At Leidos, we make the world safer, healthier and more efficient through information technology, engineering and science. It’s work that matters, and a mission we are passionate about.
We are a large scale prime systems integrator. We go beyond the platform by creating solutions that turn complex, mission-critical data in to practical, usable solutions for our customers. Our key asset is the quality of our people – 1,400 in Australia from different backgrounds and with a wide range of skills and experience, working together to deliver innovative answers for our customers’ most complex challenges.
In practical terms, we are Australia’s largest commercial supplier of intelligence services to the Australian Intelligence Community. We also maintain legislative websites for governments, provide critical systems integration projects to the Department of Defence and support the IT environment for the Australian Taxation Office.
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Why Join Leidos?
You can make a real difference
As an evolving organisation, our people are able to make a real difference not just to the work we do, but to our working environment too. We welcome new ideas and encourage our people to challenge the norm.
We also listen to what our people say. So, we run an annual Employee Engagement survey called Leidoscope. This tells us what is working well and where we can do better. And it helps us with our business planning for the next year.
We are developing a supportive and rewarding culture
We want everyone to be able to be the best they can be and recognised for their contribution. So, every day, we are developing a culture where collaboration, transparency and flexibility are embedded, our people are recognised and opportunities for their personal development are clearly laid out.
Last year alone, ‘Young Professionals’, ‘Defence & Emergency Services’ and ‘Women’s’ Advocacy Groups were established. These are voluntary groups of like-minded Leidos employees who have a common interest, meet regularly and hold open events that anyone in the company can join.
We celebrate our differences
We are proud of and celebrate our diversity – we are all unique – and work hard to help everyone feel accepted as part of the team.
During the year, we participate in events such as International Women’s Day, RUOK Day and Taste of Harmony. And, last year, we were recognised as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
We also give back
Last year, Leidos was recognised as one of the World’s most Ethical Companies. So, delivering practical solutions to complex challenges doesn’t just apply to the work we do for our customers. Not only are our people involved in many charitable causes and communityrelated initiatives but, as a business, we also have ongoing relationships with the Australian War Memorial and Bravery Trust, which provides urgent financial support to veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.
We’re big but small
As a company, we are rare. Whilst we are part of a 32,000 person US-based organisation with a 50 year history, here in Australia we are still a relatively new name. Our business is growing fast and we are building an enviable reputation for innovation and delivery.
Where you could fit in
Whether you are looking to specialise in a technical area – such as Software or Systems Engineering – or in any of the functions that are essential for the smooth-running of our business – HR, Finance, Business Development, Operations or Corporate Affairs, for example, you could be part of our future.
Who are we looking for?
At Leidos, we love a challenge. So, if you are adaptable, eager to get involved and enjoy finding better, more efficient ways of doing things, we should talk.
We run a one year graduate program, enabling graduates to work on real projects as an embedded and productive team member right from the start. They are surrounded by seriously smart, approachable people, so there’s plenty of scope to push boundaries, learn and grow.
All of our graduates are employed on a permanent basis and are provided support, on the job training, and networking opportunities along with an assigned mentor and buddy to help navigate around our organisation.
At the end of the year, they typically continue to work in the area they started in and further develop their strengths and capabilities. After that, they often progress into technical or managerial positions.
Industry based learning program
We also run a paid industry based learning program for 12 months. Ideal for students in their penultimate year at university, this offers the chance to apply what they have learnt into hands-on work experience by tackling real projects alongside more experienced team members.
What our Graduates Say
Graduate Software Engineer, studied Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) (Honours)
Leidos is a large company and therefore has a wide range of different projects and customers, each at a differing stage and involving differing technologies. This means there is always something new and interesting going on, which is exciting to be a part of and provides constant challenges due to the ever changing technologies that we get to use. One of my favourite things about being a software engineer is getting to design the software architecture and solving problems for the first time. I also enjoy learning new program languages and dealing with technologies that I have never used before. I know that this is the right job for me because I still want to write software in my free time, even after a tough work week.
Graduate Systems Engineer, studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Leidos is a growing business where things can change quickly, even the basic processes have changed in such a short period of time. While navigating all these changes on top of learning the skills required for the job can be challenging, the learning experience is very rewarding. This shows that Leidos is dedicated to continually improving and being a leader in the field. It is an exciting place to work as there is always heaps of new things to learn, and many opportunities to explore.
