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At IBM, we offer various consulting, technology and design graduate roles to kick-start your career in the industry. You’ll work on real projects, with real clients, all whilst being supported to gain as much as possible from the experience.

Salaries start at £32,000/annum.

If you love working with people and you thrive in a collaborative culture then you’ll fit right in. Joining as a business, design, technology or strategic analytics consultant, you’ll be guided through our consulting graduate programme for up to 2 years, giving you the confidence to realise your potential. Your future in consulting starts here.

Click on any of our consulting roles to learn more about our IBM Services Associate Programme.

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Technology

Technology is changing how we live. Behind each innovation is a business, industry or government using software in new ways. Join us, and you'll develop in-depth knowledge of our products and services, and turn high level visions and architectures into fully functioning solutions.

Software Developer

Our software developers/engineers are responsible for the complete life cycle of a software product –

  • Research and design,
  • Implementation and testing,
  • Training and support.

In this Graduate position you will work at the heart of IBM's software innovation and you could play a key role in many world-shaping, ground breaking technologies.

We will encourage you to have contact with IBM sales teams and customers, both in the Lab as well as on customer sites, to understand the needs of our clients as well as assisting IBM’s post sales teams – all of which will contribute to your own development as an engineer/developer.

As well as your day job your team will support and encourage you to take part in various projects, hackathons etc where you will be able to network within the business and also learn and improve your skills.

There are various roles that you can do as a Graduate these include

  • Front End Developer
  • Back end Developer
  • Developer – test and monitor
  • Content Developer
  • Information Developer

What we look for:
Experience using:- (not limited to)

  • Kubernetes
  • LinuxONE
  • Python
  • Java, Javascript
  • Docker
  • Node.js
  • Bootstrap
  • C/C++
  • Knowledge and understanding of Agile Practices and IBM Design Thinking
  • You'll have either obtained or be on track for a 2:1 or above in your degree
  • Hardworking, with plenty of energy and real passion for software development and coding.
  • Have eligibility to work in the UK.

If you are passionate about the above role please apply without delay, the roles will not be available for long. As part of the application process, completion of selection games and attendance at an assessment Centre are the next steps to joining our phenomenal team of developers.

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Technology Specialist

As a Graduate Technology Specialist, you will combine cutting edge methodologies and knowledge of the industry with the latest technologies such as Cognitive Systems, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Blockchain and many more.

You’ll be responsible for interpreting the clients’needs to develop working prototypes and proof of concepts. You will code, test and architect critical business systems and applications. Ultimately you will create genuine technical solutions addressing real client challenges.

What you will need to apply:

  • Be looking to achieve (or already have) a 2:1 honours –in any degree
  • You will need to understand client needs
  • Flexibility is important, as you’ll be joining a versatile industry. You’ll need the ability to work with different teams but also independently, across the UK and sometimes Europe.
  • You should expect to be taken out of your comfort zone and discover something new all the time –so a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn will be key.

Where will you be based:
We have offices across the country, but most of our roles are based in London and the South.

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Cyber Security Specialist

Threats to cyber security are increasing. IBM provide consultancy and technical support to help our clients improve their information risk and security management without compromising governance and compliance. The Cyber Security Graduate Programme aims to deliver the next generation of cyber security specialists.

On the IBM programme, you’ll develop your expertise in information security, and use your business consulting acumen to work collaboratively with our clients to design, build and implement pragmatic security solutions. You will be helping our clients analyse the problem, working with other parts of IBM, understanding the security architecture, and assist to implement and manage new security systems and security transformation programmes.

What you will need to apply:

  • Be looking to achieve (or already have) a 2:1 honours –in any degree
  • You will need to understand client needs
  • Flexibility is important, as you’ll be joining a versatile industry. You’ll need the ability to work with different teams but also independently, across the UK and sometimes Europe.
  • You should expect to be taken out of your comfort zone and discover something new all the time –so a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn will be key.

The majority of roles will be based in Central London, however, there is one role which is based in IBM Hursley, near Winchester.

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Content Developer

Your future as a Technical Content Specialist starts here. With excellent communication skills and technical flair, you will work alongside world-class engineers to develop the next generation of IBM Software.

You have the talent to convey complex ideas through crystal clear content. Your dedication to create industry leading media (documentation, user assistance, videos and blog posts) will engage and delight our clients.

Reinventing the digital world of the future, regardless of your degree discipline or experience. We would love to hear from you.

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Design

Join our Design team, and you won't just make great products, you'll craft experiences that will delight our users and change the culture of software design from the inside out. At the heart of innovation, you'll help solve our client's toughest problems.

Design Researcher

Design research builds continuous knowledge, discovery, and empathy. We craft actionable insights through empirical observation and experience. Tools of the trade include contextual inquiries, co-design, customer journey maps, and quantitative research.

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Visual Designer

Visual designers manipulate observable elements, with the goal of eliciting desired emotional responses and building durable connections with users. Tools of the trade include imaging, typography, layout, colour and style.

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UX Designer

Through the interpretation of research and requirements, UX designers craft experiences that connect people with our products and services in meaningful, enduring ways. Tools of the trade include market and audience analysis, user journeys and wireframes.

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Front End Developer

Front-end development collaborates with the team to generate ideas and make design concepts tangible. Tools of the trade include web and mobile programming skills and synthesis.

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Application
Process

Before you apply, please ensure you are on track for a 2:1 or above (in any degree discipline).

We welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities, but there may be some restrictions if you cannot demonstrate that you have your own right to work within the UK. You should check you meet the criteria for people looking to work in the UK before you submit your application online. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration for more information. In limited circumstances we may be able to sponsor you to obtain the right to work.

During the application process we will assess you on eight core competencies. Think about whether, and how, you can demonstrate them.

Adaptability; Communication; Client Focus; Creative Problem Solving; Drive; Teamwork; Passion for IBM and Taking Ownership.

Initial
Application
Online

Final
Interviews

Initial
Application
Online

Final
Interviews

IBM’s online testing will include a Cognitive Ability Game, to assess your problem solving skills, and a Learning Agility Assessment, which looks at your way of learning.

Assessments will be timed.

The application form will focus on competency based questions and will ask you to provide a personal statement.

IBM Assessment Centres will typically require candidates to complete two group exercises, one being based on logical reasoning and the other being on based on discussion.

Candidates will also have an interview.

Assessments will be timed.

Awards and
Recognition

Target jobs 2020 Winner. The graduate employer of the year. National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Panel award logo
Target jobs 2019 Winner. The graduate employer of the year. Panel award logo
Target jobs 2018 Winner. The graduate employer of the year. Panel award logo
Princess Royal Training Award in 2019 award logo
MCA Awards 2018 Finalist award logo
MCA Awards 2017 Finalist award logo
The Guardian UK 300 award logo
2020 enei awards logo

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