International Management Trainee Program

Assume responsibility – be an entrepreneur in a global company

International Management Trainee Program

Assume responsibility – be an entrepreneur in a global company

Our International Management Trainee Program offers an exciting opportunity to assume responsibility, work closely with top management and contribute to international projects.


Exciting challenges ahead

Do you want to make a change when you go to work every day? Grow a business with new ideas? Gain leadership experience? Make a difference to our planet - what we eat, how we travel and communicate?  Do you have at least two years of work experience, excellent university grades along with the drive, ambition and passion to succeed?

Our International Management Trainee Program offers the opportunity to lead real projects and work with top leaders in a global business.

Facts and figures

3 modules
Your individual rotation plan
In the modules, you get an integrated perspective on our internationally operating business and work in three departments with different managers.
3 years
Enough time to develop your skills
The program duration of three years gives you enough time to gain deep insights into our various business activities.
Discover the Bühler world
You will have the opportunity to do one of your assignments in one of our more than 140 locations worldwide.

A three-module program

A) You will work side by side with a member of our senior management. Be involved in strategic decision-making as well as in the budgeting process and learn about leadership. Find out first-hand what taking business responsibility is like.

B) In one of our 140 locations, you can focus on developing an international career, working with colleagues and customers around the globe and being exposed to a thriving environment. 

C) You will oversee a large project and lead it from start to finish. Plan, bring a team together, overcome difficulties, meet deadlines and assume responsibility.

Management Trainee Program Leaflet

Mentoring & Coaching

The projects – technical, market-driven or organizational – can be challenging. But you will not be alone. You will have a mentor from another department to support you over the three years of the Management Trainee Program. In addition, a coach will help you to positively impact your own development and life as well as your professional career.

As a mentor, I am completely independent from a trainee’s reporting structure or projects. So they can share their thoughts and views with me very openly.

Mike Häfeli, Mentor


Jay's experience

Read what made Jay choose our International Management Trainee Program and what he experienced so far in his first year of the program.

Erika's experience

Erika Georget graduated from our International Management Trainee Program in 2018. Over the three years, she worked on projects in R&D, portfolio management and business development in different Bühler locations. Today, she works as a Project Leader in our food safety team. 

It gave me the chance to discover Bühler from several angles, develop skills, work on challenging projects and build a strong professional network.

Erika Georget, Alumna

Application Timeline

Application process

We accept online applications in January each year. After a pre-selection, we then assess candidates in March at our head office in Uzwil, Switzerland. Our Assessment Center conducts a one-day assessment with various exercises and interviews, which allow us to get to know you better. If you are successful, we will offer you an exciting journey at Bühler. You can choose to start the program in either June or September of the same year.


 Your profile:

  • A Master's or PhD degree with excellent grades
  • At least two years of work experience
  • Fluent English – and ideally other languages


What makes you stand out?

  • Strong entrepreneurial drive and deep interest in business
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to see the big picture in a business decision
  • Customer-centric thinking
  • Firm commitment to leadership and change management
  • International outlook and commitment to diversity
  • Flexibility in how you work and where you live
  • Passion about what we do


We also offer a special International Management Trainee Program for young professionals in finance with a tailored rotation plan in our finance departments at our head office or abroad.  

Become a Management Trainee

The next application opportunity is in January 2021.