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Commercial Business Trainee

BAE Systems UK

Location: Medway

Job Type: Not Specified


Job Title: Commercial Business Trainee – 2 year fixed term contract

Location: Rochester, Kent; We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: £18,000

This is a full-time role on a 2-year fixed term contract and will be based at our site in Rochester. On successful completion of the scheme you may be offered a permanent position within the function, where you will get the opportunity to continue with further training as a Commercial professional and further advance your career within a fundamental function to the Electronic Systems business.

You will experience working with various Commercial functions and complete a Commercial IACCM Practitioner qualification, fully funded by BAE Systems.

What you’ll be doing:

As a trainee, you will develop knowledge of contracts and agreements, combined with business, legal and regulatory awareness which in time will allow you to guide the organisation to making effective decisions in the pursuit of its objectives. Your responsibilities as a trainee will be:

  • Receiving and processing Purchase Orders and Purchase Order amendments in accordance with Commercial processes, procedures, and the requirements of the business
  • Ensuring current data is maintained in the Oracle ERP system
  • Communicating progress updates to customers, resolving issues, and escalating more critical issues to senior members of staff
  • Supporting bid submissions to customers in line with internal policies, which includes pricing, supporting terms and conditions review, proposal writing and negotiations
  • Supporting other members of the Commercial team as required
  • Providing support and guidance to Project Management teams

Your skills and experiences:

  • Minimum of five GCSEs - Grade 5 or above (or recognised equivalent qualifications) which must include English and Maths
  • Three A levels A-C grade (or recognised equivalent qualification)
  • Good organisation and communication skills
  • Be driven and self-motivated with a desire to develop an exciting and rewarding career


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Commercial team:

The principal purpose of the Commercial function is to negotiate, agree and support contracts that provide a Commercial framework within which BAE Systems can deliver world class capabilities to customers whilst minimising risk and maximising shareholder value. Part of our role is to ensure that proposals to BAE Systems’ customers are priced, developed and approved in an acceptable manner and to submit the associated offers.

The Commercial function is the trusted partner of the business; managing customer relationships, creating innovative solutions, and providing guidance on contractual, regulatory and governance matters. You will get the chance to work with interesting, leading-edge products, as well as gaining real work experience in a demanding and rewarding industry.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.