Graduate Systems Engineer, studied Bachelor of Environments, Civil Engineering Systems and Master of Engineering
I am in a team that assists other users within defence with their ICT needs such as user account management, remote access, printer access, domain support and various other ICT related things. We also have to assess each ticket that comes through for quality checks to ensure they provide all the required information for easy actioning of the job. One of the things that I like most about my role is the interaction with the clients. This can be both challenging and rewarding just the same. Our interaction with the Department of Defence also gives me a sense of pride that our work is contributing towards our national security, no matter how small it may seem from our end.
Life at Leidos
Job satisfaction and business success thrive in a positive working environment. Every day, we are developing a culture where collaboration, transparency and flexibility are in-built, innovation thrives, individuals are recognized, development opportunities are clear, and new initiatives are being launched all the time.
Celebrating our differences
We want our people to feel valued for their unique qualities, ideas and perspectives. It ensures a sense of belonging and underpins our success as a business. Events such as International Women’s Day, RUOK Day and Taste of Harmony are all central to our calendar.
Sharing knowledge and experience
Our Advocacy Groups and Communities of Practice help ensure likeminded people, irrespective of where they work within the organisation, are able to collaborate and learn within their interest or professional groups.
Listening to our people
We work hard to make sure that everyone feels challenged to do their best work in an environment where they feel they belong. Our annual Employee Engagement survey, Leidoscope, provided rich insights into what our people feel is working well and where we can do better.
Recognising our achievements
Everyone likes to be thanked, so we have developed a range of tools from simple Kudos cards (thanks to a colleague for helping out) and monetary gift vouchers (recognition for a great job well done) through to our annual Leidos Australia Values Award (LAVA) events held simultaneously in Canberra and Melbourne.
Regular team and company events are held throughout the year to keep everyone informed of our progress as a business. We also produce weekly company updates covering a range of business and social topics.
We are involved in a number of community-related initiatives either as an official partner or by raising funds for causes our people believe passionately in.
At Leidos, inclusion is about creating an environment where everyone feels welcome, valued, respected and supported. Embracing diversity means understanding and recognising that each of us is unique, and that our differences are our greatest strength. These are much more than goals or campaigns. They are central to building a great place to work for each of the 34,000 employees at Leidos across the world. Because together, we are better.
Yanny Li studied a double degree in Engineering and Commerce at Australian National University in 2018 and is now a Systems Engineer at Leidos.
The alarm goes off. I have a shower, get dressed, make a cup of matcha latte and catch the train into a yoga studio.
Free-breathing. I have a 2-hour Ashtanga Mysore yoga session. A daily dose of inner peace keeps me calm and clear-headed throughout the day.
I try to walk 10,000 steps every day. If the weather is good, I would walk to work from the yoga studio (about 2 km).
I arrive at work, get to my desk, log in and check the calendar for all meetings scheduled for the day. I get myself a cuppa before checking my emails, attending to any outstanding chat messages on Skype from last night and replying promptly to my colleagues.
I started craving coffee and so are a few of my co-workers. We all head down to our go-to coffee spot. These coffee runs are a great chance to catch up with my colleagues and get to know them better.
Time for our regular Stand-up meeting. My work is project-oriented and using the agile methodology. These stand-up meetings keep everyone aware of the project’s landscape and progress. If there are certain tasks or issues we need to focus on, this is the time to discuss and to make any adjustments needed.
As a Systems Engineer, my role is to support the execution of Systems Engineering activities on a large-scale system of a systems integration project. This involves breaking down customer supplied requirements into lower-level service specifications, working design aspects and managing the compliance tracking and evidence gathering back up the lifecycle.
I go back to my desk and continue working through the task I started earlier today. I read through emails and feedback from the detailed requirements I submitted for review. Collate all of the feedback and comments, I make changes to my work. The changes don’t take too long to make. Once I am done, I would chat with the senior engineers to make any further amendments or arrange new tasks.
It’s lunchtime. I alternate between a social lunch or a lunch packed the night before. I go for a walk around Collins Square and pick up some snacks from Woolworths. The snacks go to our team’s snack drawer and keep everyone in the team energised throughout the day.
Back at my desk and continue working through the requirements specification process. The detailed requirements describe the necessary functions and features of the project solution and lay a strong foundation for project success. I write down any questions in my head and walk over to my manager’s desk to discuss them.
I take a small tea break whilst chatting to colleagues in the kitchen area.
Time to catch a train home. I use the commute time to check my social media messages and catch up with my friends.
