Graduate Scheme

Graduate Scheme

Opportunities for high calibre graduates in all STEM subjects



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The Role

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Recruiting NOW for 2022

Develop your business knowledge and combine it with your passion for technology to help us build the best MES (Manufacturing Execution System) on the market.  MES is software at the heart of Industry 4.0 and the Smart Manufacturing movement, putting technology on the shopfloor of the world’s most forward thinking industries. Our MES connects real time data feeds from IoT and automation to the enterprise, ensuring that decisions on the shopfloor are on time and informed.

Simply put, our application Shopfloor-Online helps manufacturing organisations achieve superior performance through digital transformation of their production operations. We use the latest technology (.Net, C#, Javascript and SQL server), we constantly strive to keep our product innovative so that it is configurable, visual, mobile friendly and that can handle and analyse a lot of data! 

Our talented team are involved in the development of the product and its deployment to a global manufacturing base.


Graduate Programme

As a graduate you will participate in a two year rotation programme designed to provide you with a combination of classroom training and practical experience. During this time you will get a broad exposure to all the technical departments, you will gain the technical and non-technical skills required to be a successful contributor to Lighthouse.  The experience in our three main technical functions: Project Delivery, Application Support and Software Development.

What you will learn:

  • Concepts in manufacturing
  • Where MES fits in today's modern manufacturing and its role in smart manufacturing, i4.0 and digital transformation
  • Appreciation of typical MES requirements 
  • Our software solution: Shopfloor-Online MES, how it is architected, structured, installed, configured to build solutions, extended for customisation
  • Software engineering skills: C#.Net, SQL, SQL optimisation, Microsoft T-SQL, Oracle PL/SQL
  • Systems skills: Understanding databases, Software Development Environments, Virtual Machines
  • Business processes: agile software development, release processes, installation processes, deployment processes, support processes, project processes, change management processes


What will you be doing?

Working on real client projects

There are many large-scale projects in progress at any one time across a variety of different manufacturing industries. As a software engineer at Lighthouse, you will work across many disciplines, writing reliable, maintainable code to tailor product for customer needs and deliver outstanding solutions. You will have access directly to anyone in the business to build and deliver solutions, enabling strong knowledge share to enable you to understand the use of the product on a day-to-day basis.

A Global customer base

Our customers are all over the world, and whilst part of a project deployment team, you may get to visit a customer site to help understand requirements and to see first-hand how the software is going to be used or you may form part of a site delivery team. This level of access gives you a unique insight into how the product needs to be shaped going forward, as well as providing the detailed understanding enabling you to extend the product for the customer’s needs. 

You will get to work with a variety of technologies 

During project team deployments, you will be building extensions to the product that tailor the application for specific project requirements. 
When deployed to the development team you may be extending the codebase or fixing bugs in the ever evolving product core. 
Much of the power in our solutions comes in the ability to connect with external systems. The variety in these systems is vast meaning you could be writing an interface in C# one day or building a web service the next. 

Working across the ENTIRE STACK. 

As part of our graduation programme, you will be part of our rotation scheme where you will have the opportunity to experience all areas of product development, solution delivery and customer support. You will gain experience with a wide variety of technologies and platforms, including database, server side scripting and front-end development. 

In addition, you will have an opportunity to be part of an agile team involved in daily stand-ups and planning throughout so will get to appreciate what is involved in working together to build and deliver robust real-world systems used in business critical situations.

Training programme

We provide a training programme delivered by people from within the business. They have also been through this training experience, so they are very familiar with what you will be learning.

Here is an outline of our 9-week training programme to learn all about Lighthouse and Shopfloor-Online™

Week 1  – Welcome to Lighthouse and Core Model

Week 2 –  SQL, Grids and Forms

Week 3 – Office week & Dashboards and applications

Week 4 – Stored Procedures and Tasks

Week 5 – Office Week

Week 6 – Introduction C#

Week 7 – Introduction to ERP and Quality

Week 8 – Office week

Week 9 - Support and Problem Solving

Training continues as you join the Lighthouse Team working with our experienced people and your Lighthouse Mentor.


The process

  • Complete our online questionnaire not forgetting to attach your CV
  • Video introduction so we can get to know you a little better
  • Online test -  Logical reasoning
  • Assessment day 

       A typical assessment day

  • Welcome from Lighthouse
  • Candidates introduce themselves with a short pre-prepared presentation about themselves and their programming skills 
  • Presentation by our Technical Director
  • A current placement student tell you about life at Lighthouse 
  • Team exercises 
  • Individual interviews



  • Competitive salary reviewed every year
  • Relocation support


  • 20 days leave per annum plus bank holidays
  • Holiday entitlement increases by 1 day each year to a maximum of 25 days (plus bank holidays)


  • Automatic enrolment after 3 months for all eligible UK employees
  • Company contribution is 8% of gross salary, employee contribution is optional

Company Insurances

  • Group life insurance
  • Group Income Protection (Long term absence through sickness)

Additional benefits

  • Free parking at the office
  • Free lunches, drinks and snacks at the office
  • Cycle to work scheme – we are registered with Evans Cycles Ride-to-Work Scheme – this is an employee benefit scheme that provides tax and NI savings up to 42% on a bike
  • Regular social events
  • Regular Check-ins to help shape your future path


You will be based at our Head Office located in West Sussex,  conveniently situated between Brighton and London; giving you access to a relaxed cultural city on the coast, and the ever exciting UK Capital, for shopping and nightlife.
Due to the location of our Head Office, access to your own transport is essential.
All applicants must be able to prove their right to work in the UK.