Management Trainee

Become a management trainee at the KION Group

Are you ready to take your first step on the career ladder – preferably with a company that can help you get ahead? One that offers you the opportunity to take on responsibility and realize your own ideas? Find out everything you need to know about the management trainee program within the KION Group.

Working for KION

We keep the world moving.

Will you be a good fit? Let's find out! Do you want to actively play a role in driving the Internet of Things forward, rather than merely going with the flow? The KION Group is a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions around the world. Speaking of worldwide: Are you eager to be involved in global projects? We optimize logistics solutions, information systems, and material handling systems in over 100 countries for customers who appreciate innovation. Are you ambitious, know what you are capable of, and want to achieve a lot? Every one of our more than 35,000 employees has the chance to realize their career goals with us – you can take the first step on our management trainee program.

The management trainee program

At the heart of the program is your target function, where you will quickly assume responsibility within the KION Group. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the Group’s many different activities. You will also quickly get to know all the important interfaces within the KION Group that ensure cross-functional collaboration based on partnership and trust.

Over the program’s 18 months, you will get to know several of the company’s locations. You will spend five months at one of our international locations; after all, what would a global management trainee program be without the opportunity to broaden your horizons?

From the outset, you will have the opportunity to play an important role within the KION Group and be a member of an effective and friendly team. In addition to a multifaceted job, you can look forward to exciting career opportunities and above-market remuneration. We look forward to getting to know you and the ideas that motivate you.

Applying for the management trainee program

We want to attract and develop highly talented people worldwide and prepare them for challenging responsibilities in the KION Group. Show us what you can do! Find out about the individual steps of the selection process and what is particularly important to us. The entire selection process is conducted in English.

Application process

Please use our application form to submit your entire set of documents, including your cover letter and résumé in English as well as references and certificates.

We look forward to getting to know you during a telephone interview.

If the chemistry is right, and we mutually agree that you are suitable for the management trainee program, you will be asked to prove your cognitive skills.

You have almost made it. In the final round of the selection process, the assessment center is your chance to shine by demonstrating additional competencies.

Congratulations! You will receive your employment contract and start the management trainee program on October 1, 2021.

What we offer

  • In addition to a multifaceted job, you can look forward to exciting career opportunities and above-market remuneration
  • You will quickly get to know all the important interfaces that ensure cross-functional collaboration based on partnership and trust
  • The global orientation of the program is complemented by a 5-month assignment at one of our international locations
  • After only a short time, we will assign you tasks for which you will have individual responsibility, giving you the opportunity to contribute your own ideas

Vacant trainee positions

Brief Facts

Homebase:
Aschaffenburg

Duration:
18 months

Company:
Linde MH

Start of the program:
October 1, 2021

You have successfully completed your degree and now you can hardly wait to really get going – preferably in an international environment. Our management trainee program gives you the opportunity to quickly assume responsibility for your tasks within the Intralogistics Aftersales team at Linde MH, one of KION’s iconic brands. From the outset, you will feel like an important part of the KION Group and a member of an effective and friendly team.


Tasks

  • You will develop and implement new service offers in the field of Automation
  • You will liaise with the Linde Service network and other business units
  • You will carry out as-is analyses to determine performance potential in the area of customer service (e.g. profitability considerations, efficiency analyses, service quality, etc.)
  • You will identify solution approaches for the optimization of identified performance potentials and support local implementation
  • You will support LifeCycle cost calculation
  • You will carry out data analysis based on live data tracking


Requirements

  • You have a master’s degree in (industrial) engineering, or in a comparable technical and business field, and are looking to put your knowledge into practice
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English and are ideally fluent in an additional language (French, Spanish, etc.); German language skills might be of advantage
  • You have an international mindset, strong communication skills, and team spirit
  • You are customer-oriented and think in an entrepreneurial manner
  • You have a structured working method and conceptual skills as well as assertiveness and are able to withstand stress


Did we capture your interest? We look forward to your application.

Brief Facts

Homebase:
Heusenstamm

Duration:
18 months

Company:
Dematic

Start of the program:
October 1, 2021

You have successfully completed your master’s degree and now you can hardly wait to really get going – preferably in an international environment. Our management trainee program gives you the opportunity to quickly assume responsibility for your tasks as part of our Project Management team at Dematic, one of KION’s iconic brands. From the outset, you will feel like an important part of the KION Group and a member of an effective and friendly team.


Tasks

  • As part of the Project Management team, you will support large scale intralogistics projects and be the connection between our customers, the on-site project team, and our internal support team
  • You will also provide assistance to different project teams in the areas of account handling, budget management, risk management, deadline management, analysis, and general project management for the successful implementation of our material handling solutions based on client briefings
  • You will provide assistance to functional initiatives, such as process improvement, and excellence programs, with the aim of optimizing costs and project deliveries, for example
  • While working in close contact with our interface departments in sales, quality assurance, and logistics, you will ensure the execution and implementation of solutions for our customers


Requirements

  • You have a master’s degree in Business Administration/Industrial Engineering or from another technical discipline with an engineering related background
  • You have professional working proficiency in English enabling you to communicate with stakeholders and our global procurement team; German language skills may be beneficial
  • You have strong project management skills and knowledge of different software —you will be using various programs every day, in particular MS Projects and other MS Office applications
  • You are a team player with strong communication skills, are looking to take on responsibility, and want to use your high level of personal initiative to help achieve tangible results
  • You have already had experience working abroad and ideally have some practical experience


Did we capture your interest? We look forward to your application.

