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Early Careers with Lindt

Whether you want to get a first taste of working life in a unique fast-paced environment or kick-start your career in consumer goods; our Lindt International Graduate Programs offer a unique chance to grow your talents and shape the Lindt & Sprüngli of tomorrow.

Our Departments

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What We Offer:

The chance to work at three of our 26 subsidiaries – or 12 production plants around the world for a period of 6 months each. Alongside:

– Housing

– A local salary

– Compensation of your relocation costs

– The opportunity to hone your technical and personal skills, grow a global network and become exposed to a fast-paced working environment

What You Need:

Along side a passion for what we do, all our programs require a university degree, geographic flexibility and the ability to speak English, German or French fluently. Click 'Discover More' to see the full list of what we look for in each department.

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Our Traineeships

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International Finance & Controlling

As a finance graduate you will work closely with other departments such as: Marketing, Sales & Operations, Controlling, Accounting and Budget & Forecasting.

Throughout the 18-month program you will be exposed to a different finance department at another Lindt & Sprüngli affiliate:

– Marketing & Sales Controlling at a distribution subsidiary

– Operations Controlling at a production subsidiary

– A holistic experience of Finance & Controlling at an emerging subsidiary

International Marketing

Our marketing teams are involved in all the marketing steps including: market research, consumer insights generation, marketing strategies, packaging and product innovations, advertising and in-market execution. As part of our International Marketing Graduate Program, you will be as well.

Throughout the 18-month program you will be exposed to the marketing styles of different types of regions:

– A country where Lindt is well-established

– A country where Lindt is emerging

– The headquarters in Kilchberg

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International Operations

As an operations graduate at Lindt & Sprüngli you will be introduced to the entire chocolate production process – from bean to bar. From understanding the recipes and technologies behind each product. to tasting the finished creations, you will be exposed to a variety of departments and processes.

Throughout the 18-month program you will be exposed to the following areas in three different locations:

– Research and development (R&D), including insights into product development and process technology

– Production and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) including resource management, both personnel and materials

– Quality control: from philosophy through to systems and analysis, including the decision-making process

How to Apply

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So, you want to join Lindt & Sprüngli?

This is what you can expect from the application process:

First choose the program that is right for you. You can only apply for one program at a time, so make sure it is the right one. Where you go after successfully completing the program is more flexible but for now, pick what interests you the most.

Now that you have chosen which program to apply for, it is time to fill out the online form which includes your CV and a cover letter - just click the ‘Apply now’ button at the bottom of the page. We read every cover letter, so make sure it is a concise and accurate reflection of yourself - and free from typos.

We screen applications on a rolling basis - so the earlier you apply, the better. If we find the right candidates, we close the application portal. The selection criteria varies from program to program, so make sure you have read the requirements specific to your chosen program.

If You Are Selected...

If we like your profile, you will be invited to participate in a video interview with a recruiter and potential mentor. Our advice: we want to get to know you, so just be you. This is also a chance for you to get to know us and understand the program better. We are always happy to answer all your questions.

Once you pass this round, you will be asked for an in-person interview and assessment at our headquarters. Here, you will have the chance to meet the senior leader of the program. Depending on your program, the agenda will include a form of practical test, such as a case study, presentation or group exercise.

We might set up further video interviews with leaders based in different foreign subsidiaries so you can get a feel for the different cultures at the subsidiaries we might send you to.

If you successfully pass these rounds, you will receive an offer to join our program.

Ready? We look forward to hearing from you.

Apply now
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