Volvo Car Group
Global Graduate Programme
The path you choose today, will have a big impact on the future. As a graduate and member of the worldwide Volvo Cars team, you’ll have more than 40,000 colleagues around the world.
Our industry is going through a paradigm shift – it is being transformed from top to bottom by electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity, in-car services and much more. Join the company that personifies Scandinavian cool and be part of creating safe, sustainable and personal mobility for our customers.
Our Global Graduate Programme opens up a world of potential career opportunities across the Volvo Car Group. You can make a difference with us in many different fields such as autonomous drive, connectivity, software development, consumer services and new business models, but also within marketing, finance, sales and communications.
We're looking for you!
Volvo Car Groups’ Global Graduate Programme offers positions in Sweden, China and the USA and the application period differs for each country.
All 2019 Global Graduates start with a common Global Graduate Programme introduction week in Gothenburg (Sweden) on September 2, 2019.
The Global Graduate Programme is closely attuned to finding the skills our company needs. In the 2019 programme we have positions in the following areas:
Digital, Innovation & IT
Manufacturing & Logistics
Procurement & Quality
Research & Development
Sales & Customer Service
Strategy, Retail & Marketing
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
Environment & Fluid Dynamics
Active Safety / Autonomous Drive
Propulsion controls & Calibration
Propulsion power systems
Mechanical Architecture & Integration
Chassis & Climate Engineering
Painted Body & Closures Engineering
Propulsion Transmission systems
Propulsion Energy systems
Vehicle Motion controls
Advances Driving Assistance systems
Propulsion Vehicle controls
graduates have completed the global programme since 2010
are still within the company, more than half are in leadership positions
graduates would recommend the Global Graduate Programme to a friend
Do you want to change the world with us?
We are looking for Graduates who are full of energy, committed to success and eager to make a difference. You see yourself as a future leader, you like to organise and inspire people to achieve things together. You’re able to manage complex situations and see the bigger picture. You are open to change and are curious to discover opportunities in a constantly changing business environment.
As a Global Graduate you are:
- Results-oriented and committed to go the extra mile
- A great networker and communicator
- A team-player with an open mind
- Interested in developing yourself, others and our business
- A Master’s degree, completed when the programme starts
- Maximum 1 year full-time working experience after completed Master's degree, prior to start of programme
- Fluent English language skills
A programme designed around you
For 18-24 months you’ll be fast tracked through the heart of our business. Your recruiting manager will be your home manager and support you from start to end of the programme. Together you will design a programme around your strengths and ambitions, which consists of:
Individual career development
You will be supported throughout the programme by your home manager and a personal senior mentor
Regular corporate development weeks
Together with all graduates, each module focuses on different aspects of our business and your personal development
Functional and cross-functional assignments
After starting in the department you’ve been recruited into, you and your manager plan how your following assignments will look like based on your individual development plan and from a timing perspective
One assignment will be outside your home country and you will plan for this with your recruiting manager after you started the programme
Go out and see activities
Get a deep and broad understanding of the organisation by experiencing the market, production and executive management team environment
Apart from working in operational projects and positions, the graduates also work together in groups on corporate assignments
As a Global Graduate you receive a permanent employment contract at the start of the programme, so a position within the company afterwards is guaranteed.
Learn more about the different stages of the 2019 recruitment process below (this process applies to positions home-based in Sweden).
Apply with CV and cover letter
November - December 2018
Apply at jobs.volvocars.com, create your profile and submit your CV and cover letter. Please note: application for the 2019 programme is now closed. Application for the 2020 programme will open in autumn 2019.
Digital psychometric tests
November - December 2018
All candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the programme will be invited to psychometric tests conducted online designed to measure personality characteristics and aptitude
January - February 2019
Shortlisted candidates will have a first interview through Skype with a Volvo Cars recruiter
January - February 2019
Reference checks will be conducted at the same time as the online interviews, and you will be asked to provide at least two separate references.
Assessment center & contract offer in Gothenburg, Sweden
Sweden, February - March 2019
Final candidates will be invited for in-depth interviews and assignments with recruiters and hiring managers at an assessment center in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the end of the assessment, selected candidates will be offered a position in the 2019 Global Graduate Programme
Meet our Graduates and leaders
Read the stories of Fernando, Ida, Gimmy and Louise. Four graduates who share their thoughts and impressions from the Volvo Cars Global Graduate Programme.
The secret to success
A true love affair
Confessions of a lawyer
It’s all about having fun
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Global Graduate Programme.
Where does the Global Graduate Programme take place?
The job ad describes where the different positions are home-based. If you need to move from a different country, we will of course support with a relocation package.
How many graduates are hired each year?
The number of Global Graduates varies each year based on the demand of the business. The 2019 programme will accept approximately 50 graduates globally.
How long does the Global Graduate Programme last?
Between 18 and 24 months, depending upon your personal rotation & development plan.
Can I also apply for the Global Graduate Programme if I come from abroad?
The GGP is open to applicants from all over the world, who fit the graduate profile. You can apply regardless of your citizenship. A potential offer however would always be pending on the approval of the local residence- and work permit.
Do I have a fixed-term or a permanent contract?
As a Global Graduate you will get a permanent full time employment within Volvo Cars from the very first day.
How is the Global Graduate Programme compensated?
The Graduates within the programme will receive a salary according to the standard market rate.
Is there a guarantee of a job at the end?
Since you get a permanent employment during the programme, all functions aim to offer interesting and challenging roles to their graduates upon graduation, providing they have performed well during the Global Graduate Programme.
Is it necessary to have done an internship at Volvo Cars to apply for the Global Graduate Programme?
No, but it is not a disadvantage if you are already familiar with the company.
Can I apply to multiple areas of the Global Graduate Programme?
Meet us at student fairs
Want to meet with us to know more about the graduate programme and what it´s like to work at Volvo Cars?
These are the student fairs where we will be represented during 2018/2019.
You can also interact with us at Graduateland.
|Career Bonding Fair||
|December 3 - 5|
|Charm||Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg