Career paths at MAHLE — excellent and varied opportunities after your studies

Now that you have completed your studies, are you ready to finally embark on professional life? Get started with us right away and plan for the long term. Whether you join us via the International Graduate Program or start directly in one of our specialist functions — you decide how you begin your career with us and help shape the future of mobility.

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What our employees say about their jobs

There are many individual career paths at MAHLE. We would like to tell you about some of them.

Daniel Rieger

"Heading up the MAHLE Efficient Electric Transport (MEET) project is a fascinating task that offers a great deal of responsibility. I am enthusiastic about the cross-functional cooperation and the strong team – a major success factor for MEET that highlights MAHLE’s outlook for urban mobility." - Joined MAHLE on a cooperative studies program, bachelor’s degree in Automotive Systems - Development engineer in the testing environment for combustion engines - Research engineer in Corporate Advanced Engineering, part-time master’s degree - Current position: Project manager for complex mechatronic systems (MEET vehicle)

Daniel Rieger
Qiang Zhao

"Great trust was placed in me at MAHLE right from the start, for example, even as a new graduate I was given responsibility for large projects. Learning and personal development are a permanent process at MAHLE, as each task is different and unique." - Mechanical engineering studies (bachelor’s and master’s degree) at the University of Stuttgart with specialization in materials engineering, lightweight construction, and automotive engineering - Internship and job as a working student at a leading automotive group in the field of advanced engineering for lightweight construction technology; master’s thesis in laser joining technology - Joined MAHLE as a sales engineer and project manager for engine and on-board cooling - Current position: Technical sales engineer and Cooling project manager

Qiang Zhao
Dr. Ilke Heymann-Vassholz

"In the finance and controlling area, your role is to identify savings potential and recognize development opportunities and synergies. The tasks are thus demanding and complex. Special programs for training and advanced development help you stay up to date at all times.” - Economics degree and doctorate at the University of Freiburg - Joined MAHLE's internal auditing department - Team leader in the area of finance and accounting - Progression to Head of Corporate Controlling - Current position: Director Finance and Accounting Germany

Dr. Ilke Heymann-Vassholz

Working around the globe

Thanks to our presence on five continents, we can offer you varied tasks in a national and international context. You can contribute your expertise as a member of regional and international teams and continue learning alongside your studies. Even after graduating, you can opt for an international route and move to one of our national companies in the further course of your career at MAHLE.

Joining the International Graduate Program

Do you want to get ahead professionally? As an international graduate, you will get the right training from us. Regardless of whether your vocation is technical or commercial, exciting roles, variety and international exchanges are all part of the program – naturally. On a broad basis and looking over the horizon, we will prepare you for the future, demanding roles that you will take on. Once you successfully complete the program, nothing will stand in your way of a career at MAHLE.

The Program — a Quick Look

  • You are permanently assigned to an area we focus on.
  • You work in various projects in different fields.
  • You work on at least one foreign project (stay abroad of three to six months).
  • Together with other graduates, you attend training courses on different topics, such as presentation, collaboration, self-management.
  • Mentors from different departments and personnel development support you.
  • You create your own group-wide network.
  • Start date: several start dates throughout the year
  • Duration:18 months
  • Above-average pay
  • A permanent employment contract right from the start

Your application for the International Graduate Program

This qualifies you

As a graduate you can start at MAHLE at a high level. And you will have the best prerequisites for doing this:

  • study (university, technical college) in a desired discipline with an above-average degree
  • relevant internships - ideally, in the automotive sector
  • international experience in the form of semesters abroad or professional activities (e.g. internships)
  • ideally, additional qualifications, such as vocational training or an MBA
  • comprehensive know-how in your technical field - including appropriate specific knowledge and qualifications, e.g. special software skills
  • a very good knowledge of English
  • a willingness to work around the world
  • strong communication skills and team spirit
  • a fascination for technology
  • a high level of flexibility and strong goal orientation

Your Application

So, the International Graduate Program is exactly the right starting point for your career and you have found a graduate position you like in one of the job advertisements? Then apply directly via the MAHLE recruiting portal, eMploy. That way we will be able to obtain a first impression of you quickly and easily. Access to the portal is available in every job advertisement - just click on the "Apply" button.

You need the following documents for your application:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Relevant certificates

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Our Selection Process

Your application has sparked our interest. Now you can convince us personally. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to get to know us better.

We have a three-step approach to this: To start off, there will be a video interview with your contact in the Human Resources department. After that, you will receive an invitation to our Assessment Centre. Individual and group exercises and tests will be conducted there and will enable you to prove your talent. Finally, there will be an interview in the department with your future line manager. And if you like us as much as we like you, you'll soon be holding a contract in your hands.

Tips for the Assessment Centre

  • Be well prepared.
  • Show interest and ask questions. We will be happy to answer them.
  • Listen carefully and respond to what has been said.
  • Work on the exercises analytically and in a structured way.
  • Show the real you.
  • Share your thoughts with us.
  • Present yourself actively, so that we can get to know you better.
  • Stay calm. If you are unsuccessful in a particular task, that doesn't mean you have failed altogether.

Direct entry: Take responsibility directly "on the job"

You have obtained your degree, and now you want to put your expertise into practice. There are many ways in which you can develop professionally and personally with us — either nationally or internationally, depending on your preference.

If you already have a clear idea of the area in which you would like to work, such as Research & Development, Technical Sales, Controlling, or another of our business areas, then join us directly in your desired specialist field.

Your application for the direct entry

If you are interested in any of our job vacancies, you can apply directly online. This also applies to jobs abroad. To view these postings, please select the desired country in the job search.

Our Selection Process

Once your application has been received by us, you will automatically receive an acknowledgement of receipt. We will check your documents and then arrange a time for a telephone interview if we are interested in you. If the phone conversation proves positive for both of us, a face-to-face interview will then ensue. And after that? Ideally, you will receive a job offer as soon as possible and then sign a contract.

Find out more about our application processhere.

What qualifies you

Depending on the position and the tasks focus, we are looking for graduates in different disciplines. Engineers, computer scientists, sales personnel and experts in other disciplines will all find interesting jobs here. Are you enthusiastic about your area of expertise, are you curious and do you want to take responsibility? Apply now.

The kinds of profiles we are currently looking for can be found in our current job advertisements for graduates.

Personal and professional development

We guide and support you in your personal and professional advancement, right from the start.

The MAHLE Competence Model forms the basis for your continued training. During an annual employee review, you will discuss your goals with your supervisor and then jointly create your individual development plan. Your plan will include a varied, cross-media approach involving different learning formats.

In general, our employees complete company-specific training programs that help them feel at home in the MAHLE working world as quickly as possible. We also offer a series of basic training courses through an open training program that allows for flexible planning. In addition to these internal programs, we also promote your professional development through external courses.

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