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Corporate Purchasing Graduate Program

Take the chance to gain experience in various purchasing functions in an international and performance-oriented working environment. By joining the program you will get in touch with different interfaces in all business areas of the company such as manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, legal, R&D and logistics. Early on-the-job responsibility combined with interesting international and cross functional projects will turn the program into your personal adventure. Ready to take on the challenge?

Corporate Purchasing Graduate Program at a glance

The goal of the Corporate Purchasing Graduate Program is to provide an opportunity to contribute to work in the central organization as well as an insight into different Continental divisions, areas and departments. The program offers a wide variety of tasks and challenging opportunities which integrate you into the fundamental purchasing process and reach from operative to strategic as well as from local to corporate purchasing. The program provides a valuable insight into this field of work and a great preparation for a future career at Continental.

What can you expect?

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Depending on your experience and background the program takes 19-24 months and splits in four assignments each 3 - 6 months long. In the first assignment you are located in your home country, followed by the assignment at Corporate Purchasing in Germany. You will benefit from a different plant or regional area experience and in the last assignment project you will focus on the work that you will do in your final placement. At least one of the four assignments will be abroad and you will get a chance to experience a cross-divisional department. You will be part of creating smart solutions for future technologies. Depending of your individual strengths you will take on responsibilities at an early stage. The program offers you excellent opportunities to grow fast and start your professional career at Continental.

What could your future look like?

The Corporate Purchasing Graduate Program program prepares you for key positions within the global Purchasing organization. Your future will offer:

  • Exciting job challenges
  • Career opportunities on a global scale
  • Performance-oriented working environment
  • Early operational responsibilities
  • Open culture, open doors, and open views

Our organization is offering various potential positions, such as for example:

  • Purchasing manager in one of our production locations
  • Regional category manager in a regional function
  • Global strategic lead buyer for raw materials or indirect materials in a central function

What do we expect?

  • Excellent university grades in Economics or Engineering
  • First practical experience in internships or thesis writing in strategic or operational processes
  • International experience - living, study or internship abroad
  • Willingness to learn and improve new systems, e.g. MS Office, SAP
  • Proven ability to work analytically and independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • High mobility during and after the program

Does this profile match your skills? We are looking forward to receiving your application!

The trainee program starts on September 1st every year!

Check out our open positions here or set up your personal job agent here to be informed as soon as you can apply for the next program.