What will the future look like?
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
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
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."
"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."
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
We are now accepting applications for our 2015/216
graduate programmes. Please register your interest via the links
2016 AU Graduate Development Program:
Program - Cobham Aviation Services
2015 US Graduate Development Program:
Graduate Programme - Functional Excellence USA
Graduate Programme - Future Business Leaders USA