What do we do? We provide vehicles, munitions and mobility technology to the Defence industry.
Who works for us? 25,000 employees worldwide with over 850 (and growing!) in Australia.
What’s great about working here? The cool gear (military vehicles, munitions and technology), the culture and work-life balance (best in the Defence industry as voted by our graduates!) and the opportunity to have an impact on our innovative projects for the Commonwealth of Australia.
What’s not so great? You’ll need to be an Australian citizen to apply for our programs.
What disciplines are we looking for? Engineers (Mechanical, Mechatronics, Electrical or Software), Finance, Commercial, Procurement and Cyber Security.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Group, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Our company has a rich history that spans more than 130 years and is recognised as a global leader in security and mobility technology.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia is experiencing an exciting period of growth, delivering products and solutions for the Commonwealth of Australia as it modernises its defence capability. Headquartered in the state-of-the-art Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Brisbane; Rheinmetall operates at the vanguard of the modern defence space, where the technical challenges demand the best and brightest minds. We recognise the strategic value in investing early in the future of our workforce, making Rheinmetall ideally placed to launch and develop early talent.
Rheinmetall ranked #91 in the GradAustralia Top 100 Employers of 2023 and scored best in the Defence Industry in the categories of Culture (4.8 out of 5) and Work–Life Balance (4.9 out of 5) as ranked by our graduates.
The Rheinmetall Defence Australia values of Safety, Partnership, Openness, Respect and Trust (SPORT) create a workplace environment where our employees value each other, live up to their promises, communicate openly and work safely every day. We advocate:
The Rheinmetall Summer Internship Program is the perfect foot-in-the-door to the tight-knit defence industry in Australia. We provide paid work experience to students who are currently in their penultimate or final year of undergraduate study and the program is the primary pathway into our Graduate Program.
Offered from November to February, the program provides students with hands-on experience, challenging real world projects, professional development opportunities and structured performance feedback. It also gives students the chance to determine their interest in the industry, and gives Rheinmetall an opportunity to make early offers for the following year's graduate positions. Many of our interns also continue working part time during their final year of university, studies permitting.
We are considering applications from students in the following disciplines:
Our graduate program provides a platform to launch your career in the defence industry, providing a strong technical foundation through mentoring, technical rotations and development programs while offering opportunities to work on innovative projects and future technologies.
All graduates are offered permanent positions from the outset, and we have two main intakes in January and July (however we are able to accommodate other start dates).
Our week-long Induction Program provides an in-depth introduction to our business and projects.
Rotations give graduates exposure to a variety of teams, projects and locations providing them an understanding of the potential career pathways available.
Mentoring and support is provided to all graduates, with peer mentors who help them settle in and technical mentors who guide their development and provide career direction.
Development is a focus at all stages of our employee’s careers but particularly early on from a technical, safety and professional standpoint.
To learn more about where your career after university can go with Rheinmetall, check out our Graduate Stories!
Rheinmetall Defence Australia has operations in Adelaide, Brisbane CBD, Canberra, Melbourne, Townsville as well as Wellington in New Zealand and is headquartered at the state-of-the-art Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland.
The MILVEHCOE site is a one-of-a-kind facility that hosts an operational manufacturing production hall, warehouse, test track, weapons and munitions firing tunnel, EMC chamber, electronics engineering and administration buildings, a fully catered cafeteria and training auditorium.
All of our offices are accessible via public transport and free on-site parking is offered at our sites in MILVEHCOE, Adelaide, Canberra and New Zealand.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia considers applicants from a wide range of disciplines but particularly those with engineering, commercial, supply chain, cyber security and finance degrees. The company welcomes applications from veterans, reservists, women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
Given the nature of many of the Defence projects we work on, you’ll need to be an Australian Citizen to be eligible to obtain a Defence security clearance.
Our recruitment process consists of the following stages:
Applications for our Summer Internship Program open in August, close in September and our interns are considered the primary talent pipeline for our graduate program. Additional graduate opportunities are usually advertised in early March and close mid-April.
For both recruitment processes, successful candidates are invited to complete a video interview. When it comes to our early careers' programs, we are focused on assessing your passion for technology and solving the kinds of problems we face at Rheinmetall every day.
Finally, successful candidates will be invited to attend an in-person assessment centre at our Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE). You will get to meet a number of our graduates, hiring managers and leaders, as well as having a tour around our amazing facility. After a successful assessment centre, we will conduct background checks and send out offers.
If successful, your on-boarding will begin with meeting your new line manager and team followed by a corporate induction including site tours around MILVEHCOE. A buddy and technical mentor will help you smoothly transition into your new role at Rheinmetall.
Pay and benefits are important considerations in any career decision. At Rheinmetall, remuneration is reviewed against the market continually to ensure we are paying competitive salaries. We also offer the following benefits:
Rheinmetall introduced a nine-day fortnight for all employees to ensure a healthy work/ life balance and that rest, recuperation and self-care are a priority.
Flexible Working Arrangements
We offer work from home and flexible working hours. We operate in a hybrid environment empowering our teams to focus on results, not work hours or location.
Career Development and Progression
We are committed to supporting and encouraging professional growth and the acceleration of careers as part of every employee’s journey.
Additional Leave Options
Be rewarded with industry-leading leave options including Loyalty Leave, Study Leave, Reservist Leave, and Special Leave all fully accessible upon commencement.
No matter the team you join, you will be presented with rewarding challenges, collaborative thinking and the opportunity to be part of ground-breaking projects.
Diversity and Inclusion
Our passionate and dedicated colleagues foster a culture of inclusion and respect, empowering our people to bring their whole selves to work each and every day.
Encouraged and supported participation in community activities including fun, rewarding, challenging and life changing events with our charity of choice, Legacy.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Our comprehensive EAP offers our employees and their families both personal and professional support on a variety of work-related and personal issues.
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