Come and take your potential to the next level with us!

Are you looking for the right start after completing your degree in a company that offers meaningful tasks and a safe future? The Graduate Program of the Rheinmetall Weapon and Ammunition Division offers you a wide range of opportunities to start your professional life with excellent support. Mentors, a possible placement abroad and exciting projects are all part of the package.

With us, you will be supported and challenged. Your permanent employment is our common goal. Apply now for the program start on 01.10.2022!

As a university graduate (m/f/d) with a degree in technical, natural or economic sciences, you can work through various coordinated departments and locations within the Rheinmetall Weapon and Ammunition Division within 12 months and have the opportunity to prepare yourself for exciting specialised, leadership and executive tasks by taking participating in seminars and networking events.

Your assignment fields will be individually tailored to your personal interests and strengths. In addition to the elective courses, you will also have the opportunity to participate in training and additional activities in order to deepen and expand your knowledge in a targeted manner. Parts of the Graduate Program can be completed at one of our numerous international locations if desired and by individual arrangement. The Graduate Program starts at a specified location according to your plan.

All facts at a glance

Rheinmetall's Weapon and Ammunition division – Aim for the future

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How did you learn about the Rheinmetall Graduate Program?

I grew up in the Unterlüß region, which meant I was already familiar with Rheinmetall. In addition, my time with the Bundeswehr was also a big factor in why I wanted to work for Rheinmetall. At the time, I was therefore specifically looking for a job without primarily committing myself to an area in which I wanted to work. The desire to work for Rheinmetall was paramount. I was particularly enthusiastic about the Graduate Program with a focus in sales: I was able to gain initial professional experience without having to decide on a specific position in a department. Of course, I had a preference for this area of activity, but the programme also offered a variety of opportunities in different departments.

How did your traineeship start at Rheinmetall?

I think the first days after a company change are always exciting: new people, new environment and you have to learn to find your way around. However, thanks to the nice and open colleagues, I managed this very quickly and was able to dedicate myself to my first tasks. Due to my start in December, one could think that because of the Christmas season, many things would have been completed and the plans for the New Year would be in place. In December 2019, however, we were still working flat out on many projects and new orders were acquired.

What kind of support did your mentors give you during the traineeship?

In every aspect, actually. My mentor was also the head of my department. Of course, that helped me personally enormously to find my way around in the first few days and to be informed about all the higher-level and organisational issues. In addition, I received the full support of my direct colleagues at all times.

In which aspects have you been able to feel the most growth?

That is difficult to judge, because the transfer to such a large corporation naturally requires you to evolve in several areas. For example, one could mention the processes and the technically demanding and interesting products. However, I personally think that I have made the greatest development in working independently, interacting with customers and using foreign languages in the work environment.

How was your transition to permanent employment planned and arranged?

Right from the start, we were told that Rheinmetall's goal was to employ the trainees on a permanent basis. My head of department confirmed this plan to me and signalled here again after a few months that he wanted to take me on.

To whom would you recommend the Rheinmetall Graduate Programme 2022?

Generally for everyone! I think both with and without professional experience, this programme creates an absolute added value. Whether to lay the foundation for your own career, or to broaden your horizons or find your own interests in the working world. I also think that such a programme is generally very attractive for an employer like Rheinmetall.

 

However, I can especially recommend this programme to anyone who has an intrinsic motivation for this industry, because it was exactly this prerequisite that made me never regret my decision to join the programme retrospectively.

What stands out about the Rheinmetall Graduate Program compared to other trainee programs and what do you like most about it?

Our motto is "Find, Develop and Connect"! We also apply this standard to our Rheinmetall Graduate Program. We set great value on an excellent "person-job fit". It is important to us that the skills and needs of our trainees match the challenges and tasks of the division. In addition, we look for people who enrich our corporate culture and at the same time feel happy with us.

 

Appreciation and a trusting relationship are a self-evident fact for us when it comes to boosting individual strengths. During the program, the trainees pass through three to four departments of their choice. They are accompanied by a mentor. In addition to the technical stations, which can also be completed at the various locations of the division, we offer a support program tailored to personal needs. The focus is on method training and the targeted development of soft skills.

 

The agile design of the program enables the active formation of networks within the entire organisation and creates a perfect starting point for a successful career start. In short, what I like most about the program is the high degree of creative freedom and the constant exchange at the same time.

What are examples of exciting projects that the trainees can be involved in?

The trainees have the opportunity to get a taste of a wide variety of topics and projects. The product development process can be just as exciting as the production and marketing of the end products as well as the continuous monitoring of supporting business processes. For example, this includes accompanying M&A activities or participating in divisional, international large-scale projects.

 

In addition, depending on their individual interests, trainees have the opportunity to expand their intercultural skills at our locations abroad.

How would you describe your division?

Open and innovative - the Weapon and Ammunition Division offers a constantly evolving environment with a broad product portfolio ranging from different types of weapons and their ammunition to civilian chemistry as well as various protective elements and, most recently, shelter solutions.

 

With around 40 locations in more than 10 countries, the Division is an ideal environment to interact with open-minded people from different cultures. We enable our employees to contribute their own ideas and take on responsibility early on in their careers.

From your point of view, what does a potential Weapon and Ammunition Division trainee need to bring with them?

Our trainees are characterised by a high degree of personal responsibility, interest and willingness to learn. In a changing and growing market environment, we need employees who are flexible, proactive and act on their own initiative to meet the demanding requirements of our customers and the organisation.

What is your best memory of the program from previous years?

I am particularly proud of the fact that we were able to offer all trainees who were able to convince us with their performance a follow-up job. This shows that we have been able to win the right employees for us and have successfully supported them in their career entry. The personal development of the trainees is particularly close to my heart. It is great to be able to experience this so closely and to share my experiences with them.

What do you would like to see from Rheinmetall Graduate Program 2022?

In the past, I have experienced great appreciation of the program from both top management and business, and especially from the participants. I hope that the program will be as successful this year as it has been in the past and that we will continue to write the success story of the "Rheinmetall Graduate Program". I expect our commitment to produce many motivated and ambitious employees who will shape the future of the Weapon and Ammunition Division together with us.

Vacancies of the Graduate Program 2022

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