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September 2024 Start Electronics Engineering Graduate (Graduate Development Programme GDP)

Raytheon UK
United Kingdom-Harlow
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Defence , Engineering, IT
Job Role
Software Developer
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United Kingdom
GBR01:Harlow, Essex, Kao One, Kao Park, Harlow, CM17 9NA
Position Role Type:
Role: Electronics Engineering Graduate

Training Programme: Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

Location: Harlow on-site

Travel: There will be travel required for training and business travel either in the UK or possibly internationally as required by the business

Salary & Benefits: £31,000 starting salary & £3,000 joining bonus & company benefits

Type: Permanent Role - 1st 2 years graduates complete the GDP structured training programme in addition to day job. As part of the GDP there are biannual pay reviews in years 1 & 2.

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Hours: Full-Time

Security Clearance Required: Candidates are required to complete an SC Security Clearance Application

Summary of Role:

This role offers the candidate the opportunity to join the Sensors - APNT team as a Graduate Electronics Engineer, working across a range of programmes and R&D studies, developing additional capacity within the Engineering team to further the strategic growth of the business.

The Graduate Electronics Engineer will support activities in relation to the full lifecycle of the products for UK & Export Customers. This could involve supporting design, test and integration activities that can require travelling in the UK and abroad.

The role will be based at Raytheon's Harlow facility and the successful candidate will have access to professional development opportunities and be part of the growing Raytheon Technologies team, where the candidate will be required to undertake development studies and investigation activities involving product performance and interfacing with various different internal and customer platforms.

The role will involve working in a highly technical environment, supporting the team as well as the autonomy to work alone. Taking on complex challenges and producing a solution that follows company process in a timely manner is an essential part of the role. A successful candidate will be comfortable integrating into a large team to accomplish their goals.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to further progress their career through a mixture of training and experience to develop the correct tools and skillsets required to achieve a successful career within the business.

Main Duties:

The Graduate Electronics Engineer will support the Design Authorities and Engineering teams in a variety of activities across the Weapons and Sensors business areas.

This may be in support of 3 main business activities, namely: production (where established products are provided to our Customers), development (where improvements to new and existing systems are identified and assessed) and integration (where you could be asked to provide engineering effort to deliver the integration of products onto candidate platforms).

In the role of a Electronics Engineer you will work throughout the product life cycle. This will design verification and testing of subsystems in your specialist field of RF, Digital Electronics or Firmware (or a multiskilled electronics engineer if this is more appropriate to your interest), and then integration and qualification of your designs to system solution - resulting in system design ready for production. You will work with other SME's (subject matter experts) such as mechanical engineers or software engineers to define and develop the system and its interfaces. It is essential to have excellent communication skills. Further development of these experiences and skills will be one of the main focuses of training programmes and on the job training you will receive.

Further key activities include support of the strategic drive of the business and the development and execution of engineering initiatives. We would be looking for you to bring your skills to supplement existing capabilities to meet these objectives.

In addition to support to existing teams, the Graduate Electronics Engineer will be expected to grow their experience within the team and progress to leading their own activities and initiatives.

Candidate Requirements


Minimum 2.2 Electronics (or similar) undergraduate degree (already achieved or will complete by 2nd September 2024)

120 UCAS points achieved through A Level/AS Level e.g. BBB/ABC/A*CC A Level grades or equivalent e.g. Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers, BTEC etc achieved through qualifications completed before attending university.

Full CV (please note university, pre university and GCSE Grades) & Cover Letter explaining why you have applied to Raytheon UK and your chosen role.

Flexible to travel in the UK and abroad as required for business travel

The successful applicant will be required to complete a UK SC Security application

About the Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

Raytheon UK partner with an external training provider and our in-house training teams to deliver excellent training to support on-boarding into the company and build the foundations to a successful career with us. Training focuses on building company connections, communication skills, developing leadership skills and career coaching and development. Graduates have the opportunity to learn real business skills such as project management, supply chain and strategy in addition to receiving a strong support network from current/former graduates and their team members. Graduates have the opportunity to build their skills, contacts and experience through a range of activities from working on real projects to joining our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), attending company and Early Careers events. Graduates have the opportunity to further develop their training as applicable to the role.

