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Bertelsmann - Business Graduate Program




The Bertelsmann Future Leaders Graduate Program is made up of three tracks: “Creative”, “Data” and “Business”. Participants in the “Business” track are emerging entrepreneurs looking for opportunities to write their own chapter in the Bertelsmann success story. During the 18-month rotational program, participants will be involved in implementing a number of entrepreneurial projects throughout different Bertelsmann divisions worldwide. The aim is to prepare participants to assume responsibility within a very short period of time. If you always think one step ahead and want to make things happen, join our graduate program for an unparallel opportunity to start at the heart of one of the largest media companies in the world.

As a participant of the Business track you will

  • Work closely with top executives on strategic projects
  • Rotate between Bertelsmann’s divisions to identify business opportunities, leverage creativity and entrepreneurial freedom
  • Develop concepts, implement projects and work in cross-functional teams
  • Provide project leadership in matrix teams
  • Develop and recommend strategies for various Bertelsmann businesses


What you should bring:

  • Master’s degree, MBA or equivalent graduate degree and relevant work experience
  • Proven entrepreneurial and/or intrapreneurial experience displayed in a business initiative or large project
  • Demonstrated affinity for media
  • Leadership skills and willingness to take responsibility
  • Ability to communicate with top management
  • Geographic flexibility, as projects are located throughout the world
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in German, other languages are a plus


What you can expect:

  • Turn your creative ideas into reality
  • Develop your own business concepts and strategies
  • Gain international work experience
  • Expand your international network
  • Enjoy individual career coaching
  • Grow through targeted training


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Please upload your complete application documents via the online-application form until November 12, 2023. We strive to be an equitable and inclusive workplace for everyone, and we value the spectrum of perspectives a diverse workforce brings. Therefore, we actively seek candidates who bring their unique identities, backgrounds and lived experiences to our organization.

Regarding the recruiting timeline the first round of interviews will take place from the 13th until the 16th of November and will consist of two HR interviews. The second round of interviews, two interviews with senior executives, will take place in the time from the 22nd until the 30th of November. Both interview rounds will be online. We will make the final hiring decision in early December.

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Your future employer

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the entertainment group RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato Group, Bertelsmann Marketing Services, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 165,000 employees worldwide and generated revenues of €20.2 billion in the 2022 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world. Bertelsmann aspires to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.


Responsible for processing the information provided in your application: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 270, 33311 Gütersloh (“Bertelsmann”), who may also assign this task to third-party service providers. Bertelsmann will process your data as provided for by Section 26(1) sentence 1 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG-new) for the purpose of conducting the application and selection process for the Bertelsmann Future Leaders Program – based on reviewing your curriculum vitae and several interview rounds. Following from your declaration of consent pursuant to Section 26(2) of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG new), selected representatives of other group alliance members will take part in the staffing decision and interviews. Based on Article 49(1) a of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), your personal data will be transmitted to recipients in third countries (non-EU member states). In the a sence of an adequacy decision or suitable guarantees for ensuring an appropriate level of data protection for the processing of your data by these countries and their service providers the respective companies will treat your data confidentially. At the above address you can revoke your authorization for the use of your data at any time with immediate effect, contact Bertelsmann’s data protection officer, or request a copy of these undertakings. For further information on data protection for the Bertelsmann Future Leaders Program, see


Company: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA - Corporate Center 

Country: Germany 

State/Region: Nordrhein-Westfalen 

City: Gütersloh 

Postal Code: 33311 

Job ID: 263852

Application Deadline: 12.11.2023



Date:  Sep 15, 2023

Gütersloh, NW, DE, 33311

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