I have a question about working at Kuehne + Nagel

What is the company culture like at Kuehne + Nagel?

Logistics is a people business and here at Kuehne + Nagel, we believe that genuine, lasting success is possible only through valuing our employees the way we value our customers.

Browse through our career pages to get some insights into how it is to work at Kuehne + Nagel. Our "Move the world" brochure describes our culture and values with stories and through the eyes of our employees.

Does Kuehne + Nagel offer the chance to work abroad?

Yes, as a global player with offices all around the world we offer the perfect possibilities for an international career and/or short term assignments. You can either directly apply in a foreign country or choose to do a short or long term assignment abroad later in your career.

Is job sharing / part-time work possible?

In general Kuehne + Nagel is open when it comes to flex-time solutions and job sharing options. However, this is subject of specific country set ups and depends a lot on the respective position and matching requirements. Please contact your local Kuehne + Nagel HR department for more details.

How does the on-boarding process look like at Kuehne + Nagel?

Our goal is to provide you with a quick and smooth transition into your new position - our on-boarding process includes functional elements, introduction to new colleagues and working environment and know your way around as well as whom you can ask in case of questions.

Your manager will arrange for important meeting so that you get to know who you are going to work with beyond your own team. In some cases, we will already have booked some further trainings and seminar for you in order to facilitate your start into the new job.

In addition, we organize newcomer presentations locally. During these sessions you will meet other new colleagues and receive useful information about the company, the location and other tips and tricks for a smooth start within Kuehne + Nagel.

Does Kuehne + Nagel offer a Mentor or Buddy Program?

We have local Mentoring Programs in place. Our Mentors are senior leaders who enjoy guiding young talents through their career. The assignment of mentees and mentors is subject of our regional HR experts. 

How long is the probation period?

Your probation period is subject to country-specific regulations.

What level of foreign language skills is required?

Language skill requirements depend on the position you are applying for. In general, good English skills are very beneficial, as well as a good command of the local language.

If you aspire to an international career, other languages might be helpful. Willingness to adapt to local settings and to learn local languages helps a lot to prepare for an international assignment.

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I have a question concerning my application

I want to know what the current status of my application is. Whom can I ask?

Please contact the recruiter mentioned in the job advertisement. Our local recruitment experts will be able to provide you with all the information needed.

I have forgotten the password of my candidate login. What should I do?

Please click on "Forgot password" and request a new one. You'll receive a new password via email. After logging in with your new password, please change it immediately.

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I have a general question about the recruitment process

How does the general application process look like?

After submitting your online application, our recruitment experts will pre-select suitable candidates for a first short phone interview.

After internal consultation we will organize at least one personal interview (the number depends on the vacancy) with candidates that have met all our initial requirements. Exceptions are possible and subject to country specific settings.

Can I send my application via e-mail or post?

In general, we only accept online applications. However, some local exceptions might apply. Please follow the instructions in the job advertisement.

What will happen with the data that I enter into the online application system?

We take data security very seriously. Your data is treated with the utmost care and is not forwarded to any third parties.

After 6 months of inactivity on your account we will inform you via email that your account will be deleted unless you log in again.  You can simply reactivate your account by signing into the system again.

> Read the privacy policy applicable to online job applications

How long does it take to submit an application?

First of all, make sure you have all your file attachments ready and up-to date when signing on to our online application system. The application itself will then only take 10 to 20 minutes.

Please bear in mind, that writing a good and convincing motivational letter and gathering references and certificates might take longer.

What documents do you need from me and in which format (are there any constraints)?

In general, the following documents are required:

  • Students: school certificate, certificate of enrolment, current credits, reports from internships & references from employers
  • Graduates: school certificate, graduation certificate (or latest grades overview), reports from internships & references from employers
  • Professionals: Cover/motivation letter, CV, graduation certificate, reports from former jobs/internships & references from employers

Please check the job advertisement for any further information about required documents/certificates.

Following formats can be uploaded: doc, docx, xls, slsx, pdf (maximum 5MB)

Will I receive any confirmation after submitting my application?

Yes, after successfully submitting your application via our online application system you will get a written confirmation that we have received it.

How long do I have to wait after submitting my application?

