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Graduate opportunities

As a graduate at Sky you’ll work on projects that shape the future of our business. All our graduates join us on a permanent basis with a competitive salary.

To find the right graduate programme for you, check out the programmes below and discover what’s on offer. Please note, you can only apply to one programme per intake. If there’s nothing here that takes your fancy, don’t worry. We have regular work experience opportunities across our business that could be right for you, click on 'Work Experience' above to see what's on offer.

Our graduate schemes in Finance, Insight and Decision Science, Technology and Software Engineering are live now. All other programmes will be live by the end of September.

This year we are also running programmes in:

Change Delivery-Opening 25th September, closing 29th October.

Marketing-Opening 25th September, closing 29th October.

Strategy-Opening 25th September, closing 29th October.

Procurement-Opening 25th September, closing 29th October.

To register your interest for schemes that are not yet open, please visit this link.

  • Software Engineering Academy
  • Technology
  • Business programmes

During this hands-on, accelerated learning programme, you’ll be working either within the Developer or DevOps team using agile methodologies on projects to help make sure Sky stays ahead of the game.

Hear directly from our Software Engineering Graduates about what to expect by watching this video.

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Software Developers

Whatever project you work on, you’ll make an impact from day one, producing software that fully contributes to our future success.

 

Duration: 7 months
Requirements: Undergraduate degree in any discipline
Location(s): Leeds and Osterley, West London
Start date: July 2018

Our Software Engineering teams cover web, mobile and internet TV. They develop key websites such as Sky.com and Sky News, as well as our flagship products like NOW TV and Sky Q.  This means you could be working on technology which you’ve used at home, seen advertised on TV and is used by millions of our customers. You’ll also be encouraged to develop skills in a broad range of cutting-edge technologies which will equip you to contribute to our current and future products.

Our graduates on this programme help develop the software that underpins how our products work.  You’ll also play a vital role in the technology that improves the way we work internally. Whatever your project, you’ll be making an impact from day one, producing software that fully contributes to our future success

How the programme works

On this revolutionary seven-month Developer programme, five weeks’ training will give you a complete grounding in software engineering principles, Java development, test-driven development and continuous build and integration. We’ll then support you to work on projects to develop and embed your skills for the next six months. Once the programme ends, you’ll move into a Software Development team on a permanent basis..

Your skills

You’ll either have, or be on track to complete, an undergraduate degree in any discipline. You’ll love all aspects of technology and ideally have some experience in developing software applications. You’ll also be familiar with Agile project methodology, and have contributed to or used open source technologies in the past. Being able to pick things up quickly and work well as part of a team will be key.

 

Apply now

Join our Technology programme and you’ll work with cutting-edge technology from day one. If you love innovative products, this is a great chance to work on industry-leading technology and be inspired by experts before deciding on a final career path.

Hear directly from our Technology Graduates about what to expect by watching this video.

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Technology (Livingston)

Become a fully rounded technology professional with an industry leader. 

Duration: 2 years
Requirements: Undergraduate degree in any discipline.
Location(s): Livingston, Scotland
Start date: July 2018

About the programme

Our graduates get involved in our pioneering technologies from the get-go.

Working in collaborative teams they’ve worked on the systems that beam amazing entertainment into over one in three UK and Irish homes, the infrastructure that delivers online and mobile content to millions of customers; whenever they want, wherever they are. They’ve learnt about the technology underpinning broadband so fast that everything else seems like dial-up. They’ve helped launch new channels, on-going development of Sky Q, Sky AdSmart and NOW TV, as well as the technology behind services used by our customers and on-screen Sky Sports commentators.

What will you be involved with next?

 

How the programme works

Livingston, near Edinburgh is the home of over 700 Technology staff whose focus is on delivering an excellent customer experience.  As part of the Graduate program in here your rotations could be in areas such as Analysis, Development, Infrastructure and Network Operations, Cyber Security, Performance Engineering, Test and Data Science, developing and supporting the key systems and services for our wide customer base.

