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What will the future look like?


You decide.

Ready to create the technology of tomorrow?  Then you've come to the right place. Cobham has been driving innovation for 80 years and this programme has been specifically designed to develop our future innovators - whether it's the engineering talent who can dream up new ideas or the business leaders who can make them happen.


One programme. Two streams. Endless possibilities.

Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) is a structured programme lasting two to three years. In most countries, there are two streams: Functional Excellence (for engineers) and Future Business Leaders (for non-engineers). Whichever stream you join, you'll gain maximum exposure to our organisation through a range of rotational placements. By the end of the programme, you'll have all the skills and experience you need to launch a successful career with Cobham. Given the sheer breadth and range of our activities, the future possibilities are almost limitless.


Real flexibility. Real exposure.

Just as every graduate is different, so too is every programme. Depending on your stream, your programme will comprise a series of six to nine month rotations in various disciplines. These could include engineering, programme management, strategic sourcing, operations, business development, procurement, commercial, sales and marketing, finance and human resources. At every stage, we'll ensure that each rotational placement accommodates your particular skills and interests as well as the needs of the business.


Supervision and support

Throughout the programme, you'll have regular performance and development reviews with your assignment manager. We'll also allocate a mentor to provide you with personal and professional support - plus a development log for you to track all your learning activities. And if you want to gain a relevant professional qualification, such as Chartered status or Professional Certifications, we'll support you in that too.


What do our current graduates think?

"I've acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience on this programme. Not only that, I've been able to work with senior-level people from an early stage."  Peter

"This programme has opened so many doors for me. Right now, I'm project managing the integration of a £270 million company into our business. I doubt many other programmes would have given me that kind of responsibility so early on." Matthew


"I've been given real responsibilities. Doing placements in different parts of the business has also been incredibly valuable. I have a much better understanding of the bigger picture." Helen

"If you are looking for a routine programme that is predictable and comfortable, then this isn't for you.  If however you want to be genuinely challenged, then you'll have an amazing time." Michael


What are we looking for?

A first class or upper second class degree or 3.5 GPA in an engineering or business discipline would be ideal; for UK, a minimum of 300 UCAS points is also required. If you have some post qualification experience, then even better! But even if you've studied an arts degree such as English or History, there could still be a place for you here. For us, the most important attributes are enthusiasm, a flexible attitude and the drive to innovate and improve.


To be eligible for the programme, you are also required to have the right to work in the country you applied to, at the time of starting your employment. Please be advised, Cobham do not offer sponsorship.


We are now accepting applications for our 2015/216 graduate programmes. Please register your interest via the links below:


2016 UK Graduate Development Program:

Graduate Programme - Functional Excellence UK

Graduate Programme - Future Business Leaders UK

2016 US Graduate Development Program:

Graduate Program - Functional Excellence USA

Graduate Program - Future Business Leaders USA


2016 AU Graduate Development Program:

Graduate Program - Cobham Aviation Services



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