Graduate Programs

On the one hand, there’s you: ready for challenges and full of drive. On the other hand, there’s us: a leading science and technology company that develops people like you with unique Graduate Programs.


Grow. Develop. Experience.

Join our Graduate Programs! Maximize your potential for development and performance and take the chance to grow within our organization.

For us, this means supporting you in building on your strengths, evolving your talents and acquiring new skills – with the goal to develop you into key positions within our company. 

GOglobal at a Glance

Within GOglobal, you can choose between our Global Graduate Program or several Functional Graduate Programs.

Which benefits do all GOglobal programs have in common?

  • 24-months individual rotational program
  • International experiences 
  • Significant exposure to senior management
  • Challenging projects and assignments
  • Competent support from business mentors
  • Valuable training sessions & coaching 
  • Great networking opportunities
  • High retention rate after successful completion
  • Attractive salaries

GOGLOBAL – Global Graduate Program

The Global Graduate Program is addressing graduates with a dual academic background in natural science and business.

As a participant, you are part of Inhouse Consulting, the internal consultancy of our company. Your task is supporting our headquarters as well as subsidiaries in the development and implementation of strategic management as well as operational projects. From the very beginning, you will be part of our  Inhouse Consulting team – and thus a broad worldwide network with a direct connection to senior management. The duration of the program is 24 months. 

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master degree (PhD is a plus), either:
    • Degree(s) in science or engineering and a secondary qualification in business, e.g. through business degrees or classes, participation in extra-curricular activities, and/or internship experience) or vice versa OR 
    • Business-related degree with a distinct supply chain focus
  • Outstanding academic performance
  • Ideally two demanding consulting or industry-related internships
  • International experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Profound knowledge of MS Office
  • Fluency in English (German or other language skills a plus)

 

The duration of the program is 24 months
GOglobal with Lien

At Inhouse Consulting, you can apply your science knowledge and choose from a variety of possible career paths. That's why Lien joined GOglobal.

GOglobal at a Glance

The Functional Graduate Program is addressing ambitious graduates who want to unleash their potential within a specific business function. In the course of your individual rotation plan, you get the chance to broaden your experience and gain insights into diverse aspects of the respective function. Through its set-up, the program offers you a great opportunity for networking and intercultural exchange. You will receive a limited contract for 24 months *¹ *². However, it is our clear objective to place all GOglobal graduates into permanent roles following successful completion of the program.

The home bases are mainly located in Darmstadt (Germany), Shanghai (China) and/or the greater Boston area (USA). 

Most of the programs consist of three assignments*³:

  • First assignment: will take place at your home base.
  • Second assignment: you will be going international to one of our subsidiaries around the globe.
  • Third assignment: you will get the chance to broaden your perspective and gain experience in a different functional scope or business area.


Start date:

  • Our Functional Graduate Programs kick off several times throughout the year.
  • If you are interested, please check at our job portal for current vacancies.

 

WHO YOU ARE

  • Outstanding academic performance
  • International experience
  • High motivation and passion to discover solutions to all kinds of exciting challenges
  • Fluency in English (German or other language skills a plus)
  • First practical experience via internships, preferably within the specific function or related fields
  • For additional requirements for each function, please see below.


*¹ except for Finance, see below  *² except for intakes in China where you will receive a limited contract for 36 months  *³ except for Finance and HR, see below

You can choose between the following Functional Graduate Programs

GOglobal – Finance

GOglobal – Finance

During your first year in Darmstadt, you will experience the activities in different Controlling and Accounting areas which deepen your understanding of the business and the requirements for the Finance function. Alongside the support of the daily business you will also have the opportunity to take ownership for interesting projects in the Finance area.

In the subsequent 12-months assignment in one of our entities abroad, you will be assigned to our local CFO organization. Acting as a member of the local team you will be responsible for processes and management support within your local area of responsibility and expand your cross-cultural competence.

Home Base Shanghai:
For GOglobal EAST, you will first be located in your homebase in Asia, where you will experience the activities in different Controlling and Accounting areas which deepen your understanding of the local business and the requirements for the Finance function. Alongside the support of the daily business you will also have the opportunity to take ownership for interesting projects in the Finance area.

In the subsequent 12-months assignment at headquarters in Darmstadt (Germany) you will rotate through various Finance departments, learning how our Finance Function guarantees financial stability of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.You will get to understand how local and global activities are interlinked while having a unique opportunity to build your global network.

You will receive an unlimited contract with the start of the program. 

