Careers

MAN Global Champion Trainee programme

Once a Champion, Always a champion. Become a Global Champion!

Our trainee programme gives you the chance to gain intensive experience in an international multi-brand environment. You will develop both personally and professionally, realise your full potential and put your ideas to good use in shaping our future projects. Our Global Champion trainee programme provides the perfect launchpad from which to find your personal path within the company. Start your career with us! We need people like you in our highly motivated team in order to make our company a truly global player.


Your development at MAN

The aim of the trainee programme is to give you the best possible development opportunities, so that you can build up your strengths and qualifications. There are some fixed modules, such as those in production and sales, but the structure of your individual modules is decided entirely by you with the help of your mentor. Alongside your various positions within the company, you will benefit from personalised training, networking events and even evening discussions with top level managers – all of which are geared towards expanding your expertise and assuring your future success.

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Onboarding week

The trainee programme opens with an induction seminar and an orientation week, which is attended by all trainees from our commercial vehicle brands. These are designed to introduce you to the overall strategy and direction of VW Truck & Bus. You will also receive your first insight into the various branches of our company, so that you are ready to hit the ground running.

Working in your Home department:

By applying for a specific position in one of our seven management departments, you will have already chosen your ‘base' department and starting point for your fantastic training within our company. This department is where you will spend your first three months.

Department rotation:

We want to offer you as much space as possible to develop your own ideas, which is why no two traineeships are the same. Together with your mentor, you will decide which functional divisions you spend time with. Moreover, you will receive feedback after every position you hold, to help you tailor the rest of the programme to your individual potential and strengths, and build on these skills in subsequent modules.

Department rotation:

We want to offer you as much space as possible to develop your own ideas, which is why no two traineeships are the same. Together with your mentor, you will decide which functional divisions you spend time with. Moreover, you will receive feedback after every position you hold, to help you tailor the rest of the programme to your individual potential and strengths, and build on these skills in subsequent modules.

Working abroad

Working with us means working in an international multi-brand environment. That’s why a posting at one of VW Truck & Bus’ international locations is a mandatory part of our Global Champion programme. Depending on the projects you work on, you will spend around three months at one of our other commercial vehicle brands. You will have the chance to gain intensive experience of working abroad, improve your inter-cultural competence and develop a large, international network for your future career within our company.

Department rotation:

We want to offer you as much space as possible to develop your own ideas, which is why no two traineeships are the same. Together with your mentor, you will decide which functional divisions you spend time with. Moreover, you will receive feedback after every position you hold, to help you tailor the rest of the programme to your individual potential and strengths, and build on these skills in subsequent modules.

Graduation

Graduation provides yet another opportunity to network, as well as a time for reflection and looking to the future. What have you taken away from your personal trainee programme? Were you able to realise your full potential? And what do you want to achieve in your future role with us?

Business Challenge

Performed outstandingly during your trainee programme? Then the Business Challenge gives you the chance to once again demonstrate all that you have learned in your 15 months with us. Together with a hand-picked group of international trainees from our commercial vehicle brands worldwide, you will work on a 3-month project at the VW Truck & Bus AG headquarters. Alongside the challenge, you will also take part in a series of seminars designed to really get to grips with the company goal ‘Change’.

MAN Truck & Bus Trainee Team

Where do you see your future career?

Our Global Champion trainee programme can be completed with any of our company’s seven management departments. It is up to you to decide where your strengths lie and where you wish to begin your career. We also offer the opportunity to build up a comprehensive and global network across the entire group, because we are convinced that strong cross-departmental collaboration is at the root of all pioneering ideas.

Chief Executive Officer’s department

Chief Executive Officer’s department

This is where the corporate and commercial strategies for MAN Truck & Bus’s entire product range is decided, developed and steered. Help us as we push forward with digitalisation and transformation to ensure the future competitiveness of our company.

Human Ressources

Human Ressources

Our goal as a top employer is to find employees using new channels and enrich MAN through their diversity. Through innovative working environments, flexible work arrangements and numerous development opportunities, we aim to retain staff for the long term, so that our team remains competitive and successful.

