European Manufacturing Trainee programme – Europe


The two year European Manufacturing Trainee Programme has the purpose to grow manufacturing talents for the Sappi mills.


Headquartered in Brussels (Belgium), Sappi Europe is the leading European producer of coated graphic paper as well as packaging and speciality papers with 10 mills, 15 sales offices and 5,500 employees. You can find more information about Sappi via


The two year European Manufacturing Trainee Programme has the purpose to grow our own manufacturing talents.

It consists of two or more multidisciplinary assignments which will be situated in two different paper production locations in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Italy, Scotland or the Netherlands).During each assignment you will be an integral part of a team/department and involved in exciting projects like: 

  • PQM: work on paper recipes as trials to achieve savings through a different mix in raw materials/chemicals ensuring product quality
  • Production: preparation of a safety handbook, as a collection of all safety best practices among our mills
  • Production: feasibility study on how to optimize small parts of the paper machine

In this program you will participate together with other trainees in several workshops. These workshops aim at enhancing your personal and interpersonal skills as well as giving you some foundational insights into how to lead people. You will also get introduced to all area’s of the business and get to know our senior leaders. They will provide you with case studies to develop your Sappi Business Knowledge. Visits to our mills, sales offices, customers and suppliers also form an important part of our trainee program.

To support you, coaching will be provided on an organizational level as well as on an individual development level.


  • You have atleast a Master’s degree in Engineering (Paper, Chemical, Electrical,Mechanical).
  • Preferably you already have a first international experienceor you’ve studied in multiple countries.


  • You have a maximum of two years’ working experience
  • You communicate fluently in English (both written andspoken) and speak at least one other European language, preferably German,otherwise Finnish or Dutch
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and a talent forleadership
  • You are driven and have a hands-on personality
  • You have a large capacity to adapt quickly and are lookingfor new challenges
  • You are flexible, mobile and willing to travel and workabroad (European Countries)
  • You are attracted by a multicultural environment

And of course we count on your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn all about Sappi!


A challenging position in an International Company combined with an excellent remuneration package. Sappi offers wide-ranging opportunities for highly motivated and committed people. They aim to provide their people with the opportunity to develop their talents and to grow to their full potential. In short.. Development will be on top of your agenda!

And … Sappi trainees have a lot of fun!


Many thanks in advance for your interest in the manufacturing graduate programme! Please don’t hesitate to call Pim van Meeuwen (+31.653.26.55.11) of mail him ( ) in case of questions.

Please apply by clicking on the apply button.

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