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GROW Graduate Program

An 18-month development program for graduates and young professionals.

For Career Starters

GROW is an international program for high-flying graduates and young professionals. Throughout the course of this 18-month program based in Germany, you’ll experience new challenges, exciting opportunities, the chance to build your network and, potentially, international assignments in the world of logistics.

Do you want to GROW with us?

Once the program is complete, you’ll be ready to assume responsibility-filled positions at Deutsche Post DHL Group – and help lead us into the future.

Start of Program: 1st April 2020
Application phase ends: 24th of November

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What you'll need

We look for candidates with a combination of strong academic performance, relevant professional experience and compelling personal qualities.


GROW is characterized by a structured program flow with different phases and development possibilities. You get to know a globally active group and receive intensive support. This support includes regular feedback, various trainings and the possibility of individual career coaching. Another feature is the GROW network: Each new "GROWie" has a personal GROW buddy, an active GROW trainee from a previous year, who will support you for the duration of the program.

Central introduction – 1,5 days

During our kick off in Bonn you’ll get to meet the people behind the program as well as your fellow GROW graduates, GROW graduates from other years and some GROW alumni.

You’ll learn about our corporate values and objectives and get a lot of useful information about your start in the company.


Local introduction – 3.5 weeks

Once you’ve learned about our organization as a whole, you’ll enjoy an in-depth introduction to your specialization area. You’ll also visit some of our operational units, such as a “Briefzentrum” or our warehouses.


First program phase – ca 6 months

During this phase, you’ll carry out a project in your specialization area. You’ll receive support and guidance from an experienced project manager, and you’ll also undertake the first of your training units: basic consulting skills.

Phase 1

Second program phase (Transfer phase) – 3-6 months

In the second phase, you will get an insight into the group. You can change the division and department to get to know different working environments and challenges. If you participate in the international program you will be able to go abroad for 3 months. If you have been conceptually and strategically oriented so far, you can now also gain insight into the more operative and implementing areas.

The second training in this phase covers the topic of process improvements and optimizations.

Phase 2

Third program phase – ca 6 months

In the last phase, you are on your home stretch. During this phase you will be prepared for your future role and target position. In this phase you can choose your training individually, which fits best for you and your personal development, whether project management, rhetoric / communication, other soft skill topics or technical knowledge.

Phase 3

Functional Areas

Your personal trainee program in logistics begins with a decision: Which department best suits your CV, skills, interests and career goals?

Trainee Business Development / Strategy

In DHL eCommerce Solutions we provide a variety of international and domestic standard parcel delivery services in more than 35 countries around the globe. In selected markets we furthermore offer fulfillment services to customers.

The Cross-Border-Solutions team is part of DHL eCommerce Solutions. The department's task is to provide customized shipping solutions through harmonized standard products for European or international shipping with a broad range of product features and services.

The Cross-Border-Solutions team at Headquarter Bonn is in particular responsible for the development and the implementation of customized shipping solutions for complex requirements of European eCommerce customers. The team advises on the development of individual parcel delivery solutions and coordinates the operational setup. The team supports as well process improvements for outbound parcel delivery as well as managed returns.

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Trainee Corporate Functions

The functional area "Corporate Functions" comprises various functions, activities and initiatives which are of Group-wide relevance. Aims are to reduce costs, increase efficiency through scale, and boost service quality and to further support the strategic key initiatives of DPDHL and each Division.

Our Service Lines work for the success of our Business Partners and focus on value contribution, efficiencies, service quality & compliance across the Group

  • Communications
  • Corporate Procurement
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Finance & HR Services
  • DHL Consulting
  • Fleet Management
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • IT Services
  • Legal Services

Corporate Communications – Global Media Relations

Corporate Department Corporate Communications and Responsibility has the global mandate for cross-divisional and cross-function communications.

The Global Media Relations department is responsible for managing all press issues relevant to the Group as a whole and is a primary interface for coordinating and implementing DPDHL's corporate communications strategy. Aside from engaging in dialog with journalists and other media representatives, Media Relations also advises the management as well as business units within the Group on strategies and approaches for placing their topics in media. You will join the team in writing press releases, answering journalist enquiries, developing communication campaigns and plans, event organization, support in press conference, such as annual results press conference, research background information to current media topics.

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Trainee Finance

eCommerce – Finance

In DHL eCommerce Solutions we provide a variety of international and domestic standard parcel delivery services in more than 35 countries around the globe. In selected markets we furthermore offer fulfillment services to customers.

The Global Controlling department is responsible for all Finance processes within the division, which includes reporting, forecasting and planning, budgeting, investment controlling and cash flow management. Furthermore the department is responsible for the evaluation of all investment proposals across all countries and is driving forward our finance digitalization strategy.

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Trainee HR (Human Resources)

eCommerce – Human Resources

In DHL eCommerce Solutions we provide a variety of international and domestic standard parcel delivery services in more than 20 countries around the globe. In selected markets we furthermore offer fulfillment services to customers.

In HR DHL eCommerce Solutions we drive Human Resources initiatives and processes for the division in close collaboration with the local teams in the countries. Our priorities cover a wide range of topics along the group wide HR roadmap, from Talent Management and Learning & Development to our HR IT system landscape or Employee Experience and Culture.

