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ABB - Company profile

  • Industrials
  • Energy
Company type Public
Year founded 1883
Revenues in 2006 24,412 billion USD
Global headquarters Zurich/Switzerland
European headquarters Zurich/Switzerland
# Countries active 100
# Employees worldwide 110,000
Most common preferred study background
  • Business Studies
  • Computer science / IT
  • Economics
  • Engineering
Contact person Caroline Hyde
+41 43 317 6040
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Required skills

Leadership 7
Team working 7
Problem solving 7
Communication 7
Creativity 7
Commercial Awareness 7
Pressure Resistance 7
Flexibility 7
Networking 4


ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs more than 110,000 people.

Power Products
Power Products are the key components to transmit and distribute electricity. The division incorporates ABB's manufacturing network for transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers, cables and associated equipment. It also offers all the services needed to ensure products' performance and extend their lifespan. The division is subdivided into three business units.

Power Systems
Power Systems offers turnkey systems and services for power transmission and distribution grids, and for power plants. Substations and substation automation systems are key areas. Additional highlights include flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS), high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems and network management systems. In power generation, Power Systems offers the instrumentation, control and electrification of power plants. The division is subdivided into four business units.

Automation Products
This ABB business serves customers with energy efficient and reliable products to improve customers' productivity, including drives, motors and generators, low voltage products, instrumentation and analytical, and power electronics. More than one million products are shipped daily to end customers and channel partners, spanning a wide range of industry and utility operations, plus commercial and residential buildings.

Process Automation
The main focus of this ABB business is to provide customers with integrated solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge. The industries served include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals and minerals, marine and turbocharging. Key customer benefits include improved asset productivity and energy savings.

ABB is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 150,000 robots worldwide.

What we offer

A world of opportunities

We encourage personal initiative and entrepreneurial behavior and seek to offer challenging and rewarding work environments.

Global Trainee Programs
Join our challenging and comprehensive trainee programs for recent graduates. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in working for our dynamic, global company in the areas of Finance/Business Control, Information Systems and Corporate Development.

Who we look for

Who can apply?

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Recent university graduates with above average degrees (ideally in engineering) at BSc or MSc level and an MBA or MSc in economics, business studies, finance, management or similar
  • Mature, professional personality with realistic goals and good communication skills
  • Fluency in English (additional languages a plus)
  • Flexible team player
  • Global mindset, social and intercultural competency