Graduate Development Framework (Business)

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06 Oct 2015
06 Oct 2016
Job Type
Graduate schemes

Scheme Overview

The Graduate Development Framework is our two year scheme, which develops people who are passionate about and show great potential in their chosen field. By combining formal learning with real world challenges across a number of placements, the GDF will give you a solid foundation to establish a successful career within one of our UK businesses.

Your Learning and Development

We recognise that your development is key for you to fulfil your potential in the world of work. That’s why we’ve created a programme that will support your learning to deliver real business value though it’s up to you to make the most of it.

First things first: Your career with us starts with an induction to welcome you to the business. Here you will meet fellow graduates and find out more about what your future holds.

Shortly after joining, you will be assigned a mentor who can act as a source of advice and insight, should you seek it.

You’ll also participate in ‘Graduate Developing You’, which brings together graduates from across different business areas for a series of personal effectiveness modules, delivered by our award-winning learning and development partner, Impact International.

At the end of your first year you’ll attend our Graduate Conference, where our graduates from across the globe gather in an event comprising speeches from senior BAE Systems people, a selection of educational and interactive workshops, and an exhibition that showcases some of the most interesting work we are engaged in.

All of this will complement your placements to help you realise your potential. In essence, when you take ownership of your career aspirations, we’ll give you support, training and practical experience.


  • Starting salary of £25,000 to £28,000 (dependent on academic and work experience)
  • £2,000 welcome payment
  • Regular performance and salary reviews
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Discounted healthcare, car lease and share schemes
  • 20% of salary available up front as an optional advance
  • 25 days holiday per annum


Real world challenges simply don’t get any bigger than this. 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.

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

Human Resources (HR) – As part of HR, you’ll add real 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. The HR GDF is UK flexible with placements across different business units.

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 real responsibility and accountability for delivering customer commitments at the right time and at the right cost.

We have also employed graduates to roles in Communications, Import/Export, Legal and Leadership. For the full range of our graduate business opportunities, visit

What You’ll Need

To join us on the GDF you must have a minimum of a 2:1 bachelors degree. This can be in any subject for our business opportunities and must be in an engineering, numerical or scientific subject for our engineering positions.

Although the academic requirements are important, we also want you to see opportunity where others see problems and think around challenges that others can't navigate. You'll use the resources at your fingertips and the skills you’ll develop to collaborate with your team and find solutions to real life problems.

We place great importance not just on what we do, but how we do it. As a result, we encourage our employees to share their time and expertise to support local communities. At the end of each day, you can walk away knowing that what you do makes a difference.

Application Process

Our selection process works on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask all candidates to apply online using
our application form to ensure our selection process is completely 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.