As an international, owner-operated logistics company, we develop worldwide transport solutions for our customers in international sea and air freight, project logistics and contract logistics. A global presence is essential to provide these services at a high level with the highest quality standards. That’s why our global network is so important to us because it allows us to offer our customers on every continent a reliable partnership.
Careers at Röhlig:
We are a family business – benefit from our family values
Intercultural work environment – we have more than 2,300 employees from 70 nations and more than 30 countries
Diversity – we value diversity, as it makes our company what it is
Short decision paths
Various offerings for a work–life balance
Options to work from home
On-boarding model and e-learning
Global and local management programmes
Individual training and coaching
- We want you to stay with us for a long time and focus on longevity
International employer: a global company with family values
As a family-owned business with German roots, we make our decisions 100% independently, which means we are able to respond quickly and flexibly to market developments. Based on our long-running business tradition – Röhlig was founded in 1852 in Bremen and is currently being run by the family’s sixth generation – values such as personal integrity, trust and fairness are fundamental for us. This also includes us making forward-looking decisions – with the goal of handing over Röhlig to the next generation.
We train our employees systematically in order to support them in their responsibility.
Internationally connected – be part of the global Röhlig team
Our global reach allows our employees to work with, and on, every continent of this planet – through daily exchange and placements abroad.
This is how this looks in day-to-day working life: a customer wants to send goods from Germany to Australia, for example. Röhlig takes on the task, but this workflow only works if the responsible team in Germany collaborates perfectly with Australian colleagues. After all, we’re working towards the same goal: satisfied customers.
‘At Röhlig, we think of ourselves as one global unit. In the morning, I coordinate with my colleagues from the USA and Australia, at lunch, we hold a video conference with the South Africa team, and in the afternoon, I correspond with my colleagues from Germany. Our commitment to always develop the best logistics solution for our customer creates a real team feeling across every ocean.’
Sophie Zhu, Regional Key Account Manager, Röhlig Shanghai
It works! An apprenticeship and dual study programme at Röhlig Germany
Start your career in an international environment. Röhlig Germany offers you a direct start – both through an apprenticeship and through a dual study programme. As a business person in freight forwarding and logistics services, you will get to know the global world of logistics and take on responsibility at an early stage. Our Hamburg-based subsidiary Röhlig blue-net offers two professional apprenticeships – as an IT specialist in either system integration or application development.
‘After studying business administration in Münster, I was given the opportunity to work for the company in New Zealand at the start of 2007. I was intensively supported by Röhlig and my colleagues were very supportive too. That’s really something very special! I returned to Germany after eight years, but my family and I never let go of our longing for New Zealand. After discussing this possibility with management, we found a solution together and we’re back living in Auckland today.’
Jochen Brandt, General Manager Röhlig New Zealand
Personnel development programme
We offer a number of options: Would you like to spend a few years abroad? Or would you prefer to be permanently based at a fixed location so you can get off to a proper start there? You’ll find the right perspective with us. We foster your professional development through further education and training programmes. The coexistence of different mentalities and cultures is one of our strengths.
Our management trainee programme provides the basis for long-term success. In three years, you’ll get to know every facet of logistics and will be involved in the daily business of operations, sales and finance. And abroad too! Whether it’s South Africa or Australia, we are present in more than 150 locations worldwide and offer first-class preparation for your career.
As a trainee, you also take part in our ‘Blue Step’ management programme, where you will further develop soft skills like leadership and intercultural skills. You can find more information here.
Is management the same as leadership? What leadership style suits my nature? And how do I approach interpersonal relationships with my colleagues? It’s no question that if you take on more responsibility you have to be prepared for it. Blue Step is aimed at employees who have had initial leadership experience and want to further develop their skills. The programme takes place in head office in Bremen and includes two training modules. Topics like management, finance and intercultural skills are taught in practice and in theory over five days. As well as training, the programme starts with an individual development centre, which we carry out together with an external trainer.
We prepare experienced managers for senior management tasks through the ‘Blue Arena’ programme. The programme lasts 12 months and combines three five-day training modules. Personal management and leadership qualities are further developed, and current industry knowledge deepened based on a current project. A development centre is planned at the start and end of the programme.
‘Encouraging employees on an individual basis and long-term career planning are the foundations of us working together. Essentially, building and transferring knowledge is very important to us, which is why we promote employee exchanges between our national companies around the world.’
Christine Kirsch, Corporate Personnel Development
Trainees, graduates, professionals –
what you should definitely bring with you
Whether you’re a logistics specialist with years of experience or whether you’re just starting your career, there are qualities that you should bring with you regardless of your specialist expertise: an international approach, intercultural team spirit and an interest in digital and technological progress are things that are essential for us.
What makes us special? Pragmatism, flat hierarchies and direct paths.
Working at Röhlig is often pragmatic, decisions are made without long delays, personal customer relationships are important to us, people are our focus, we leave space for independence and for personal and professional development.
What our on-boarding process is like
Your professional and personal integration is a priority for us. That’s why we support you from the very beginning. Your team colleagues are of course your first point of contact, as they’ll help you get used to daily working life. Our e-learning platform also provides you with key knowledge with respect to our company: how do sea freight, sales, air freight and all of the other services work at Röhlig? What country-specific differences are there? This is what a successful start to working at Röhlig is like.
Award-winning family-friendly working atmosphere
In order to further consolidate the family-conscious personnel policy at Röhlig and to take individual concerns into account when creating a family-friendly working climate, Röhlig has been certified by the Hertie Foundation's Work and Family Audit since 2008. In autumn 2020, Röhlig is already aiming for its fourth re-certification.
The audit covers the existing measures for better compatibility of work and family life. Based on eight fields of action - working hours, work organisation, place of work, information and communication policy, management competence, personnel development, remuneration components and non-monetary benefits as well as services for families - coordinated measures are developed into a comprehensive overall strategy in order to find and implement solutions that are as tailor-made as possible.
Bremen Diversity Prize: ‘Encouraging example for other medium-sized enterprises’
Röhlig won the Bremen Diversity Prize in 2014. It was awarded by an association of various social institutions and honours organisations that promote diversity. We received the award for appreciating diversity as a corporate culture, for consciously creating cultural diversity within the workforce, for our exemplary international young talent development programme, for promoting family friendliness within the company and for creating a gender balance. The jury praised Röhlig’s attitude and steps taken as an encouraging example for other medium-sized enterprises.