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What can the Graduate Development Programme (GDP) offer you?

Our GDP is a highly rewarding and well-structured 2-year development programme that has been developed with one of the UK’s leading training providers. We work in collaboration with an external supplier, HR and functional experts to deliver a range of training from improving business skills e.g. managing projects, business strategy, company presentation skills etc to team building activities, attending events and developing professional networking skills to allow you to reach your full potential.

You will join your fellow GDP colleagues to attend development modules where you will work as a team to develop your Project Management & Leadership skills and build a network of relationships across the business.

As a Gradate Project Manager you will be engaged from day one in performing a “real” job, working within our experienced project delivery teams balancing the demands of time, cost and scope. Your role will require a flexible and an adaptable approach to fast – paced challenges, interfacing with various project support disciplines and communicating with our Customers and Senior Leadership.

You will be expected to solve real life problems and contribute directly to the successful achievement of business goals.

What Career Development opportunities do PMX offer?

PMX has a Programme Leadership Certification programme to support continuous personal development and career progression. Each level of certification has specific training identified to support your growth and continued career development route as you progress into fully certified Raytheon Project Managers.

PMX sponsor the completion of the external standards exams provided by the APM and funds APM membership. As you grow in capability and experience you can except merit based promotion and the opportunity to take on more challenging roles.

Candidate requirements


  • Minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree (Project Management, Business Management, STEM subject preferred or any degree level qualification with a focus on Project Management & Leadership)
  • 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.
  • Able to achieve SC & DV security clearance for this role.
  • Flexibility on location & ability to travel to our UK facilities & overseas
  • Excellent STEM skills demonstrated through academic achievement
  • Overwhelming desire to succeed in a fast-paced technical environment
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills to develop effective relationships

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

About the Graduate Development Programme

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

One year post GDP

“The great thing about being a Graduate Project Manager is that no two days are the same & you get a real satisfaction of seeing a project through its life-cycle. One day you could be with the team briefing Senior Leadership about new business we are trying to win & the next you could be collaborating face to face with your Customer to ensure we are delivering their requirements to exceptional standards.

As a PM you are continuously working with different colleagues within the multi-functional teams across Raytheon and pulling on their expertise & experiences. I've been given real responsibility with an appropriate amount of support from my seniors, which resulted real satisfaction of adding value to the day-to-day life of the company.

I really appreciated the opportunities I had while on Raytheon's GDP. Moving around the business I was able to experience first-hand the diversity and impact of our game changing technologies, this has resulted in a greater understanding across the different parts of the business and bringing best practices with it.”

Five years post GDP

“I joined the Raytheon GDP following my Masters in 2015 in Cyber and Intelligence. Throughout my time on the GDP I learned how to report on and manage project finances, how to engage with different stakeholder communities, think strategically and adapt quickly to new and daily challenges. I finished the graduate scheme in 2017 and now I’m the Project Manager for a portfolio of 12 projects.

I enjoy being a Project Manager as its challenging, fast paced and every day is different. I get to work with a variety of people, and I enjoy the responsibility and the accountability that comes with the day to day running of a project. I quickly learned that to be a successful Project Manager you had to develop good relationships with colleagues and stakeholders based on mutual trust and respect, be proactive & always embrace new challenges & opportunities whatever they may be.

Working as a Project Manager at Raytheon has been incredibly rewarding & I’m looking forward to developing in my role & finding new ways to improve”.

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).

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

  • £31,000 starting salary & £3,000 joining bonus & company 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.

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.