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Leidos is a large scale prime systems and services integration company weaving together information technology, engineering and science to deliver unique, practical and usable solutions to our customers’ most complex challenges. Leidos work mostly with the Australian Government and provide critical projects to the Australian Defence Force, support the IT environment for the Australian Taxation Office and work with the Department of Home Affairs, the Bureau of Meteorology and several legislative councils.

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About Us

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Leidos is a large scale prime systems and services integration company weaving together information technology, engineering and science to deliver unique, practical and usable solutions to our customers’ most complex challenges. 

We deliver software applications for a wide range of missions in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance domain. We also offer provide critical projects to the Department of Defence whilst supporting the IT environment for the Australian Taxation Office and maintain legislative websites for a number of governments.

Our Mission is to make the world safer, healthier and more efficient through information technology, engineering and science. It’s work that we can all be proud of.

In Australia we have over 1,400 employees mostly based in Melbourne and Canberra. Globally Leidos have around 39,000 employees and we are located in 35 countries.

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services company working to solve the world’s most complex challenges through the integration and application of information and technology and systems. 

Why Join Us?

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Leidos is very supportive of giving back and focused on Corporate Social responsibility so we have partnered with a number of organisations. Over 15 percent of Leidos Australia employees are veterans and we are proud partners with the Australian War Memorial and our veteran charity Bravery Trust who provide emergency financial relief and counselling to servicing and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)

Leidos has been recognised both internationally and in Australia for our commitment to excellence.

We are recognised across the market and a few of note are:

  • Leidos is a Fortune 500 company
  • We are one of the worlds most ethical and responsible companies 

In Australia we are:

  • Named Systems Integrator of the Year by Defence Connect, 
  • Are ranked #12 in the annual Australian Defence Magazine Top 40 defence contractors 
  • Awarded excellence in project management by the Project Management Institute
  • Named in two separate surveys as one of the top graduate employers in Australia

Leidos has a friendly, supportive culture that support flexibility. Leidos has made it a key business goal to ensure everyone feels welcome, valued, respected and supported.

Leidos Australia also invests heavily in personal development at all stages of our employees’ careers – from our intern and graduate cohorts to technical, program management and leadership training. Our recent engagement survey demonstrates a high level of engagement, support and motivation within our diverse workforce.

As an organisation, we are open minded, ambitious and committed to enabling our people to do their best work, be inspired by what they can achieve and the impact they can have.

Graduate Program

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2023 Graduate Opportunities

We have the following graduate opportunities across Melbourne and Canberra:

  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Cyber Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Business Analyst
  • Proposal Analyst
  • Finance Analyst
  • Procurement Analyst

Successful candidates will be required to be Australian Citizens and be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security Clearance.

Your Graduate Year at Leidos

  • All of our graduates are employed on a permanent basis and work on real projects as an embedded and productive team member right from the start. The graduate program runs from February 2023-February 2024.
  • We make sure our graduates are fully set up for success, by providing extra support, training and development. All graduates complete professional skill development training and have access to over 100,000 online courses through the Technical Training portal. Leidos also offer technical training sessions including tech for non-tech and tech talks. Staff at Leidos are also eligible to apply for the $10,000 Development Molyneux Memorial Scholarship.
  • There are a number of networking opportunities during the first year including monthly graduate catch ups. Leidos also has a Young Professionals Advocacy group that assists with personal development, creates uplift and has a variety of social functions. 
  • All of our graduates are assigned a buddy and a mentor to help you navigate around our organisation.
  • All graduates are also entitled to one day a year of volunteer leave to support a cause they are passionate about.
  • At the end of the year, our graduates typically continue to work in the area they started in and further develop their strengths and capabilities. Some may wish to explore other opportunities based on their aspirations and the needs of the business. 
  • After that, they often progress into technical or managerial positions. We invest heavily in our graduates ensuring they are set up for success. They are, after all, the future talent at Leidos.
  • Leidos also offer Parental and Partner leave that is above industry norm.

Industry Based Learning Program

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In addition to our graduate program, we also run a paid industry-based learning program for 12 months. Ideal for students in their penultimate year at university, this offers the chance to apply their course into hands-on work experience by working on real projects alongside more experienced team members.

