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Graduate Job BAE Systems SIGMA Leadership Programme - Business

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Discovery
Reference: J534
Salary: £28k per year  

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The Company

BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 93,500 employees worldwide and a primary focus on five home markets: the US, UK, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia and India. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2011 BAE Systems reported sales of £19.2 billion (US $30.7 billion).

We are looking for graduates who want to work in an exciting and challenging environment with the opportunity to play a key part in driving future innovation.

The Role

Sigma is a unique, fast tracked leadership programme that we have created especially for people of the very highest calibre. Its members commit to three years of multiple placements, and it is designed to develop the engineering and business leaders of the future.

The Sigmas are pivotal in driving future innovation, overcoming challenges and stimulating the process of change.

Our business framework develops your talent for leadership in business.

You will move around the business, gaining key experiences and contacts. You will be encouraged to undertake an international placement and we will support you to gain a relevant professional chartership.

Case Study from a SIGMA

"As part of my first placement I have enjoyed working with multiple teams across Head Office and some of the Business Units and have found that whilst there is a steep learning curve there is also a great amount of support and advice available. The Sigma Steering Committee is a group of senior managers who give guidance to members of the scheme throughout the three years and along with functional and business mentors provide the basis for an extensive support network. The scheme is structured to give each individual control over their placements and personal development so there is a lot of flexibility to create your own opportunities and choose the right career path for you.

"For me the main benefits of Sigma include the chance to take on roles with real deliverables and responsibilities, and also the 'extra-curricular' activities such as Sigma Workshops which give us the chance to learn Leadership skills and share our experiences with the rest of the Sigma community."


  • Starting salary from £28,000
  • A Corporate Mentor (at director level)
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Opportunity to undertake an international placement
  • Attendance at Sigma workshops and events

Candidate Requirements

  • 320 UCAS points (excluding General Studies)
  • A minimum 2:1 honours (or equivalent) degree
  • Flexibility to relocate
  • Enthusiasm, drive and great communication skills
  • Professional and influential approach to work
  • Delivery orientated
  • Able to build long-lasting relationships
  • Inspire others to improve their performance.

All applications will be assessed by Discovery Graduates, who are the retained managing consultancy. We believe that every graduate is capable of getting a good graduate job given the right support, advice and training and we only work with companies who recognise the value that the right graduate can bring to their business.

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Location: South East England

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