I get home, pack my lunch, pick out my clothes for tomorrow and change to my gym outfits.
The gym is less busy now. It’s time to sweat it out and stay on track with my health and fitness goals.
Time for bed. I try to go to bed by 10:30 PM so I can start the next day nice and fresh.
Richard Barsha – Software Engineer at Leidos
Richard Barsha studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Software Engineering at RMIT University in 2018 and is now a Software Engineer at Leidos
Snooze and ummmm… snooze again… So here is the thing, I’m just not a morning person. When my alarm starts blaring I will typically indulge my lazy side and snooze it. Once I manage to crawl out of bed, drinking a glass of water helps get the blood flowing (my substitute for the caffeine loaded beverage my partner obsesses over). Lights on, I cover the eyes until they adjust and move onto brushing my teeth, getting dressed and packing my lunch.
Early bird benefits. By this time, I’m in the car and driving to the train station. Having tried both routines, I can definitely vouch for the idea of being an early bird. Missing the 9.00 AM peak means plenty of parking at the train station, cheaper myki fares and a guaranteed seat on the train. Lately, audiobooks are my jam in the morning, so the earphones go in and I do my best to stay tuned into the book while I fight my forever wandering mind. In case you were wondering, I’m currently listening to “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey.
Settling in. Just arrived at my desk, greeted the team and signed into my computer. After a quick catch up with the team, it’s time to check my priorities for the day. The development team is made up of approximately 4 seniors, 2 technical leads, a recent graduate and an intern. We are building a data management platform which will be used to store and serve data to millions of Australians – robustness and scalability are imperative. I’ll spend 5 minutes going through my emails, replying to anything urgent. Up next is checking Jira for workflow changes, if I have made a pull request it’s (hopefully) been reviewed and pushed back to me for amendments. I tend to prioritise addressing feedback on a pull request to maintain momentum – a lingering pull request is a bad news. After all, comments have been addressed, I push my code and move onto the next ticket – this should keep me busy for a while.
Stand up. You may be thinking it’s a bit late for a stand-up, well… kind of but not really. Running standups at this time has two benefits, firstly it gives the team flexibility to start when it suits them, secondly, it means people talk faster as it’s strategically close to lunch – works surprisingly well. Sometimes we will walk the board sometimes we will do a round-robin (yesterday, today, blockers), I personally prefer the round-robin but change is always welcome.
Lunchtime. I love food, so naturally, I love lunchtime. Resisting the temptation to buy lunch in the city is a tough one but eating dumplings every day gets expensive and the housing market isn’t playing nice these days… oh and I guess it’s not very healthy.
Busy work. Trying to deep-dive technical challenges straight after lunch is usually a struggle. Using this time to reply to emails and take care of any other “busy work” helps ease into productivity.
A collaborative effort. Recently we had a new intern join the team, as part of onboarding we do some pair programming – I found pair programming invaluable when I started my graduate program and it’s something we do often. It gives them a chance to follow along and solidify their technical understanding, asking any questions along the way. Similarly, it forces me to consciously explain my approach in a manner which makes logical sense, an excellent way to weed out pesky knowledge gaps.
Winding down or ramping up? As the day matures, instead of winding down I try and ramp-up to finalise any deliverables before I head off. The sprint review is tomorrow which means its all hands on deck to get the work we committed to during sprint planning over the line. After checking Jira, there are a couple of tickets requiring review so I grab one and jump into it.
That’s a wrap. Times up, I pack my bag, say my goodbyes and jump on a train. The days can be cognitively demanding so I skip listening to an audiobook, instead, I play some chilled music and reflect on the day during my commute home.
Home sweet home. I walk in the door, greet my partner and give the cat a scratch. I do my best to be useful while we prepare dinner, she is much more skilled than I. We have dinner, I do the dishes and try to mentally prepare for a trip to the gym.
It could go either way. Depending on how strong my will power is that day, I may or may not be at the gym. I try to make it there around 4 times a week, exercise is a key ingredient to a healthy work-life balance.
Lights out. After getting home I jump straight in the shower and prepare for bed.
The day is done.
Jacqueline – Software engineer associate at Leidos
Jacqueline studied a Bachelor of Information Technology (I.T. security) at Deakin University in 2015 and is now a software engineer associate at Leidos.
