The International Trainee Programme is our way of investing in young talents who have just graduated from university while developing future leaders for the companies in our business portfolio

During 18 months, you will work on two or three challenging projects in different companies within the group. If you strive to get the most out of yourself and to make an impact in an international environment, this is a powerful start to your career.  The next step after the traineeship is to enter into a specific career track.

The programme offers:

  • A solid analytical basis

    A solid analytical basis and broad understanding of a variety of disciplines (strategy, marketing, finance, commerce, supply chain, R&D, sustainability), industries and countries.

  • Working side by side with CEO’s and other senior management

    Working side by side with CEO’s and other senior management so that you play an integral part in the strategic challenges and the growth of our companies.

    You will be involved in topics that have the focus of senior management and cooperation will be close. Feedback is key: the frequency is high and this gives you a real structure for Self-development and allows you to get the most out of yourself.

  • Continued personal mentoring and several days of training

    Continued personal mentoring and several days of training in the Netherlands, to ensure a steep learning curve related to both personal and professional development.

    You will be trained during four two-day training sessions, in both content-related skills, for example problem solving, analysis, project management and stakeholder management and in personal skills, such as communication and presentation skills, time management and personal leadership. One of the HR directors in the group will be your go-to person on personal development topics.

  • Access to an international network

    Access to an international network of ambitious young talent.

    You will be part of a group of other young and talented people with a similar mindset. This cross-company network will assist you when you secure a permanent position on completion of the trainee programme.

  • A competitive salary

    A competitive salary including housing while on the programme.

    Trainees receive a contract for 18 months with a competitive salary. Housing and flights will be provided whenever needed in the context of the projects.

  • Excellent career opportunities

    Excellent career opportunities on successful completion of the trainee programme.

    Our aim is to ensure that every single trainee who performs well embarks on a long-term career path within the group.


Who the programme is for?

  • A specific mindset

    We are looking for trainees with a specific mindset. Do you recognise yourself in the following description? If so, you may be one of our future trainees:

    • A systematic and analytical thinker
    • A quick learner who is self-reflective and open to feedback
    • A strong communicator
    • Determined, disciplined and persistent
    • Structured, precise and detailed
    • Curious and pro-active
  • A master’s degree

    To participate in our programme, you require a master’s degree. The most relevant study backgrounds are technology and business focused. However we are open to other directions in combination with relevant internship experience. Especially chemistry, material technology, chemical, mechanical, industrial and process engineering and sustainability-related graduates are encouraged to apply.

  • Previous experience abroad

    As you will be relocated during the programme, previous experience of living abroad indicates that you will be able to adjust to living in another country during the programme.

  • Full command of English

    It is essential that you have a good command of both spoken and written English. Ability in other European languages is also considered to be an asset.

  • A valid EU working permit

    Applications from candidates without this permit will be considered, but hiring is subject to approval of immigration services and rotation within the group could be limited.