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Software Engineering Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

Raytheon UK
United Kingdom
£29,500 + £3,000 joining bonus
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1 Jan 2023

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Engineering & Aerospace
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Job Title Software Engineering Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

Role Type: Permanent

Start Date: August/September 2023 (there may be an opportunity to start earlier depending on role requirements)


Salary: £29,500 + £3,000 joining bonus + twice yearly pay reviews in 1st 2 years while completing the Graduate Development Programme.


Location(s): Harlow, Essex (on-site work required)


Travel: Graduates will be invited to UK events for GDP and there may be travel (UK and abroad) for the role as required by the business


Security Clearance Required: Clearance Requirements: Successful candidates will be required to complete an SC clearance application


Summary of Role:


This role offers the candidate the opportunity to join the Air Traffic Management Systems team as a Graduate Software Engineer, working across a range of programmes and R&D studies, developing additional capacity within the Engineering team to further the strategic growth of the business


The Graduate Software Engineer will support activities in relation to the full software lifecycle of the products for UK & Export Customers. This could involve supporting design, test and integration activities that might require travelling in the UK and abroad.


The role will be based at Raytheon’s Harlow facility and the successful candidate will have access to professional development opportunities and be part of the growing Raytheon Technologies team, where the candidate will be required to undertake development studies and investigation activities involving product capability, performance and interfacing.


The role will involve working in a highly technical environment, supporting the team as well as the autonomy to work alone, carrying out hands-on embedded software development. Taking on complex challenges and producing a solution that follows company process in a timely manner is an essential part of the role. A successful candidate will be comfortable integrating into a large team to accomplish their goals.


The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to further progress their career through a mixture of training and experience to develop the correct tools and skillsets required to achieve a successful career within the business.


Main Duties:


The Graduate Software Engineer will support the Design Authorities and Engineering teams in a variety of software development activities across the ATMS business area.


This may be in support of development (where improvements to new and existing systems are identified and assessed) and integration (where you could be asked to provide engineering effort to deliver the integration of products onto candidate platforms).


In the role of a Software Engineer, you will work throughout the product life cycle. This will include capturing, developing, designing, verifying and validating system requirements within an Agile eco-system and providing a certified software design ready for production. You will work with other SME’s (subject matter experts) such as system engineers to define and develop the system and its interfaces. It is essential to have excellent communication skills. Further development of these experiences and skills will be one of the main focuses of training programmes and on the job training you will receive.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Assist in the design and develop product functionality, user interfaces and performance improvements.
  • Document designs and advise on product support material.
  • Investigate product issues and develop solutions to customer issues.
  • Contribute to the innovation of new products and services for our customer base.
  • Develop test plans and methodologies to ensure developed products meet Raytheon quality standards.
  • Be involved in, committed to and part of the continuous improvement of software applications and systems


Further key activities include support of the strategic drive of the business and the development and execution of engineering initiatives.  We would be looking for you to bring your skills to supplement existing capabilities to meet these objectives.


In addition to support to existing teams, the Graduate Software Engineer will be expected to grow their experience within the team and progress to leading their own activities and initiatives.


What is the Graduate Development Programme (GDP)?


The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) is a structured training programme our class of graduates on the GDP complete over the course of 2 years in addition to their main role. We work in collaboration with an external supplier, HR and functional experts to deliver a range of training from improving business skills e.g. managing projects, business strategy, company presentation skills etc to team building activities, attending events and developing professional networking skills.



What our graduates say:


Being on the GLDP was a fantastic opportunity to learn about your own style and personality traits and how you can better adapt your approach to situations and people in the work place. It also provided a great network across the functions and the sites that I have been able to reach out to for support during my time at Raytheon. 


My job role has predominantly been in platform integration for Paveway IV, and during my time I have worked on the Tornado, Typhoon and more recently Protector Aircraft. I have also had many opportunities to work in our R&D projects and have helped qualify the Tactical Penetrator warhead, Anti-jam Module and Modular harness. My job has led me all over the world to support trials including Italy and over 8 states in the US. I love the variety my job offers the engineering work we do varies all the way through the system life cycle. In more recent years I have become the lead engineer for the Protector programme and have been able to develop my knowledge in the more programmatic areas of work. The most recent opportunity I have taken is to lead the engineering team in our high energy laser programme as we develop a novel technology for user experimentation in the UK.