I’m awake…just. Don’t bother talking to me; I won’t give you a coherent response. I eat breakfast and drink tea. Tea is good. I spend too long savouring my tea and rush through brushing my teeth and getting dressed to get out of the house on time.
I drive to the station. As it’s so early, I can usually find parking pretty easily. I get on my train which is 3 mins late, find the last seat in the carriage, grab my phone and earbuds out of my bag and settle in for the journey to work with some head-banging tunes to get me pumped for the day. I’m looking forward to the day ahead.
My train is now ten minutes late. I choose to take the stairs rather than the escalators to get out of the station because I like to pretend I’m fit. It’s a brisk walk from the station to the office.
I walk into my office suite and greet the two guys on my team who beat me in. We like to make use of Leidos’ flexible hours and have more home time in the afternoon. The rest of the floor is very quiet as most people don’t get in until a bit later. I unpack my stuff and log into my computers. I check my email and see the weekly update from the chief executive with updates on the organisation as a whole. This is a good way to find out what’s happening in different parts of the business.
My team is currently working on a research and development project and we use scrum software development methodology. Today’s the last day of our two week sprint and I need to finish off the story that I’ve been working on before 11 o’clock so I can get the new functionality into the release.
I’m happy that my code has built successfully, my unit tests have passed, I have a running instance of my new feature in our Dev environment and I’ve documented how to use the new feature. I need to get my story and code reviewed before I can mark it as ‘Done’. I ask one of my team members to review it for me. I give him a demo of the new feature and explain how it works. He reads through my code and picks up on a couple of things that I could have done better. I go back and fix the minor issues, then he re-reviews my code and approves it. My changes then get merged and my story is marked as ‘Done’.
The Leidos office in Melbourne holds a morning tea every fortnight, and today’s the day. I get to the kitchen just as the food arrives so I can be sure I won’t miss out on a mini chicken curry pie.
It’s sprint review time! This meeting only happens at the end of the sprint. We each talk through our moods during the sprint, what we think went well, what we think could be improved next sprint and people we’d like to thank.
My team demos the stories that we’ve worked on over the sprint to each other. Some sprints, our client will come along to see the progress we’ve made, but this week it’s just an internal demo.
Lunch time! Half of my team go out and buy food, the other half bring stuff from home. I’m in the ‘bring stuff from home’ category because I’m trying to save a deposit for a house. I head to the kitchen to toast my sandwich and then bring it back and eat it by the window while browsing the housing market on my phone and chatting to my colleagues.
We merge the code in our Dev environment to our Prod environment and check that all tests are passed. We deploy to Prod and ensure that everything still works as expected. We fix any issues that come up.
It’s sprint planning time. This always feels like the longest part of the sprint, so I make sure I’ve made myself a nice cup of tea to get me through it. My team gathers in a corner and we sit down and go through each new story in our backlog queue. We vote on the number of points we think each story is worth based on how difficult we think they will be to complete. The higher the points, the more difficult the story. If there’s a large discrepancy between our rankings, then the people who voted for the highest and lowest number explain why they thought it was difficult or easy respectively. After hearing their explanations, we then vote again until we reach an agreement. Once all of the stories have points, stories are added to our next sprint based on how many points we think we can achieve over the next two weeks.
Sprint planning is finished and as I don’t have any story currently assigned to me, I can pick the next one from the top of the backlog queue to work on. It turns out that the next story is to configure and install a new software that I’ve never worked with before, so I spend a bit of time doing some background reading to try and figure out how it works before I start attempting to write configuration and installation scripts.
Back to work. I think I’ve got enough of an idea to get started on my story, so I start writing some configuration and installation scripts.
Home time! It was a good day. I pack up my stuff and log out of my computers. I leave the office and walk up to the station to catch a train home.
I arrive home, eat dinner, walk my dog, have a shower, catch up on some TV and relax.
Bedtime! I’ve achieved quite a bit today, so now it’s time for a well-earned rest.
Leidos Career Mentor Stories
Job satisfaction and business success thrive in a positive working environment. Every day, we are developing a culture where collaboration, transparency and flexibility are in-built, innovation thrives, individuals are recognised, development opportunities are clear, and new initiatives are being launched all the time.
Hear from some of our Leidos Career Mentors about their experiences and words of advice for people starting out in our industry.
Business Relationship Manager at Leidos
I love the lightbulb moment that people get when I am explaining something. Whether I am demonstrating our software in its development stages and people say “wow that’s amazing! I can’t wait until it’s finished!” or I am explaining some nuance of the way the military works – just what is an OODALOOP and why is it important to our software?
