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

Over a period of 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 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.

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  • 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 selfdevelopment and allows you to get the most out of yourself.

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  • Continued personal mentoring

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

    Four two-day training sessions in the Netherlands. You will be trained 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Typically, trainees start on the 1st of March and the 1st of September. In specific cases, exceptions may be made.

Who is the programme 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
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  • A master’s degree

    To participate in our programme, you require to have a master’s degree in a field relevant to the particular track you apply for:

    • Business analytics: preferably any technical, mathematical or economic or business background
    • Engineering: chemical, material or mechanical engineering
    • Sustainability: sustainability related master’s degree
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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