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Volvo Cars 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 43,000 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 direct consumer business.

Our Global Graduate Programme opens up a world of potential career opportunities across Volvo Cars Globally. You can make a difference with us in many different fields such as product development, autonomous drive, connectivity, user experience, data science, manufacturing, logistics consumer services,new business models, digital, but also within marketing, finance, sales and human resources. Learn more about the business functions here.

We're looking for you!

Volvo Cars’ Global Graduate Programme offers positions in Sweden, China and the USA and between November 1 and December 1, 2019, you can apply for the 2020 programme.

All 2020 Global Graduates start with a common 3 week Global Graduate Programme introduction period in Gothenburg (Sweden) on Monday August 17, 2020. 

Check out the job ad to learn more about the different business functions you can apply for. The Global Graduate Programme is closely attuned to finding the skills our company needs.  In the 2020 programme we have positions spread over our different regions in the following areas:

  • Commercial Operations
  • Modelling & Simulation
  • Data Science & AI
  • Digital & IT
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing & Logistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • People Experience (HR)
  • Procurement
  • Quality 
  • Research & Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Supply Chain Management
  • User Experience (UX)



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

You have…

- 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 24 months you’ll be fast tracked through the heart of our business. Your recruiting manager will be your sponsor and support you from start to end of the programme. Together you will design a programme around your strengths and ambitions, which consists of:

  • 3-week introduction period at the Headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Functional and cross-functional assignments (4-6 months each)
  • Common graduate module weeks
  • Personal development & Leadership training
  • Competence area deep-dives
  • Product and production knowledge
  • Business and commercial acumen
  • Senior Mentorship
  • International experience, depending on the development plan you set with your sponsor
  • Top-management exposure
  • Graduate group projects
  • Graduation ceremony
  • A global network of colleagues and graduates
  • An experience designed around your passion and strengths
  • A lot of FUN!


Meet our Graduates

Read the personal stories of some of our Graduates via the profile
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I wanted to get an understanding of how we go from an idea to a finished car

Elin Franzén

Global Mechanical Engineering Graduate

Tianyi Yang

I am currently residing in Shanghai

Vincent Tollesson

It has given me the flexibility to become a better version of myself.

Andrés Contreras

It is up to you to shape your own future

Nikolaos Tsavalos

Anupama Dhareshwar

Louise Horneman

This is an extremely modern and fast paced global organization

Maike Nienaber

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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 2020 programme will accept approximately 50 graduates globally.

  How long does the Global Graduate Programme last?

24 months.

  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?

Yes you can, in the job application you will read more about how to do this.

The recruitment process

November 1st – December 1st:

Online application (CV & Cover Letter) via the Volvo Cars careers site

Early December:

Psychometric & technical assessments (depending on the competence area you apply for) 

Early January:

On-demand video interview with pre-recorded questions

Late January:

Behavioural & technical interviews

Late February- beginning March:

2-day on-site event at Volvo Cars HQ for successful candidates



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