Recently, graduates have been involved in the launch of new channels, on-going development of Sky Go, Sky AdSmart and NOW TV, as well as the technology behind services used by our customers and

 

Your Skills

  • You’ll need to have or be on track to complete an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • You’ll also have a genuine passion for technology and be able to show us how you have pursued it.
  • In addition, being able to pick things up quickly and work well as part of a team.

Whatever your degree discipline we want to hear from you. Show us your passion for technology and why you want to be at the forefront of delivering game-changing developments starting in July 2018.

 

Apply now

Technology (Osterley)

Become a fully rounded technology professional with an industry leader.

Duration: 2 years
Requirements: Undergraduate degree in any discipline
Location(s): Osterley, West London
Start date: July 2018

About the programme

Our graduates get involved in our pioneering technologies from the get-go.

 

Working in collaborative teams they’ve worked on the systems that beam amazing entertainment into over one in three UK and Irish homes, the infrastructure that delivers online and mobile content to millions of customers; whenever they want, wherever they are. They’ve learnt about the technology underpinning broadband so fast that everything else seems like dial-up. They’ve helped launch new channels, on-going development of Sky Q, Sky AdSmart and NOW TV, as well as the technology behind services used by our customers and on-screen Sky Sports commentators.

 

What will you be involved with next?

 

How the programme works

The programme starts with a five-week induction to help you get started before you go into three 7.5-month business or security focused placements around Technology.

You could work with our teams in TV & Digital Platforms, Network Services and Information Security where we have exciting opportunities to work on our latest mobile apps, launch new channels, explore new technologies to support our internal staff and keep our systems and company secure.

 

Your skills

  • You’ll either have, or be on track to complete, an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • You’ll also be highly numerate and a great problem solver, with a genuine passion for technology.
Apply now

Whatever your favourite show on Sky is, one thing’s for sure. It took a lot of behind-the-scenes people to get it on air. Join us in Change Delivery, Finance, Marketing or Strategy and find out how you could play your part.

Hear directly from our Business Graduates about what to expect by watching this video.

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Insight and Decision Science

Our experts working in Insight and Decision Science (IDS) are leading the way when it comes to understanding consumers and creating actionable insight about their behaviours, attitudes, needs, how they like to interact and what makes them tick. This consumer intelligence helps deliver a better experience and service to customers and drives better decision making. 

Duration: 3 years
Requirements: 2:1 degree, or equivalent
Location(s): Osterley, West London
Start date: August 2018

About the programme

This exciting opportunity will see you working as part of the team responsible for Data Science and Analytics, Research, Customer communication, Digital Implementation, Insight and Reporting. And that’s not all, to kick start your career at Sky, you’ll work towards completing relevant qualifications alongside your experience.

During your programme you’ll work on projects which involve:

  • Solving complex business problems using a wide range of data sources. This ranges from data warehousing and cloud computing to state-of-the-art statistical and computational techniques used and on-the-job learning can open up opportunities in a variety of specialisms such as Machine Learning, AI and Visual Design.  
  • Doing research on understanding customer decision-making process and translating these findings into business focused actions, allowing the consumer voice to be at the heart of Sky.
  • Analysing data and acting as a bridge between research and marketing business areas to focus on the interests of the consumer and features of a brand
  •  Interpreting trends in human behaviors which aims to increase effectiveness of a product or service for the consumer, as well as increase sales for mutual benefit.
  • Collection, deployment and interpretation of data that allows Sky to acquire, develop and retain their customers by targeted marketing

Your skills

  • You’ll have completed or be due to complete an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • You’ll have good commercial awareness. 
  • A confident communicator with strong analytical & numerical skills.
  • A conceptual thinker
  • A problem solver
  • Have a passion for our content and products
Apply now

Finance (Livingston)

With constant delivery of innovation and growth, our Finance team is critical to success and heavily embedded in the business, giving you exposure to exciting projects you couldn’t find anywhere else while you study for your CIMA qualification.

Duration: 3 years
Requirements: 2:1 degree, or equivalent
Location(s): Livingston, Scotland
Start date: August 2018

Our Finance team is rooted at the core of what we do, meaning we offer a hands-on experience of being an Accountant in business. You’ll gain experience in producing the financial and operational reporting that will enable us to continue growing every year and, in addition, you’ll complete analysis and partner the business supporting our customer service function.

