Business & Finance

Rotations and variety

Talented people are the key to our success. So if you’re an ambitious, top-class graduate, we’ll give you the training and attention to realise your potential. Our Graduate Development Programme runs parallel with your placement on the Business Management or Finance Programme. It offers everything from an introduction to our organisation, culture and processes to formal training in the form of seminars, specialist courses and visits.

Outstanding graduates with a degree in any subject can join our Business Management Programme, which comprises of four six-month placements within your chosen business area. You might work in Programme Management, Commercial, Purchasing/Procurement, Sales & Marketing or Head Office functions – and you could do it at a number of sites across the UK.

If you’re a driven graduate and your degree is finance-related, you could also apply for our Finance Programme, which will see you undertake three 12-month rotations in various Thales businesses throughout the UK.

Whichever programme you choose, you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience a range of business-related work across Thales. And, after completing your third rotation, you can apply to join us in a permanent role at one of our UK sites.


Competitive starting salaries: £25,500 - £27,000

Our starting salaries are extremely competitive. They vary between £25,500 and £27,000 dependent on programme and you'll benefit from structured assessments that will inform your performance-related pay review. In addition, you can also look forward to a host of rewards, including:

27 days’ holiday

Overtime (depending on role)

Company pension scheme

Support to professional registration for engineers

Industry recognised accreditations

Flexible working (depending on division)

Flexible benefits scheme

Employee assistance programme

Employee volunteering scheme

Annual graduate conference

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Training & Development

Supporting you to success

Engineering doesn’t have a monopoly on breaking new ground and doing things differently. We also need the biggest business brains to keep things running like clockwork. Our Business and Finance Programmes will give you an invaluable insight into our UK business, plus the chance to complete a host of exciting challenges, to prepare you for a full-time role here at Thales.

Both streams could take you to any of our UK sites, so it’s also an opportunity to network, meet new people and experience a broad spectrum of business challenges.

Any degree discipline is acceptable for our Business Programme, although a finance-related degree is a must for our Finance Programme. We also look for stand-out ambition, intellect and commercial savvy.

Business management

With entry streams in Project Management, Sales, Marketing and Strategy, Communications, Purchasing and Legal, there is a host of opportunities for ambitious business-focussed graduates looking to make a difference. On our two-year Business Programme, you’ll complete four placements within your chosen field, allowing you to shape your career, develop your own personal effectiveness and work towards a relevant professional qualification, depending on the business stream you choose.

In addition to work rotations, you’ll enjoy a breadth of support. Initially, you’ll be paired up with a recent graduate, a buddy, who can answer your questions and help you settle in. And throughout the Graduate Development Programme, Emerging Talent Partners will help you make major transitions in knowledge, work or thinking until you attain your professional qualification. You’ll also complete training modules that give you a real insight into the lifecycle of a project, from initial bid through to supply chain management and beyond. And you’ll do it as part of a welcoming and supportive team.


Our specific three-year Finance Programme will introduce you to various businesses through three 12-month rotations. You’ll also begin study for your professional accountancy qualification. We’ll support you through either the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants courses.

After your induction, you’ll start your rotations, which could take you to any of our UK sites. These are designed to get you immersed in our business as quickly as possible. In addition to work rotations, you’ll enjoy a breadth of support. Initially, you’ll be paired up with a recent graduate; a buddy, who can answer your questions and help you settle in. And throughout the programme, an Emerging Talent Partner will help you make major transitions in knowledge, work or thinking until you achieve your professional qualification. You’ll also complete training modules that give you a real insight into the lifecycle of a project, from initial bid through to supply chain management and beyond. And you’ll do it all as part of a welcoming and supportive team.


Where can you join us?

You'll find the results of our profoundly pioneering work everywhere you turn, but it's all carried out in carefully selected locations across the UK - each with its own unique attractions. See where you can start your Thales career.


Our Glasgow site employs around 600 people, including a large number of graduates. There is an on-site subsidised cafeteria and a lively social scene that involves anything from cocktail-making classes to football tournaments – not forgetting the annual Christmas party, which is an event you cannot afford to miss. Transport links are excellent too. There are regular bus services and train and Subway stations are just a short walk from our offices. Hyndland and Partick are particularly popular residential areas among our graduates, although the Glasgow office is within easy commute from much further afield.


Quadrant House in London is the headquarters of Thales Transportation Services. It is situated close to St Katherine’s Dock and London Bridge, and all the attractions of Central London are right on our doorstep. There is a gym next door and a multitude of shops, pubs and restaurants in the immediate area – not to mention museums, theatres and the Tower of London. We also have our own social committee that organises regular activities from curry nights to beer festival trips for our 360 employees.

We’re a 10-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station and the mainline stations of London Bridge and Fenchurch Street are also close by. Our accessibility means Home Counties such as Kent, Surrey and Essex are easily commutable.


Thales Belfast is the base of some of our most high-tech and exciting defence programmes. The site has its own canteen and refreshment facilities, plus several breakout rooms. There’s also a local gym where many of our 420-plus employees receive discounts.

