What is the R&D Future Talent Program?

This program is your chance to become a future innovator over a 24-months interdisciplinary and international learning journey. Do a deep dive into the Henkel focus areas Raw Materials, Formula, Processing or Packaging, and gain in-depth knowledge on how to shape the future of our leading consumer brands.

The application process for the next ‘Impact You – R&D Future Talent Program’ is open now. Apply in Hamburg or Düsseldorf (Germany), Dubai (UAE) or Trumbull (USA).

We are driving a multi-category consumer brands platform representing a wide range of products and well-known brands. Our diverse portfolio focuses on multiple consumer brands categories with a strong focus on the two core categories: Laundry & home care and hair. Here you can learn more Consumer Brands.

Turn your ideas into products

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Your exciting journey for the next two years


This is the right program for you, if you are…

This is what you can expect

Rotate through various positions and get a 360° perspective of the innovation processes at Henkel. This holistic view will help you to gain different perspectives and make the right decisions to develop smart products.

Collaborate with a vast network of different innovation experts from around the world. At Henkel you will find experts on all R&D topics and therefore the perfect basis to overcome challenges and expand your horizon.

Get continuous feedback from coaches and mentors in senior positions leading the field of R&D and beyond. Through this regular exchange you can work on dedicated fields of your further development.

Benefit from tailored training that complement your on-the-job learning at Henkel. The training courses vary according to your focus area and are based on the requirements you have in your daily business.

Learn to understand and make use of consumer feedback. The close dialogue with our customers along the innovation process will support you to create valuable consumer-centric products.

Take on responsibility for challenging tasks and grow both professionally and personally. Throughout your traineeship, the Henkel network of experienced mentors and experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Once you’ve finished the R&D Future Talent program you will have the opportunity to use your broad insights gained during the program on your permanent position in the R&D team.

Join the R&D Future Talent Program



First choose your home base: Düsseldorf or Hamburg (Germany), Dubai (UAE) or Trumbull (USA). After carefully checking your application, we call you for a first interview. In a second interview with R&D we then want to learn more about your technical background and give you an overview of your potential role at Henkel.


Show your skills

In this recruitment step, you’ll join us online for an assessment day where you can show your skills in role play scenarios, presentations and group discussions. After this last step the deal will be sealed with an offer and your journey begins!

The R&D Future Talent Program is open now