Submarines Engineering Graduate Development Programme

Rolls Royce plc
16 Jan 2019
23 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
At Rolls-Royce, we pioneer the power that matters. In our Submarines division, that power has been propelling the Royal Navy's fleet of nuclear submarines for over 50 years.

Join our Submarines Engineering team, and you could be developing innovative solutions as part of the design and manufacture of the next generation of naval nuclear propulsion plants. Or you could support the plant through its lifecycle, keeping the nation's nuclear submarine fleet at sea. Whatever you choose, you'll be part of the team providing propulsion to the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent and ensuring the safety of our ultimate customer - the sailors of the Royal Navy's Submarine Service.

Our Defence business is a truly unique place to work. Our structured graduate development programme could be your first step in an incredible career that's both challenging and exceptionally rewarding.

The programme

Our graduate development programme is designed to give you an immersive, hands-on experience. You'll be working on live projects, learning from some of the most highly respected professionals in the nuclear industry, and receiving first-class training and support. You'll be exposed to the entire engineering lifecycle, solving problems and designing integrated systems for optimal cost. As you develop, the challenges will increase in complexity and so too will your responsibility.

You'll get varied experience across the breadth of our Submarines division. While operating primarily out of our main site in Derby, you could also have placements that include supporting the Astute and Dreadnought class build programmes at Barrow-in-Furness; conducting maintenance on the fleet at the Faslane or Devonport dockyards; and learning about the wider industry via our Civil Nuclear business. From this foundation, you can choose to become a technical specialist, or to broaden your skill base further to become a technical leader.

What you'll need

You should have at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject - think Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Maths, Chemistry or Physics. Your excellent communication skills, initiative and inquisitive, resourceful approach will be just as important, and you'll need to be flexible in terms of where you're based as this is a rotational programme.

The nature of our work means we're unable to employ anyone who doesn't have the legal right to live and work in the UK, and if you've spent more than three months outside of the UK in the last five years (e.g. travelling, working, living), we might not be able to employ you. This role is subject to the full UK Security Check Clearance issued by the United Kingdom Security Vetting.

What you'll get
  • Competitive salary and bonus scheme
  • Competitive pension and tax-effective share plans
  • Support towards professional accreditation via the IMechE, IET, IoP, IChemE & NI
  • Advice and support throughout the graduate development programme, including the ability to shape your own career by choosing your own placements
  • An extensive training programme (including industrial visits to dockyards to understand more about the Submarines Enterprise)
  • Access to a wide range of benefits including leisure facilities, numerous sports societies and social activities

Who we are

Whether we're building the world's most efficient large aero-engine or supporting NASA missions on the edge of space, Rolls-Royce is all about innovation. We invest £1 billion every year into research and development, and file more patents annually than any other company in the UK. Working at Rolls-Royce means being part of a global team of 50,000 bold, curious pioneers, creating cleaner, faster, more competitive power. It means looking to the future, and shaping the world we live in.

We recruit, select and develop our people on merit, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, race/colour/nationality/ethnic or national origins, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable legislation.

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