Raytheon UK creates 1,000 new software jobs in response to growing security threats

Introducing game-changing new recruitment process, with skills-based challenges replacing traditional CV applications

Raytheon UK has this week launched a major recruitment drive to fill 1,000 new software roles over the next year. The roles reflect rapid growth across Raytheon UK’s Cyber Space and Training division, and will be primarily based in Gloucester, Manchester and London.

In a first-of-its-kind approach to recruit from the private sector, the ‘Be the gamechanger’ recruitment campaign invites candidates to complete a series of skill-based challenges to apply, replacing the traditional CV and form-led applications.

Successful applicants will play a key role in tackling the world’s toughest challenges; from mitigating the fallout of climate change by developing software that predicts wildfires, to combatting the rise and impact of deepfakes used to impersonate CEOs with AI and protecting critical national infrastructure by increasing resiliency through software.

"We’re on the lookout for innovators who come to work knowing the importance of what they do and the impact their work will have"
- James Gray, managing director, cyber space & training

The latest statistics from the UK Government highlight that 39% of businesses in the UK have been targeted by a cyber-attack, with one in three of these being targeted at least once a week. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has identified climate change as a real and present danger to the security of nations, with extreme weather events and water shortages among the risks which threaten to destabilise a country.

James Gray, managing director, cyber space & training said: “These issues require individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to tackle them, which is why Raytheon UK has introduced a new recruitment process designed to encourage applications from varied qualifications and skillsets – including those from non-defence backgrounds, for example software engineers and data analysts in industries such as tech, finance and retail. We’re on the lookout for innovators who come to work knowing the importance of what they do and the impact their work will have on individuals across the country.”

The challenges, created in partnership with technical assessment and remote interview solution developers, are open to all disruptors and innovators with a passion for software, data or engineering. They will put people’s technical skills to the test in simulated real-world challenges; including developing software that will help solve our nation’s challenges from satellite congestion in space to monitoring the weather.

Excelling in these challenges opens a fast-tracked process to join the team, with candidates being offered an interview upon successful completion: Take the challenge.