Application Process

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2023 Graduate Recruitment Process

  • February to March 2022 - Online Applications:
    The process starts with an online application form where we will ask you to answer some questions and to attach a copy of your resume, transcript and any other supporting documentation you feel will support your application. This is what you have just completed.
  • April 2022 - Online Capability Assessment:
    Once we have reviewed applications, we will invite shortlisted candidates to the next stage and request completion of a set of questions for the role(s) you have applied for. Each candidate invited to this assessment will receive a deadline for their submission so we can keep our process fair.
  • May 2022 - Final Stage Assessment:
    Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend our final stage assessment. If you are successful, we will then conduct background checks.
  • May to June 2022 - Offer of Employment:
    From here, we will making offers of employment to commence with us the following February.
  • June 2022 to February 2023 - Keeping in Touch: 
    We appreciate that there is a long time to wait before starting, we make it our business to stay in touch with regular updates and respond to all the queries you have. As your first day gets closer, we will ensure you have all the support and resources you need to hit the ground running.

FAQs

Do I need to be an Australian Citizen to be able to apply?

Yes, unfortunately. Successful candidates will be required to be Australian Citizens and be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security Clearance.

When do applications open and close for your 2023 graduate intake?

Applications are now open and close Sunday 10th Aril 2022 
https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/Leidos1?search=graduate

How long is the graduate opportunity for?

All of our graduates are employed on a permanent basis and the graduate program runs from February 2023-February 2024.

What support do I receive as a graduate?

Graduates will be working on real projects as an embedded and productive team member from the start. As a graduate you will take part in a range of training and development opportunities and to support you further you will be assigned a buddy and a mentor.

What training and development is available?

All graduates complete professional skill development training and have access to over 100,000 online courses through the Technical Training portal. Leidos also offer technical training sessions including tech for non-tech and tech talks. Staff at Leidos are also eligible to apply for the $10,000 Development Molyneux Memorial Scholarship.

I’ve already completed my studies can I still apply?

Yes. As long as you have completed your studies after 2018 you are welcome to apply. In some areas we have opportunities for graduates to start early with us and then join the graduate program in February 2023.

What does career progression look like?

At the end of the year, our graduates typically continue to work in the area they started in and further develop their strengths and capabilities. Some may wish to explore other opportunities based on their aspirations and the needs of the business. After that, they often progress into technical or managerial positions. We invest heavily in our graduates ensuring they are set up for success. They are, after all, the future talent at Leidos. 

What sort of leave entitlements are there?

Leidos offer Defence, Personal, Disaster and Compassionate Leave and paid Parental and Partner leave that is above industry norm. We also Volunteer leave where staff take a paid days leave to help out a cause they are passionate about.

Everyone talks about work life balance, but what does it actually look like?

At Leidos we provide flexible work arrangements that are outcomes focused and may consist of flexible work hours, part time or compressed working week. All staff are eligible to apply for the RDO (Rostered Day Off) Program where you work a little bit extra each day (about 30 mins) to accrue a full day off once a month.

Employee Profiles

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Testimonials

I’ve landed in an amazing team that has given me great development opportunities; because of this I’m now responsible for delivering a body of work within my project. My favourite part of the job is when my team and I achieve a key milestone after many months of hard work. My role also requires me to interact with lots of people including the technical team, upper management and external suppliers. I enjoy building relationships with team members and suppliers outside of Leidos as most people I’ve worked with have a really good sense of humour which makes work really enjoyable. 
Nadia Gottchalk, Project Coordinator

My favourite thing is when I am given a new challenge that looks like it could be a very arduous task, I can break it down, usually by writing code, and actually getting a result. Like the time I wrote code that would read and align data from three different sources. While I enjoy seeing a whole project come together and start working, the smaller victories are also exciting and make me feel like I am achieving something tangible.
Grace McGinness, Systems Engineer

What I love about my job is the work life balance it offers. This includes being able to work your hours at a time that suits you and being able to leave for the day without expectations of unpaid overtime. As long as you do your hours for the day and are at work for key meetings, the time you come in and leave is pretty flexible. There is trust there from management and it makes work a lot more enjoyable. I also go to work enjoying the idea that what I am doing has a positive impact on people and Australia as a whole, rather than just being about the bottom line. 
Shaun Blackburn, Software Engineer

