Job Description

Operations are rarely as complex as those you will find at Rolls-Royce. Keeping everything running smoothly right across our manufacturing, assembly and repair facilities is a major undertaking - as is managing the external suppliers who make around 70 per cent of our components. On our Operations Management Graduate Development Programme, you will have huge scope to contribute as you immerse yourself in real projects and share your ideas about how we can excel in absolutely everything we do. 

The Programme

Our Operations Management Graduate Development Programme is designed to give you an immersive, hands-on experience across the different areas of Operations. You will get first-class training, mentoring and support, and you will also learn from some of the most respected and highly qualified professionals in their field. 

 Your first three placements - each lasting six months - will provide you with experience in areas such as Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Engineering or Quality/Improvement. You will spend time in a manufacturing environment so by the end of your 18 months you will have gained a solid understanding of the breadth of what we do in Operations. After this, you will challenge yourself with a 12 month leadership role where you will be supported to develop people and grow your performance management skills. Throughout, we will encourage you to gain membership of a relevant professional body. There is a lot to take in, so you will be supported by a graduate development consultant and career coach - who will do all they can to ensure you get the most out of the programme.

What You Will Do

Your first 18 months will see you experience the full value chain as you learn how to manage suppliers, negotiate price reductions for aerospace parts and influence commodity strategy. You will also have the chance to take responsibility for sourcing and managing a portfolio of parts, and spend time gaining a technical understanding of manufacturing and Lean processes on the shop floor. You may even have the opportunity to drive your own improvement project. After this, you will take on a 12 month leadership role in a manufacturing environment where you will build on what you have learned, and discover how to lead a team to meet customer demands. Whatever stage you are at, you will ask questions, think critically and look for ways to improve. 

What You Will Get

  • Salaries vary by location
  • Paid holiday, including bank holidays (pro rata)
  • International environment
  • Great support from managers and peers
  • Leisure and social activities
  • Other rewards and benefits vary by location


We are looking for graduates with strong leadership skills - so you will need to know how to earn trust and inspire respect. In terms of qualifications, you should also be on course to achieve at least a 2:1 degree, or a comparable qualification, in an engineering, science or numerate subject. Flexibility is important too, as you could be based at any of our sites. We also want you to be innovative and resourceful: you will never be short of ideas about how we can do things even better.