Management Trainee

Become a Management Trainee at KION Group

Are you ready to take the first step on the career ladder with KION? We enable you to quickly take on responsibility and realize your own ideas.

We are a global leading supplier of forklifts, warehouse technology, supply-chain solutions, and related services around the world.


month trainee program


months international assignment


sections at our Operating Units


trainees since 2019

The program

  • At the heart of the Management Trainee rotational program is your target function.
  • You learn more about the Group’s many different activities.
  • Your mentor, one of our KION executives, supports you along your journey and fosters your personal development.
  • You get to know all the important interfaces that ensure cross-functional collaboration based on partnership and trust.
  • You are on a 5-month assignment at one of our international locations.
  • From the start, you have the opportunity to take over an essential role within KION Group and be part of a strong and sympathetic team.
  • In addition to a multifaceted job, you can look forward to exciting career opportunities and above-market remuneration.

Your sections

Here you will get an overview of the different sections of our 18-month rotational program.


The program starts every year on October 1st with a joint Welcome Day.

Base Camp Part I

5 days

Focus on your development

You will get to know us and the other trainees in a one-week base camp. There, you will be working together to complete various training modules.


Section 1

5 months

Starting in your home base

During the first five months, you will learn all about your specialist function in detail.


Section 2

4 months

Your cross-functional section

In the next step, you will become familiar with the most important interfaces within your area and take on interdisciplinary tasks.

Base Camp Part II

5 days

Focus on your development

During the 5-day base camp, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of individual subjects in a number of trainings together with your fellow trainees.


Section 3

5 months

Your international section

The international orientation of the program is completed by a 5-month assignment at one of our international locations.


Section 4

4 months

Return to your home base

During the program’s final four months, you will have the opportunity to put the many new skills and tasks you have learned to good use in your target function.


After 18 months of the trainee program you are ready to start successfully in your target function.

New Group - first Basecamp

On October 4, 2023, the new management trainees started their first base camp. See the impressions in our video.

Our Management Trainees in action

Your application

We want to attract and develop highly talented people worldwide and prepare them for challenging responsibilities within the KION Group. Show us what you can do!

  • Step 1: Submit your application documents and video recording using our platform.
  • Step 2: Receive an invitation to a personal video interview so that we can get to know you better.
  • Step 3: Successfully pass the online exam to prove your cognitive skills.
  • Step 4: Convince us at the assessment center with your personality and further competencies.
  • Step 5: After successfully passing the assessment center you will receive an offer.

We look forward to your start in the program on October 1st. Trainees based in the US can have a pre-start.

The everyday life of our trainees

Our trainees around the globe

Trainees tell us: This is why we value our time with our international colleagues.

Trainees abroad

Our young talents support teams around the world for five months.

What we offer

You would like to become a member of our team? This is what you can expect as a trainee:

  • A multifaceted job with exciting career opportunities and above-market remuneration.
  • Cross-functional collaboration based on partnership and trust.
  • A 5-month assignment at one of our international locations.
  • Individual responsibility and the opportunity to contribute your own ideas.
  • An international and innovative working environment with a market leader for forklifts, warehouse technology, and supply chain solutions.

Your contacts

Your Contact Persons

Timo Schwarz

Director Talent Attraction & Retention

Nicole Kraus

Senior Manager Talent Attraction & Retention