The coolest thing about my job is the constant flow of new challenges. Each day brings a new task, so no two days are the same. One day might be focusing on a critical script that needs to be deployed to restore functionality, while another might be developing an entirely new system. This keeps me engaged, continuously learning and growing each day. 
Luke Franco, DevOps Engineer

A Day in the Life

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Richard Barsha

Software Engineer at Leidos

5.30 AM
Snooze and ummmm... snooze again… So here is the thing, I’m just not a morning person. When my alarm starts blaring I will typically indulge my lazy side and snooze it. Once I manage to crawl out of bed, drinking a glass of water helps get the blood flowing (my substitute for the caffeine loaded beverage my partner obsesses over). Lights on, I cover the eyes until they adjust and move onto brushing my teeth, getting dressed and packing my lunch.

6.20 AM
Early bird benefits. By this time, I’m in the car and driving to the train station. Having tried both routines, I can definitely vouch for the idea of being an early bird. Missing the 9.00 AM peak means plenty of parking at the train station, cheaper myki fares and a guaranteed seat on the train. Lately, audiobooks are my jam in the morning, so the earphones go in and I do my best to stay tuned into the book while I fight my forever wandering mind. In case you were wondering, I’m currently listening to “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey.

7.20 AM
Settling in. Just arrived at my desk, greeted the team and signed into my computer. After a quick catch up with the team, it’s time to check my priorities for the day. The development team is made up of approximately 4 seniors, 2 technical leads, a recent graduate and an intern. We are building a data management platform which will be used to store and serve data to millions of Australians - robustness and scalability are imperative. I’ll spend 5 minutes going through my emails, replying to anything urgent. Up next is checking Jira for workflow changes, if I have made a pull request it’s (hopefully) been reviewed and pushed back to me for amendments. I tend to prioritise addressing feedback on a pull request to maintain momentum - a lingering pull request is a bad news. After all, comments have been addressed, I push my code and move onto the next ticket - this should keep me busy for a while.

11.30 AM
Stand up. You may be thinking it’s a bit late for a stand-up, well… kind of but not really. Running standups at this time has two benefits, firstly it gives the team flexibility to start when it suits them, secondly, it means people talk faster as it’s strategically close to lunch - works surprisingly well. Sometimes we will walk the board sometimes we will do a round-robin (yesterday, today, blockers), I personally prefer the round-robin but change is always welcome.

12.00 PM
Lunchtime. I love food, so naturally, I love lunchtime. Resisting the temptation to buy lunch in the city is a tough one but eating dumplings every day gets expensive and the housing market isn’t playing nice these days… oh and I guess it’s not very healthy.

12.30 PM
Busy work. Trying to deep-dive technical challenges straight after lunch is usually a struggle. Using this time to reply to emails and take care of any other “busy work” helps ease into productivity. 

1.30 PM
A collaborative effort. Recently we had a new intern join the team, as part of onboarding we do some pair programming - I found pair programming invaluable when I started my graduate program and it's something we do often. It gives them a chance to follow along and solidify their technical understanding, asking any questions along the way. Similarly, it forces me to consciously explain my approach in a manner which makes logical sense, an excellent way to weed out pesky knowledge gaps.

3.30 PM
Winding down or ramping up? As the day matures, instead of winding down I try and ramp-up to finalise any deliverables before I head off. The sprint review is tomorrow which means its all hands on deck to get the work we committed to during sprint planning over the line. After checking Jira, there are a couple of tickets requiring review so I grab one and jump into it.

4.30 PM
That's a wrap. Times up, I pack my bag, say my goodbyes and jump on a train. The days can be cognitively demanding so I skip listening to an audiobook, instead, I play some chilled music and reflect on the day during my commute home.

6.00 PM
Home sweet home. I walk in the door, greet my partner and give the cat a scratch. I do my best to be useful while we prepare dinner, she is much more skilled than I. We have dinner, I do the dishes and try to mentally prepare for a trip to the gym.

