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Saab Australia

3.9
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Saab Australia Graduate Programs & Internships

  • Defence & Aerospace

About Us

Saab Australia is a defence, security and cyber solutions provider, specialising in the development and integration of major defence and security systems. For over 35 years in Australia, we have built a reputation for delivering complex systems integration projects that provide proven and advanced capabilities to keep us ahead of today’s challenges. 

From combat, space, security and underwater systems, to mixed reality, cyber security and deployable health solutions, our extensive portfolio of products and services provide high-technology solutions for defence forces and civil industries across the globe.

Core Business

Our core business is comprised of providing engineering and project management services across the following key business areas: 

Naval systems

Design, development, integration and support of combat, autonomous and submarine systems for Australian and international navies. 

Civil systems 

Design, development, integration and support for our OneView security system, air traffic management and computer aided dispatch systems across a broad range of civil industries. 

Land & Aerospace

Design, development, integration and support of ground based air defence and radar, signature management, combat weapon and deployable health solutions for land and air forces and humanitarian agencies across the globe. 

Leading technology

Development and provision of capability across a range of leading edge technology solutions, including space domain awareness and observation, mixed reality using Microsoft Hololens and cyber security & risk consulting services. 

Recruitment Process

  1. Online Application   
    Commence filling out your online application. Share your CV, cover letter and academic transcript with us. We want to know all about you, from your relevant experience to your hobbies and why you are seeking to join the Graduate Program. 
     
  2. Shortlisting
    Our recruitment team will be busily reviewing applicants and determining a shortlist to progress to the next step. If you are shortlisted after the review process, our team will make contact via email to inform you about the next stage.
     
  3. Online assessments
    Shortlisted candidates are welcomed to showcase their skills through a series of tailored online assessments. These exercises are designed to delve deeper into your capabilities, personality traits, and readiness for the role.
     
  4. Connecting face to face
    Select candidates will be invited for a face-to-face interview at SA, VIC or WA offices, or virtually if you are interstate. Our interview panels generally consist of two to three people and are made up of a mix of technical SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) and Talent Acquisition personnel.
     
  5. Pre-employment checks
    Candidate's progressing to the final stages in the recruitment process will be asked to provide proof of Australian Citizenship, evidence of qualifications / academic transcript and two referee contacts. 
     
  6. The offer
    Successful candidates will then be verbally offered a position within the graduate program, and will be advised of the relevant terms and conditions by a member of our talent acquisition team. Once the verbal agreement is reached, a letter of offer will be sent to outline the T&Cs further and seek a formal acceptance back in writing.
     
  7. On-boarding into Saab
    Prior to your official start date, we will keep you engaged through various networking events and program updates. There will also be some final compliance steps where we will conduct police checks and initiate your defence security clearance process. Your journey with us begins before you step through our doors, and we are thrilled to have you on board!

We pride ourselves on being a responsive team and welcome any enquiries to our Careers Mailbox for updates throughout the process.

Remuneration & Career Growth

Our Graduate Program offers a comprehensive two-year journey, empowering you to choose between two distinct paths: 

  1. A focused program dedicated to honing technical proficiency in a specific area; or
  2. A dynamic experience with structured rotations across two diverse teams within our organisation.

These options are carefully designed to match your unique skills, developmental aspirations, business needs, and personal preferences.

Starting salaries for our 2025 graduates will be $81,000 + 13% super and 6 weeks total leave. 

Upon successfully completing the program, you’ll seamlessly transition into a permanent position within our company, where you’ll continue to flourish in your career. 

What support will you receive?

  • You will provided with trained and experienced mentors from within the business, and access to the Saab Australia Graduate School.
  • Our Graduate Program offers a structured curriculum featuring regular lessons on essential topics to cultivate your personal brand, enhance your business acumen and improve your technical expertise.
  • Professional development and mentoring activities include; the Re-Engineering Foundation Subs in Schools Program, Australia-wide Careers Fairs and Events, and mentoring of future Saab graduates.

Culture and Benefits:

We employ over 1000 Australians and are committed to fostering a culture of excellence and enriching the employee experience. By joining Saab, you’ll be a part of a collaborative and supportive organisation. 

Want to explore the perks of being a Saab Graduate? Let’s drive into what awaits for you! 

  • Essential equipment: you’ll be provided a work laptop on day 1, as well as any other essential ‘tools of the trade’ needed to do your role
  • Flexibility: we value a healthy work life balance and have the policy and infrastructure to support hybrid work from home/office and 9 day fortnight considerations
  • Growth: we are here to support your professional and personal development
  • Extra Leave: take advantage of an additional 2 weeks of Saab leave (6 weeks total p.a) or cash out the additional 2 weeks as extra income
  • Discount Benefits: save money with our MySaab corporate discount program and enjoy delicious meals daily at our subsidised cafeteria
  • Superannuation: we offer a generous 13% superannuation contribution
  • Share matching scheme: buy into Saab shares and 3 years later we will match what you’ve bought into. How good!
  • Salary Sacrifice: save more through our salary sacrifice options
  • Free Income Protection: your peace of mind is our priority 
  • Volunteer Opportunity: make a difference with a paid volunteer day each year and experience the joy of giving back
  • Social Connection: stay active and engaged with our vibrant social and sports clubs
  • No formal dress code:  just dress for your day
  • Coffee/Tea Breaks: stay energised with bottomless coffee and tea

Join us at Saab, where work-life balance is a priority, and every day is filled with exciting possibilities!

