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ABB - Global Trainee Program - Finance & Business Control

  • Energy
  • Industrials
Functional area Finance & Accounting
Starting date
  • Apr 01, 2009
  • Oct 01, 2009
Duration 18 months
Region global
  • Home Country
  • Zurich/Switzerland
  • Global Assignment
Language requirements
  • English (Fluent)
  • Additional language is a plus (Working knowledge)
Mentorship program Yes
Preferred study background
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
Recruitment process
  • Online application
  • Telephone interview
  • Assessment center
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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


Our GTPs are designed to provide meaningful, challenging work experience through exposure to a variety of ABB operations.

Trainees will learn functional aspects of finance and business control as well as general business management skills and have the possibility to activley contribute to the planning of their own personal program to best suit their individual interests and development requirements. In addition to on-the-job learning the program is accompanied by further training in the areas of personal development, intercultural awareness, technology and ABB specific culture & business requirements.

Learning Scope for GTP Finance & Business Control

The learning scope of the program is largely driven by the interests and personal preferences of the trainee. The main focus of our trainee program is on-the-job experience, customized to suit each trainees' individual development needs. As a minimum you should be able to gain insight into the following areas:

Operational controlling
Accounting and reporting according to US-GAAP guidelines, rolling forecast reporting, business and product features, project controlling and analysis, cash flow management, financial and risk analysis

Strategic controlling & finance
Value creation and shareholder value, business planning and evaluation, strategic planning and development

Mentoring Concept

Mentoring plays an integral role in the success of our Global Trainee Programs. A mentor can let you benefit from his/her experience, help you see things from a differect point of view, support you in the planning phase of your program and assist in providing valuable contacts for your future career path. Each trainee will be assigned a mentor from the very beginning of the program. This person will act as a coach and guide you through your early professional life. Your mentor will be able to give you valuable insight into the world of ABB and assist you in your decision process when chosing particular assignments. In addition to your mentor you will receive a personal tutor, who will be supervising you during each individual assignment.

Examples of placements

Program Structure for GTP Finance & Business Control

The GTP for Finance & Business Control lasts between 18-24 months and comprises three different assignments:

1. Assignment: Home Country (6 months)
You will start your first assignment in your country of origin or current residence, where you will gain experience in the areas of Operational Controlling, ABB’s Accounting & Reporting Systems and Front-end Business.

2. Assignment: ABB Headquarters (6 months)
The second assignment will take you to ABB’s Corporate Headquarters offices in Zurich, Switzerland. You will be able to choose your assignment from a variety of options such as supporting one of our financial Group Functions, the Group Treasury department, one of our Divisions or Business Areas. This second assignment will give you additional insight into the area of Strategic Controlling and Central Finance Functions.

3. Assignment: Global Exposure (6-12 months)
Your third and final assignment of the program will be an international assignment. You are expected to be actively involved in the organization of this assignment with a good choice in particular responsibilities and/or destinations. The final assignment may last up to 12 months and will be a more challenging project assignment.


Specifically, we are looking for individuals who can demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Recent university graduates with above average degrees in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or related majors (min. 3-4 years regular studies)
  • Excellent language skills (fluency in English required, additional languages a plus) Mature, professional personality with realistic goals
  • Flexible team player
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Persistent, driving, ambitious, curious, open-minded