7.30 PM
It could go either way. Depending on how strong my will power is that day, I may or may not be at the gym. I try to make it there around 4 times a week, exercise is a key ingredient to a healthy work-life balance.

8.30 PM
Lights out. After getting home I jump straight in the shower and prepare for bed. 

The day is done.

Social Responsibility

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Leidos has practical partnerships with two key organisations in Australia. Bravery Trust provides financial support to veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families. Since 2017, Leidos has also partnered with the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to create ‘On Closer Inspection’, a series of augmented reality experiences bringing to life the stories of Australians at war.  Leidos also enables each employee one day a year to spend volunteering with an organisation they feel passionately about. Additionally, many people also organise local fundraising events such as golf days and trivia nights for causes they believe passionately in.

Perks & Benefits

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Pay and benefits are important considerations in any career decision. So Leidos aims to deliver a robust rewards package that not only provides appropriate remuneration but also helps ensure your physical and mental wellbeing too through a range of initiatives covering lifestyle, wellness, learning and development and recognition. A good starting point is being assigned a mentor to guide and support you through your early career.

At Leidos we provide flexible work arrangements that are outcomes focused and may consist of flexible work hours, part time or compressed working week. All staff are eligible to apply for the RDO (Rostered Day Off) Program where you work a little bit extra each day (about 30 mins) to accrue a full day off once a month. 

Leidos offer Defence, Personal, Disaster and Compassionate Leave and paid Parental and Partner leave that is above industry norm. We also Volunteer leave where staff take a paid days leave to help out a cause they are passionate about.

At Leidos we care about you as an individual, so we offer a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP), discounted health cover through BUPA and Navy Health and Headspace for Mental Health Support. 

Leidos offer Technical and Professional training and development and staff have access to over 100,000 online courses through the Technical Training portal. Staff at Leidos are also eligible to apply for the $10,000 Development Molyneux Memorial Scholarship.

Leidos also offer discounted share purchase program and attractive novated leasing opportunities. 

Gender Equality

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Leidos strives towards gender equity, and constantly looks for ways to progress and drive change.

  • Leidos is a ‘Family Friendly’ certified organisation, and through this process, is applying best practice guidelines to ensure it is making the biggest possible difference in areas such as flexible work, wellbeing, family care and parental leave.
  • Leidos has an active Women and Allies Network (WAAN) which has introduced a women’s mentoring program and regularly hosts ‘lunch and learns’ on topics such as Imposter Syndrome.’ It was recently awarded the company’s 2021 ‘Inclusion’ value award for its impact.
  • Leidos has a parental leave experience that provides access to a range of support resources and coaching that enable a smooth transition to and from parental leave.
  • Leidos also supports Grad Girls, a 12 month pathway program run by Vic ICT every year. The program enables female STEM University and TAFE students to discover and understand the pathways available when taking the first step in their career.

We recognise the often many and varied roles our team members need to play within their own unique family setting, and we seek to support them to manage those family responsibilities while realising their potential with a rewarding career at Leidos.

  • At Leidos we provide flexible work arrangements that are outcomes focused and may consist of flexible work hours, part time or compressed working week.
  • Leidos offers paid Parental and Partner leave that is above industry norm – Team members are also entitled to receive Superannuation from the date of commencement of parental leave for the full period of parental leave up to a maximum of 12 months
  • We have a third party platform that provides learning modules and practical tools to support carers at all stages of the caring cycle to navigate the transitions, changes and triumphs of raising a family while keeping their career on track;
  • We have a Parental Leave Coaching program that provides coaching before, during, and upon return from, parental leave to set parents up for a successful leave period and return to work. It also provides coaching for their People Leader to enhance their understanding of the critical role they play;
  • All our team members have access to webinars delivered by our specialist third party provider on a range of parent /carer related topics useful for parents-to-be, seasoned parents and People Leaders; and
  • We have quarterly ‘Keep in Touch’ events where we encourage our new parents and their babies to connect with others in a similar phase of life, as well as hearing a business update by a member of our Executive Leadership Team
  • All staff are eligible to apply for the RDO (Rostered Day Off) Program where you work a little bit extra each day (about 30 mins) to accrue a full day off once a month.

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