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2020 UK Discover Graduate Technology

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted: 
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

Joining Vodafone is more than a job, what we do matters. We don’t just carry minutes, texts and data – we carry people’s lives. And that’s a huge responsibility. If you think for a minute about the people you rely on…the likelihood is they rely on us.

Customers are at the heart of everything we do and we want to make a difference to the lives of our customers, and the communities in which we live and work. We support our people to give something back to the causes that mean the most to them through helping them give time and money to the charities they love.

And what’s it like to work here? We have created an environment where you can look forward to coming to work and are empowered to be at your best. We offer flexibility in how you work that helps you do your job in a way that suits you, opportunities to help you grow and progress throughout your career and a choice of benefits to suit your lifestyle.


As Vodafone transitions from a Telecom to a Technology Company, there has never been a more exciting time to join our team! We are looking for curious, innovative and driven individuals who are ready to dive straight in and become leaders and experts in their field. With technology driving 5G, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, there’s plenty to get involved with, and we are looking for ambitious Graduates with a passion for all things Tech to push Vodafone forward. 


What’s in it for you:
•    Working with Business and Consumer Customers to create exciting Technology Products to help shape our digital future;
•    Liaising with stakeholders from different functional areas including senior leaders; 
•    Through a series of rotations in your chosen area of specialism, we’ll support you to fulfil your potential and career goals;
•    Investment in your personal development with cutting-edge training on-the-job and in the virtual classroom;
•    Having business exposure and accountability from day one;
•    Learning from industry experts that facilitate a focused professional development to enable you to take your career forwards;
•    Working for an industry leading company that spans across different countries around the world;
•    Being part of a global community of graduates.


What to expect:
•    5 sub-streams to the programme for you to express a preference 
•    One of these sub-streams is a broad based rotation programme that allows you to explore different areas of technology whilst the other 4 are tailored into specific technical disciplines. This allows you to choose what is right for you.
•    2 year rotational programme (durations of rotations differ depending upon area) that will enable you to build expertise in various teams across our renowned Technology functions;
•    A structured development programme;
•    High and demanding expectations which will test your capability and limits;
•    Stretching accountabilities in a supportive environment;
•    Constant feedback and opportunities to push your boundaries;
•    Mentors and additional support from global leaders;
•    Flexible working and fast paced environment;
•    A focus on innovation and doing things differently.


What we’re looking for:
•    Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, the ability to analyse problems and offer outside of the box solutions;
•    Able to adapt to different areas and ready to apply your skills to something new;
•    We are looking for different backgrounds depending on the sub-stream you want to join. Read the details below to see which stream is right for you;
•    Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
•    Demonstrate creativity and adaptability; 
•    Strong academic performance;
•    Proficient in English;
•    Recently graduated (bachelor’s or master’s within one year);
•    Curiosity and passion for technology, how things work and the future of digital.

If you think this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you! 


Sub-streams Explained
Graduates can expect to do various defined rotational placements across our technology business, all related to your sub-stream and helping you gain the capability and experience to kick start your tech career. 
At the next step of the selection process you will be able to express your interest in the below sub-streams. 


Generalist Technology Sub-Stream
This stream is perfect for those who love Technology, but aren’t yet sure where this could take them!
Within the generalist Technology sub-stream, we have an extremely wide range of roles! You could rotate across:
•    Software Development
•    IoT and Robotics
•    Front and back-end development
•    Big Data
For those less technical but interested in learning more and exploring Technology we have other opportunities for example Project Management, Business Analyst & Risk Analyst roles. As well as others which will require strong organisational, stakeholder management and analytical skills. 
We don’t ask for experts, but we do ask for those willing to engage, work hard and cultivate their technical skills. 
 With this broader programme, we will help you identify your passions and strengths at the assessment centre, and allocate the best role for you. 
Requirements: whilst this sub-stream is open to those with a technical background there are also opportunities for those without a technical degree but with a passion for technology


Specific Technology Sub-Streams
There are 4 specific technology sub-streams that you could enter on this programme. This pathway is perfect for individuals who have a clear idea of the technical discipline they want to develop their future career and technical capabilities in. In the long-run it does not restrict the variety of the career you could have at Vodafone but it sets you on a path of developing some specific technical capability. 
Requirements: Graduates must have a technology related degree to be eligible for this programme for the technical substreams. This could include degrees in, but not limited to, electrical engineering, computer science, telecommunications, mathematics, data analytics, software development, network engineering, AI/robotics, big data, security or information technology. 

