Returning Professionals Programme (RPP)

Are you an engineer at heart (by degree or experience), but not currently working in an engineering role?

Returning Professionals Programme (RPP)
Returning Professionals Programme (RPP)

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Have you taken a career break to raise a family, care for a loved one or simply taken time out to travel or achieve another life goal? Ready to return to the profession? Our Returning Professionals Programme (RPP) may be just what you are looking for!

Perkins Engines Company Limited – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. – is a global power systems powerhouse, building on its legacy as a leading diesel engine manufacturer to deliver smarter solutions that advance sustainable power. Perkins values your perspective and experience, which is why we’ll welcome you into our workplace with a career re-entry programme designed for anyone ready to restart their careers after taking a break from the workforce.

Perkins helps customers achieve climate-related goals by designing, building, and servicing power solutions that are tailored precisely to their requirements. Working alongside our industry leaders and technical experts as a returning professional, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Work on exciting and meaningful projects
  • Collaborate with our global team
  • Gain exposure to cross-functional career areas
  • Develop and refine professional skills
  • Access training, coaching and support. We will help you reconnect with industry and the workplace
  • Flexibility, we will strive to match a role that meets both your career and personal needs
  • Develop products and services that help power over 5,000 customer applications around the world
  • Competitive remuneration based on skills and experience

Programme duration: 6 months

Programme location: Multiple positions available at Perkins’ facility in Cambridgeshire, UK


Details of our latest job opportunities can be found here:


About you

  • Degree or relevant experience in a Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Field customer facing discipline
  • Previous related engineering experience
  • Currently on a career break

The top candidate may also have experience with (depending on the specific position):

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Previous analysis, design, or system engineering experience
  • Experience enhancing team creativity; facilitating team cooperation
  • Project management experience
  • Relevant foundational product or service development experience, such as:
  • Conceptual design
  • Development of product and/or process
  • Data analysis and extraction
  • Failure resolution and prevention
  • Requirements management
  • Commercial acumen



Explore Perkins

For nearly a century, Perkins has challenged the status quo in the agricultural, construction, electric power generation, industrial and materials handling industries, manufacturing over 22 million engines to power over 5,000 different customer applications around the world. Together, we power ahead.