Graduate Reviews

Overall Score
3.9
Overall score based on 23 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.6
Culture
8.3
Diversity
8.3
Recruitment
8.3
Work Hours
8.6
Culture
8.3
Diversity
8.3
Recruitment
8.3
Work Hours
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Numerous opportunities to network with fellow graduates and team members, welcoming team members, good work-life balance, good work culture, flexible working arrangements, interesting projects, great mentoring program
  • Learning about business strategies and processes that are used on projects. This is drastically different to taught content from university course work. Graduate school development. This has taught me professional skills to be used in workplaces. I think these skills are very important because they can be used universally in all workplace environments. Meeting professionals in different fields.
  • Culture, especially the events that promote socializing outside of your own business unit. - Work and teams are supportive of each other and promote learning deeply in your area; but also promote broadening skills and developing to understand broader picture of projects. Work is valuable and as a graduate, I feel like I contribute to the work being done overall in the business. The ability to work my own hours (within reason) has greatly allowed me to develop a proper work-life balance that has allowed for objectively improved health since finishing university.
  • The culture at SAAB is great. In an organisation that is expanding quite quickly, It's great to see the investment and care for its employees. Monthly department meetings to hear what is happening across the company is also great insight, in particular for graduate engineers.
  • Autonomy and not micromanaged. Get to do things on my own and ask questions when I need.
  • Lack of documentation for procedures. A lot of the times I have found myself stuck on a question or task because there are no instructions/guidelines that I can refer to.
  • Some tools are counterintuitive to use, but they have trainings to learn these tools appropriately.
  • I can't answer this, haven't experienced anything that can be described as the worst thing
  • Lack of processes/not fully implemented and practised processes.
  • Developing larger standardised processes within the company/

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
E
Engineering & Mathematics
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
S
Sciences

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Work hard, both inside and outside of university. This will set you up well when it comes time for applying for jobs and being able to easily answer interview questions.

Edward Gray

  • Graduate stories
Work hard, both inside and outside of university. This will set you up well when it comes time for applying for jobs and being able to easily answer interview questions.

Edward Gray

  • Graduate stories
Don’t focus on the grades, focus on understanding the content and its practical relevance (and the grades will come with it).

Lachlan Bateman

  • Graduate stories
Don’t focus on the grades, focus on understanding the content and its practical relevance (and the grades will come with it).

Lachlan Bateman

  • Graduate stories
Work hard, both inside and outside of university. This will set you up well when it comes time for applying for jobs and being able to easily answer interview questions.

Edward Gray

  • Graduate stories
Work hard, both inside and outside of university. This will set you up well when it comes time for applying for jobs and being able to easily answer interview questions.

Edward Gray

  • Graduate stories
Don’t focus on the grades, focus on understanding the content and its practical relevance (and the grades will come with it).

Lachlan Bateman

  • Graduate stories
Don’t focus on the grades, focus on understanding the content and its practical relevance (and the grades will come with it).

Lachlan Bateman


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Jeremy Lai

Jeremy Lai studied a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology and is now a Graduate Systems Engineer at Saab Australia.
  • Day in the life

Jeremy Lai

Jeremy Lai studied a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology and is now a Graduate Systems Engineer at Saab Australia.
  • Day in the life

Caitlin Kramer

Caitlin Kramer studied Robotic Engineering (Honours) at Flinders University and is now a Graduate Engineer at Saab Australia.
  • Day in the life

Caitlin Kramer

Caitlin Kramer studied Robotic Engineering (Honours) at Flinders University and is now a Graduate Engineer at Saab Australia.
  • Day in the life

Jeremy Lai

Jeremy Lai studied a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology and is now a Graduate Systems Engineer at Saab Australia.
  • Day in the life

Jeremy Lai

Jeremy Lai studied a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology and is now a Graduate Systems Engineer at Saab Australia.
  • Day in the life

Caitlin Kramer

Caitlin Kramer studied Robotic Engineering (Honours) at Flinders University and is now a Graduate Engineer at Saab Australia.
  • Day in the life

Caitlin Kramer

Caitlin Kramer studied Robotic Engineering (Honours) at Flinders University and is now a Graduate Engineer at Saab Australia.

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A guide to Saab’s graduate recruitment process

Curious what to expect when applying for the Saab Graduate Program? Have a read through of this article for some step by step guidance on how we structure our campaign.

A guide to Saab’s graduate recruitment process

Curious what to expect when applying for the Saab Graduate Program? Have a read through of this article for some step by step guidance on how we structure our campaign.