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Employer Information
Name: Rolls-Royce
Application Deadline: 7th January 2011
Starting Salaries: up to £28,000
Regions: UK (Bristol, Coventry, Derby & Scotland), Europe, USA and Asia
Industries: Engineering, Finance, Supply Chain, Purchasing, Manufacturing Leadership, HR, Commercial, Customer Management and Project Management.
Website: http://www.rolls-royce.com/careers/
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01332 333333
Website: www.rolls-royce.com/careers

Who is Rolls-Royce?

On land, at sea and in the air, Rolls-Royce provides integrated power systems that redefine what’s possible, on a truly global scale. They keep 400,000 passengers in the air at any one time. Their Trent 60 gas turbine has been sold to 16 countries and the fleet can generate enough power for three million homes. Over 30,000 commercial and naval vessels operate with Rolls-Royce equipment, keeping coasts, national and international waters safe.

The expertise, diversity and dedication of over 39,000 employees is key. Rolls-Royce is able to attract excellent people because of the specialist skills and knowledge they can teach to the highest level.

What roles are available at Rolls-Royce?

Rolls-Royce recruit graduates into Engineering, Finance, Supply Chain, Purchasing, Manufacturing Leadership, HR, Commercial, Customer Management and Project Management.

Application process for Rolls-Royce.

Please apply via the website: rolls-royce.com/careers

Entry requirements and type of person suited for Rolls-Royce

Entry requirements vary according to your chosen programme and discipline (full details available on the website). But as well as having the relevant academic qualifications, you need to display the same passion and collaborative spirit that Rolls-Royce people share, along with a relentless desire to make things work better.

Future prospects and training at Rolls-Royce .

You can choose from two graduate training programmes, both with excellent career prospects:

The Professional Excellence Programme teaches the skills needed to be an expert in your chosen field, learning direct from some of the industry’s most experienced professionals.

The Leadership Development Programme finds and develops the future leaders of the business.

Other comments about Rolls-Royce.

Most graduates embark on their chosen career with big dreams and ambitions, hoping to make a difference in the world. At Rolls-Royce you’re not just encouraged to have these high aspirations, but you’re put in a position to realise them – daily.


If you have applied to Rolls-Royce, we would like you to hear from you. Please use the following form to detail your experiences of application, to aid those interested in following a similar career path.

Position applied for:
Engineering Leadership Development Programme
Year of Application:
Europe - UK
Educational Background:
MEng. Mechanical Engineering with a year abroad - Imperial College London

What were your experiences of the application process?

I had previously conducted a summer internship at Rolls-Royce, so as a 'returner' applying for a graduate programme, I didn't have to complete the online application form. Instead, because I was applying for the Leadership Program rather than the Professional Excellence one, I was asked to attend an assessment day to demonstrate my leadership skills. During this one day asessment I undertook a technical interview, skills and experience interview, an individual learning assessment and a group learning assessment. The day was challenging, and at the end I was pretty tired, but the application process for me was very straight forward and smooth.

I found out I'd been successful a couple of days later. Once I was accepted, lots of information and the all important contract were sent to me.

What is it like working for Rolls-Royce?

From day one you're given real responsibility in your role. It can be daunting, but there are always many levels of support available to you, be it from colleagues, managers, mentors, career coaches or people in HR. I've been involved in some pretty big projects which are changing the way the company does business, and you soon see the opportunities available in the company. I've found that putting in the effort earns the respect and support of colleagues. You're expected to deliver the goods, so don't be ready for an easy ride.

It's fantastic with the amount of exposure and contacts you make so early on. There are loads of real opportunities to shine and friends that you make and keep in touch with from day one.

How has it compared to your expectations?

The programme has met my expectations in all aspects. I'd done a lot of research on the programme so knew what to expect. As a job finishing University, I couldn't ask for better. One thing worth mentioning is the amount of opportunity available to you as a graduate on a training programme, you can complete any training required for your role, live and work abroad in some pretty cool locations and take part in all sorts of things outside of work within a large graduate community.

I feel that there is a lot more freedom than I initially thought to map your own career and choose where you really want to go. I am still learning about all of the opportunities out there and with a company the size of Rolls-Royce, I will never get bored.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years time I see myself in the position of a Work Package Owner. In such a position I would probably own a significant section of an engine that is in its development stage and I would be responsible for the team working on this project delivering a good product in time. However, with so much opportunity around, I could well be in a different role, but I'd like to keep a focus on technical and people leadership.

Finally, any advice you would give to potential applicants?

Make sure you read about all of the programmes Rolls-Royce offer before making a decision on which one to go for, and that it fits with your aspirations. Do your research on the company before any assessment day, and give it your best shot. Good luck!!

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