BAE Systems - Graduate Development Framework (Business)

Salary: £28,000 plus benefits
Location: Nationwide
Start date: Sep-2017
Sectors: Engineering, Computing & IT, Manufacturing and Production, Science & Technology, Telecommunications

The GDF is our two-year scheme that develops people who are passionate about, and show great potential in, their chosen field of business or engineering. Each year we take in approximately 170 graduates.

By combining formal learning with real challenges across a number of placements, the GDF will give you a solid foundation for a successful career within one of our UK businesses

We’re continually on the lookout for people who can add real value to our business in each of the following areas:


Business Development

In Business Development, you’ll work on fully integrated marketing campaigns, highlighting the strengths and successes of our products and services to a wide audience to ensure the future success of our global business.


You can play a key role in Commercial by estimating, bidding for, negotiating and managing contracts to win and deliver profitable business and meet customer expectations.

Human Resources (HR)

As part of HR, you’ll add value by ensuring we have the right people in the right place at the right time, and that those people are capable of achieving our business goals. As part of our HR GDF you will have placements across different business units, sites and Centres of Expertise, therefore you will need to be geographically mobile.

Information Management & Technology (IM&T)

Within IM&T, you’ll help define, design, develop and deliver IT solutions to ensure we advance technologically, both internally and externally.

Procurement/Supply Chain

In Procurement/Supply Chain, you’ll be involved in influencing, establishing and managing end-to-end supplier relationships to maximise business value.

Project Management

Working in Project Management, you’ll be given responsibility and accountability for delivering customer commitments at the right time and at the right cost.


Your career development

We recognise that development is key to you fulfilling your professional potential and us delivering our business commitments. That’s why we’ve created a scheme where you take ownership of your career aspirations and we give you support, training and practical experience to help you succeed.

First things first: your career with us starts with an induction to welcome you to your chosen UK business. Here, you’ll meet fellow graduates and find out more about what your future holds. Then, shortly after joining, you’ll be assigned a mentor who can act as a source of advice and insight when you need it.

You’ll also participate in ‘Graduate Developing You’, a series of development modules delivered by an Impact International award winning learning and development provider. The course brings our graduates together from across the different businesses and aims to help you better understand yourself and others to drive performance.

During the GDF you’ll also attend our UK Graduate Conference, which brings together graduates from across the globe to network, engage with a diverse range of managers and learn more about the inspiring work we do. There is also the opportunity to celebrate success through the Graduate Awards ceremony which takes place at the gala dinner.

All of this is designed to complement your placements, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.


Rewards: the complete package

Joining us means you’ll be expected to make a real impact. In return, you can expect a reward package that delivers:

  1. Starting salary of £28,000
  2. £2,000 welcome payment
  3. Regular development reviews
  4. Mentoring
  5. Competitive pension scheme
  6. car lease and share schemes
  7. 20% of salary available up front as an optional advance
  8. 25 days’ holiday per annum

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To join us on the GDF, you must have at least a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree. This can be in any subject if you’re applying for a business position, however, it must be in an engineering, numerical or scientific subject for an engineering position.

Our selection process works on a first-come, first-served basis.

We ask all candidates to complete the same online application to ensure our selection process is fair and consistent.

Your online application will then go through a variety of selection methods, either online or face-to-face, and is likely to conclude at an assessment centre.

We particularly welcome applications from women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, and will make reasonable adjustments to our application and selection process for people with disabilities.

Apply by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button.