Candidate Requirements:



  • 2:2 or above Software Engineering or relevant undergraduate degree
  • 120 UCAS points or equivalent (pre university qualifications)
  • Be a logical thinker with excellent problem solving ability
  • Be able to work as part of a team and also lead own initiatives
  • Have excellent communication skills; written and verbal
  • Be methodical, hardworking, and enthusiastic
  • Be able to work offsite from time-to-time both within the UK and abroad
  • A full CV submitted on-line on our careers website with degree grade predicted or achieved listed.  Include degree studied, modules studied, work placements and work experience on the CV including dates and locations.  Please ensure your application includes full name, address, email address and telephone number as successful candidates will be contacted to discuss their application and next steps.  Candidates will also receive updates on their application by email.
  • A cover letter which explains why you have applied specifically for this role and why you would like to join our Graduate Development Programme.  Please highlight any relevant skills, experience, work experience, work placements and extra-curricular activities that are relevant to your application.
  • Attach a scanned copy of most recent university transcript or degree certificate as applicable under “Attachments” on your on-line application.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete UK SC security clearance


About Raytheon UK

With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester, Manchester and a presence across customer sites together with remote working practices. Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country Raytheon UK employs over 2,000 people and supports 8,000 jobs. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence, Raytheon continues to invest in research and development, supporting innovation and technological advances across its core mission areas Weapons & Sensors, and Cyber, Space & Training.


Raytheon UK is a landed company, part of the Raytheon Technologies organisation and sits within the Raytheon Intelligence & Space business.


About Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defence company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. It comprises four industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defence. It’s 195,000 employees enable the company to operate at the edge of known science as they imagine and deliver solutions that push the boundaries in quantum physics, electric propulsion, directed energy, hypersonics, avionics and cyber security. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Raytheon Career Development:


Raytheon has a wealth of resources available to help you develop your career from the moment you join.  Activities range from on-line learning modules to external training and support for taking professional qualifications relevant to your role.


Standard Benefits:


  • 25 days holiday (increasing to 27 days) + statutory public holidays.
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (up to 10.5% company contribution).
  • 6 times salary ‘Life Assurance’.
  • Flexible Benefits scheme.
  • Discretionary Bonus scheme.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies.
  • 37hr standard working week, with an early finish on Fridays whilst operating a ‘Hybrid Working Model’*
  • Canteen facilities are available at Harlow & Glenrothes sites. Manchester & Gloucester offer free snacks & drinks (hot & cold).


* Our Hybrid Working Model supports flexible working arrangements on a formal or informal arrangement, considering both location and/or working hours, subject to business and customer needs.  Please highlight any flexible requirements to our Recruitment team to explore the opportunities.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:


At Raytheon UK, we’re committed to be building a workforce that represents the true diversity of Britain where all of our colleagues feel enabled to deliver the best work of their lives. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer who selects the very best candidates for the job. We truly value the diversity of our workforce work hard to create an inclusive environment where our colleagues can bring the unique skills, experiences and ideas to the table to help us grow our business, create innovative solutions and develop our people.


Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) act as the eyes and ears into the community they represent and support us in building a truly inclusive business. Our ERGs are open to all colleagues, regardless of background, and include: Raytheon Women’s Network, RayPride, Young Employees Success Network, Raytheon Veterans Network, Raytheon Alliance for Diverse Abilities and RayBAME.


We’re also delighted to have been recognised as a Gold Award Employer as part of the HM’s Armed Forces Covenant and the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index as a ‘best place to work for LGBTQ Equality’.


All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other characteristic.


If you need us to make any adjustments to support you during our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to help.


About Raytheon UK

With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester and Manchester, Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country the company employs 1,700 people and supports 8,000 jobs. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Raytheon continues to invest in research and development, supporting innovation and technological advances across the country.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specialising in defence, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

Raytheon Career Development

Raytheon has a wealth of resources available to help you develop your career from the moment you join.  Activities range from on-line learning modules, to external training and support for taking professional qualifications relevant to your role.

Standard Benefits

  • 25 days holiday + statutory public holidays
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (up to 10.5% company contribution)
  • 6 times salary ‘Life Assurance’
  • Flexible Benefits scheme with extensive salary sacrifice scheme’s.
  • Enhanced sick pay scheme
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Policies, including enhanced Maternity & Shared Parental leave.
  • 37hr working week, with an early finish Friday (hours may vary depending on role, job requirement or site specifics arrangements). Flexible working arrangements can be considered depending on the role and subject to line manager approval.
  • Canteen facilities available at Harlow and Glenrothes sites. Manchester and Gloucester offer free snacks & drinks.



Diversity is a core business imperative at Raytheon. We are an equal opportunity employer that promotes inclusiveness and always employs the best professionals for the job. Having a diverse workforce allows Raytheon to draw upon a range of different ideas and experiences which supports growing our business and creates an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity for success. Raytheon UK pro-actively encourages diversity of ideas, thoughts, and networking opportunities and has created Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) including Raytheon Women's Network, YesNet (Young Employees Success Network), Raytheon Reservist Network (RaRe), Raytheon Alliance for Diverse Abilities (RADA) and all work together with our Diversity & Inclusion counsel, and all Raytheon employees are welcome to participate regardless of their background.

As a proud contributor to the HM Armed Forces, Raytheon UK signed the HM Armed Forces covenant in 2014. Due to the varied activities and support to our Armed Forces & Reservists,

Raytheon UK has since been awarded the prestigious Covenant ‘Gold Award’ Employee Recognition.

Raytheon UK recognise that our people are the critical factor in our success, and we strive to provide a challenging and rewarding careers.

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