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Supply Chain Management Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

Raytheon UK
Harlow, Essex
£29,500 + £3,000 joining bonus
Closing date
1 Jan 2023

Job Details

Job Title: Supply Chain Management 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 or Glenrothes or Livingston. Hybrid working including days at site as per business requirements & business travel as requested.


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


Security Clearance Required: Candidates will need to complete an SC security clearance application


Summary of Role:

Within the Weapons and Sensors Business Area, one of the largest operating areas within the Raytheon UK business, the dynamic Supply Chain team are integral to the business. The Team are involved in several exciting and high-profile programmes and accountable for partnering and promoting relationship management strategies, resolving risk and challenges within the supply chain and bring material & services into Raytheon safeguarding continuity of supply, to the highest quality and deliver on time.


Reporting to one of the SCM Senior Managers within Weapons and Sensors Business Area, the Supply Chain Management Graduate will support Make v Buy exercises, contributes to sourcing strategies and Business Cases, selects sources, negotiates, support supplier agreements of various types (Commodity/Service/ Consultant/ International). Liaises with suppliers at various management levels to drive improvement. Contributes to Business Area and Stakeholder Functional strategies via specific commodity strategies. Manages and monitors supply chain and supports the drive for business growth, efficiency, profitability and inter-company relationships.


At Raytheon UK (RSL), we are driven by innovation and integrity. We believe that by applying the highest standards of business ethics and visionary thinking, everything is within our reach and yours as a RSL employee. 


If you think you have what it takes and want to join a dynamic organisation, then read on!


Main Duties:

Operating in an integrated fast paced team, the Supply Chain functions play a leading role in respect of establishing and maintaining routine and bespoke contracts of high value and complexity. The Supply Chain Graduate will identify and manage risk, interfaces internally and externally across key functions and contributes to business area strategies. On a day-to-day basis a Supply Chain Graduate may be expected to:

  • Contribute to supply chain strategies and relationship management at business area and programme level
  • Help develop innovative Procurement solutions in support of proposals
  • Negotiate and manage purchase orders
  • Identify and manage risk and opportunity
  • Coordinate programme requirements and develop bill of materials
  • Administer due diligence and supplier performance
  • Support the financial performance and compliance of contracts
  • Facilitate the delivery of invoicing for goods and services
  • Influence supplier meetings and internal management reviews
  • Develop briefing materials for senior management reviews
  • Participate in business optimisation with cross-functional improvement activities
  • Draft and review Agreements (Non-Disclosure/Teaming/Licensing)


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 two (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:

Each day as a Supply Chain Management Graduate offers variety, from the very first day you are given real responsibility to add value to the business, contributing as part of a diversely skilled team to a range of exciting innovation led projects.
Most mornings begin catching up with colleagues and responding to emails before the day begins. From managing the customer interface, analysing complex contractual terms, advising internal stakeholders on commercial matters to negotiating business positions with strategic partners and interpreting customer requirements with our engineers; each day offers a different challenge, with each opportunity driving my development.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to work in a company at the peak of innovation within the industry. Graduates are given a real opportunity to initiate ideas, drive change and make a difference. During my first 12 months, I had the opportunity to initiate my own process improvement project which has left a lasting impression on the business. This would not have been possible without the support and mentoring of highly experienced and knowledgeable colleagues who helped make my transition from University into the workplace seamless and inspire me for my future career.


Candidate Requirements:



  • 2:2 undergraduate degree (MCIPS / BA / MBA / B.Eng / M.Eng / MSc or equivalent in Supply Chain Management, Aerospace / Mechanical Engineering or a Business degree)
  • 120 UCAS points or equivalent (pre university qualifications)
  • 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 candidates will need to complete an SC security clearance application



  • Flexible and positive attitude
  • Able to perform effectively in a multi-functional team
  • Excellent verbal and written communications
  • Experience of problem solving and dispute resolution
  • Administration of delivery/acceptance/invoicing of goods and services
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Excellent IT skills and navigate though Word / Excel / PowerPoint / Email applications
  • Good presentation skills
  • Strong business / commercial acumen



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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