Research & Development

Research & Development

At MAN we boast a passion for our products, teamwork and an acute awareness of our social responsibility. We develop and shape the future of commercial vehicles with outstanding quality standards, optimal efficiency, innovative technologies and, above all else, customer focus.

Procurement

Procurement

This is where the planning and allocation of resources all over the world takes place. Many factors must be expertly managed to ensure that all of our suppliers’ parts, equipment and services are always available in sufficient quantities and perfect quality, in the right place and at a competitive price.

Finance, IT & Law

Finance, IT & Law

Finance and Law highlight potential competitive advantages to other departments and assist in all financial and legal decisions. Focusing on digitalisation, the IT department looks to create the perfect environment in which to become the leading player for digital solutions in the commercial market.

Production & Logistics

Production & Logistics

The enthusiasm and expertise of Production’s highly motivated team is clear. The customer's needs come first, even when faced with extremely high production volumes. These qualities, combined with the efficient use of resources, allow us to meet the most stringent quality standards and customer requests.

Sales & Marketing

Sales & Marketing

In the Sales department, the customer is at the heart of all we do. Help us achieve our goals with your innovative ideas and passion for digitalisation. We want to win over customers with our outstanding service and become the leading player for digital solutions in the commercial vehicle market.


So wirst Du zum Trainee

Wir wählen unsere Trainees sogfältig aus und nehmen uns deshalb Zeit für Deine Bewerbung. Der Bewerbungs-und Auswahlprozess bis zum eigentlichen Start Deines Traineeprogramms findet deshalb in mehreren Schritten statt. Nach einer Vorauswahl laden wir potenzielle Trainees zu einem Interview über unser Video-Interview-Tool ein. So erhältst Du die Möglichkeit, Dich uns persönlich zu präsentieren und wir bekommen bereits einen ersten Eindruck Deiner spannenden Persönlichkeit. Hier kannst Du sehen, wie Dein Weg zum Global Champion aussieht.

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Trainee-Blog

What is a typical working day like for our trainees and what have they experienced in their time at MAN? Read on for their genuine insider insights.

Christoph Riedl – Graduate Trainee Engineering

Christoph Riedl – Graduate Trainee Engineering

The opportunity to shape the future of mobility and logistics – this is what MAN offers in the development of alternative drives. I have been a MAN Trainee in the Complete Vehicle Engineering department with a focus on electromobility since May 2016.

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Anne-Kathrin Schuhmacher - Graduate Trainee Personal

Anne-Kathrin Schuhmacher - Graduate Trainee Personal

As a Graduate Trainee in the field of HR Innovation 4.0, I am discovering the personnel management strategies of the future. In my report, you will discover why our trainee programme is the perfect stepping stone for young graduates with team spirit, individual responsibility and a thirst for knowledge.

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Lara - Global Champion Trainee Produktion Fahrerhaus

Lara - Global Champion Trainee Produktion Fahrerhaus

At the start of my trainee programme at MAN, I had the opportunity to visit the IAA Commercial Vehicles trade fair with the trainee team. At the event, we had the chance to get up close to the new MAN products – and even to sit in the various cabs. My highlight was the new interior and exterior design of the TG – an appearance as strong as a lion.

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Still have questions?

Our FAQs provide all of the most important answers and key information about our Global Champion trainee programme, as well as your choice of trainee position and preferred department.