The first round of the application process (gathering and sorting incoming applications) usually takes up to 4 weeks. We try our best to respond quickly, however this depends a lot on the number of applications and the vacancy itself.

I am interested in several vacancies. Can I apply for more than one?

If you are interested in more than one position, you are welcome to apply for all.

However, it is important that you bear in mind that the number of applications should not be too high. Show us that you have chosen this vacancy for a particular reason, as you believe your profile meets the requirements. Too general, non-targeted applications do not create a good impression.

Are the vacancies on Kuehne + Nagel Careers up to date?

Yes. All our open vacancies are published on our Careers page and updated several times a day. Once a position has been filled, the job advertisement is removed from the platform and it is no longer possible to submit applications.

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Tips for your application

What must I bear in mind when submitting an application?

Please only provide complete applications. We regret that incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Always indicate the area/department in which you wish to work. This is of special importance when it comes to general applications.

Please do not send a short application containing a link to a website only, like for example “My documents can be found at…”.

What makes a good and convincing application?

Every application should be unique and personal. The application is the initial contact point between you and us. Hence, it should be done in a way that gives us a good idea about you and your qualifications and interests. For a good application you should keep the following three things in mind:

  • Complete - Your application should include a motivation letter, a resume and all important letters of recommendation. Your motivation letter should tell us more about you and your experiences/qualifications. As we want to get an idea about you as a candidate and as a person, this requires more than just formal professional qualifications. Let us know why you think you are a good fit to Kuehne + Nagel and to the job.
  • Well-structured - Make sure that your cover letter contains all the necessary information, such as the position you are applying for, the reasons why you are interested in the job, your expectations, your qualifications and motivation to successfully fill the open position.
  • Orderly - Please check carefully for any errors or typos, and make sure to send updated documents only. 

How can I prepare for a phone/skype/personal interview?

If you have been invited to a phone/ Skype/personal interview you have already taken a first important step in the application process. An interview usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes and is conducted by either an HR responsible or a member of the hiring department, or even both.

During the interview we would like to get to know you better as a person, find out whether you could fit to our company culture and will be able to fulfil the respective job requirements.

- For a personal interview, arrive well-prepared and on time.
- For a phone/skype interview, secure for a calm atmosphere without any interruptions and check for good phone/internet connection

Here is some additional advice:

  • Be prepared to present your CV and answer matching questions of the interviewers. Check your CV and, if applicable, any gaps in your CV.
  • Be prepared to tell us examples of how you successfully applied your skills by using concrete experiences.
  • Get informed about Kuehne + Nagel's business and values. A comprehensive preparation about your future place of work is a sign of interest and motivation.
  • Try to answer the questions in a moderate length: not too brief and not too short.
  • Try to talk in a calm and clear way.
  • Stay authentic and honest.
  • Dare to raise any open questions at the end of the interview (it helps to prepare a list of your potential questions in advance). This leaves a positive impression, as a sign of interest.

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I have a question about development opportunities at Kuehne + Nagel

What are the possibilities of internal development at Kuehne + Nagel?

Our annual Performance and Potential Review sets the ground for all development measures and activities. 

During the  feedback session with your manager you will talk about target achievement and possible areas of development. Eventually, you will work on a specific "Individual Development Plan" with your manager ; it will be reviewed and followed-up in the next Performance and Potential Review Cycle.

How are talents identified and fostered within Kuehne + Nagel?

Based on our annual Performance and Potential Review we are able to identify candidates who are ready for the next career move. Depending on your specific situation we have several programs in place that guarantee for a good match of internal and external training, exposure to the whole company and/or assignments abroad.

What career paths does Kuehne + Nagel offer?

Kuehne + Nagel offers a wide range of career development opportunities, both in specialist and managerial functions.

In order to help you gather more knowledge and diversify your skills, it might be helpful to look into another position and/or department and get new and fresh ideas from a different tasks and projects. Career aspirations are part of the annual feedback session with your manager.

Do I have to be mobile?

Being mobile can be an advantage during your own career development as this gives you a broader spectrum of options. However, it is not a requirement for a successful career and we do not take it for granted. We offer great career opportunities within one country/location as well! 

