Business Development Scheme: Niche Manufacturing

Business Development Scheme: Niche Manufacturing

Are you a graduate looking to use your expertise to bring world-class engineering to the market?

Ricardo is looking for imaginative and motivated graduates to support our sales and marketing activity across our high-performance vehicle, motorsport, aerospace, defence, rail, and consulting segments. You will be working with a leader in independent niche volume, high-performance engine and transmission manufacturers. You will be supporting the ongoing development of our propulsion and transmission systems including our award-winning McLaren engine, which won the prestigious Engine of the Year award in its class for three consecutive years.

Our scheme is IMechE and IET accredited.

Why Ricardo?

  • A 2-year accelerated graduate development programme
  • Exposure to a range of business activities such as marketing, business development and engineering consultancy
  • Engineering projects across a range of market sectors
  • Become a STEM Ambassador and inspire the next generation of Engineers
  • Continue your professional development and work towards your CEng or IEng qualification with fees covered and mentorship provided
  • Recognition and celebration of your success
  • Six monthly salary reviews

How does the scheme work?

Our 2-year graduate scheme is an accelerated development programme which will see you working with a global multi-disciplinary team of engineering experts who specialise in high-performance, niche volume manufacturing for complex, precision, electro-mechanical products. All whilst gaining experience across several disciplines including business development, marketing, engineering, and consultancy.

You will be supporting our business development team from the outset by providing internal sales support to the cross-sector sales leads. This will include:

  • internal expediting, bid development and management support, data management and supporting compliance to various audits.

  • initiating, managing and tracking the tactical elements of the sales and marketing activities for the business

  • owning and managing the existing sales support material and data for the business

  • Working with the sector Market Heads to develop the sales offering

  • desk based market research analysis of competitors and market opportunities and trends and providing detailed customer analysis and management information

  • developing and maintaining sales and marketing reporting tools

  • working with marketing to develop promotional materials, our online presence and other tactical marketing activities in line with business requirements

  • ensuring that costing and estimates for proposal are accurate

  • communicating sales and marketing updates at staff briefings

We offer many opportunities for you to continue your professional development. You will have regular check-ins with feedback on your progress and recognition and celebration for your success. We also support you to work towards your CEng or IEng qualification with fees covered and mentorship provided.


  • Minimum of 2:1 in a business-related degree, or a manufacturing or engineering degree with relevant business related modules
  • Experience in social media marketing
  • Willingness to travel where required and appropriate


  • A placement or work experience within a commercial environment
  • Experience working with an OEM or Tier 1 automotive supplier
About Ricardo Performance Products

About Ricardo Performance Products

Ricardo Performance Products is globally recognised as the leader in independent niche volume high performance engine and transmission manufacture with a legacy of excellence in high-performance niche manufacture and assembly across automotive, rail, defence and aerospace. We have partnered with some of the world leading OEMs As a graduate engineer, you will be key in supporting the ongoing development of our propulsion and transmission systems including our award winning McLaren engine, which won the prestigeous Engine of the Year award in its class for three consecutive years.  Learn more here.

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