APPLY NOW! 2017 Heineken International Graduate Programme

Ready for an International Graduate Programme that can offer you more?

Are you a driven, internationally mobile graduate that is ready to be challenged in a high-pace environment at one of the world’s most respected organisations? Are you ready to push yourself, both professionally and personally, to reach excellence in locations around the world? If so, HEINEKEN is looking for YOU!

The International Graduate Programme at HEINEKEN is a highly competitive programme with even higher expectations for those that make it through the selection process. Your past experiences have taken you this far but now it is up to you to take advantage of what HEINEKEN offers you to develop yourself into a Senior Manager within the HEINEKEN organisation. This requires you to be flexible, self-sufficient, open to feedback, gracious, and of course, always represent the HEINEKEN organisation appropriately by staying true to the values of HEINEKEN: Enjoyment, Respect, and Passion. We expect all three from our International Graduates and will not settle for less.

If you believe you can deliver on these expectations at HEINEKEN then you will have a world of opportunity at your door. HEINEKEN offers you a truly global experience, we have operating companies in over 70 countries around the world, which makes us the world’s most international brewer. You will spend three years getting to know our operating companies by doing three one-year assignments in three different countries within a specific function.

We are now receiving applications for the International Graduate Programme. Apply before the 6th of February, 2017.

Minimum criteria for eligible applicants and the business areas.

  • A degree or will graduate by September 2017 – preferably a Masters
    • If applying to Finance, your degree needs to be in Finance, Economics, Business or a similar degree
    • If applying for Marketing & Sales, your degree must be a MASTERS in business, economics, or commerce
    • If applying for Procurement, your degree needs to be in business, financial, commercial, economic, or technical discipline
    • If applying for Supply Chain, your degree needs to be in science or engineering
    • There is no specific degree requirement for Corporate Relations, GIS (IT), nor Human Resources
  • No more than 2 years of professional work experience (voluntary and internships do not count)
  • At least 6 months must be gained working, studying, or volunteering outside your home country
  • To speak at least two (preferably three) languages in business fluency. One of which must be English
  • A desire to live and work abroad
  • To have proven leadership skills
  • To have an affinity with your chosen specialisation
  • To have a genuine interest in other countries and cultures
  • To be able to demonstrate your drive and desire to succeed
  • To have a drivers’ license (for Marketing & Sales applicants)

We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 IGP in January 2017 until the first week of February 2017.

Selection Process

What you will require to be successful.

Selection Stages:

Stage 1
Fill out an application online

Stage 2
Applicants that meet minimum criteria will be invited to take an online test

Stage 3
Upon successful online assessment, applicants will have a telephone interview

Stage 4

Applicants that progress past the telephone interview will then do a face-to-face interview close to your home or study location

Stage 5
Successful applicants will then do a virtual interview with the IGP Team

Stage 6
Applicants that pass the virtual interview will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Stage 7
Applicants that are successful in the Assessment Centre will then be offered a position within the HEINEKEN International Graduate Programme.Applications for the 2017 IGP will begin being accepted in January 2017. The selection timeline will be updated soon.

Selection Timeline

Phase Month
Online Application January 2017-6 February 2017
Online Test February
Telephone Interviews March
Face-to-Face Interviews March – April
Virtual Interview April – May
Assessment Centre June
Offers Made June – July
First Assignment September 2017
Apply below for the 2017 IGP function of your choice! It is not allowed to apply for more than one function so please only fill out one application for the 2017 IGP.

For more information, kindly visit the official website HERE.

Marketing & Sales

Discover the HEINEKEN World of Marketing & Sales

We are looking for innovative, ambitious and internationally minded commercial talents who relish a challenge and have passion for quality and success. We are a business that is passionate about our brands and the two functions which are at the forefront of taking our brands to the market are Sales and Marketing. Although our operating companies drive their own sales and marketing strategies and activities, we have central teams who ensure we have a clear strategy for the global growth of our international brands; they create the direction so that plans can be developed ensuring that these brands work effectively across all local cultures. Through close cooperation and synergy between Global Marketing & Sales, the Regional and Local Marketing & Sales departments we are able to achieve our commercial agenda:

• Building brands and portfolios for profit;
• Winning at the point of Sale;
• Efficient and effective route to market;
• People organization and culture.

