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The development opportunities at Henkel are as diverse as our products and technologies.
Research & Development or Brand Management, Latin America or Asia, Consumer goods or industrial customer business – Henkel offers you an exceptionally diverse working environment. We are globally present in different countries, markets and sectors. This is why we provide numerous opportunities for you to learn and be responsible for different tasks and areas during your career.
What unites the Henkel employees: We want to give our best performance – with regard to products and technologies offered to our clients, as well as internal processes and tasks.
Everyone knows our innovative brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf or Pattex. What many don’t know: The biggest part of Henkel’s turnover stems from the Adhesive Technologies business – technologies that are used in cars, wind turbines, airplanes or mobile phones, for instance. Adhesives have developed into a key technology and have become an integral part of our everyday life: furniture, diapers, wallpapers, packaging – there is a long list of things that wouldn’t be working without them. At the same time, these technologies significantly contribute to more environmentally-sound production processes, which are also anchored in our sustainability strategy.
High-tech products for airplanes or Pritt products for school use: Henkel is the world market leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. This success is based on the employees of this business unit, Adhesive Technologies and a strong will to advance through innovations.
Learn more about the business unit Adhesive Technologies!
Schwarzkopf, Fa, Syoss: Our leading Beauty Care products are available in 150 countries worldwide. We offer an inspiring working environment characterized by strong dynamics and innovative strength.
Learn more about the business unit Beauty Care!
For consumers in more than 100 countries, our brand names have become an integral part of their daily lives. Behind this is the performance of a global team, which continuously redefines the washing and cleaning processes – while our products are using less and less water and energy.
Learn more about the business unit Laundry & Home Care!
Whether it’s marketing, sales, controlling, purchasing, research & development or audit – the development opportunities at Henkel are as diverse as our brands and technologies. If you want to, you have the chance to change your area of responsibility and even your industry every two to three years. All of this is possible due to the size and diversity of Henkel, based on a sustainable strategy and a strong focus on innovation.
Many of our functional areas are introduced here, but there are even more. Among our employees you will even find perfumers, chefs, doctors, firefighters and many others.
Finance & Controlling steers, controls and monitors all activities along the financial value chain and ensures that processes in the Financial Services division remain “best in class”: liquidity, risk management, tax optimization, currency management, interest management, quarterly and annual reports, investor relations.
Help us in our mission – and contribute to Henkel’s lasting success!
The tasks that Financial & Controlling encompass are as varied as our company. You could be:
Whatever you fancy – we have exciting projects and challenges of an international corporation with all its variety of products, brands and markets. If you already have a firm command of theory and now it’s time for you to demonstrate your know-how, then Henkel is the right place for you to start a career in every possible financial discipline.
Regardless of whether you start with us as a newcomer in your field or seek to set off in new directions as an experienced professional, you will be actively engaged in no time with exciting projects and people from all over the world. As a result of the various challenges you will be confronted with and the training you will receive from us, you will experience rapid development. More than anything, however, you will learn that apart from our role as specialists, we also see ourselves as strategic advisors to management, who not only offer first-class financial reporting for top management but also contribute proactively to decision-making and, in that way, help to secure Henkel’s future success.
Financial Operations provides accounting to around 200 companies in more than 65 countries. We define our role as that of a strong local and regional business partner that fulfils every type of financial reporting in combination with control and monitoring functions. By maintaining a high level of quality and applying first-class end-to-end processes, we achieve optimal comprehensive solutions that meet the Henkel Group’s demanding quality and time requirements.
Join us on this path and experience what it means to take on the challenges of a global player with a broad spectrum of products, brands, and markets.
We will help you with intensive preparation and training that promises success and a quick start in some fascinating subject areas. And if you are a recent college or university graduate, we will provide you with the same intensity of support to assure you of a successful start – and a continuously steep learning curve.
With a global and inspired team we contribute to a successful implementation of our strategy – especially with our core areas “Strong leadership”, “Talent and performance focus” and “Diverse teams”. With our global and business-oriented operational model, we establish a strong, proactive and sustainable HR organization.
Integrated Business Solutions (IBS) is one of the major functional areas at Henkel, the result of a merger between our Information Technology and Shared Services divisions. Our goal is to combine system, process and technological expertise implementing and supporting scalable platforms across Henkel. We are working towards this goal by continually developing group standards in line with improving efficiency, employing professional project and program management methods. Through our strategic supplier management program we are offering best-in-class solutions in the areas of IT-related services and business process outsourcing.
Help us to put our technological capabilities to their best possible use – and to create valuable potential for synergies through our global Shared Services.
Whatever you want to achieve, we have the right challenge for you – if you want to prove your abilities in strategic provider-management, or get experience during the optimization of internal processes in the area of shared services.
We promise you this: you will start out with an intensive course of trainings, be involved in challenging projects and be given plenty of responsibilities at an early stage. Integrated Business Solutions (IBS) offers you a variety of opportunities and challenges in our four strategic IBS pillars:
Corporate Audit carries out systematic audits to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the risk management, internal controls and governance processes of Henkel. Its task is to evaluate and improve governance, processes and controls – independently and objectively. We see ourselves as internal consultants and support the company to implement its strategic priorities. Corporate Audit develops a set of talents for tomorrow’s top management positions.
From your very first day you will be deeply involved in the audit process and presented with challenges that, at Henkel, reflect the whole breadth of the business world. On one day you may be looking for ways to improve controls in receivables management in Russia, US or South Africa. Two weeks later you may be ensuring that compliance guidelines are met and that the “best practice” exchange is being moved along.
