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Rolls-Royce plc

Submarines Engineering Graduate Development Programme

Salary notes: 
New starters will receive a £2,000 joining bonus
Job/scheme locations: 
Derby, Barrow-in-Furness, Faslane, Devonport
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

At Rolls-Royce, we pioneer the power that matters. Within our Submarines division, that power has been propelling the Royal Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines for over 50 years.

By joining our Submarines Engineering team, you could be developing innovative solutions as part of the design and manufacture of the next generation of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plants, or supporting the plant through its life, 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. By joining our structured graduate development programme, this could be your first step on an incredible career that is both exceptionally challenging and 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, problem-solving 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. 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 be creative and agile in your approach with at least a 2:1 bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject – Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Maths, Chemistry or Physics. We’ll also want to see excellent communication skills, plenty of initiative and an inquisitive, resourceful approach. As well as that, because this is a rotational programme, you should be flexible in terms of where you’re based.

Due to the nature of our work within Submarines, 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 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
  • An inclusive, welcoming environment – we know that the more diverse we are, the stronger we can become

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 £1.4 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 54,500 bold, curious pioneers, creating cleaner, faster, more competitive power. It means looking to the future, and shaping the world we live in.

Find out more and apply online.

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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More about this vacancy

Start date: 
September 2020
East Midlands, North West, Scotland
Golden hello
Degree requirements: 
Distinction, First, 2.1


Accepts applications from students / graduates requiring a work permit?: 
Degree subjects accepted: 
Chemical engineering & related, Chemistry & related, Maths & related, Mechanical engineering & related, Physics & related