Working for Marketing & Sales whether it is global, regional, or local, will provide you with a career with excellent opportunities which means:

• Working with one of the most well-known and most international beer brands, Heineken, as well as other global and local brands;
• Working together with markets all over the world;
• Setting global strategies in the different commercial disciplines;
• Sharing knowledge between global, regional and local marketing & sales employees;
• Implementing high value marketing & sales tools and projects;
• Having an international scope and contributing to the global direction of HEINEKEN;
• Working in a high performance level environment with real functional or operational experts.

Our Marketing responsibilities include:
• Managing and building brands with clear consumer insight;
• Driving product development;
• Developing innovations;
• Allocating and managing budgets by brand;
• Maximising returns on investment.

Our Sales responsibilities include:
• Developing (international) sales strategies;
• Channels and techniques;
• Servicing all types of accounts;
• Providing customers with high quality service levels.

Examples of assignments include:
• Brand Marketing – Poland, USA, Mexico, Austria, Belgium
• On-trade Sales – Austria, Germany, France, The Netherlands, UK
• Innovation – Portugal, The Netherlands, France
• Off-trade Sales – France, Austria, Hungary
• Sales Distribution – Kenya, Poland, Austria, South Africa

Some of our previous graduates’ first permanent roles when they finished the programme have included:
• (Assistant) Brand Manager – UK
• Junior Brand Manager – USA, Italy, France
• Product Manager Flavours – Spain
• Trade Marketing Responsible – France

Corporate Relations

Discover the HEINEKEN World of Corporate Relations

The principle is simple: we take exceptionally talented, internationally-minded individuals and expose them to the full breadth and variety of our Corporate Relations (CR) function. We are looking for ambitious CR talents who relish a challenge and have passion for quality and success. Corporate Relations is the function which is responsible for protecting, building and promoting the reputation of HEINEKEN both globally and locally, which is done via the integration of four distinct disciplines:• Employee Engagement
• External Communications
• Public and Government Affairs
• Sustainable Development

Our Employee Engagement:
The Employee Engagement team strives to inform and connect HEINEKEN employees to the broader business strategies through dedicated channels and activations which motivate and ensure individuals understand how they contribute to the HEINEKEN Company. Employee Engagement focuses on:
Developing and engaging employees on the HEINEKEN story (our ambition, Company strategy, priorities and ways of working);
Maximising the benefit and minimising the impact of the significant change underway across the business;
Embedding and engaging employees to contribute to the long-term ‘Brewing a Better Future’ sustainability agenda;
Increasing the scope, frequency and effectiveness of Interactive Communications across the business.

Our External Communications:
The External Communications team is responsible for the creation of the HEINEKEN story and engaging stakeholders via Media Relations & Brand PR which includes:

• Building a strong reputation and gaining share of voice in broadcast, print and on-line media versus the competition;
• Being a thought leader on important issues that affect our business and society as a whole;
• Making HEINEKEN an ‘in conversation’ brand;
• Leveraging our global sponsorships (UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup etc.).

Our Public and Government Affairs
The Public and Government Affairs team works both globally and locally with stakeholders and partners to protect our license to operate. Some topics the team addresses are:• Driving the positive image of beer;
• Leading the agenda on responsible consumption;
• Working closely with industry partners;
• Participating in discussions with the WHO on its Global Alcohol Strategy.

Our Sustainable Development
• The Sustainable Development team is responsible for driving our global sustainability agenda and integrating it in to our Company by:

Establishing a sustainability community throughout HEINEKEN;
• Supporting HEINEKEN Operating Companies in rolling out their sustainability agenda;
• Integrating sustainability into all business processes and reporting procedures;
• Becoming an recognised leader externally in sustainability.