What’s your background? I grew up in a farming area in South East Queensland and attended school in town. I moved to Adelaide and completed year 11-12 in a big city high-school which was a bit of a shock. I joined the Navy when I was 19 and did my Bachelor of Arts at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) before heading out to sea to drive ships. Driving ships took me all over like South East Asia and the South-West Pacific.
I transferred to Intelligence and worked in rooms with no windows and on ships at sea in the Middle East and the Australian region. I was lucky to be able to do my Masters back at ADFA when my eldest child was 6 months olds.
I moved 18 times in 21 years until I finally bought my own home in Canberra. At the same time, I had my second baby at the age of 43 and had a moment where I decided that I didn’t want to be a nomad any more. So I left the Navy in May 2019 and joined Leidos Australia.
What’s your job about? Leidos Australia are an IT company that are building ‘Google TV’ for Defence users on a Defence IT system. I am their ‘pet intelligence officer’ because I have experience doing the job of an Intelligence officer and our software is aimed to make their lives easier. So how does someone with an Arts degree get a job with an IT company? I say that it’s my job to be the translator. I speak military and so I translate military-speak to the IT team, I’m learning IT so I can speak it to the project team.
Essentially I am a liaison between the software team in Melbourne and the customer in Canberra. I have also coordinated working groups (more talking!) where we have shown our work in progress to military people in uniform and the software team take their feedback and incorporate it. It helps that I am the sort of person who likes to talk to people and that’s pretty much my entire job.
Did you always know you wanted to work in this field? I never imagined working for an IT company as I’m not technical at all. I am great with words – speaking them, reading them, researching and writing. I even did sales for a while because it’s all about words and talking. My job now is the happy combination of my military experience, my sales experience, my love of talking and telling stories to get my point across. I am loving learning all about the way software works and connects and all the hidden ‘under the hood’ mysteries and I am using my natural skills in explaining that technical information in a simple way.
What is most rewarding about your job? I love the lightbulb moment that people get when I am explaining something. Whether I am demonstrating our software in its development stages and people say ‘wow that’s amazing! I can’t wait until it’s finished!’ or I am explaining some nuance of the way the military works – just what is an OODALOOP and why is it important to our software?
What were some of the challenges you faced in getting to where you are now? Being a chatty, bubbly person in the military meant I attracted attention, and not all of it was positive. It’s called being a heat-seeker! It’s great in my current job though! The tough side though is being ‘piggy in the middle’. When things get tense, when we are up against a deadline or something isn’t working, I am in the middle. It is great that I am a sensitive person when it comes to managing relationships, but when everyone is tense – it’s important not to take it personally. I cannot have an ego and can never say “I was right!” to the customer, even when I was!
3 pieces of advice you would give women who want to work in your industry? Don’t change yourself to fit your job, change your job to fit yourself. If you feel like you to have to make yourself be smaller to fit in at work – then that workplace isn’t for you. My best bosses were the ones who recognised my unique abilities, gave me direction and let me go. I then aspired to be an empowering boss like them. Doing something that isn’t work-related adds another element to who you are, so try something different and random. My sales experience has helped me do software demonstrations and taught me how to explain things.
Delivery Services Tower Manager at Leidos
I have a team of highly professional engineers that are very skilled at what they do.
What’s your background?
I started my career as a Purchasing Officer for a medical research company. This was part of an Office Traineeship, so I was working 3 days a week and doing an office management course at TAFE 2 days a week. I loved the role and the training and was offered a full-time position after my year of training. It was an amazing step into the corporate world and I had extremely good mentors. Being only a small company, we had no onsite IT support and I found myself tinkering and becoming the go-to person in the office for anything IT. I performed a few site upgrades of Office versions and printer rollouts and really knew then that I wanted to be in IT.
The majority of my experience has been on the job, moving up to help desk support then onto project management.
My first ‘real’ IT job was with a major retailer, working on a Windows rollout, in the application packaging area. I loved deployments, I loved translating tech jargon to business-speak and I enjoyed the pace of projects.
Many years later, I am now running a team of nearly 60 people, managing major computing environments and services for a Government agency.
Throughout my whole career, the most valuable thing for me was the open and honest guidance I have received from various mentors. I learned very quickly that if you were willing to ask for help, there is always someone willing to provide it.