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master's degree (or equivalent), ideally with a focus on Accounting and Financial Controlling
  • Sound financial knowledge and analytical skills proven in internships

GOglobal – Marketing

GOglobal – Marketing

Your three assignments will take place at your home base and abroad in different departments, such as:

  • Market Intelligence
  • Digital Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Global Strategic Accounts
  • Business Development
  • Product/Brand Management

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree or PhD in business administration/natural science or related fields

GOglobal - Commercial

GOglobal - Commercial

Your three assignments will take place at your home base and abroad in different departments, such as: 

  • Sales
  • Commercial Excellence
  • Sales Research
  • Commercial Product Management
  • Account Management

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree or PhD in natural science or related fields paired with business administration skills

GOglobal – Supply Chain

GOglobal – Supply Chain

Your three assignments will take place at your home base and abroad in different departments, such as: 

  • Supply Planning
  • Supply Network Operations
  • Distribution and Strategy & Business Operations

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree in business administration/natural science or related fields

GOglobal – Research & Development

GOglobal – Research & Development

Your three assignments will take place at your home base and abroad in different departments in Life Science or Performance Materials, such as:  

  • Product Development
  • Early Research
  • Application Support and Development

WHO YOU ARE

  • PhD in natural science or related fields (business administration skills are a plus) 

GOglobal – Quality, Regulatory & Compliance

GOglobal – Quality, Regulatory & Compliance

Your three assignments will take place at your home base and abroad in different departments, such as: 

  • Internal Auditing
  • Quality Management Systems
  • DIN ISO certifications
  • General Regulatory Management

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Pharmacy, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with specialization in Quality, Medical Technology or Regulatory Affairs

GOglobal – Group Procurement

GOglobal – Group Procurement

Your three assignments will take place at your home base and abroad focusing on different topics, such as: 

  • Global Category Management
  • Supply Security & Risk Management
  • Business Partnering
  • Innovation Sourcing
  • Digitalization
  • Procurement Governance and Global Reporting

WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree in business administration, finance, science or related fields

GOglobal – Human Resources

GOglobal – Human Resources

Your four assignments will take place at your home base and abroad in different departments, such as: 

  • Talent, Development & Recruiting
  • Total Rewards
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Service


WHO YOU ARE

  • Master’s degree in business administration, psychology, human resources or related fields
GOglobal with Simone

At Manufacturing & Operations, you can contribute actively to improve peoples‘ lives. That‘s why Simone joined GOglobal.

GOglobal with Alexandra

At Finance, you get the opportunity to experience business first hand. That‘s why Alexandra joined GOglobal.

OLDP at a Glance

Our Operations Leadership Development Program (OLDP) provides graduates the opportunity to discover different career paths within the Integrated Supply Chain Operations function. Over the course of three years, you will take part in four nine-month job rotations in various areas of Integrated Supply Chain Operations of our Life Science business. This gives you the chance to build portfolios of expertise, explore interests and develop your skills. We have sites in over 60 countries, providing an opportunity to work with different regions of the world with a diverse employee base. As you progress through the program, you will work with leadership and gain insight into the company’s core businesses, processes and technologies. The OLDP is a great chance for graduates to broaden their horizon, develop expertise and build up a world-wide network within the company. For the program, we have intakes in Germany, France, Ireland, the USA, China and India.

What should participants expect from the OLDP?

  • Experience working in various aspects of supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution.
  • Exposure to manufacturing plants, systems and processes, emerging markets, strategic projects and senior leadership.
  • Opportunities to learn supervision skills, Lean and Six Sigma Quality Systems, change management, insights, finance, and global cultural perspectives.
  • Immersion in assignments determined by career interests and areas of development and business needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for GOglobal or the OLDP?

How do I apply for GOglobal or the OLDP?

You can easily apply for current vacancies via our Job Portal. If you are searching for our GOglobal Graduate Program vacancies, just enter the keywords “Trainee” or “GOglobal”. If you are searching for OLDP vacancies, just enter the keywords “Operations Leadership Development Program”.

How many months in advance should I apply?

How many months in advance should I apply?

The selection Process for our Graduate Programs usually starts around 4-6 months prior to the program start.

There are no open positions in the program I'm interested in. What can I do now?

There are no open positions in the program I'm interested in. What can I do now?

Due to different starting dates for our Graduate Programs, not all of the positions are posted at the same time. In case that your preferred Graduate Program is currently not available in our Job Portal, you can register here. We will send you a job alert once the position is posted again.

Is there a specific contact person for my application?

Is there a specific contact person for my application?

As there will be more than one person involved in the application process, there is no specific contact person for your application.

Which elements are included in the selection process?

Which elements are included in the selection process?

Depending on the program, elements of the selection process are e.g. a CV screening, a telephone interview, a virtual assessment center as well as an assessment day.

Is there a fixed starting date for the Graduate Programs?

Is there a fixed starting date for the Graduate Programs?

Our GOglobal Global Graduate Program kicks off twice per year around March and September. Our GOglobal Finance Program starts twice per year around March and August. For all other GOglobal Functional Graduate Programs, there are no fixed starting dates. These programs kick off several times throughout the year. The OLDP kicks off once a year in June. If you want to be informed as soon as your preferred Graduate Program is posted, you can register here. We will send you a job alert once the position is posted again.

Will there be an international assignment?

Will there be an international assignment?

Our GOglobal Graduate Programs all contain an international assignment in one of our subsidiaries abroad. Depending on the program, the international assignment will take up to one year.

During the rotation of the OLDP, you will be working at different sites. Due to the immersive nature of the program, rotations are within your home country. A core pillar of the program is to have international exposure through collaborative partnerships and business travel as deemed necessary.

Can I choose the departments for my assignments within the graduate program?

Can I choose the departments for my assignments within the graduate program?

As the programs follow a structured process, most departments for the assignments are fixed – nevertheless, in some cases we can take care of individual wishes. The intention is to have a broad variety of assignments, so you can benefit from many different experiences.

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