Human Resources – Performance & Travel Management, Compensation & Benefits Design

Within the Human Resources function, we want to make a significant contribution to our company´s business success. As a service company in a service industry with the aspiration of being employer of choice, provider of choice and investment of choice, we have to focus on world class HR services and world class HR capabilities. All this said, however, it´s all about connecting and engaging our employees.

The department of Performance, Compensation & Benefits Design develops and implements concepts and programs in the area of Performance Management & Compensation & Benefits with a cross-divisional focus. They undertake multiple projects requiring problem solving, hypothesis generation, impact analysis and visualization. The team works with various internal and external stakeholders covering aspects from compensation & benefits to mobility as well as technical solution design.

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Trainee IT

Supply Chain – IT

As the world leader in contract logistics, we offer customers standardized warehousing, transport and value-added services that can be combined to form customized supply chain solutions.

As one of the leading logistics providers in the Germany & Alps region, DHL Supply Chain offers complete end-to-end supply chain solutions for a wide range of industries and sectors.

The IT Department within the cluster Germany & Alps is the central service provider for all IT Services within the cluster. It supports the operating run of the IT services and supports to optimize the existing IT Setup of hard- and software. Within build projects, IT is responsible as workstream lead for setting up infrastructure and the IT Solution planned for the customer. Within these projects, planning, setup and testing are IT parts. The IT department acts also as enabler for innovation and digitalization projects within the Cluster.

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Trainee Sales

This area comprises all sales activities to win and care for our customers. Here, a strong customer focus and professionalism are important.

For April 2020 DPDHL does not offer a traineeship in Sales.

Trainee Marketing

eCommerce – Product Management

In selected markets across Europe, North America, Asia and India, DHL eCommerce Solutions provides domestic and international parcel services for business customers and consumers, as well as individual services and tailored solutions for eCommerce customers.

The Product Management team is responsible for all intra-European activities with regards to our DHL eCommerce B2C cross-border product portfolio. The team manages the international product and service development and is coordinating all product-relevant build and run activities.

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Trainee Operations

This area covers all strategic and operational activities of our transport and logistics business. Key elements of success in this business include a high degree of standardization and continuously high process quality.

For April 2020 DPDHL does not offer a traineeship in Operations.

Application process

Our application process is transparent and easy-to-understand, so you’ll always know where you are.

  • Online application
  • Online assessment
  • Telephone interview
  • Recruiting Day
  • Job offer

Online application

To apply for our trainee program, use the "APPLY HERE" buttons on this page and select your preferred GROW vacancy. There you will find detailed information and the button for the final application. Now fill out the application form and upload your documents (cover letter, CV, certificates). Our recommendation as a file format is PDF. Once we receive your application, we will send you a confirmation email.

Online assessment

If your CV awakens our interest, you will be invited to an online assessment. You have 14 days to complete the test, the test takes about 45-60 minutes.

Among other things, it deals with problem-solving ability, reasoning, etc.

Telephone interview

If your results from the online assessment convinced us, we would like to get a personal impression. This happens in a telephone interview with our recruiting colleagues.

This interview takes about 30-45 minutes.

Recruiting Day

If you convinced in all steps of the process so far and are also in the shortlist for the department, you will receive an invitation from us for our recruiting day in Bonn. The duration of the recruiting days are 1.5 days. Here you will get to know our company and your future manager in person. And we too can get a more accurate picture of you, your strengths and your potential and see if you are the right fit.

Job offer

At the end of the 1.5 day recruiting day we make our decision who will start as a GROW graduate in April or October. This decision will be communicated to you within an appreciative and detailed feedback conversation. If you have convinced, you will receive here the basic conditions, as well as further information about the next steps.


Our takeover ratio is way over 90%. This testifies to the success of our program - not only do we want to keep our graduates, the graduates also want to stay with us. Our nearly 350 alumni can be found in all possible positions, divisions and even countries within the group. We offer the start and the possibilities. Career is what you make of it!


How does this graduate program differ from direct entry?

GROW is a development program for graduates and young professionals, where you can get to know different departments or divisions, learn about various business sectors and areas - and thus can decide what really suits you.

In addition, the GROW graduate program allows you to optimally build up a broad network within the group, of course through your fellow GROW colleagues, at joint events (such as kick-off or workshops where all age groups can participate), at the regular GROW lunches or through your sponsor.

A training curriculum, mentoring by an executive and the opportunity for individual career counseling additionally support you in your professional development.

This is in contrast to direct entry where you commit yourself to a specific area of the company from the very beginning.

How much will I earn as a graduate on the GROW Program?

As a GROW graduate the yearly salary is up to 47,500 EUR.

Is the GROW Trainee Program offered in countries aside from Germany?

Our 18-month trainee program only takes place in Germany. You can learn about additional trainee programs on our careers website at:

Does the GROW Program include work in another country?

When applying for the program, you can choose between two different tracks: national or international. The national GROW Program is conducted solely in Germany. The international GROW Program includes a stay of 3 months in one of our worldwide locations. Apart from that, the concept and schedule of the programs are the same.

Is there a maximum age for applicants?

The GROW Program is designed for university graduates and people just starting their professional careers. There is no specific age limit.

Your contact to GROW

For any questions please contact our recruiting team: