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Rheinmetall in Switzerland is looking for you!

Rheinmetall Defence represents technology and security. Join our team in Switzerland, and let us work together to develop solutions that turn change into opportunity. Be creative. Feel the passion. Know that you’re making a difference. Every day. With us.

The future is waiting for you. So are we.

Who we are

RWM Zaugg AG is an internationally renowned maker of safety fuse systems for military applications. For over thirty years, the company has supplied leading defence contractors around the world with highly specialised fuses for medium- and large-calibre ammunition as well as missiles. RWM Zaugg AG’s range of products comprises electronic and electromechanical fuses powered by piezo, battery or generator and designed for use in extremely demanding applications such as tank ammunition or state-of-the-art bunker-busting rounds.

Nitrochemie AG registered in Wimmis in Switzerland is jointly owned by Rheinmetall and RUAG. For decades, Nitrochemie has specialised in high-performance propellants for the military and civilian markets as well as in the development and manufacture of chemical intermediates. Another field of expertise is the preservation of paper. Nitrochemie applies its defence technology expertise to special purposes in the automotive and aviation industries as well, and also in medical and fastening applications.

The Rheinmetall Air Defence Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of state-of-the-art antiaircraft systems. In the domain of cannon-based air defence technology, the company is the global leader and the sole single-source supplier of fire control systems, automatic cannon, integrated missile launchers and Ahead ammunition. The core competency of this internationally operating group of companies is developing and manufacturing advanced air defence systems as well as simulators and training systems.

Over decades of evolution, Rheinmetall Technical Publications Schweiz AG is your choice for the provision of product lifecycle services ranging from concepts and analysis through to delivery of technical publications and training solutions – regardless of whether it is in the civil, military or industrial sector. Our aim is to create a strategic relationship with our clients in order to provide the best and most cost-effective solution, tailored to their needs.

RWM Schweiz AG (formerly Oerlikon Contraves Pyrotec AG) specialises in developing and manufacturing medium-calibre ammunition for land, air and naval applications, including antiaircraft rounds. Its product range extends from conventional full-calibre and practice ammunition to intelligent munitions with programmable fuses and is complemented by medium-calibre cannons and weapon systems through strategic cooperation with Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH. The test centre in Ochsenboden is equipped with firing ranges and proving grounds as well as the technical infrastructure necessary for testing ammunition, weapons and complete systems.

For further information on the Rheinmetall Group, please visit https://www.rheinmetall.com/en/rheinmetall_ag/home.php.

Let’s work together to shape the issues that move people: mobility and security.

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Interview with Florian Morgenthaler, Vice President Human Resources at Rheinmetall Air Defence AG

Even Rheinmetall Air Defence AG is facing new challenges due to the shortage of skilled workers. However, the high demand for well-trained specialists does not cause Florian Morgenthaler, Vice President Human Resources, to despair, but instead spurs him on. In this interview, Florian Morgenthaler explains how Rheinmetall in Switzerland is meeting the challenge of a “shortage of skilled workers“, what measures are taking effect and what the whole thing has to do with “employtainment“.

But a few facts to start with: Rheinmetall Air Defence AG in Switzerland currently employs around 600 employees. In addition, there are 60 apprentices in six apprenticeships as well as up to 20 interns in the field of engineering and trade school students in preparation for a business profession.

In your opinion, what is important to ensure that you as a company have a sufficient number of young professionals in the future?

Generally speaking, you have to invest as an employer to attract good skilled professionals. At the same time, a company must be attractive and not only offer good financial conditions - but should also create meaningful jobs and a pleasant working environment. We have put a lot of effort into all these areas in recent years and strived to lead the way in our industry. And successfully so: thanks to numerous positive feedbacks from our employees and applicants on the employer platform Kununu, we can count ourselves among the five percent of companies in the DACH region that have received the "Top Company" seal from Kununu. This is of course a great accolade, as this award is not based on the assessment of external experts, but really on feedback from our workforce.

Could you describe in a little more detail what benefits you as a company have to offer?

Firstly, our salary structures are extremely competitive and we provide generous social benefits for our employees. Secondly, we also give young employees the chance to take on responsibility at an early stage. This approach has proven itself and is highly appreciated. For instance, we offer young talents exciting entry-level positions in our engineering department after they have completed their university studies. There, they not only come into contact with our interesting and modern technologies, but can also take significant steps on the career path at a young age if they have the right aptitude. There are several examples of young innovative specialists who came to us after their studies or apprenticeship and now have responsibility for teams or even departments.

Speaking of young talents: Which specialist disciplines are needed at your company and in which professional fields do you train apprentices accordingly in order to raise the next generation of specialists in-house?

We primarily need service technicians, installation experts and engineers. Our core competencies lie in the development and production of air defence systems as well as simulators and training systems. In our field, we combine a variety of highly interesting special fields - radar, climatic technology, lasers, computers, engines, power supplies, electro-optics, hydraulics, fire controls, weapons technology, ammunition and vehicle construction are just a few keywords. We offer apprenticeships in the following six occupational fields for interested students: Design engineer, polymechanic, production mechanic, electronics technician, automation fitter and commercial assistant.

After successfully completing your apprenticeship, what are your chances of being then offered a permanent position?

The chances are very good! We are deliberately flexible. Some apprentices would like to travel for a while after the final apprenticeship examination, others have to do their military service, and others want to go to university. We accommodate them as best we can and arrange a suitable time for them to start their careers. And even if we don't have any permanent positions open in a particular area, we enable our former apprentices to gain further practical experience with us on full pay as part of a one-year transitional phase and to make themselves ready for the job market.

What distinguishes Rheinmetall Air Defence as an attractive employer? How would you like to be seen as an employer?

I want our company to be perceived as a secure and stable asset in a fast-moving time. That means people should feel comfortable and become long-term employees.

No easy task in this day and age. How do you want to achieve this?

First of all, we have to find the suitable talents. We achieve this through a holistic talent management strategy: we need a healthy mix of home-grown talent in our companies and skills that we procure externally on the labour market. My key idea in this respect is: Attract, Retain and Multiply. In other words, we want to attract talent and retain it through exciting and meaningful activities as well as responsibility, attractive employment conditions and promotion. Next, it's about developing people professionally and ensuring that knowledge is passed on internally. Finally, satisfied employees who think entrepreneurially and act on their own responsibility are our greatest asset. Because they move us forward. I call this "employtainment".

That's what it's like to work at Rheinmetall Air Defence AG in Switzerland

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