Management trainee programme

Anyone striving for a management position has to familiarise herself/himself with the company’s culture and gain knowledge of the entire business first. By means of its three-year management trainee programme, Röhlig offers its junior managers the perfect opportunity to promote their career.

While working in two different Röhlig subsidiaries worldwide as well as in the Röhlig Head Office, you will get to know all facets of modern logistics and be fully incorporated in the daily business of operations, sales and finance. Enhancing your technical knowledge in logistics on the job, you also get the chance to develop your soft skills like leadership or intercultural awareness, as all management trainees take part in our Junior Leadership Programme “Blue Step”.

For further information please see our brochure on the right hand-side.

Interested in starting your individual management trainee programme with Röhlig? Please submit your application to apply(at)rohlig.com.

My intercultural experiences in the USA

Yan Chen (Locations: Bremen, Hamburg, Chicago, Shanghai)

“During my trainee time in Chicago, USA, I got to know the third culture after living in my motherland China and fatherland Germany. From business view, USA is a fast-paced country and everyone seems to be ‘busy’. On the other hand, after-work life in the States is really easy-going. It is uncomplicated to join in the local life, people are warm and welcoming in their way to talk and behave. Your neighbours and the colleagues are a great help during the first time and will invite you e.g. to a Barbeque for a welcome. Therefore, making friends is much easier than in other parts of the world, but don’t immediately approach your new friends with controversial topics: Politics and different philosophies are to be avoided at first. My work at Röhlig requires frequent intercontinental travelling and working with various nations. Therefore, quickly adapting to the local culture, working and life style is essential to succeed. Being open-minded and thinking positively are indispensable while working in such an intercultural environment.”

My experiences while working in China

Ronny Jansen (Locations: Hamburg, Antwerp, Guangzhou, Bremen)

“While working in our office in Guangzhou, China, I have experienced what it means to adapt to a different culture. Even though our company policies and values as well as the IT system are globally the same, the way how business is done differs a lot. My job as Business Development Manager gives me a great insight into dealing with Chinese clients and the nature of doing business in this constantly and rapidly changing environment, with Chinese as the main business language. Working in China sharpens one's capability to overcome cross-cultural challenges (not just in business but also in private life) and makes you develop a certain “relaxed flexibility”, which is needed when dealing with those unpredictable situations that you encounter every day. It is very exciting to work and live in China, however, it is not just the thirst for adventure that keeps me here, but also and in particular the friendly working atmosphere with the Chinese colleagues.”

FAQ

Frequently asked questions on Röhlig’s Management Trainee Programme

What is special about Röhlig’s Management Trainee Programme?

What is special about Röhlig’s Management Trainee Programme?

Röhlig’s Management Trainee Programme is distinguished by its international approach. On this three-year programme, you gain first-hand experience of life and work at various locations around the world. In this process, you not only engage intensively with a range of business areas, but also discover the social and business culture of particular countries and can build up your own international network.

How is the Management Trainee Programme organised?

How is the Management Trainee Programme organised?

The programme gives you a considerable insight into the operative business in air and sea freight, sales, and the different departments in the company headquarters. You spend six months at the Bremen Head Office, and the remaining two-and-a-half years in two Röhlig subsidiaries. As a rule, you spend twelve months in the operative business and eighteen months in sales, although the exact parameters can vary individually depending on a person’s knowledge, experience and interests.

In addition, all trainees take part in the Blue Step programme which prepares young managers for future executive positions. The Blue Step programme comprises a set of training modules on topics such as leadership, finance, intercultural competences and presentation techniques.

Can I choose the countries I will work in?

Can I choose the countries I will work in?

In selecting countries for trainees, we take into account their interests and knowledge of languages as well as the current needs of our subsidiaries.

Does the Management Trainee Programme have a set start date?

Does the Management Trainee Programme have a set start date?

There is no set start date. Starting dates are arranged individually with candidates.

When can I apply for the Management Trainee Programme?

When can I apply for the Management Trainee Programme?

You can apply at any time.

How many trainees join the programme each year?

How many trainees join the programme each year?

Up to three management trainees join the programme every year.

How can I apply?

How can I apply?

Please send your Management Trainee Programme application – preferably by email – to apply(at)rohlig.com.

Address your application to:

Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG
Christine Kirsch
Corporate Personnel Development Manager
Am Weser-Terminal 8
28217 Bremen

Does the selection process involve an assessment centre?

Does the selection process involve an assessment centre?

Since the selection process is by personal interview, there is no assessment centre.

Will it help my chances if I also ring up?

Will it help my chances if I also ring up?

No, calling us has no influence on the selection process. Naturally, if you have particular questions about your application, you are very welcome to call us and ask. All other issues will be discussed in detail in a personal or telephone interview.

What should I include in my application?

What should I include in my application?

Your application should be written in English, contain a complete résumé, your possible entry date, and a few concise and informative lines about your motivation for joining the programme.

If I am invited for a personal interview, will my travel costs be reimbursed?

If I am invited for a personal interview, will my travel costs be reimbursed?

Yes, we will reimburse your travel costs.