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Discover Graduate Programme - Technology

Graduate programme
Consumer, FMCG & Retail, Technology: IT & Software Development
15th May 2019

Don’t limit your challenges.  Challenge your limits.

Here at Vodafone, we do amazing things to empower everybody to be confidently connected.  We provide the largest span of 4G out there - we even put it on the moon!  We help with the everyday from making farmers lives easier with mobile money payments or streaming music into a car through the internet of things. As you can imagine, this means that we have a pretty vibrant and diverse mix of skills and people, that makes us a great place to work.

Did you know, we have been recognised in The Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2018?  We’ve also been recognised by the Financial Times as having Ethnic Minority role models in 2018.

We are looking for innovation leaders, those who embrace new technologies and are continuously learning, someone who is curious to the world of opportunity on offer.  Vodafone is a place where you can bring your whole self to work as you kick start your career. 

What’s in it for you

Working for an industry leading company that spans across different countries around the world, you’ll have business exposure and accountability from day one.  Through a series of rotations in your chosen area of specialism, we’ll support you to fulfil your potential and career goals.  And, you’ll love being part of our global community of graduates.

What we’re looking for

Our Discover graduates have a passion for technology and for taking care of our customers.  Each bring a natural analytical ability which is applied to everything they do.  They bring diversity of thought to an ever changing landscape and seek to be the very best version of themselves every day.  Seeking new possibilities and making a mark is in their DNA. 

If you think this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. 

To apply, you must have recently graduated (within one year) and have a good academic performance. Proficiency in English is a must.

The future is exciting. Ready?

Ready to find out about our programmes?  Read on.


To join our Discover Technology, graduate programme, we are looking for innovation leaders, those who embrace new technologies and are continuously learning, someone who is curious to the world of opportunity on offer.  Vodafone is a place where you can bring your whole self to work as you kick start your career.

What’s in it for you

  • Investment in your personal development with forward thinking digital learning
  • Working for an industry leading company that spans across different countries around the world
  • Having business exposure and accountability from day one
  • Being part of a global community of graduates
  • Work to deliver world-leading technology to empower both Enterprise and Consumer customers around the world to build our digital future

What to expect

  • Cross-functional rotations
  • Placement opportunities in your area of specialism
  • Training & personal development
  • Support to fulfil your potential and career goals
  • Build expertise in various teams as across our renowned Technology function

What we’re looking for

  • Demonstrate creativity, resilience and adaptability
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and hunger for development
  • Curiosity, passion and aptitude for technology, how things work and the future of digital
  • Recently graduated (within one year) with a specific type of degree dependant on programme stream
  • Strong academic performance
  • Proficient in English

Our Technology programme has four sub streams which graduates can choose one from and will be asked to state, as a preference, during the application process. Graduates can expect to do various defined rotational placements across our technology business, all related to your chosen sub stream below and helping you gain the capability and experience to kick start your tech career. These sub streams are:

Software Engineering

Vodafone sees Software Engineering as the art and discipline of delivering great quality software into services that delight our customers. As we move more towards becoming a software company right across our network and end-to-end services, software engineering is becoming a critical skill in driving us forwards, whether we are buying in quality solutions, building our own unique customer experiences or inventing the future of communications.

You will be undertaking related placements and learning skills in various teams such as Digital consumer products, Internet of Things, Cloud and Automation. Learning will be focused on disciplines such as cloud solutions, networks, Digital customer experiences as well as DevOps, CI/CD toolchains, new software lifecycles and agile methodologies.

Network Engineering

Helping us deliver our world leading global network within teams at the cutting edge of network health, adapting & evolving to changes with new technologies, and providing our global customers the very best digital experience.

You could be helping to lead the engineering and delivery of voice & data services, coming up with new network solutions and commercial products like TV, or helping constantly monitor the entire network, from mobile to fixed, TV, and even the thousands of miles of deep sea cable to detect any issues. The next few years at Vodafone are predicted to be even more thrilling than ever before, as networks become virtualized, predictive, self-adapting, and ever more intelligent. So If you’re blown away by the technology keeping networks connected across different countries 24/7 that enable people and business to change the world… then the network engineering stream is for you!

You will could be undertaking placements in various teams including, but not limited to network operations (fixed, mobile & TV), radio & transmission, technology strategy and architecture, I.T operations, cloud & virtualisation while obtaining core learning in the area of network engineering.


We need to keep one step ahead of ever growing cyber threats and our world class technology security team leads the way with just that. We have a strong, international team of security professionals, ethical hackers, cyber-defence experts and architects working hard to maintain our existing services and designing security into new products as they come off the drawing board. To keep up to date with new threats and new technologies, we also need new minds to expand our expertise into the future.

In a highly regulated environment, you will learn the importance of creating high quality solutions that can work across international boundaries and remain safe and operational in the face of increasingly complex threats. These practical skills will prepare you for potential placements covering Cyber Defence, security consultancy and engineering, ethical hacking Incident Management support, Vulnerability Management as well as security architecture. Join us to help protect the future of Vodafone’s people, technology and customers!

Big Data, Insights & Analytics

With the agility of a startup and the resources of a global corporate, you will have the opportunity to be part of and drive the amazing Data Revolution. Working across various teams focused on Big Data, BI, AI & Robotics, to name a few, using predictive, prescriptive and cognitive analysis to reveal and create the impossible through insight and design. Whether its utilising the location-centric data of over 500 million global consumers to develop useful and profitable insights for Vodafone, supporting teams on the future conception and build of chatbots for our business or helping run our Big Data Delivery Platform, you will help grow Vodafone and shape our analytics future.

You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in various teams including, but not limited to, Big Data Science, Big Data Delivery, business intelligence, technology shared services AI & robotics and the Internet of things.

Start date: September 2019

Duration of Programme: 2 years – rotational placement programme

Location: Various UK (All roles are based in the UK for the entire duration of the programme. The majority of rotations will be based in our Newbury campus with other across London. You must have the right to work in the UK)

Requirement: 2.1 (or equivalent) in chosen degree (achieved or on track to achieve). Graduates must have a technology related degree to be eligible for this programme: This could include degrees in, but not limited to, electrical and general engineering, computer science, telecommunications, mathematics, data analytics, software development AI/robotics, big data, security or information technology