What’s your job about? My current areas of responsibility are the management of an ongoing services team responsible for the delivery of end-user services for Defence. We cover several services, including endpoint security, printing services, Microsoft operating system build services, Application Packaging, endpoint management configuration services, Verification and Validation testing and Release Services. We have the most impact on the Defence end-user experience and are responsible for ensuring Defence endpoints remain on current version operating systems.
We have coverage of 6 major environments and support over 150,000 machines and 120,000 users. We have to ensure updates go out to the fleet with no end-user interruption or interaction – so imagine your home pc updates that occur – we do all that in the background and track compliance for each machine.
Did you always know you wanted to work in this field? I had no idea what career choice I wanted to follow. Nearly 30 years ago when I started this role, it wasn’t very common that IT support was a widely chosen career path. I had two IT subjects at school and never really touched IT apart from the home dial-up modem connection and Napstar! Once I started to get involved in IT, I loved the fact that each issue had a solution.
What is most rewarding about your job? I have a team of highly professional engineers that are very skilled at what they do. I love seeing them come up with solutions and concepts that are not only making their lives easier but improve customer experience.
I love being able to translate from the technical to the business talk. We provide a lot of reports on a daily basis and it’s not just about providing data but providing the context of what the reporting means.
I also enjoy the forward planning of what we are going to be implementing and how. The struggles that go along with this include ensuring we have enough funding, resourcing capacity and customer buy-in.
What were some of the challenges you faced in getting to where you are now? There are two sides to every coin.
The challenges of this role are mainly about the pressure that comes with supporting the Australian Defence force. We are responsible for ensuring that they have a reliable and available platform to allow them to do their main role in supporting the warfighter. When you remember it in this context, a small issue that affects 20 people could be a detrimental impact on an active Defence operation. I have to ensure we understand the impact of what we are dealing with and ensuring we have the correct priorities assigned. When we have an issue in the environment, we work 24×7 to remediate it and return services. So often, I have had many weekends interrupted with urgent calls. There is a real sense of satisfaction in remediating these large issues and supporting the team to return of service.
3 pieces of advice you would give women who want to work in your industry? Think about possible progressions in the role and test yourself against what suits you best. Is it people leadership, technical management, architectural expertise, project management, etc? Each career path has its own requirements from a strengths/personality trait. See what aligns to your own areas of interest and then devise a plan to achieve it. Floating aimlessly and hoping for the best is not a development plan. Take it seriously and it’s ok to try and change tack.
Software Engineering Lead at Leidos
The most rewarding thing for me as a senior engineer is when the customer is happy. Working with an amazing group of people to produce the best outcomes, build the relations and help the business to grow.
What’s your background? Since high school, I developed an interest in Electronics and decided to get into engineering. All my cousins, my sister was into either arts or commerce, I was the only one who decided to get into engineering. Thanks to my parents for supporting me and gave me the freedom to choose the career I wanted. Due to finances, I had to work to pay my engineering fees and that is how I landed up in my very first job after finishing a diploma in computer course. I was doing really well professionally and was at the peak of my career, which is when I tied the knot for lifelong commitment and moved to Australia leaving everything behind.
For most of my experience, I have found myself as the only female engineer, but it never bothered me; all that matters to me is kind of work, surroundings and support from seniors. With my previous job due to long commute, non-flexible, non-supportive work environment I find it hard to spend time with my 2 young children and decided to change. That is how I landed up in my current job at Leidos Australia. Leidos Australia not only gives me the flexibility I was looking for but also the ongoing opportunities and learnings to continue my passion in technology. I joined Leidos Australia as a Senior Software and now working as a Software Engineer Lead. This clearly shows how Leidos Australia is good in recognising talent and hard work.
What’s your job about? With 20 years of local experience, Leidos Australia is a leader in providing practical solutions to the federal government using science, engineering and technology.
As a Software Engineering Lead, I am engaged in multiple projects. I am not only leveraging my experience but also learning new technologies, building innovative solutions and being part of the workforce working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in government, defence, intelligence, border protection and health markets. My daily activities involve creating and building innovative solutions, troubleshooting the issues, improving the processes, facilitating the agile event ceremonies, building healthy client relations, mentoring, and coaching my software development team.
As a people leader, I look forward to a face-to-face conversation with my teammates. It gives me great satisfaction to be part of their journey on the path they have chosen. My job is to align their interests, passion for the hands-on professional experience. At times, they may need to upskill; Leidos Australia provides a huge training platform and free courses.