General questions about the trainee programme

The focus of a trainee programme is on learning as well as personal and professional development. The trainee gets an insight into an incredibly wide range of company departments and gets to grips with the company’s strategic focus and priorities. Continuous professional development and the development of their own personal network helps them to build up expertise and improve their individual performance. Direct entry into a role, on the other hand, involves a fast induction into all aspects of the specific job in question.
The MAN Global Champion trainee programme offers 15 months of intensive professional development.
We want our trainees to gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of our company. Our trainee programme is designed such that trainees can take an active role in customising their training to their goals. They therefore work together with a mentor and trainee support to create their own trainee plan. Certain modules, such as their position within their 'base' department, roles in production and sales and our current focus area of digitalisation, are fixed parts of the training. Other positions within the trainee programme are chosen by trainees in discussion with their mentors in order to give them maximum freedom to develop their own ideas.
The trainee programme is generally offered in each of our seven management departments (see information on the careers page). Trainee vacancies are advertised once a year in March. Vacancies are based on the current strategic focus of the company and as such the number of departments offered may vary year on year.
Vacancies are always listed for a specific position at a specific location. Places on the programme are offered at our headquarters in Munich and sometimes at our engine plant in Nuremberg. The trainee programme does, however, include a mandatory posting at an international VW Group location.
All trainees at MAN begin on the entry level pay rate for direct entrants as part of the IG Metall collective bargaining agreement. We would be happy to discuss precise details about pay as part of the personal selection day.
Just like direct entrants, our trainees (currently) receive a 36 hour employment contract. We attach great importance to our employees’ personal lives; therefore our trainees are able to arrange their work flexibly in terms of working from home and flexitime.
We take great care when selecting candidates for the MAN trainee programme and are keen to bring motivated and talented individuals into the company once they have successfully completed the programme. We therefore offer all trainees access to a wealth of expertise, useful skills and tools throughout the programme, as well as the opportunity to develop a comprehensive network within the company. This leaves them perfectly placed to embark upon their future career.
Fabiola Rau from the HR Innovation 4.0 department is responsible for trainees and can answer any questions not covered by these FAQs. Contact her at: fabiola.rau@man.eu, Tel.: +49 (0)89 1580 2614
Unfortunately we cannot support trainees in their search for accommodation due to the housing market situation in Munich. However, options often arise within the network of trainees and former trainees that could prove useful.
All new employees begin their first day of work with a joint induction event. The trainee programme also starts with a separate induction seminar, where trainees are better acquainted with our company and the various departments.
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Questions about the application process

All applications must be processed through our online job portal. Here, you are able to apply directly for an advertised position. All applications received online are reviewed by trainee support and a shortlist is compiled. The candidates favoured by each department are then invited for interview via our video interview application. Following this interview, we invite a select group of candidates to a personal selection day, at which the relevant departments can find their perfect trainees.
The application process starts in the spring (March) when the positions are advertised. The application deadline for specific trainee positions can be found in the respective job advert, but is generally four and a half weeks after the position is posted. For more on the process, see: Link to timeline graphic
We require a detailed CV and a covering letter, as well as a degree certificate or most recent transcript including grading. We are also happy to receive any additional certificates, work placement certificates, etc. as this can assist us in making our selection.
We strive to reply to all candidates in good time; however reviewing the documents can be time-consuming. If an application is unsuccessful, we will inform the candidate of this immediately.
We advertise all of our trainee positions in the spring of each year, and ask that all applications are also made in this period.
No, because we do not think that age has any bearing on an applicant's suitability for the trainee programme.
We require a master's or bachelor's level degree with an above-average grade.
We require a master's or bachelor's level degree with an above-average grade. Applicants should also have at least three months' experience of working abroad, and have completed relevant practical experience, e.g. through an internship or work placement. Extra-curricular activities are also helpful and are taken into account. Excellent German and English skills are essential; other languages are an advantage.
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Questions about the organisation of the trainee programme

Feedback is an essential part of our programme. Trainees receive feedback after every module in the programme and can use this to identify and further develop their potential and strengths together with their mentor.
Every trainee receives excellent support from a mentor in their 'base' department. Mentors help with any potential problems, provide feedback, support trainees in building their network and shed light on opportunities and potential future paths for the trainee. All trainees also have access to trainee support.
The active engagement and involvement of trainees are essential in our trainee programme. We provide the framework and the best possible launchpad; however it is up to trainees to find their own path, realise their full potential and take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to them.
We believe that is very important for trainees to build a close network. Collaborative projects and activities – both professional and social – improve team performance and spirit. The network also includes former trainees, who can provide helpful tips and additional information. Trainees are also encouraged to network with trainees from other commercial vehicle brands of the VW Group.
The trainee programme includes a mandatory module at an international VW Group location. Trainees spend approximately three months abroad, depending on the projects assigned to them.
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