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Project Management Graduate Development Programme

With a significant order book and billions of pounds poured into research and development, we don’t think you’ll find a more exciting range of projects to tackle. The diversity, breadth and scale of our projects are huge, which makes our Project Management Graduate Development Programme a fantastic opportunity to experience many different aspects of our business. Whether we’re developing hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the next generation of flight, creating manufacturing facilities or building power stations, sound project management ensures we meet our customers’ high expectations – as well as our own. 

The programme

On this two-year programme, you’ll undertake four six-month placements that will see you working across the full project lifecycle and testing yourself on an exceptionally broad range of projects. You’ll also gain experience across a variety of industry sectors in our businesses – Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems. Potentially, you could work in different global regions, in line with your tailored development plan. From day one, you’ll develop in the way you want while enjoying the support and guidance of graduate development consultants and career coaches. You can expect classroom training courses balanced with practical learning on real projects. And towards the end of the programme, you’ll work towards your first professional project management qualification from the Association of Project Managers (APM).

What you’ll do

You’ll be involved with everything from scoping, planning and scheduling to resource, cost and risk management, from inception right through to the finished product. So you could be maintaining schedules and supplying data to senior members of the team on a large engine project, or working closely with suppliers to reduce our exposure to risk. Wherever your placements take you, you’ll develop a robust understanding of project management principles and methodologies, including the ability to build financially sound business cases. Add to that technical knowledge like estimating, earned value management and requirements management, and you’ll be well equipped to take on your first role as a fully-fledged member of a Project Management team.

What you’ll need

We’re looking for graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of Rolls-Royce, our goals and the context in which we operate. You’ll also need to bring strategic abilities, great people skills and strong attention to detail. Not only that, but you’ll already have experience in some sort of leadership role – at school, in a club or at university. In terms of academic qualifications, you’ll need to have, or be on track to receive, a 2:1 degree (or equivalent).

What you’ll get

  • Competitive salary 
  • Work towards professional membership of APM
  • Bonus schemes
  • A competitive pension 
  • Leisure facilities and 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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