Discover the The Lindt & Sprüngli International Graduate Programs
The Lindt & Sprüngli International Graduate Programs are 18-month programs designed to introduce you to Lindt & Sprüngli, offer valuable insights into a career in consumer goods and, upon successful completion, recruit candidates for full-time positions at Lindt & Sprüngli affiliates around the world.
Depending on your area of interest and current studies, you can choose from graduate programs in three distinct departments: International Finance & Controlling, International Marketing and International Operations. Successful candidates will live and work in three different countries for a period of six months each.
All programs aim to expose you to different divisions within your department, teach you the key skills of your chosen field and give you valuable insights into different markets. From the outset, you will be treated as an important member of the Lindt & Sprüngli team, taking active part in local and international projects, and will receive mentorship from the international team at headquarters as well as a local leader in the respective subsidiaries to grow you into a thriving young professional. Interested? Get more insights below.
Our International Graduate Programs
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 different finance departments at different Lindt & Sprüngli affiliates: – Marketing & Sales Controlling at a distribution subsidiary– Operations Controlling at a production subsidiary– A holistic experience of Finance & Controlling at an emerging subsidiary.
Our marketing teams are involved in all the marketing steps from market research, consumer insights generation, marketing strategies, packaging and product innovations, to advertising and in-market execution. As part of our International Marketing Graduate Program, so will you. 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.
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.
What You Need
Besides passion for what we do, all programs require a university degree, geographic flexibility and the ability to speak English and German or French fluently.
What We Offer
- The chance to work at three of our subsidiaries around the world for a period of 6 months each
- 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
Where we are
Browse our locations to see where you could be based.
How To Apply
So, you want to join Lindt & Sprüngli? This is what you can expect from the application process. First, from the three options explained above, choose the program that is right for you. Since you can only apply to one program at a time, make sure it’s the right one. Where you go after successfully completing the program is more flexible but for now, pick what interests you most. Also, selection criteria vary from program to program, so make sure you’ve read the requirements specific to your chosen program.
Now that you’ve chosen which program to apply for, it’s time to fill out the online form, which includes your CV and cover letter. Just click the ‘Apply now’ button at the bottom of this page. We read every cover letter, so make sure it accurately reflects you while keeping it concise and free of typos.
What to Expect After Submitting Your Application
We screen applications on a rolling basis, which means the earlier you apply, the better. If we find the right candidates, we close the application portal. 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’re 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. This way, 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!
Due to the current COVID situation, all our International Graduate Programs are on hold. The recruitment processes may resume in Summer 2021. Thank you for your understanding.