You will be working not only on several continents, but also with colleagues from a broad variety of professional and cultural backgrounds. All the while you will be permanently enriching your professional and personal skills in areas such as problem solving, and convincing and influencing. Before long you will be advising the Marketing, Sales & Purchasing, Finance & Accounting, IT & HR, or Supply Chain & Operations divisions towards improved business processes.
In the course of your audits you will be building a worldwide network of colleagues and top decision-makers. You will discover very quickly just how valuable such a network is. After three or more successful years with Corporate Audit, you will have an excellent grasp of our business, and for that reason it could be time for you to make your own executive decisions – and transfer into a key position in one of our business units or functions.
Employees in the area of logistics are responsible for the organization of the supply chain (SC). Your task field encompasses the entire supply chain – from demand planning to distribution to the clients.
The Supply Chain Management at Henkel goes beyond the traditional boundaries.
At Henkel junior employees are working on different projects within Supply Chain Management (SCM), for example:
The tasks of the supply chain management employees are the daily troubleshooting and the optimization of the supply chain and the embedded tools. The SCM team takes the function of a point of intersection to the areas of Purchasing, Production, Logistics and International Marketing.
Marketing at Henkel is very versatile:
B2C-Marketing: In the business units Laundry & Home and Beauty Care consumers are the main target group. This is a fast moving, competitive environment, where product innovations play a major role. 45 percent of our revenue is generated by products which are on the market for three years or less. Our brands are globally leading brands and have a high presence in the market.
B2B-Marketing: The business unit Adhesive Technologies works closely together with companies from the industry sector – a technology environment in which marketing experts keep a steady contact with the Research & Development department.
Our industry clients cover a huge bandwidth, from the renowned car companies to aircraft companies and electronics groups to sophisticated packaging solutions. With the help of our know-how we are an important partner for the development of the car of the future as well as for wind turbines of the future.
Depending on your experience and your preferences we offer different responsibilities for your entry in the marketing area of Henkel:
The Sales department is responsible for our distribution channels and customer relationship management.
Our key mission is to secure the best possible procurement outcomes globally by uniting the best sourcing solutions with Henkel’s economic and strategic goals. Besides the purchasing conditions, quality and reliability of our business partners play a significant role.
Help us accomplish our mission and experience the challenges of a global player that is a world leader in both mature and emerging markets in the B2B sector as well as the B2C-sector. No matter how you choose to apply yourself in our division, we have just the right challenge for you. The range of tasks we carry out here in Purchasing is every bit as broad as our company. They range from:
Getting started: Purchasing
Irrespective of your prior professional experience, an intensive course of training will have you actively involved in one of our fields of activity in no time. You will be taking on responsibility from your first day, working in teams with colleagues and suppliers from around the world, and gaining extensive insight into our business units and business fields.
By working to optimize procurement processes and purchase prices, you will be doing more than contributing directly to our bottom line – you will also be coming into contact with colleagues from every segment of our value chain. And you will be building a valuable network that extends around the globe – one that may provide the seeds for any number of opportunities, at home or abroad, as you continue along your career path – and we will help you along the way.
The scientists and engineers at Research & Development build the foundation for business success and undertake research in various areas.
At Henkel junior employees will be integrated into research projects right from the beginning. During this time they will get the expert knowledge for further work at the laboratory, when they will organize, conduct and monitor their own projects. They keep up with the latest scientific procedures, in order to use and adapt relevant technology for Henkel. With training they will be prepared for a leading position as a project manager.
As a Product Developer you work in an international product group, e.g. hair color. You develop new products and implement them in the relevant markets. In addition, you will guarantee the benefits of the existing products. For that reason it is important to have a good understanding of basic formulation principles, raw material features and measuring methods.
As part of an international and multi-disciplinary team, a distinct talent for communication is the key for working together with colleagues from different countries and from different areas of expertise, e.g. Marketing, Production, Sales or packaging management.
A packaging engineer at Henkel is allocated to an international product group. They design and develop new packaging components for products and implement them in the relevant markets. In addition, they are responsible for securing and optimizing existing components. A requirement for this position is thorough knowledge of plastic processing. A packaging engineer has to keep up with new developments, in order to keep our leading position with packaging design.
Strong trust in our company is the foundation for our entrepreneurial success, partnerships and customer relationships. Corporate Communications is responsible for the internal and external communication of the company. We aim at building and protecting Henkel’s reputation in the general public, as well as towards specific stakeholders including journalists and opinion leaders. In internal communications we provide our employees and executives with relevant information considering our corporate strategy and activities.
We act as a strategic partner and consultant of the top management, the business areas and functions and support them in conceiving and implementing professional communication.
With its global reach Corporate Communications steers communication in the most important regions and markets worldwide.
At the headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, Corporate Communications is organized in six main teams, which steer global tasks:
An engineer for methods engineering is allocated to an international product group. Within this group you are responsible for the standardization of processes and machines regarding state of the art technology in the area of filling plant technology. You are also responsible for the improvement of the performance and quality, as well as the implementation of new packaging. To optimize current processes and work more efficiently is the "secret" of many successful businesses. It is also becoming increasingly important for a sustainable, successful business management in the future.
As an employee in the area of Strategy & Business Development you support our top management to optimize the future business portfolio, identify areas of development and market potential – an exciting area, where you focus on the strategic direction of Henkel.
In addition to an ambitious and energetic personality, as an employee in the area Strategy & Business Development you need exceptional analytic and conceptional abilities. Also you should be mobile – because a core theme of your business is the extension of our presence in emerging markets like Asia/Pacific, Middle East/Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America.