Global Controlling trainee program

Your passion is Controlling? You have a high affinity for numbers and logical thinking? At the same time, you enjoy working with different people and you are interested in other cultures?
Then you’ve come to the right place. The global trainee program of the ZKW Group offers you, as a committed graduate, optimal preparation for a career in Controlling. As a trainee you will have the unique opportunity to get to know several different areas of Controlling and to gain experience abroad. The perfect start for your career as a BRIGHT MIND at ZKW!


Insights into ZKW Controlling

The design of the global Controlling trainee program at ZKW:

The global Controlling trainee program consists of 4, partly international, stations.

You start your learning experience with an individually designed onboarding week, during which you get to know ZKW in its entirety.
In the first 12 months, you will get to know various areas of Controlling at your home base. The home base is your base of operations, so to speak, where you will be introduced to your work. Locally, this is either ZKW Lichtsysteme GmbH in Wieselburg/Austria or ZKW Slovakia s.r.o. in Krusovce/Slovakia. Right from the start, you will be in the middle of things, not just part of them. You will take on diverse, responsible tasks and be a full-fledged team member in the areas of Functional Controlling and Project Controlling. At the end of this first stage, you will decide on the basis of your interest in one of the two areas you have become acquainted with in order to further expand your expertise. For the remaining duration of the trainee program, you will specialize in the selected area (Functional Controlling or Project Controlling).

An important part of your global Controlling trainee program is your stay abroad. Let in on new things, both professionally and personally. Over the next 12 months, you will gain a wide range of insights at one of our locations and also work there as an employee in local Controlling in your specialization.

You will spend the last 6 months of your trainee program in the Controlling department at headquarters in Austria, where you will be able to apply the experience you have gained at the various locations. Thanks to the networks you have built up at the sites, you will be a very valuable addition to the team
Your trainee program is complemented by accompanying training and development opportunities based on your individual learning plan. Throughout the trainee program, you will be accompanied by your buddy, who will be there to support you for the entire duration.

The trainee program aims to prepare you for a responsible position in Controlling. Be open to new things and get the best out of yourself!


Deadline for application: 30.06.2022
Program start: 03.10.2022
Duration: max. 2.5 years
Stay abroad: 12 months


ZKW Wieselburg

Birgit Hieber
+43 7416 505 0

ZKW Slovakia

Ing. Kristína Krátka
+421 908 297 924


Application process for the global Controlling trainee program

The application process for the global Controlling trainee program consists of several stages and is conducted in English

  • Online Application: You can apply for the global Controlling trainee program via the ZKW homepage. Please also upload the following documents: letter of motivation, CV, certificates and references
  • Personal Interview: In a personal interview with representatives of HR and Controlling, we would like to get to know you as a person. What are your drivers? What distinguishes you as a person? What goals are you pursuing? In this meeting, you will be introduced to the global Controlling trainee program in detail.
  • Assessment Center: In the assessment center, we would like to get to know you personally in detail together with the other applicants on one day. Various tasks await you, which you have to carry out individual or in group work.

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