Examples of assignments include:

• External Communications – USA
• Public Affairs – Brazil
• Employee Engagement – USA
• Corporate Social Responsibility – Sustainability, The Netherlands
• Project Management – Spain
• Government Relations – USA

Some examples of our former international graduates’ first permanent roles include:

• Global Corporate Relations – Channel Strategy & Development Manager.


Discover the HEINEKEN World of Finance

The principle is simple: we take exceptionally talented, internationally-minded individuals and expose them to the full breadth and variety of our Finance function. We are looking for ambitious finance talents who relish a challenge and have passion for quality and success. As a graduate you will experience first-hand the wide range of departments within our Finance function such as:

  • Business Control
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Process & Control Improvement
  • Tax and Tresury
  • Audit

Finance makes important contributions to the HEINEKEN business through costing, pricing & market evaluations, three year planning and reviews supporting the corporate development strategy. You will be involved in key business decisions on a daily basis and your experiences within the Finance function will expose you to decision-making at all levels.

Examples of assignments include:

  • Accounting & Reporting – Belgium, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Spain, Romania
  • Financial Shared Services – Poland
  • Planning & Control –, Brazil, Ethiopia, The Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, UK
  • Audit – Austria, Italy, USA, The Netherlands
  • Finance & Control – Martinique, Rwanda
  • Business Control –Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo

Some examples of our former international graduates’ first permanent roles include:

  • Commercial Business Controller
  • Marketing Business Controller
  • Strategic Business Controller
  • Global Auditor
  • Business Analyst at Regional or Global level
  • Service Analyst HEINEKEN Global Shared Services

Human Resources

Discover the HEINEKEN World of HR

The principle is simple: we take exceptionally talented, internationally-minded individuals and expose them to the full breadth and variety of our Human Resource (HR) function. We are looking for ambitious HR talents who relish a challenge and have passion for quality and success.

As a graduate you will have the chance to experience all facets of the people agenda in HEINEKEN, from policy development through to implementing new approaches and managing change agendas, where the global and local HR teams both play an important role.

Our Human Resources Priorities are:

• Ensuring we have the right people in every role;
• Challenging the business to ensure that the culture drives high performance;
• Driving cost effective HR services to the business backed by the right policies.

Leading to your potential involvement in:

• Supporting the front line on the people agenda;
• Design and delivery of training;
• Change management initiatives;
• HR project delivery.

Examples of assignments include:

• Training & Development – Greece
• HR Advisor – Finland
• Organizational Development – Portugal
• HR Business Partner to a function – UK

Some examples of our former international graduates’ first permanent roles include:

• Performance Management Consultant

Global Information Systems (IT)

The principle is simple: we take exceptionally talented, internationally-minded individuals and expose them to the full breadth and variety of our Global Information Systems function. We are looking for ambitious IT talents who relish a challenge and have passion for quality and success.

As a graduate, you will gain exposure to a wide range of functional areas with GIS, such as:

• Business Process Management
• Business Solutions
• Project Delivery
• Service Delivery
• Technology and Infrastructure
• Technology Delivery
• Strategy & Policy
• Information Management Corporate Office
GIS makes a significant contribution to HEINEKEN such as:

• Continuously improving our Business Processes;
• Finding common solutions to Business issues, in areas such as SAP, ERP and CRM;
• The mobilisation of projects to modernise global infrastructure;
• The implementation of technical standards, solutions and customer service delivery;
• The optimisation of IT costs.

Supply Chain

Discover the HEINEKEN World of Supply Chain

The principle is simple: we take exceptionally talented, internationally-minded individuals and expose them to the full breadth and variety of our Supply Chain function. We are looking for ambitious Supply Chain talents who relish a challenge and have passion for quality and success.

Supply Chain is a wide ranging function, covering everything from sourcing high quality raw materials, to the transformation of the raw materials into the finished products, to the distribution of the products.

