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Project Management Business Graduate

Yeovil, Somerset
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security.  Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 7,000 are based in the UK.

As one of the leading helicopter manufacturers in the world, Leonardo Helicopters is part of the multi-national Leonardo Group of world class engineering companies. Leonardo Helicopters designs, develops and manufactures an unrivalled range of the most advanced helicopters, rotary wing technology, also developing mission and performance critical systems. Our helicopters are used extensively in civil and military roles worldwide. Primary operations are in the UK, Italy, Poland and the USA.

Programme Description
Typically, your placements will consist of 3-6 month rotations across Products & Programmes. This includes the opportunity to do a 3 month external placement elsewhere in the business. The graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to build on your technical knowledge and also develop soft skills through opportunities which a direct entry position may not be able to. In conjunction with the Products & Programmes Management Team and the Early Careers Team, you will have the opportunity to input into the design of your training scheme to include placements which give an insight into the complete Product Life Cycle and business operation.

What you'll get
• Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part time options
• Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home based and onsite
• Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employee has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals.
• Network groups: To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion we have network groups for:
- Carers (employees caring for families or friends)
- Enable (supporting people with disabilities)
- Equalise (development of a gender balanced workforce)
- Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals)
- We also work in partnership with AFBE (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers).
• Training: Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses
• Continuous Learning: You will be supported in your ongoing professional development though training and mentoring
• Investors in People: We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Gold Award
• Employee Assistance Programme: Providing free and confidential mental health support
• Generous annual and flex leave in addition to bank holidays

To find out about all of our Company benefits please visit:

The Graduate Scheme will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a team building week (including overnight accommodation) at an offsite location incorporating all Trainee starts. There will also be a Products & Programmes specific induction to ensure that scheme requirements and expectations are fully established.

The Project Management Business Graduate role can be incredibly varied. Workload has previously included (for both domestic & International markets);
•Supporting Project Management in the co-ordination of all other departments to ensure that a project /programme goes through all of it’s Life Cycle stages successfully, while managing the Schedule, Cost, Risk and Quality of the project /programme
• Developing the product roadmap for various Aircraft platforms, to continue the development of the Aircraft
• Supporting project managers with consulting on bids and proposals for Aircraft future sales
• Working on Aircraft programme/s through its multiple phases, including the build and flight test phase, design definition, procurement phase and delivery to the customer
• Supporting aircraft deliveries and other contract deliverables
• Project Management Organisation (PMO) support
• Supporting the Project Management team with stakeholder management, both internally & externally to our customers, suppliers and many more.
There will be opportunities to visit customer facilities on a domestic & International basis.
Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is the aerospace industry.

A role in project management will provide exposure to all elements of the Leonardo business life cycle, from contract bidding, through programme execution, training, delivery and through life support.

Responsibilities will include;
• Supporting the bid phase of potential new contracts to include:
• Aircraft configuration, cost make-up, risk register, social value and programme schedule
• Supporting the execution and successful delivery of live contacts to include:
• Programme start up, design and procurement phase, build and flight test phase, delivery, training and support
• Working as part of multi-disciplined Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) including all functional areas within Leonardo to achieve overall project deliverables
• Programme governance in terms of WBS, budget flow down, cost and schedule analysis, reporting, risk and issue management, financial performance
• Product development/roadmap and through life capability management to ensure our military and SAR products will meet future market requirements and remain at the cutting edge of technology
• Regular interactions with the customer to ensure delivery of milestones are met.
• Creating and managing reporting documents for senior reviews

Security Clearance
Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

Qualifications required
Minimum 2:1 Bachelors or Masters in Engineering Management, Economics or Business-related subject.

Desired skills
•Motivation and confidence to work in a dynamic programmes environment
•Works well in a multi-disciplined, cross-functional team.
•Good communications skills at all levels, both written and verbal
•Proficient in the use of MS Office software suite including Project
•Experience of SAP
•Understanding of the Aerospace domestic/International marketplace

We are relentless about inclusion. We understand an inclusive environment is one that welcomes everyone as they are. We see diversity as a strength. We still have some way to go to achieving diverse teams across our whole business. We would like you to be part of our journey to creating that better balance and welcome applications from all individuals from all walks of life as we build a stronger company together.

This is a great opportunity to bring your talents and form an integral part of Leonardo’s future. We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us.

Primary Location:

GB - Yeovil - Lysander Rd

Contract Type:


Hybrid Working:


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