Graduate Software Engineer

Northrop Grumman
Closing date
20 Dec 2021

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Role Type
Graduate, Other work and training
Requisition ID: R
Category: Engineering
Location: Cheltenham - GLS, United Kingdom
Citizenship Required: United Kingdom Citizenship
Clearance Type: Security Check (SC)
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Travel Required: No
Positions Available: 20

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.


Northrop Grumman offers end-to-end solutions to multiple customers in the fields of cyber and non-cyber innovation, research and development, big data, systems architecture and all other manners of software engineering.

You will be part of our rotational two-year graduate program and fully integrated into our software engineering team. This means you will be working on real customer projects with the full force of their support which will provide you with exposure to the complete software development lifecycle, keeping abreast of the latest technologies and updating your skills continuously.

Overlaid with this will be the graduate development framework working on your ongoing technical training needs and future leadership and project management skills.


Over two years, this scheme involves a blend of on-job learning supported by technical, soft and leadership skills development. There will also be the potential opportunity for a rotation cross site and/or project, which could see you placed in a different Northrop Grumman UK location.

As such there is an expectation for you to be mobile and flexible for the first two years in order for you to gain the most out of the scheme.

Your development plan, which will be specific to you and agreed with the business, could include opportunities for you to gain experience in the various software disciplines such as cyber security, architectural design, systems and application development.

The majority of our work is 'full stack' development using Java-based Cloud and Big Data technologies, using the latest agile methodologies. There are Machine Learning, AI and Cyber aspects to many of our projects.

There will be a need to attain security clearance in order to work on our programmes and this will be discussed with you in more detail at point of assessment.


You will have a functional line manager who will remain constant throughout your scheme and programme line manager specific to your tasking.


We are looking for people who have achieved or are on target for a 2:1 in a STEM related degree

You must have a passion for software, computing, online security and cyber ethics and have written code in a language such as Java, C++ or Python

AWS certification desirable

You understand the software lifecycle and enjoy a challenge

Analytical skills and logical reasoning are essential with the ability to solve problems in innovative ways preferred

You must be able to work to delivery requirements within reasonably agreed timeframes and demonstrate the potential to work through projects to their conclusion

Evidence of leading people, teams or activities would be desirable although not essential

Ability to attain a security clearance relevant to your role

Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.

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