As a high technology engineering company, Rolls-Royce is obviously always looking for top engineering talent, but they also need talent in other business areas.

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Let’s be honest – the closest that you’ve ever come to a Rolls-Royce was when you were watching MTV Cribs and saw one in a rapper/athlete/actor’s garage. I’ve seen some college students with some really nice cars, but never a Rolls. With that said, you can finally get close to Rolls-Royce through the college recruiting process. In fact, your lack of familiarity with Rolls-Royce automobiles won’t even matter, because Rolls-Royce plc (the company that we’re talking about today) doesn’t even make cars anymore. That business was sold to BMW in 1998. Rolls-Royce focuses on four global markets – Civil Aerospace, Defense Aerospace, Marine, and Energy – and two vital teams – Services and Research & Development. Although that may not be consistent with the brand image that you’ve associated with Rolls-Royce for a long time, you’re going to have to get used to it – especially if Rolls-Royce sounds like a company that you’d want to work for.

Think High Tech Engineering, Not Luxury

As a “high technology engineering company,” Rolls-Royce is obviously always looking for top engineering talent, but they also need talent in other business areas. They rely heavily on college recruiting to fill these needs, and now is the time to get involved in the recruiting process. In fact, Rolls-Royce is already more than halfway through their campus recruiting schedule. They still have a few campuses to visit, but most of you are going to have to initiate the process online. Before we get into how you do that, let’s see what kind of entry level job opportunities Rolls-Royce offers.

Rolls-Royce has two entry level programs for new graduates – Leadership Development and Professional Excellence. To figure out which of the programs is right for you, you can look at the descriptions that we just linked to you, but you should probably first take Rolls-Royce’s Which Programme (they’re British) assessment. From here, you will hopefully find that your program of choice is open in your area of interest. Rolls-Royce provides a grid that shows which programs they offer in which areas by location (US, UK, and Germany). For the 2008-2009 recruiting season they are looking for people in Customer Management, Engineering, Finance, and Human Resources for the Leadership Development program and Engineering, Supply Chain Planning and Control, and Project Management for the Professional Excellence program. There’s actually a third program called Controls Fast Track for Engineering grads who are interested in becoming a Controls Engineer, but this only seems to be available in the UK.

Getting in the (RR)ecruiting Process

First of all, Rolls-Royce’s Careers site is filled with information. It’s a huge improvement from their old site, and should answer almost every question that you’ll have. The only problem is that it seems to make the assumption that you’ll be making your first contact with Rolls-Royce through campus recruiting. They don’t clearly state how applicants from schools that they don’t visit should apply. There is an online job application process that you can use; however, the Student and Graduate Programmes section only links to internships. The Other Job Opportunities section seems more promising in terms of listings, but it has a note that says “If you are a college student and you are interested in a co-op, intern, leadership program or entry level position, please click here to apply.” Unfortunately, the “click here” links to a page that redirects to Rolls-Royce’s main Careers site. This is a pretty big screw up considering that Rolls-Royce works so hard to sell college students on its jobs. We think that your best bet is to e-mail and ask them how you should apply (you may even want to include your cover letter and resume). If you figure out what works, please share it with the rest of our readers in the comments.

From what we understand, the Rolls-Royce recruiting process closes in December, so you still have time. They have 64 facilities in 26 states, and we’re not sure where they locate most of their entry-level hires, so that’s another question that you may want to direct towards You’ve probably noticed that we’ve focused almost entirely on jobs in the US, but Rolls-Royce also offers opportunities for new grads in Germany and the UK. If those are something that you’re interested in, you can find all of the corresponding information on their Careers site.

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12 responses to “Rolls-Royce”

  1. PM Hut says:

    This is the first time I know about this. I always thought that Rolls Royce was a very expensive (the most?) car in the world, and it doesn’t follow the normal evolution of car design (it still looks very similar to when it was manufactured decades ago).

    I wonder how their “Project Management for the Professional Excellence” program look like.

  2. Chibuike says:

    I encountered similar problem when I was trying to apply for the leadership program. I did contact college recruiting and I was asked to email my Resume. I have not heard from them since I emailed my resume. It’s been about a month and half ago (early october, 2008).

  3. Hey Chibuike,

    I don’t know what to tell you. Have you tried following up?

  4. Chibuike says:

    No, I have not tried following up. I was trying to wait until second week of December before contacting them. That would assure two months of me giving them time to respond to me.

  5. Two months to follow up is way too long. I’d say wait two weeks max. Sitting around and waiting isn’t going to get you a job. Very rarely will following up too much hurt you, but not following up can certainly keep you from getting hired.

  6. estherlaa says:

    Please, how is Rolls Royce engineering leadership assessment centre like? i have one coming up soon

  7. Jaygo333 says:

    What type of engineering are they looking for?

    Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Engineers, Computer Science.

    Both for leadership roles and for the actual working on jets.

  8. Tiff says:

    Just been through the leadership development assessment centre successfully. Start work in 2 weeks time. Apply online, period. Do not waste your time emailing CV’s and resumes to college based institutions. Contact the company directly through their online recruitment system. The assessment centres are challenging to say the least. I believe they are only taking around 15 for this years leadership development, out of the possible thousands that apply. If you get a place though – you can look forward to a strong career with virtually unraivalled opportunities.

  9. Ed says:

    Hey Tiff,

    Could you please let me know what sort of assessments are conducted at the assessment cenre? I have an assessment scheduled on Nov 2 and higly appreciate any help!


  10. Jake says:

    I just completed the process for the Finance Leadership Development Program to start in September. The process can take some time, from applying to the actual offer. I applied in December, was selected to take a test in late January (numerical reasoning, etc) and then further selected to attend the Assessment Center. At the AC there were 10 applicants, 7 from my school and 3 from another. It’s basically a full day of interviewing, with your day split up into 4 main tasks. There is a Skills Interview (basically behavioral), an Application of Knowledge (Case study), a group exercise and a written exercise. The day after the AC Rolls-Royce e-mailed me and said that they wanted to invite me back for a much more informal lunch interview which was scheduled two weeks later. A week and a half after that they called to offer my the position. Overall the process took 2 and a half months but was very enjoyable–they are good at keeping in contact and updating candidates about their progress. Good luck!

  11. john says:

    hey guys, just wanted to know what the group excercise was all about? Was a one big task with all the 10 candidates or were u split into groups?

  12. Me says:

    Hi all- how long did it take to hear back from the AC? (rejection or acceptance)


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