Brief Facts

Homebase:
Hamburg

Duration:
18 months

Company:
KION Group

Start of the program:
October 1, 2021

You have successfully completed your master’s degree or PhD and now you can hardly wait to really get going – preferably in an international environment. Our management trainee program gives you the opportunity to quickly assume responsibility for your tasks within the global KION Modules & Components Research & Development team with a focus on E/E systems development. From the outset, you will feel like an important part of the KION Group and a member of an effective and friendly team.


Tasks

  • You will work intensively on the system development of electrical/electronic control units and the associated architectures and concepts. This includes the creation and continued development of platform approaches across KION’s entire range of vehicle controllers
  • You will rotate through positions in different development departments of truck and module development with a focus on vehicle controllers. This includes all phases of the V model from the requirements analysis to system testing
  • You will also interact with Production, and with Sales & Service, which are important stakeholders for our solutions
  • Your knowledge of the truck E/E system architecture will also see you working closely together with the other development departments of the KION Group around the world. This will include topics such as new energy supplies (Li-Ion batteries and chargers, fuel cells), digitalization (IOT, cloud computing, data analytics, etc.), and automation (AGV—Automated Guided Vehicles, AMR—Automated Mobile Robot Platforms, etc.), and the Warehouse Management/Supply Chain Solutions departments
  • Another area of focus for your work will be the comprehensive topic of innovation


Requirements

  • You have a master’s degree or PhD in engineering, natural sciences, or computer science and are now keen to get practical experience
  • You have a keen interest in embedded systems (cyber physical systems) and ideally already have initial practical experience in systems development. This may include subjects such as MBSE (Model Based Systems Engineering), development for embedded systems, and requirements engineering
  • You have professional working proficiency in English enabling you to communicate with stakeholders and our global development teams; German language skills are needed as well
  • You have already acquired international experience and are excited by the prospect of a placement abroad for several months as part of the trainee program
  • You have strong IT skills—you use MS Office in particular on a daily basis and have knowledge of relevant development tools for systems modeling (SysML), requirements management, version control, and HW & SW development
  • You are a team player with strong communication skills and you are keen to take on responsibility and to work with a high level of initiative to achieve results you can be proud of


Did we capture your interest? We look forward to your application.

Brief Facts

Homebase:
Frankfurt

Duration:
18 months

Company:
KION Group

Start of the program:
October 1, 2021

You have successfully completed your master’s degree and now you can hardly wait to really get going – preferably in an international environment. Our management trainee program gives you the opportunity to quickly assume responsibility for your tasks within the Human Resources team at the KION Group Headquarter. From the outset, you will feel like an important part of the KION Group and a member of an effective and friendly team.


Tasks

  • As an HR Management Trainee, you will gain comprehensive insights into the KION Employee Life Cycle
  • You are the first point of contact for team leaders and employees in all relevant HR matters
  • You will gain expertise in various Centers of Excellence—Recruiting, HR Development, Compensation & Benefits, and HR Solutions
  • You will be involved in different HR projects and support the implementation of our KION HR Strategy
  • You will research and identify new HR standards and carry out benchmarking in order to improve KION’s status as an attractive employer


Requirements

  • You have a master’s degree in psychology, business administration, or sociology, with good academic records
  • You have first practical experience in HR (work/study position, internship, etc.) and are able to communicate confidently with all relevant HR target groups and your international colleagues in English and German
  • You are confident in using various IT programs, in particular MS Office
  • You are enthusiastic about international collaboration and excited by the prospect of spending several months abroad as part of the trainee program
  • You are an excellent team player, have very strong communication skills, and enjoy acting as an interface between various hierarchies and departments and you have a high level of initiativee


Did we capture your interest? We look forward to your application.

Brief Facts

Homebase:
Aschaffenburg

Duration:
18 months

Company:
KION Group

Start of the program:
October 1, 2021

You have successfully completed your degree and now you can hardly wait to really get going – preferably in an international environment. Our management trainee program gives you the opportunity to quickly assume responsibility for your tasks within the KION Mobile Automation team. From the outset, you will feel like an important part of the KION Group and a member of an effective and friendly team working with all KION brands.


Tasks

  • You will support the execution team of KION Mobile Automation, serve as a liaison for all stakeholders and be involved in the global alignment of project execution tools and procedures with a focus on standards tailored to regional needs
  • You will support the carrying out of the global compilation of service / product requirements with the KION Operating Units to ensure adequate consideration in R&D processes
  • You will create benchmark analysis in the area of products, technology, tools and after-sales services that are part of KION Mobile Automation
  • You will support the development of new service concepts / offers for upcoming mobile automation products
  • You will support the R&D program management in managing R&D developments and their testing and implementation process


Requirements

  • You have a master’s degree in (industrial) engineering, or in a comparable technical and business field, and are looking to put your knowledge into practice
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English and are ideally fluent in an additional language (French, Spanish, etc.); German language skills might be of advantage
  • You have an international mindset, strong communication skills, cultural awareness and are willing to travel and relocate
  • You are customer-oriented (and solution-oriented) and think and act in an entrepreneurial manner
  • You have a structured working method and conceptual skills as well as assertiveness and are able to withstand stress


Did we capture your interest? We look forward to your application.

Contact person

Timo Schwarz

Director Talent Attraction & Retention - Corporate Human Resources