European Paper Graduate Programme – Asschaffenburg, Germany


International setting
The Paper Graduate Programme will be split across several paper mills in Europe (The Netherlands, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria). By joining the graduate programme, you will be given the opportunity to gain a solid professional experience by working on strategic projects and develop your management skills. Your position allows you to cover a sound role inside DS Smith at the end of the programme. German graduates will start in the DS Smith Asschaffenburg Mill in Germany.


DS Smith
DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging, active in 37 countries, employing around 28,500 people. The Paper Division by itself has about 2,900 talented employees across a network of 12 paper mills: 10 paper mills across Europe and 2 in North America, strategically located near raw material sources and our customers. The mills produce around 3,7 million tonnes (3,1 million tonnes in Europe and 0,6 million in the USA) of corrugated case materials and specialist industrial products annually. The majority of these products are converted into board and boxes for packaging. The remaining produce is used for specialist papers. As a supply cycle strategist, DS Smith aims to provide long term solutions that create efficient packaging ecosystems. All of our finished paper products are 100% recyclable and sustainably sourced, with all our European products made from recycled fibres. By continually investing in the latest papermaking technologies, DS Smith can produce the highest quality of papers.


The programme
The DS Smith Paper Graduate Program is a 2-year programme that will take you around several DS Smith mills in Europe. Per year you will have at least two assignments in one mill. This means you will work in at least two different mills in different countries within two years time. You will become part of an ambitious and internationally oriented working environment, with plenty of chances to grow and develop.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of DS Smith Paper and its exceptionally dynamic working environment. Being provided with full access to the manufacturing and commercial facilities, you will quickly gain a wide and holistic perspective of the paper business.

Throughout your entire professional experience in DS Smith, you will be assigned a mentor to give you support and regular feedback on your performance and development. You will be involved in all the main Management Training Initiatives (such as the EMP – Engaging Managers Programme) to prepare yourself for a management position at DS Smith within two years.

You will attend various courses with fellow trainees, for example: the Fundamentals of Papermaking, Continuous Excellence, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Effective Delegation and Managing Change.

DS Smith will help you apply your knowledge and experience to make a real and valued contribution to the organisation while exposing yourself to all facets and attributes of the DS Smith world.


What are we looking for?
DS Smith is looking for outstanding and dynamic individuals who have a strong interest in the paper industry and sustainability, show leadership potential and are highly motivated to pursue an international career.


  • Master’s Degree in Paper Technology/Engineering/Science
  • 0-2 years working experience
  • Fluent in German and English (an additional European language would be an advantage)
  • International orientation and willing to relocate to different locations in the coming years
  • Innovative and strategic thinker
  • Managerial potential, a drive for results and eagerness to succeed
  • Engagement in sustainability and flexibility are highly valued


What do we offer?

  • An international development programme within a fast growing “blue chip” company
  • Challenging assignments combined with an extensive training programme
  • Regular feedback from your personal mentor
  • A fulfilling management position at one of our European locations after completing the programme
  • Plenty of career growth opportunities
  • Excellent annual salary
  • A “golden hello” bonus to help you get settled at your starting location


For more information you can contact Michelle Wegter via +31 6 28 33 09 66 or Pim van Meeuwen via +31 6 53 26 55 11.


Please apply via the “Apply button”. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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