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START IN Trainee Program

Start your business career at Chemetall: The global business unit Surface Treatment of BASF’s Coatings division offers a flexible and individual trainee program. The program provides ambitious graduates a new entry point for a business manager career.

Chemetall is BASF's global brand for innovative surface treatment technologies and operates as the global business unit Surface Treatment of BASF's Coatings division. The company is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and comprises of 40 companies, 21 production sites worldwide and a strategic network of technology centers.

Chemetall develops and manufactures customized technology and systems solutions for applied surface treatment. The products protect metals from corrosion, facilitate forming and machining, allow parts to be optimally prepared for the painting process and ensure proper coating adhesion. These products are used in a wide range of industries and end-markets, such as automotive, aerospace, aluminum finishing, and metal forming.

The START IN trainee program provides graduates, aspiring for a career in business, with a new entry point to business management. Furthermore, it will prepare graduates with a strong career foundation by way of challenging assignments, exciting projects and responsibility from the very first day. Every program will be tailored to individual needs, includes an assignment abroad and runs 18 to 24 months.

What assignments can you expect?

Our trainee program is designed in a flexible and individual manner so that you will be able to fully develop your talent, contribute your qualifications and optimally prepare for the future target position which you will define in consultation with us. You can look forward to a vast variety of professional challenges and exciting practical project experiences in an interdisciplinary environment including work abroad. You will take on responsibility for your own assignments right from the beginning and familiarize yourself with four to five different business areas (e.g. Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Global Segments or Controlling).

What you should bring:

You have successfully completed your diploma or master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Industrial Chemistry or Business Sciences with a technical focus. You enjoy working autonomously and developing ways to contribute individually and collectively to the company’s success through your dedicated work. You have a confident manner and bring a high level of social competence, strong communication skills and enjoy teamwork. You have been able to gain first professional experience in the framework of relevant internships and you also have international experience. You are business fluent in English – knowledge of a second foreign language would be an additional asset. Mobility and flexibility should be second nature to you.

Your development opportunities

You can look forward to excellent career perspectives in an international industrial corporation and to a permanent employment right from the start of the trainee program. The dynamic work environment in our business unit will give you the opportunity to contribute and implement your own ideas and to actively help shape the future of Chemetall. You will be supported by personal mentors from the management throughout the entire duration of the program. Regular feedback sessions as well as extensive qualification measures will support you in your professional and personal development. Regular networking events will enable you to quickly establish new contacts – also with trainees from other group companies and locations.

How to apply?

Please submit your application (Cover Letter, CV, certificates and references) via email to .



Julia Gliga-Ballon
Trainee & Apprenticeship