As a Supply Chain graduate you can be involved in all of the elements of the chain; by taking part in our continuous improvement processes, challenging projects to develop new products from a technological perspective, and you will also be engaged in people management and organizational development, as well as taking the opportunities for future international leadership positions in the ‘world of HEINEKEN’. Supply Chain covers a wide range of processes ranging from brewing, quality control and assurance, packaging and technical services; it is for this reason that, in order to be eligible for this function, you need to have a science or engineering background.

It should come as no surprise that the most important ingredient in our beer is the passion with which our brewers produce the beers, loved across the globe. From day one, you as a graduate will be exposed to HEINEKEN’s proud tradition as a brewer in all that you do.

Examples of assignments include the following departments/areas of activity:• Brewing – Martinique, Nigeria
• Total Productive Management – UK, Congo, Haiti, Poland
• Packaging – Slovakia, The Netherlands
• Purchasing – Brazil
• Logistics – Russia, Hungary, The Netherlands
• Distribution Services – UK
• Technology & Quality Control – Spain, Nigeria
• Operations Project Management – USA
• Production – Panama

Some of our previous graduates’ first permanent roles when they finished the programme have included:

• Team Leader, Kegging & Packaging
• Global Category Buyer, Procurement
• Research & Development Project Manager
• Brewing Process Coordinator
• Shift Manager Packaging & Brewing


It is an exciting and challenging time to be in procurement and we are looking for highly motivated and talented people that have affinity with sourcing, a huge drive to win and the capabilities to build and deliver a new way of working globally.

HEINEKEN has grown significantly over the past two decades and group beer volumes have more than
doubled. This gives HEINEKEN Global Procurement the opportunity to leverage our scale and get a better deal from suppliers.  We are negotiating on behalf of all HEINEKEN functions, and procure services and materials for Operating Companies in HEINEKEN throughout the world, challenging our suppliers to provide best in class materials and services, driving cost efficiencies through reducing our supplier base and centrally procuring larger volumes for multiple Operating Companies.

In July 2012, HEINEKEN Global Procurement (HGP) was launched to replace the former Global
Purchasing organisation. HGP is part of Global Business Services (GBS) and is both a central
procurement Operating Company, HGP B.V. based in the Netherlands and a global network
of Operating Companies. To make Procurement truly world class, we are making several changes towards best practice, which include:• Using four procurement operating models as best suits the spend category
• Operating with a standardised ‘Source to Pay’ process
• Implementing enabling capabilities and tools for the ‘Source to Pay’ process which will align previously local systems and processes

For that we need tomorrow’s Leaders to build the broader HGP community.

We will offer three attractive disciplines to work in as an IGP in Procurement: Sourcing, Supplier Management and Project Management. In all three assignments you will be involved in working with our category buyers and contract managers to embed the new ways of working within the HEINEKEN procurement organisation.  Through these three assignments you will build a broad competencies profile. You will learn how to negotiate and manage our relationships with suppliers and being able to develop your project management skills.

In Sourcing, you will build up a comprehensive network of local and global stakeholders, to ensure that we purchase materials and services that meet our requirements at the best possible prices, terms and conditions. Furthermore, you will help in the development of our sourcing strategies, through analysing external and internal market information, gaining understanding of business and market dynamics, and the impact on our category management. In Project Management you will be responsible for influencing HEINEKEN stakeholders, at all levels, to manage procurement transformation projects and sourcing projects to meet challenging deadline. In your assignment in Supplier Management, you will learn how an Operating Company works and build and manage relationships with suppliers in order to deliver commercially optimal solutions for all parties.

Examples of assignments include:• Project Manager in projects at regional or global level
• Business Analyst in one of the sourcing categories
• Contract Manager or (local/global) Buyer

Some examples of our former international graduates’ first permanent roles include:

• GPCo project manager on local procurement  system implementation in two OpCo’s involved in the programme
• Business Analyst
• Procurement Development project manager
• Buyer
• Contract Manager”

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