Does Kuehne + Nagel offer the chance to work abroad?

Yes, as a global player with offices all around the world we can offer the perfect possibilities for an international career or short term assignments. Even for young talents we have internships and trainee assignments abroad. Please search for open positions and apply directly at the country organization that you are planning to do your assignment in.

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I have a question about Apprenticeships / Internships at Kuehne + Nagel

Can I apply for an apprenticeship with Kuehne + Nagel?

Yes. We do offer a broad variety of interesting apprenticeships in all our business und functional units. Please visit our local country pages for further information (see drop down menu at the top of this page) or search for open positions via our Job search.

Does Kuehne + Nagel offer internships for students?

Yes we offer internships for students all around the globe. Please search for our open positions via our Job Search.

What is the average duration of an internship? Is university enrollment a pre-requisite?

In general, we offer 3 to 6 months internships; the minimum duration of an internship is 3 months. We do not offer any shorter assignments, as we want you to maximise the benefit of your time with Kuehne + Nagel. 

In order to apply for an internship it is generally a pre-requisite that you are enrolled at a university. Please take specific country regulations into consideration.

At the end of the apprenticeship / internship: do I receive a certificate?

In general, all our interns, apprentices, working students and trainees receive a certificate confirming their assignment and performance at Kuehne + Nagel.

This certificate usually contains a list of your tasks and responsibilities as well as comments about your way of working and your attitude towards colleagues and supervisors. Local labour laws and regulations apply.

How do I apply for a final paper / student research project?

Generally, the requirement for writing your final paper/student paper with us is a successful internship in one of our departments. This possibility will provide you with deep insights about Kuehne + Nagel, our organisation, culture and way(s) of working and will - in the end - make your thesis a lot easier for you. So this time investment upfront is definitely worth it. In the meantime, you can think about a suitable topic that is supported by Kuehne + Nagel and your university and organize administrative matters such as finding a suitable university and company supervisor.

Which entry positions does Kuehne + Nagel offer after an internship?

Following a successful internship, Kuehne + Nagel can offer you a job as a working student (while you are finishing your studies), a trainee program or even a direct entry position (depending on open positions, your skills and education). 

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I have a question about Trainee Programs at Kuehne + Nagel

Does Kuehne + Nagel have a trainee program?

Yes, we offer a variety of different trainee programs both in our business fields as well as our functional units. You can find more information on our Students&Graduates page.

What advantages does a graduate/trainee program have compared to a direct entry?

Our trainee programs  provide you with broad range of insights about Kuehne + Nagel, our organisation, culture and way(s) of working.

In comparison to a direct entry you will be assigned to several short-term positions in different departments and organizational units. This is the perfect possibility to build your own network, gather further professional experience and get an excellent overview of our company.

After the trainee program you will be able to make a better decision about where to specialize and further develop .

Does the trainee program include work abroad?

This is subject to local rules and set-ups.

Does the trainee program include special professional training?

Yes, depending on your trainee program and business needs, we will enrol you in special business and soft skill trainings (both internal & external).

However, please note that off-site training is not the only way to broaden your knowledge and gather experience. Insightful projects, project leads or job rotation could be even more beneficial, especially during your first years of work.

Are there framework activities for trainees/students?

Depending on local set up our young talents are organizing themselves, have joint lunches, meet for free time activities or go out for a drink after work or on weekends.

In addition, the country teams organize trainee meetings and special vocational training for our trainees.

Do I receive a certificate at the end of the program?

In general, all our interns, apprentices, working students and trainees receive a certificate confirming their assignment and performance at Kuehne + Nagel. This certificate usually contains a list of your tasks and responsibilities as well as comments about your way of working and your attitude towards colleagues and supervisors. Local labour laws and regulations apply.

Will I be assigned increased responsibility at Kuehne + Nagel after the Trainee Program?

All our Trainee Programs provide you with the best starting point for a great professional career, wherever your career path might lead you.

Management responsibility is an option but not a must. Your expertise and skills within your chosen field of work are equally important. An expert career is as demanding as a management career, and not everyone will be a suitable candidate for managing and leading people. Increasing your work experience will help you to make the best decision regarding your further career steps.

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