Diverse career opportunities await you
Have you finished serving and are now on the lookout for new career opportunities? Do you want a job where you can apply your experience and knowledge from your time in the military? Then Rheinmetall is right for you. Whether you’re interested in leadership positions, expert roles or working as part of our international “Land 400” programme, the future is waiting for you!
With its Automotive and Defence sectors, the Rheinmetall Group is a technology company that focuses on mobility and security. We have around 25,000 employees and operate around the world at 120 locations and production facilities.
There’s a lot we can tell you, and that’s what we intend to do.
Just like you, many of our employees were at some point getting ready to transition into civilian society. These interviews and the video show why they value Rheinmetall as an employer and how they can apply their experience to their work with us.
Interview with Stefan Haase
My name is Stefan Haase, I’m 44 years old, married and the father of two teenagers. I joined Rheinmetall in January 2015 after being contacted directly by a headhunter. Since then, I’ve headed the “active protection” product range, which develops active technologies for protected and armoured vehicles. We upgrade passive protection technologies such as ceramic composite armour by adding an electronic protection system, similar to airbags or automatic seatbelt pretensioners in cars. The area is home to development, production and the project managers for the business segment.
From 1994 to 2006, I was a temporary-career officer in the German Navy. I studied at the Bundeswehr University Munich in the Department of Economics and Management with a focus on controlling and statistics, before being assigned to type 206a submarines as a watch officer. This meant that I was initially trained on sonars, torpedoes and with small crews at extremely close quarters. The technical focus was clearly determined by the submarine system and I went on to have some intense experiences at sea.
I used only some of their support for a refresher distance learning course at the FernUniversität in Hagen. My military background had already prepared me for the switch to my first employer. In summer 2006, I was hired as a sales representative for a shipbuilding supplier in Kiel specialising in underwater acoustics and submarine sonar. It was an easy change – practically within a community that I knew well and that’s held in high regard around the world.
I currently manage and assess business opportunities in my product range. I coordinate with key members of staff and optimise our processes. I maintain key customer contacts myself so that I can better anticipate what lies ahead for the business area: what are the trends, where are the budgets being made, who is leading the way in terms of innovation.
The international clientele and the projects are what makes my work exiting, but these also mean it is very demanding at times.
Applicants should be able to work independently, very flexibly, both alone and in a team. You should be able to keep a "cool head" in difficult situations. You should be willing to travel (also outside Germany). In addition, the Customer Service Technician on site is also the first point of contact and should try to offer the customer optimal solutions in the event of problems – which are usually complex. A professional appearance and a good basis of trust between customer service and the customer is absolutely essential. We see ourselves as the flagship of Rheinmetall Landsysteme.
I see Rheinmetall as an extremely dynamic company undergoing changes. Lots of our colleagues are highly motivated, show extraordinary commitment and are very personally engaged in their work. I believe many of us really understand how important our products are for security forces around the world. This is a good fit, because project business also means constantly facing competition from tenders.
I think it’s the state of flux. The Group is on its way to achieving its goal of being international, culturally diverse and open and of being able to manage multiple major projects at system level simultaneously. I really value our colleagues’ great ambition and commitment to achieving this goal. And I share this goal too, because Rheinmetall has such a wide range of technological expertise that we can accomplish more and continue to break away from the national market. Rheinmetall is outwardly polarising – which is a good sign for the brand itself. Everyone who comes here wants to contribute something.
My product area offers the creative possibilities and freedom that I wanted in my career. I am extremely lucky in that I work with colleagues and for a boss who together have created good group morale and where the success of an individual is also considered a success for everyone involved. What do I want to achieve? I want to carry on protecting the lives of soldiers – comrades, only just a bit younger now – with excellent products and meet the requirements placed on me in this regard as well as I can. If I am given more responsibilities because people believe me more capable, then I will prove myself just as I did on the submarine 25 years ago.
Interview with Pascal Voß
My name is Pascal Voß and I work at Rheinmetall’s recruiting centre in Bremen. I was approached by a recruitment company who asked me whether I could picture myself working in the HR department of a defence company given my military background and my last job.
I’m a trained IT sergeant and last served as a section commander in a bi-national unit in the Netherlands, where I was responsible for telecommunication and general military training.
I started working for the German Armed Forces in 2004 as a junior non-commissioned officer and after a few years I decided that I wanted to take on more responsibility! Following this, I applied to transfer to the position of sergeant in the special service.
As an IT sergeant, I completed a civilian education and training programme with the military to become an IT systems technician. I completed this in 2007 but was then deployed to work on Armed Forces systems, which unfortunately were not state-of-the-art for the times whatsoever. I then did an industrial administrator apprenticeship via the BFD and went on to complete various other training courses. Starting next month, I will complete a part-time training course sponsored by the BFD at a civilian educational organisation in order to become a human resources administrator.
At the recruiting centre, some colleagues and I are responsible for the “active sourcing” department. This involves actively searching for suitable candidates on social media. I also help out at trade fairs and on various projects. Since I supervise various areas of the company across different locations (including outside Germany), not only do I get to know different candidates, I also get to familiarise myself with various departments and employees at Rheinmetall.
Especially in the armaments sector there are always opportunities to recruit former soldiers! Of course it helps when you’re already familiar with how the German Armed Forces is structured and can communicate with potential candidates on the same wavelength. It’s also useful if you know your way around the military’s standard “vocabulary”, as lots of the terms used aren’t common in civilian life and present a problem to people without military experience.
I work in a young and dynamic team where everyone contributes and brings to bear their different experiences. Whenever someone has a question, there’s always someone who’s familiar with the area and is willing to help.
Unlike many other companies, Rheinmetall allows me to incorporate my experiences from being in the military! It’s often the case that civilian companies consider you a job starter because you haven’t yet gained much experience in civilian life or the experience you do have was some years ago.
My aim is to consolidate all the experience I’ve gained and learn as much as possible from my colleagues, some of whom have significantly more experience in the “civilian world” than I do!
Which prospects await you in our LAND 400 team?
Learn more in our video.
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