BAE Systems

At BAE Systems you can be proud of what you do, how you do it and who you do it with. We work hard to create an inclusive, dynamic and rewarding environment where you are inspired to achieve remarkable things and make a difference where it really counts.

  • The organisation

    Our team has the privilege and the responsibility of knowing that the work we do really matters. Our work is vital to the armed forces personnel and major corporations who rely on us to protect, equip and support them where it counts; to the security and prosperity of the nations we serve; to our skilled and talented people; to the local communities where we are based; and to the wider community who invest in, supply and engage with us. At BAE Systems, everyone can make a difference.

    The workplace

    At BAE Systems we value the importance of balancing home and work life, and understand that you are at your best when this is achieved. We have a catalogue of family-friendly policies that support our employees in achieving and maintaining this balance and help us recruit and retain the best people in an inclusive and diverse workplace.
    Our UK Work Life Integration policy applies to all BAE Systems employees in the UK and works in line with our Code of Conduct.
    The policy covers, but is not limited to:
    • Leave for Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Shared Parental Leave
    • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
    • 52 weeks’ maternity leave regardless of length of service
    • Keeping in touch days
    • A positive commitment to agile and flexible working practices
    • Career breaks

    The opportunity

    On the job training, leadership programmes, collaboration with leading experts – excellence is built in to your career development whether you are just starting out as an apprentice or are an experienced professional.

    The reward

    See your contribution making real change as breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions reshape the landscape for our customers.
  • Diversity & Inclusion

    We believe that a diverse workforce inspires creativity and drives innovation. We respect and value the huge variety of skills, abilities and perspectives that our people bring to our business. We celebrate our differences and aim to recruit and develop talent from all backgrounds, championing the strength that a truly inclusive and collaborative workplace gives to our company culture and performance. Read more on our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    The people

    We’re united by trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in our field and those joining the UK company can join a number of inclusive and friendly groups run by employees for employees. These include groups embracing cultural diversity, for veterans, women in the workplace and for colleagues wanting support with their wellbeing and mental health.
    ENabled UK is our employee-run group that offers support to disabled (both visible and non-visible) employees. Outlink UK is specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Others (LGBTQ+) colleagues, but it’s open to anyone to be part of, however they identify themselves. Both EnabledUK and OutLinkUK work closely with BAE Systems’ leadership teams to ensure all businesses across the UK promote equality and inclusion, and implement measures to improve and consistently maintain an inclusive and accessible environment for all employees.
    In addition, those interested in promoting and engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and maths can join the STEM Ambassador programme.

Accredited as a Living Wage Employer

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BAE Systems is a formally accredited Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation, joining nearly 9,000 accredited employers across the country.

Quick facts


of our people work in highly skilled engineering and related roles.


Graduates and apprentices are training with us at any one time.

% of our people work in highly skilled engineering and related roles.

Jobs in the United Kingdom are supported by our work.


Is spent by BAE Systems on education and skills activities every year

Coronavirus update – recruitment for positions requiring experience

In line with the UK Government’s developing guidance for the Covid-19 pandemic and in support of social distancing, we have been reviewing the management of our recruitment activity. We will continue to keep this under constant review.
In order to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone, we will now be conducting interviews remotely. Candidates will be contacted by their recruitment advisor to make these arrangements.  If you subsequently require any adjustments to the interview process described to you please raise this with your recruitment advisor.
Start dates and on-boarding arrangements may also change and your recruitment advisor will inform you of any relevant changes.
We thank you in advance for your understanding as we adjust to this unprecedented situation.

Company direction

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Our vision

Is to be the premier international defence, aerospace and security company.
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Our mission

Is to provide a vital advantage to help our customers protect what really matters.
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Our strategy

To achieve our vision and mission has five clear strands, Maintain and grow our defence businesses, Continue to grow our business in adjacent markets, Develop and expand our international business, Inspire and develop a diverse workforce to drive success, Enhance financial performance and deliver sustainable growth in shareholder value.
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Our values

Trusted, Innovative and Bold. These values guide everything we do.

Our people in their own words

From apprentices, engineers and project managers to senior leaders, listen to employees giving the low down on life at BAE Systems.

Our reviews

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Your career

We offer you the opportunities to start, grow and advance your career with challenges that inspire you and stretch your unique abilities. We invest heavily in education and engagement initiatives to help you achieve your full potential, and to best develop the talents of a new generation of engineers, innovators and project managers.

Our awards

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Repeatedly featuring as a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer, 2018

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Proud to be listed at 57th Top Employer

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Delighted to be 30th out of 300 Graduate Employers

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A supporter of WorldSkills UK as an Industry Partner of WorldSkills UK LIVE