Graduate Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10004505

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Cheltenham - GLS, United Kingdom
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United Kingdom Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Security Check (SC)
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions 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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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.