Our Society Working group is where employees arrange charity events, football competitions and even bun sales to support local community activities. Plus, we match all fundraising profits up to £250. We have close links to Senitus, the local STEM charity, and employees have been involved in judging ‘The Big Bang Northern Ireland’ awards too. Union membership is also available to all permanent employees and offers great benefits.

Many of our team choose to live in the university area of the city which includes the Titanic Quarter, Ravenhill or Ormeau. The main railway station is a 30-minute walk away and our site offers free parking as well as being close to the city’s airport and well-serviced bus routes.

Cheadle Heath

Located in Stockport, Greater Manchester, Cheadle Heath is home to our Underwater Systems and Transportation Systems business areas. Approximately 480 people are based here and the site has a restaurant that serves both hot and cold food, plus a shop that provides everything from snacks and refreshments to basic medicines and greeting cards. There is also a drop off/pick up point for dry cleaning.

Employees at Cheadle Heath can join Dolphin clubs. Membership of these clubs entitles them to rent books and they receive discounts on various activities including theme park visits and theatre trips. Five-a-side football is a regular fixture and, if you fancy seeking out the bright lights of Manchester, you won’t go short of company.

The site is close to the M60, M56 and M6 with Cheadle station 1.5 miles away and Stockport station 2.5 miles away. The towns of Bramall, Stockport, Didsbury, Withrington and Chorlton are all within commuting distance.

Bury St Edmunds

Thales Optronics is based in Bury St Edmunds.


Cambridge is the location of Thales e-Security. The site has refreshment facilities and its own kitchen, while there are numerous restaurants and shops nearby. Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the Cambridge Lakes Golf Course are also a stone’s throw away. Thales Cambridge has its own football team and site band and we hold a number of informal social events such as whisky tasting evenings.

Many of our 125 employees opt to live in central Cambridge, others in surrounding areas such as Trumpington, Royston, Cherry Hinton or Chesterson. Cambridge railway station is just a two-minute walk away and trains run directly to London. The site is served by several bus routes, there is a nearby park-and-ride facility and Cambridge airport is also close-by.

Long Crendon

Long Crendon is home to our e-Security business and we have just over 80 employees based here. Oxford, Thame, Milton Keynes, Bicester and Aylesbury are all easily commutable via local busses and trains from nearby Haddenham & Thame Parkway.


The Green Park business campus in Reading is our newest site and home to 600 employees. This world-class workspace is a smart working office enabling collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers showcasing innovation fuelled by an extensive research capability.

Green Park is the Thales UK’s centre of excellence for secure radio communications, network and infrastructure systems, protection systems, cyber security consultancy and it will also house the Group’s UK high-tech research facilities, as well as acting as the UK corporate headquarters.

There is a restaurant on site, excellent facilities for conferences and a lively social and sporting scene. Five-a-side football, netball, climbing, squash and badminton are all popular, as are theatre trips and other social events.

Regular buses run between the office and Reading town centre. The suburbs of Earley, Caversham and Tilehurst are all within cycling distance and are also accessible by public transport.


Thales’s Bristol office is a small but strategic site. The site caters for more than 270 employees, has its own kitchen and refreshment facilities and is close to Bristol City centre and the University of the West of England. In addition to being historically significant for engineering – Isambard Kingdom Brunel carried out a lot of his work here – Bristol is a hub of culture, arts and leisure activities.

As a university town, rooms are fairly easy to find in the area and commuting is relatively easy to surrounding towns too. Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbeywood railway stations are less than a mile away and both are well-served by cycle routes and buses – on which Thales employees receive discount.


Crawley is located on Manor Royal, employing nearly 1,900 people. On site, there is a canteen serving a variety of hot and cold foods and discounted Costa coffee shops to help you get your caffeine fix. This site has its own gym run by Nuffield Health. There is also a dry-cleaning service on site.

We have a high proportion of graduates and a thriving social scene thanks to societies catering for a diverse range of interests and the Crawley Leisure Club, which organises regular events.

The site is readily accessible from local towns and commuting by car takes 40 minutes from Brighton, 30 minutes from Croydon and 20 minutes from Horsham and Redhill. Three bus routes serve the site and a 15% discount is available to Thales staff on Metrobus monthly tickets. Gatwick Airport is also close by.


Templecombe is located in the beautiful Somerset countryside. The site has almost 700 employees, its own canteen and refreshment facilities, and is close to a gym and a mix of shops. We have our own sports and social club that organises football matches and other informal activities. Charity events are often held to support local schools too.

The surrounding towns include Sherbourne, Wincanton and Gillingham. Yeovil, Bristol, Bath and Salisbury are further afield but within commuting distance and Templecombe railway station is five minutes’ walk away and services run directly to Yeovil. Coastal towns such as Bournemouth and Poole are also an option for those who like to take in the sea air.


Located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, our Transportation division employs approximately 35 people, including engineers and commercial support staff specialising in telecommunication system design, passenger information system design and electrical design.

The site has an active extracurricular calendar with regular social events, and monthly lunch and learn sessions. And who could turn down the annual Thales Birmingham Formula One trip, which this year is to the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.


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