The 4 technical sub-streams are: 


Software Engineering
Vodafone sees Software Engineering as the art and discipline of delivering great quality software into services that delight our customers. As we move more towards becoming a software company right across our network and end-to-end services, software engineering is becoming a critical skill in driving us forwardRemove the S, whether we are buying in quality solutions, building our own unique customer experiences or inventing the future of communications.
You will be undertaking related placements and learning skills in various teams such as Digital consumer products, Internet of Things, Cloud and Automation. Learning will be focused on disciplines such as cloud solutions, networks, Digital customer experiences as well as DevOps, CI/CD toolchains, new software lifecycles and agile methodologies. 



Network Engineering
Helping us deliver our world leading global network within teams at the cutting edge of network health, adapting & evolving to changes with new technologies, and providing our global customers the very best digital experience. You could be helping to lead the engineering and delivery of voice & data services, coming up with new network solutions and commercial products like TV, or helping constantly monitor the entire network, from mobile to fixed, TV, and even the thousands of miles of deep sea cable to detect any issues. The next few years at Vodafone are predicted to be even more thrilling than ever before, as networks become virtualized, predictive, self-adapting, and ever more intelligent. So if you’re blown away by the technology keeping networks connected across different countries 24/7 that enable people and business to change the world… then the network engineering stream is for you!
You could be undertaking placements in various teams including, but not limited to network operations (fixed, mobile & TV), radio & transmission, technology strategy and architecture, I.T operations, cloud & virtualisation while obtaining core learning in the area of network engineering.


We need to keep one step ahead of ever growing cyber threats and our world class technology security team leads the way with just that. We have a strong, international team of security professionals, ethical hackers, cyber-defence experts and architects working hard to maintain our existing services and designing security into new products as they come off the drawing board. To keep up to date with new threats and new technologies, we also need new minds to expand our expertise into the future.
In a highly regulated environment, you will learn the importance of creating high quality solutions that can work across international boundaries and remain safe and operational in the face of increasingly complex threats. These practical skills will prepare you for potential placements covering Cyber Defence, Security Consultancy and Engineering, Ethical Hacking, Incident Management support, Vulnerability Management as well as Security Architecture. Join us to help protect the future of Vodafone’s people, technology and customers!


Big Data, Insights & Analytics 
With the agility of a start-up and the resources of a global corporate, you will have the opportunity to be a part of and drive the amazing Data Revolution. Working across various teams focused on Big Data, BI, AI & Robotics, to name a few, using predictive, prescriptive and cognitive analysis to reveal and create the impossible through insight and design. Whether its utilising the location-centric data of over 500 million global consumers to develop useful and profitable insights for Vodafone, supporting teams on the future conception and build of chatbots for our business or helping run our Big Data Delivery Platform, you will help grow Vodafone and shape our analytics future. 
You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in various teams including, but not limited to, Big Data Science, Big Data Delivery, Big Data Architecture, Business Intelligence, Technology Shared Services and the Internet of things.

Start date: September 2020

Duration of Programme: 2 years - rotational placement programme

Location: All roles are based within the UK. The majority of rotations will be based in our Newbury campus with others across London but flexibility is required between both for the duration of the programme

Requirement: 2.2 (or equivalent) in chosen degree (achieved or predicted). Please see the sub-stream specific degree requirements bellow. You must have the correct UK right to work documentation in place for the full programme duration.

As part of your application, you will be required to answer additional pre-screening questions to fully complete your application, so please look out for the follow up email. 

Commitment from Vodafone

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a flexible, motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognized, developed and rewarded. We believe that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business and we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment which respects, values, celebrates and makes the most of people’s individual differences - we are not only multinational but multicultural too. At Vodafone you will have access to our excellent flexible benefits programme that you would expect from any global company.