involves breaking the laws of physics, our research engineers have redefined what is possible when the best minds are brought together in an environment that supports diversity and imagination.

We are looking to recruit those with the potential to be open thinkers, and great engineers.

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 graduate 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
As a Graduate Engineer, you will join an established research 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 graduates get involved with the whole research journey from day 1, from scoping, preliminary assessment, prototyping, trials, demonstration, reporting, and where possible customer engagement. You will learn the tools, techniques and approaches used by our research engineering professionals and apply them in a controlled environment to ensure research outcomes are achieved. 

There are a variety of disciplines within Research Engineering, and while you will specialise in one, you will be encouraged to develop skills and understanding across the range. It is the breadth of skills within our engineering teams that enables us to refine what’s possible. These include:

  • Signal Processing Engineer: Utilising a range of tools (Matlab in particular) to analyse signals and prototype algorithms, before transforming into viable realtime implementations in software (C++) and/or FPGA firmware (VHDL)
  • RF Engineer: Undertaking R&D across the EW spectrum, near/far field, MHz to THz. Covering antennas (including Low observable), microwave devices, system performance, EMC/EMH, and radar cross sections.   
  • Data Analyst/Engineer: Extracting value from data continues to be a core aspect of our work, requiring us to develop new techniques to process, analyse, and visualise data. This also includes considerations around human factors, and the interpretation of data.
  • Hardware Engineer (Electronics/Mechanics): This has 2 main aspects, evaluation and development. In evaluation our engineers seek to find the limits of what a piece of hardware (electronics, mechanical, material) can achieve.
  • In development we look to build prototypes to explore further what can be achieved. This can involve designing and producing custom hardware (PCBs/assemblies), or integrating components together to push their limits.
  • Trials: To demonstrate, evaluate, and prove our research activities, we often have to design, prepare, and execute trials programmes. Some of these are lab based, but can also be field based and incorporate active customer involvement.

Desired Competencies 
As part of our graduate programme, 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:

  • Operating systems
  • C/C++, Java, Javascript, Python
  • Networking protocols
  • Data analysis
  • HDFS, Spark, Jupyter 
  • Signal Processing, Matlab
  • RF propagation, modulation schemes
  • Electronics, semi-conductors
  • Materials science

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 Digital 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.

We expect great things of our graduates. In return, you can expect a £30,000 starting salary with regular, performance based uplifts and a comprehensive benefits and pension package, including 25 days’ annual holiday with flexible leave arrangements and product and service discounts.

What’s next?
In the fields to follow, please highlight which of the described professions are best aligned to your current skillset and aspirations. If eligible, you will then be invited to complete a digital assessment for the relevant role. 
The final stage of the process will then be an interview with one of our Engineers. 
Should you wish to discuss the process or any accommodations, please contact your recruitment contact. 

Life at BAE Systems Digital 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 Digital 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 Digital 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 Digital 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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