It’ll be a real challenge – stretching your analytical mind and working with our Commercial Finance teams across the business. But we’ll make sure you get all the support you need to develop valuable and practical experience, and become a rising star in our Finance team.

You'll be based across our Finance functions in our Livingston (Watermark) and Dunfermline sites.  On-site facilities include a health and fitness centre and subsidised restaurants.

Apply now

Finance (Osterley)

With constant delivery of innovation and growth, our Finance team is critical to success and heavily embedded in the business, giving you exposure to exciting projects you couldn’t find anywhere else while you study for your CIMA qualification.

Duration: 3 years
Requirements: 2.1 degree, or equivalent
Location(s): Osterley, West London
Start date: February 2018, August 2018 or February 2019

Do you want to help deliver, as well as report, business results? Our Finance team is rooted at the core of what we do, meaning we offer a very hands-on experience of being an Accountant in the business. You’ll complete analysis that will support new product launches and help us make great decisions – like whether we should invest in a new TV show or a new piece of technology that could change the face of entertainment! In addition, you could gain experience in our Corporate Finance function from managing the company-wide financial results, to investor relations and looking at mergers and acquisitions.

It’ll be a real challenge – stretching your analytical mind and commercial knowledge, working with people at different levels, in different departments and across the business. But we’ll make sure you get all the support you need to develop valuable and practical experience, and become a rising star in our Finance team.

You'll be based in our brand new, state-of-the-art offices in West London, complete with an on-site health and fitness centre, hair and beauty salon, a variety of subsidised restaurants and food-to-go options, an after-work roof terrace bar and even our very own Waitrose!

Apply now

What to expect

Hear directly from our Finance Graduates about what to expect by watching this video

Marketing

Applications are currently closed.

Working on exciting projects from planning to execution in a fast paced, creative, analytical environment.

Duration: 2 years
Requirements: Undergraduate degree in any discipline
Location(s): Osterley, West London
Start date: August 2017

About the programme

Great TV, no matter how brilliant, is a waste of time if no-one watches it. Even with a brand as well-known as Sky, we need to remind people of the outstanding drama, comedy and up-to-the-minute news and sports on offer. Not to mention all the enticing deals and additional products available. You can’t help but have spotted the amazing work our Marketing team do. From billboards to TV adverts, we’re pretty much everywhere. But Marketing at Sky is much more than that.

How the programme works

Over the course of this two-year programme, you’ll complete four rotations covering all the bases. 

  • ‘Above the line’ (ATL) communication, working in a brand team. This could be in Sports, Movies, Now TV, TV Products, Sky Store, or Sky Difference. You might be working with external agencies, writing briefs and signing off creative designs seen by millions.
  • ‘Below the line’ (BTL) communication, linking with creative agencies. You’ll gain exposure to multiple BTL media channels such as direct mail, email and door drops working across Sky with our teams from Broadband to Customer Management.
  • Strategy & Planning, as part of a Proposition, Planning, or Strategic team. Working in teams like Strategy and Insight, Media Planning or Product Propositions, you’ll apply your strategic thinking and make insightful recommendations based on data and research.
  • Commercial Awareness, within a Commercial team within Marketing. You’ll review the analysis and the stats, reviewing our strategy to make sure targets are met. At the same time you'll gain a firm understanding of the external marketplace and Sky’s position in it.

What we look for

You'll be analytical, commercially focused and a confident communicator able to work well as part of a team. You’ll either have, or be on track to complete, an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Strategy

Applications are currently closed.

Influencing key projects from the start, you’ll play a part in where we go in the future and how we get there.

Duration: 3 years
Requirements: 2.1 degree, or equivalent
Location(s): Osterley, West London
Start date: August 2017

About the programme

Where does Sky’s future growth come from? How should we work with global tech giants? What products and technologies should we be investing in?

In such a fast-changing marketplace, these are some of the big questions that we need to answer to keep hold of our industry-leading position. The Group Strategy team work closely with our CEO and other senior executives, playing a central role in shaping our strategic direction across Europe.