Like my manager, who gave me the opportunities and provided me with the environment for my voice to have the audience, I try to do the same thing for my team and that involves coordination with program managers, leads etc.
Since last year, I have been part of the Women and Allies Network (WAAN) committee and we run many events on professional development such as inviting influential guest speakers, conducting mentoring sessions etc.
I believe Leidos Australia is not just the company but one big family where we look after each other, grow together, work together and have fun as well. We run few social events throughout the year to get to know each other and build relations
Did you always know you wanted to work in this field? Well, not really. When I was at the university studying electronics, I never thought I would end up designing and developing software.
Since my first job, I realised computer programming, designing software is limitless and very creative. The idea of helping organisations to grow their business and communities for a better quality of life with the help of software attracted me the most.
What is most rewarding about your job? The most rewarding thing for me as a senior engineer is when the customer is happy. Working with an amazing group of people to produce the best outcomes, build the relations and help a business to grow
What were some of the challenges you faced in getting to where you are now? I have faced many challenges; the best challenge I have faced so far is juggling between parental duties, work duties and keeping up to date with emerging innovative technologies. However, working in Leidos Australia, that promotes work-life balance, flexible work arrangements has helped me to pursue my passion and also raising two young children.
One of the other challenges I have experienced in the past is unsupportive behaviour. Apparently, after talking to my female colleagues this is a very common challenge women face in the male dominating industry. However, working in Leidos Australia I can proudly say that leaders here are very supportive and very encouraging and they are good active listeners
3 pieces of advice you would give women who want to work in your industry?
IT industry is very creative, innovative and fascinating, we not only need engineers but engineers who are collaborative, easy to approach, self-organised, self-managed and great mentors. I believe women engineers are better at doing all of this.
The advice I have for women engineers is not to underestimate talent and capabilities. Speak your mind and make sure your opinions count. Challenge your abilities and push your limits, change is growth. IT industry has so many opportunities, unleash your talent and seek an opportunity that gives you a sense of achievement and scope to learn and grow. Work as a team and not individual to succeed.
Deputy Practice Lead Digital Modernisation at Leidos
The single best thing though is working with brilliant people and I really value the team and the fantastic culture at Leidos.
What’s your background?
I was born in England and my family moved to Queensland Australia where I grew up in a place called Moranbah, which is a regional mining town with a population of about 8,000 people.
I attended school in both the UK and in Australia and from about the time I was 14 or 15 I knew I wanted to work with technology in some capacity. Originally I’d planned to join the Army, study IT and eventually go into the private sector, but that was cut short when I got injured in and got medically discharged. So I took a different route and studied both my degrees externally, whilst working fulltime in IT jobs and by the time I graduated I was working in a team leadership role in a small business in Canberra. Over the past 10 years or so I’ve worked in IT engineering roles, as a Solutions Architect and as a Chief Technology Officer to mostly government clients.
I applied for my current role at Leidos in 2020 as I wanted to get back to the Architecture and Digital Modernisation work that I’d loved throughout my career. Throughout the interview process, I really liked the culture, smart people and the mission that Leidos has, so it was a no brainer for me.
Now, in my current role within the Leidos Australia Digital Modernisation practice, I work with a team of architects and technology specialists to help design IT systems and capabilities in areas such as cloud computing, application migration, end-user computing and across lots of different technologies.
What’s your job about? Leidos Australia provides practical solutions that answer our federal government customers most complex challenges using Science, Engineering and IT and the team that I belong to is right at the centre.
My job is to help solve technical challenges, overhaul government IT systems to deliver better services to citizens and government customers. On a daily basis I understand problems, workshop ideas, design IT systems and explore different ways of doing things. I love the variety and the complexity of the systems we work with.
Did you always know you wanted to work in this field? Pretty much. Since mid-high school, I had an inkling that I wanted to work with technology and I have done so throughout most of my working life. I really think it’s the best industry to work in and I’m never bored.
What is most rewarding about your job? I get to solve new challenges every day and get to design and build complex systems. The single best thing though is working with brilliant people and I really value the team and the fantastic culture at Leidos. The work we do is important for our government, citizens and military, so it’s nice to be contributing to something bigger in some small way.
What were some of the challenges you faced in getting to where you are now? Technology moves so fast and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The thing I’ve always loved about technology is the change, continuous learning and being able to be creative in order to solve problems with technology.
