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eXplore Tires Research & Development Trainee Program

This unique trainee program is organized according to a project management structure which means that you have the freedom to shape your own program while reporting to the R&D management team.

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eXplore Tires Research & Development Trainee Program at a glance

The eXplore Tires Research & Development Trainee Program, based in Hanover, Germany, provides the exceptional opportunity for young graduates with multicultural backgrounds to work together gaining valuable professional and international experience. The trainee pool continually proves to be a rewarding experience by offering appealing technical and soft-skill training. Furthermore, it provides interesting and challenging projects and supports your personal and professional growth. Apart from that, the eXplore Tires Research & Development Trainee Program is a stepping stone to a fast-paced career within Continental’s Tire Division helping you to build an effective and international network which is essential in succeeding in the company.

What can you expect?

Continental offers the perfect start for a dynamic international career.

The eXplore Tires Research & Development Trainee Program runs at the Research & Development Headquarters of the Tire Division in Hanover, Germany. During the trainee pool period you will work closely together with other international trainees, technical experts and members of the management. You will organize your project – the trainee pool – on your own and decide what your priorities are. All trainees will complete two challenging individual projects and one global business assignment which allows them to understand the tire development process and global business of Continental. Your team is also responsible for managing its budget to cover all resources required for presentations, workshops and excursions, for example to Continental plants, customers or suppliers.

A three-month plant stay is an additional part of the trainee program. Upon completion of the trainee pool core project and after having started  in your final job within the R&D department you will complete an external assignment related to your daily business at one of our international tire manufacturing plants.

To round off the program, you will spend three weeks in one of our Marketing and Sales organizations in order to get an overview of customer needs and market requirements.  

In a very free and open framework the eXplore Program prepares you for interdisciplinary project tasks in an intercultural setting. Members of the management and experts from different technical fields accompany you along the way.

What could your future look like?

The program prepares you for key positions within the Tires Research & Development organization. Depending on your potential and performance you will have the possibility to take over responsibility at an early stage. Career opportunities on a global scale could be the, for example, following:

  • Product Portfolio Engineer 
  • Product Development Engineer 
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Material and Process Industrialization Engineer

What do we expect?

  • You are a university graduate (Bachelor, Master or PhD) with a background in Engineering, Natural Sciences or Mathematics
  • You are creative, open-minded and a responsible team player who enjoys working in a multicultural environment
  • You have an excellent command of English (written and spoken) for daily communication
  • You have a passion for tires and their technology
  • You have gained international experience in intercultural teams

Ready to drive with Continental? Take the first step and apply online.

The trainee program starts two times a year, on March 1st and September 1st..  

To receive information as soon as you can apply for the next program, please set up your personal job agent here!