You’ll be working on projects which involve things such as:

  • Developing Sky’s customer proposition
  • Investment in channels and content
  • Assessment of growth opportunities in new markets
  • Assessment of new technologies and the opportunities they offer
  • Competitor analysis
  • Delivery of transformational projects and initiatives

How does the programme work?

Developing core strategy skills in structured thinking and analysis, research, financial modelling, you’ll spend a year working in each of the three teams that make up Group Strategy:

  • Strategic Planning Group: (SPG)

  • Business Development and Strategic Partnerships (BDST)

  • Planning Strategy & Implementation (PSI)

What we look for

This is a programme aimed at logical and analytical thinkers, with outstanding presentation, negotiation, communication and IT skills. You’ll either have, or be on track to complete, a 2:1 degree in any discipline. 

Change Delivery

Applications are currently closed.

Be at the centre of delivering large scale projects across Sky that change the game for our customers.

Duration: 2 years
Requirements: Undergraduate degree in any discipline
Location(s): Dunfermline, Scotland, Livingston, Scotland and Osterley, West London
Start date: August 2017

About the programme

Things move quickly here, so it’s vital that we have a brilliant team of change professionals.

People who support the growth of Sky by leading and shaping transformational change projects in order to offer the best service in the country. End to end delivery across the business in areas such as IT, Product Development, Sales and Marketing, Digital, Change, Quality and Billing and Customer Operations (contact centres and Engineers). This could be how we answer the phone or solve a technical query – right the way through to launching a completely new product to market. Our change experts tirelessly champion the Customer Experience, helping us to deliver innovative, joined-up customer journeys across all our products and services.

How the programme works

It’s a fact that our 120-strong Change team plays a major part in Sky's on-going success and commitment to our customers. Working as either a Business Analyst or Project Manager, you’ll help us balance commercial success, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. It’ll be a challenge, but one where you’ll get underneath the skin of our business and land change that enables our teams and employees to deliver an outstanding customer experience.

Analyst or Project Manager? Make your choice

This two-year, rotational programme will see you choosing to become either a Business Analyst or a Project Manager. So what’s the difference?

Put simply, the Business Analyst role is focused on finding innovative solutions, designing customer experiences and working with stakeholders from across the business to define and manage business requirements for change.  The Project Manager role is more focused on delivering the change successfully by leading and delivering through the project team, ensuring everything runs to schedule, to the agreed budget and to the commercial and business objectives. 

Whichever role you choose, you'll be driving change projects and building strong relationships with key stakeholders from across the business. Expect responsibility from the start. We’ll make sure you get strong support from managers and colleagues to enable you to achieve peak potential. Roles are based primarily in Dunfermline or Livingston (Scotland) or Osterley (West London). You’ll also discover some great opportunities to work on placements in our sites around the UK and ROI so we are looking for people who are flexible and thrive on working in new environments.

More details

As a Business Analyst, you’ll be at the centre of delivering change within the business from concept to implementation. You will work with different teams across the business to investigate and analyse current business processes and define the ideal customer experience in line with business objectives and act as a bridge between business stakeholders and delivery partners. You will define business requirements for change and design solutions, evaluate options and present recommendations to inform business decisions. Development and training are central – as well as Sky Leadership Development, you will have the opportunity to study for a BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis in Year Two.

As a Project Manager, you'll help deliver the change successfully by leading and delivering through the project team, ensuring everything runs to schedule and to the agreed budget. In order to do this successfully you will also need to be able to build strong working relationships with your stakeholders – including your project team, business stakeholders, and other business areas. As well as Sky Leadership Development you will have the opportunity to study for a Prince 2 qualification in Year Two.

What you’ll need

We’re looking for individuals to support this journey who’ll be looking to make a real business impact from day one. You’ll either have, or be on track to complete, an undergraduate degree in any discipline. You’ll also be a confident communicator with an analytical mind – able to communicate complex business issues to different people and to challenge existing working practices and procedures.

Whichever path you choose you’ll need to be resilient and be able to embrace change and manage effectively in often ambiguous circumstances. You’ll be self-starting, motivated and able to challenge existing working practices and procedures to ensure that any new projects and initiatives are landed successfully with the customer experience in mind.

Any questions about our programmes?