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    2020 Graduate Software Engineer - Rotation Programme

    • 18028
    • Software Engineering
    • Graduates
    • Development Solutions
    • Development Solutions
    • UK
    • Cambridge


    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

    Job Description

    Arm DSG graduate programme 2020

    Arm is the world’s leading semiconductor IP company; our technologies reach 70% of the global population and our customers have shipped more than 130 billion Arm-based chips. 

    What do DSG do and how do we work?

    We are the group within Arm responsible for creating the tools people use to develop their Arm-based products, for example the compiler, debugger, performance profiler, optimised libraries and various models & emulators.


    Our customers, and their customers in turn, are building all kinds of products, from consoles to cars, door bells to data centres & super-computers to space-ships [1], and through your work on these tools you will have some exposure to a wide range of interesting problems and the opportunity to create novel solutions.

    We work with a variety of languages but most products eventually involve one or more of Java, C and C++, and many products are focussed on the lower levels of a system.

    We work in small to medium sized teams following modern Agile principles. Behind the scenes we use common tools like git, Gerrit & Jenkins for CI, Jira for issue tracking + various home made tools, all glued together with plenty of Python.

    Job Requirements

    Who and what are we looking for?

    First and foremost we are looking for enthusiastic & creative people with an interest in computers and an ability to write software.

    You may be about to earn a degree in computer science, software engineering or similar but we also welcome applications from other candidates with relevant experience; our teams include people who studied physics, electrical engineering, biology, psychology and more.

    You probably enjoy solving puzzles and have an enquiring mind. How does this work? Why does it work that way?

    A measure of diligence and thoroughness to keep the development process working smoothly and efficiently.

    The ability to focus on a task, and to clearly communicate your progress to colleagues.


    What does the graduate programme offer?

    All graduates will embark on a 2 year rotation programme consisting of a series of placements with the teams that develop each product. During that time you will have a single mentor to maintain some consistency, and structure.

    Placements are typically 3-6 months long and will be selected from a range of options available, by you and your mentor. Within each team you will be given real problems to work on that will make use of your existing knowledge and skills, whilst also requiring you to learn something new (be that a new language, an internal codebase or a new API). Plenty of support will be given by the local team. Past placements have included

    • "Optimising common maths routines" [2]
    • "Complex division improvements in GCC"

    • "Code coverage metrics for our system simulation models"
    • "Converting a trace of an application's graphic API calls (Vulkan, OpenGL ES) + hardware performance counters into actionable advice for game developers"
    • "Adding support for profiling Java applications to our profiling tool 'Streamline'" [3]
    • "Porting an RTOS to an Arm platform and adding OS awareness to the debugger" [4]

    You will participate in the different aspects of commercial and open source software development, from product design and implementation to testing and support.

    At the end of the rotation programme you will 'graduate' to one of the development teams.

    Location and travel

    This position is open in either the Cambridge or Manchester offices in the UK. Both offices are new with excellent facilities, and both cities are lively, popular places to live.

    You will have the opportunity to travel to other Arm offices, events and to meet with our customers and partners.


    1. https://community.arm.com/developer/ip-products/processors/b/processors-ip-blog/posts/radiation-hardened-arm-that-doesn-t-cost-an-arm-and-a-leg

    2. https://github.com/ARM-software/optimized-routines

    3. http://infocenter.arm.com/help/topic/com.arm.doc.100769_0609_00_en/hqi1509380777240.html

    4. http://infocenter.arm.com/help/topic/com.arm.doc.100953_0529_00_en/vvi1400754189106.html

    ARM Benefits


    Your particular benefits package will depend on position and type of employment and may be subject to change. Your package will be confirmed on offer of employment. Arm’s benefits program provides permanent employees with the opportunity to stay innovative and healthy, ensure the wellness of their families, and create a positive working environment.

    • Annual Bonus Plan
    • Discretionary Cash Award
    • Group Personal Pension Plan with enhanced company contribution
    • Medical, Travel, Health & Life Insurances
    • Holiday, 25 days annual leave with option to buy an additional 5 days per year
    • Sabbatical, 20 paid days every four-year of service
    • Volunteering, One (1) paid working day each year (TeamARM)
    • Varies by location: cycle to work, free car parking, gym on site, team and social events

    About Arm

    Arm® technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. From the unmissable to the invisible; our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs are enabling the intelligence in 86 billion silicon chips and securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. With more than 1,000 technology partners including the world’s most famous business and consumer brands, we are driving Arm innovation into all areas compute is happening inside the chip, the network and the cloud.

    With offices around the world, Arm is a diverse community of dedicated, innovative and highly talented professionals. By enabling an inclusive, meritocratic and open workplace where all our people can grow and succeed, we encourage our people to share their unique contributions to Arm's success in the global marketplace.

    About the office

    At our global HQ in Cambridge, England we house the majority of our engineering and our corporate groups that deliver our extraordinary success. As a world-renowned university town, Cambridge boasts both a beautiful countryside and a historical town center. Local activities include punting on the River Cam and the many museums that reside within Cambridge University.

    Cambridge, UK - Global HQ
    Arm Ltd.
    110 Fulbourn Road
    GB-CB1 9NJ
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