The workload varies and sometimes it’s really busy and other times we have time to plan more strategically and work on longer-term efforts. I enjoy the variety, continual learning and it really feeds my curiosity at work, but some people may find that quite stressful.
3 pieces of advice you would give women who want to work in your industry? My three pieces of advice to women who want to work in technology would be:
Aim high, figure out what you want and work toward acquiring skills to get there. I’ve always planned my next role and started working on skills needed well before I’ve wanted to move into it.
Seek out mentors that can be managers, team leads, colleagues and other women in IT that you admire. I’ve found managers and other women in IT are particularly willing to help you (so long as you’re willing to take action and ownership for your career).
Explore different areas in IT and work out what you like and dislike.
Bec had a chat with Lei Lei who has had many roles within Leidos
Bec caught up with Adam, software engineer with Leidos
STEM at Leidos
Over half of our 1,400 team members in Australia have STEM-related backgrounds and roles.
At Leidos, we bring together science, engineering and technology to deliver smart solutions to our customers’ most complex challenges. So great ideas are our currency and every person is encouraged and enabled to be curious, open-minded and confident in bringing theirs to the table.
We invest considerable time and resources to make sure our technical teams are fully supported and developed. Our busy technical training program gives everyone the chance to learn new skills. Likewise, our Communities of Practice provide the chance to connect and share ideas with like-minded colleagues from across the business. And, our Technical Core Competencies ensure that we have access to best practice and expertise across our global business.
We deliver our customer solutions through four lines of business:
+ IT Projects – Major IT systems and transformation projects to Federal Government Agencies.
+ Intelligence – Solutions and support to Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance projects for the Australian Intelligence Communities.
+ Defence Mission Systems – Complex systems for the Department of Defence including Command and Control, Force Protection Hydrographics, Electronic Systems, Data Analytics and Electronic Warfare.
+ IT Services – Critical IT services support to Federal Government Agencies focusing on Prime Contracts for Service Operation and IT Infrastructure Support.
These are supported by enabling functions such as HR, IT, Finance, Business Development and Corporate Affairs.
Things to Know
This is key for everyone at Leidos. It underpins our ability to deliver for our customers both now and in the future, and we firmly believe it’s something every person in our company has the right to expect.
Technical Core Competencies Communities of Practice
Our people are encouraged to join our Communities of Practice which are built around a number of key areas including Mission Software and Systems, Cyber Operations, and Operations & Logistics.
Enabled to Thrive
The last year has seen us adapt our approach to enable everyone working remotely to continue to be collaborative, innovative and, above all, safe and healthy.
Gender Equality at Leidos
As a large scale prime systems integrator, our biggest asset is the quality of our 1,400 people.
So, no matter where our people work or what their background is, we strive to ensure everyone feels welcome, valued, respected and supported. Inclusion is one of our most important company values and it underpins our approach every day.
Our Australian Executive Leadership Team – 40% of whom are female – are passionate about ensuring women are appropriately represented within our organisation and fully empowered to grow and have an impact as an individual.
We offer opportunities throughout the company ranging from the many technical roles delivering solutions to our customers through to our enabling functions such as HR, Finance, Business Development Affairs and Commercial Management.
Our thriving Women’s Advocacy Group runs networking events throughout the year providing an excellent chance to compare notes on mutual interests, meet new people and help each other through sharing ideas. Each year, we also celebrate International Women’s Day – a global initiative celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
We also offer a range of work practices including flexible working and additional leave arrangements. We have attractive parental and care leave options. And, over the past year, we have made significant changes to the way we collaborate as so many continue to work from home.
Things to Know
Enabled to Thrive
Every day, we strive to develop an open-minded and supportive culture. We love good ideas and encourage everyone to be curious and bring their ideas to the table.
Culture of health and wellbeing
We’re passionate about helping our people and their families stay fit and healthy both mentally and physically. We have a busy information hub on our Intranet, a great Employee Assistance Program and actively take part in initiatives such as RU OK Day and Mental Health Month.
We all have different lifestyles so we offer a range of flexible work practices for employees to choose from including flexible working and leave arrangements.
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What is STEM anyway?
In collaboration with Leidos, you are invited to this virtual Explore Careers event.
October 12, 2021 |
Whether you’ve heard of STEM and it’s not really for you, or you’ve heard of STEM and you’re excited about it – come along to this virtual event to learn more about how STEM is applied in the working world and used to help solve complex problems, in eHealth, the environment and in Cyber.