BAE Systems Applied Intelligence helps nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cyber crime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.
We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes – often collecting and analysing huge volumes of data. These, combined with our Cyber Special forces – some of the most skilled people in the world, enable us to defend against cyber-attacks, fraud and financial crime, enable intelligence-led policing and solve complex data problems.
We employ over 4,000 people across 18 countries in the Americas, APAC, UK and EMEA.
What makes BAE Systems such a special place to work?
The people. Our products and services are world class and defend nations. That’s proud work. But we have a unique capability of attracting employees that bring not just aptitude but attitude with them. These fascinating people challenge themselves and each other and it allows us to innovate together but even more importantly, it allows us to enjoy what we do every day.
How do you embrace Diversity at BAE Systems?
On a day to day basis we look to improve the employee experience while ensuring that we plan for future needs. We encourage all staff to play a role in D&I activities with a number of very active Employee Resource groups as well as less formal support networks. All employees are asked to set a D&I objective during the year and our extended leadership team participate in mandatory trainings alongside our staff. We sponsor and participate in external events, awards and outreach programmes and review each year how we can add value to our business as well as our surrounding communities through these activities. We believe that a flexible workplace with an inclusive culture supported by varied opportunities to engage throughout the year help everyone at BAE embrace diversity and contribute to making a great place to work.
Do you have an internal women’s network at BAE Systems?
We have a gender network as well as a more specific, Women in Cyber Security network.
What do you look for in a potential candidate?
- Thought leader
- Team player
What benefits or reward programmes do you provide for employees (eg Maternity, Bonus schemes)?
- Parental Leave Policy
- Bonus schemes
- BAE Shares
- Flexible working
- Return to work programme*
- Thank you awards
- Chairman’s awards
Tell us a little about your values and how these are evidenced in working practice?
Our values are simple and straightforward. We value our people and that their lives do not get put on hold as they ‘walk through the door’. We value that each individual and their circumstances are different and while that brings great value to our organization it is our responsibility to use it and develop it in the best way possible. It is also our responsibility to ensure that we promote positive behaviours within our organization that provide an inclusive, flexible and supportive culture. We call it OneAI.
What is your approach to flexible working?
In the spirit of true flexibility we have a few approaches regarding flexible working, and are open to others. At the moment we offer flexible working whenever it is reasonably practical. This can be done through a formal agreement with the business or an informal arrangement with a line manager. Some areas of the business are able to offer core working hours to allow greater flexibility for travel or home commitments as well as work from home opportunities. Wherever possible we arrange options with our customers to offer similar flexibility options for our employees that work on client site. These are a few of the approaches we employ but do our best to suit the flexibility to the need.
Are there any statistics that you are particularly proud of, eg number of women on your board, attrition rates, number of awards won?
We are working to constantly improve our statistics in all areas of diversity.
Internally we’ve seen a 10 point increase in a single quarter with regard to our staff agreeing that “our company is taking steps to build a diverse and inclusive culture”.
But we have recently been very proud to see a number of members of our team being nominated for individual recognition awards, and winning!