Our Graduates

The Graduate's View

With investments and acquisitions taking place right across our group, as part of our 2020 Strategic Plan, there really has never been a better time to join us and prepare for an exciting future. Before you make up your mind, however, please take a few moments to see what just a few of our current and previous graduates say about working with Renold.

Jean-Pierre Jean-Pierre Hagen | Interim Hi-Tec Sales Manager
MEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Warwick 2015 intake on the Renold Future Leaders Graduate Programme

Considerable opportunities for career progression

“Since joining Renold Couplings as a graduate, I have worked on a multitude of projects and in a variety of roles.
I started the programme as a Mechanical Engineer based in our Cardiff factory. My day-to-day consisted of designing and testing products, managing the factory’s R&D area, producing technical drawings, and having a key role on a multi-million pound project.
Since then I have joined the commercial team as a Sales Manager responsible for leading the external sales team, managing key accounts, driving sales, and improving relations with external and internal customers.
The training on the Future Leaders programme has been extensive and has more than lived up to my expectations.”

Already working in sites across the globe

“The Future Leaders Programme offers five weeks of specific graduate level training over the course of two years to complement and build upon our on-the-job training, skills development, and application. Being a small company, the graduate in-take is also small which ensures appropriate responsibility is given to each of the graduates from the start of the programme. The training covers a wide range of leadership topics and allows the graduates the opportunity to bond through team building exercises, learn from each other’s experience in the company, and network with senior members of the company.
Through the Future Leaders Progamme I was given a job on the ERP Implementation Team which gave me the opportunity to work at many of the different Renold sites across the globe to include China, Germany, India, Switzerland and the USA. I was given the opportunity to take on a variety of projects associated with implementing a new business system across all the Renold manufacturing sites. Gaining exposure to different business processes and interacting with overseas staff has been an incredibly rewarding experience in building inter-personal leadership skills.
Each of our graduate experiences within the Future Leaders Programme varies based on job placement, so be sure to select a job that interests you and then be ready to be exposed to experiences that will prepare you for increased responsibilities in the company.”

Ellie Ellie Welton | ERP Implementation Support Specialist
MAHons Economics and Management University of St Andrews 2016 intake on the Renold Future Leaders Graduate Programme
Scott Scott Gallagher | Area Sales Manager
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering 2015 intake on the Renold Future Leaders Graduate Programme

An exciting platform from which to excel

“My near approaching 3 years at Renold have been incredible. To look at the Future Leaders programme itself, which was completed in December 2017, was more than I ever thought it would be. The level of training, introduction to new business processes/functions, and general support from Renold was second to none. On top of that, we were fortunate enough to have the training weeks at Renold’s various manufacturing sites including Manchester, Cardiff, Tennessee (US) and Einbeck (Germany).
Looking at the role(s) at Renold, you are tested from day one with opportunities forthcoming if you are willing to work for them. My first six months at Renold were spent in the UK internal sales team (Business Development), consisting of learning essential commercial processes, interacting with our customers, and spending some time with the Area Sales Managers in the field. I was also working on some internal projects with frequent travel to Einbeck.
Following these six months I was promoted to an external sales role, managing and growing the sales for the UK distribution partners, spending 18 months in this role. I have now been promoted to Area Sales Manager, with full responsibility for a large sales territory. The opportunities have been amazing for me.
In addition, I have project managed our graduate project which really has been rewarding. This is still on-going and is in conjunction with British Cycling.”

You’re never doing the same thing for long!

“Since joining Renold as a project engineer on the Future Leaders scheme I’ve had the opportunity to work on an array of projects stretching across a multitude of departments over 2 of the business units. I started at the Milnrow site working with the production team to develop my manufacturing and finance knowledge and worked on several projects aimed at improving efficiency and reducing cost, I’m now working in a similar role at our Cardiff site working towards achieving some major project goals for the site.
The Future Leaders programme has been invaluable to my development, the training is fantastic and covers a broad range of topics allowing me to learn more about areas of the business I wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. The scheme has also given me several opportunities to gain exposure with senior members of the business, all of which have been extremely valuable experiences.”

Jared Jared Walsh | Project Engineer
BEng (Hons) Aerospace engineering, Sheffield Hallam University 2016 intake on the Renold Future Leaders Graduate Programme
Bradley Bradley Greenwood | Product Management Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Manchester Metropolitan University 2015 intake on the Renold Future Leaders Graduate Programme

Working in the USA…what an incredible opportunity!

“I have been with Renold for a relatively short amount of time and have been lucky enough to work in the UK, US and Germany so far. During my time abroad I have seen my design decisions take shape on the factory floor - and that has been hugely satisfying.
I originally joined Renold as an Application Engineer and had the opportunity to transition into a commercial role by moving into Product Management. Since moving into this area I have had frequent opportunities to present (along with the graduate opportunities) to many MD’s within Renold. This includes MD’s within Chain, Gears and Couplings due to the inter-company projects and exposure I have had.
Renold has enabled me to develop both my technical ability through to my commercial awareness in a very short space of time. I am currently preparing to move to Morristown, in the US for a secondment in order to further my Manufacturing knowledge of the products that are made by Renold Jeffrey and to support the development of a new chain by sharing the specialist knowledge I have come to gain in the UK at Renold’s HQ and taking that to the US, whilst drawing on and utilising the knowledge of experts from the global network that I have had the privilege to build excellent working relationships with during my time here to date.
It is extremely rewarding to visit different Renold sites. Observing and having the opportunity to talk to and learn from overseas manufacturing staff about the processes they use is incredible. It’s something you simply can’t gain from a book.”