Business Development placement

If you’re a high-flying undergraduate who’s completed your second year at university, this scheme will enhance your study in marketing, business or finance. It’s an ideal opportunity to gain first-hand experience of an international company and working within a commercial environment.

NATS’ vision is to become a global leader in innovative air traffic solutions, and the principal function of the Business Development (BD) team is to win new business and create the right environment and framework to allow the company to deliver long-term sustainable growth.

Business Development

Our Business Development Industrial PLacement will enhance your studies in marketing, business or finance.

Working with a highly experienced team covering many disciplines, your 12-month placement within the BD team will give you a great head start going into your final year at university, not to mention your future career.

How does it work?

You will become involved in a variety of different tasks and projects which support our international growth strategy. From the start, you’ll be expected to assist with robust market analysis, meet deadlines and take responsibility for conducting many key departmental tasks. Under supervision, you’ll be given the chance to manage your own projects and time, ensuring that you become a valued member of the BD team.

Training & development

As a self-motivated student, you’ll be encouraged to get as much out of the year as possible. You’ll develop your strategic thinking, commercial awareness and knowledge of market entry and sales strategy in an international market place. You’ll have the chance to conduct market research and business intelligence gathering, while writing reports and presenting the results of your work to colleagues and senior managers.

You will receive on-the-job training for specific areas of work, which will give context to your tasks and allow you to learn how commercial skills are applied in practice. The BD team has a wealth of experience across many disciplines – from marketing and sales through to legal, commercial and competitive analysis – so there are always plenty of people for you to learn from.

Where might it lead?

The BD team is responsible for the commercial process through which all potential business opportunities across NATS are managed. That means there are a wide range of potential career opportunities for people who join the team.


NATS has a very team-oriented culture which thrives on everyone working together and supporting each other. That’s why we work in open plan offices to allow easy interaction, which in turn creates a more relaxed environment. Everyone is friendly, welcoming and always happy to help.

Who can apply?

Our industrial placements are open to those studying for a Bachelor’s in a broad range of subjects that major in marketing, business or finance. In terms of your skills and strengths, we look for excellent interpersonal and IT skills, an analytical background, attention to detail, drive and commitment.

Our medical branch will test you for your general health. You will also be security cleared.

How to apply

Although applications for the scheme open in October and close in mid-January, we encourage you to apply as early as possible, as places are limited.

We’ll select you for the next stage on the basis of your initial online application, so please do take the time to sell yourself and answer all the questions to the best of your ability. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre in December or February.

Structure of assessment centre

You’ll attend a welcome meeting with our graduate coordinator, graduates and placement students, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get the inside track on what it’s like to work here.

The rest of the day consists of a group exercise to assess your team-working skills, a competency and knowledge-based interview, along with a presentation to senior managers.

If you’re successful, you’ll receive your offer by early March before starting in July.

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