What our Graduates Say:

Being on the GDP was a fantastic opportunity to learn about your own style and personality traits and how you can better adapt your approach to situations and people in the work place. It also provided a great network across the functions and the sites that I have been able to reach out to for support during my time at Raytheon UK.

Joining as a Graduate Electronics Engineer at Raytheon has allowed me to have an interesting and rewarding experience when delving into the working world of engineering. This has given me an excellent start in understanding engineering processes and principles and provided plenty of challenges and learning opportunities to continue to grow and develop as a new engineer.

This role has allowed me to get hands on experience with hardware, learning the intricacies of the current Anti-Jam systems and looking at how to go beyond, developing these even further. I have had the chance to look at all the different stages of the lifecycle of a project contributing to the planning, design, testing, and debugging stages of this and develop a deeper understanding as to what these require.

Not only this but the GDP aspect has provided a great opportunity to learn and develop soft skills. Participating in the various workshops on offer as part of the scheme has provided me with the opportunity to improve my communication, presentation, and leadership abilities and maximise my output.

Application Requirements & How to Apply:

Apply on-line via our careers website via Workday attaching a full CV and cover letter. Please ensure you include full contact details (name, phone number, email and home address).

Cover Letter Guidance: Hints & Tips - What We Look For.

The cover letter is a great opportunity to make your application stand out and show us why you would like to join Raytheon UK and have applied for this role. Candidates can add a Cover Letter to the 1st page of the CV and attach as 1 document on the Workday application portal. This is a great opportunity to show you have researched our company and can demonstrate a real interest in the role you have applied for. Candidates can also demonstrate any additional skills, interests and experience etc to tell us more about you and why you have applied.

What Happens Next?

Successful applicants will be invited to have an initial screening call to discuss the role & requirements further and advised on the next stage of their application. The next steps will include an assessment centre to meet the team and complete individual and team activities which will be discussed with successful applicants.

Depending on the role there may be an initial telephone interview with the team before an assessment centre (candidates will be advised during the screening stage).

About Raytheon UK

With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester, Manchester, Livingston and presence across other customer sites also. Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country Raytheon UK employs 2000 people and supports 8,000 jobs. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Raytheon UK 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 RTX organisation.

About RTX

RTX is an aerospace and defence company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. It comprises three industry-leading businesses - Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon. Its 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, hypersonic, 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 + statutory public holidays

Contributory Pension Scheme (up to 10.5% company contribution)

6 times salary 'Life Assurance'

Flexible Benefits scheme with extensive salary sacrifice schemes.

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 wherever we can (depending on the role) so please enquire or highlight any request to our Recruitment team to explore flexible working possibilities.

Canteen facilities available at Harlow & Glenrothes sites and Manchester & Gloucester offer free snacks & drinks (hot & cold).

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. We have a range of employee groups open to everyone to join to support STEM, Early Careers, Diversity, Sustainability and many more...

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.

Support and Adjustment:

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.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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Raytheon UK is a subsidiary of Raytheon Company. It is a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defence, national security and commercial markets. Raytheon UK also designs, develops and manufactures a range of high-technology electronic systems and software at facilities in Harlow, Glenrothes, Gloucester, Waddington, Broughton and Manchester.


Raytheon UK has six key sites. Our manufacturing hub is in Glenrothes in Fife where we employ more than 560 people. The aircraft systems integration takes place in Broughton, North Wales. We manage the Sentinel programme from RAF Waddington where we provide training and a wide range of development work for the RAF. At Gloucester and Manchester, our new cyber business centres conduct specialist research and software development work for customers, and finally there’s our technology centre in Harlow.


With more than 1,600 employees situated across England, Scotland and Wales, Raytheon UK continues to invest in its infrastructure and people as well as growing its graduate and apprenticeship programmes.


Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 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, Mass.

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