A broad range of tasks across Europe
Unibail-Rodamco (UR) is Europe's leading listed commercial property company specialised in shopping centres in European capital cities as well as in offices and in convention & exhibition centres in Paris.
Through the European Graduate Programme (EGP), highly motivated graduates can discover the diversity of the Unibail-Rodamco Group and its approach to commercial real estate operations. Graduates are given a high level of responsibilities and leadership opportunities, a diversity of jobs in an international environment and a continuous exposition to top management.
Ingvar Rückemann heard of Unibail-Rodamco’s EGP during his Master studies. UR was promoting their business game “UR Mall” that offered an inspiring case: to plan the optimal location for a new shopping center development in Berlin. Looking back, Ingvar sees how the EGP gave an outstanding preparation for his current job at UR as an Operating Manager being responsible for large assets like CentrO Oberhausen.
Each EGP completes three four-month assignments in different departments, including one assignment abroad; tell us about your assignments and your experience abroad.
I had a first mission in Asset Management, which offered a good practical introduction into the company’s core business, its principles and policies.
The second mission started in Stockholm, in the Leasing Department. I had the chance to work with the new Mall of Scandinavia, one of our most modern and attractive assets in the entire Group. The four-month stay in Stockholm taught me to see business from a different cultural perspective, work on a development project with unique challenges, and to build valuable capabilities in one of the core functions of the company.
For the third mission I came back to Germany and joined the Investment team. For me, this was the cherry on the cake of my EGP experience, since I could use my prior experience about the business and work from a more high-level view, by analyzing new investment possibilities on the German market. Also, my colleagues in this department were extremely helpful and contributed to further shaping the hard skills for the job.
How did the EGP Programme prepare you for your career development and everyday challenges within the company?
My track during the EGP was an outstanding preparation for the current job I am fulfilling. I always like to emphasize how each mission turned out to be even more intriguing than the previous one, and I could clearly see the learning process on every step. I believe it is a great chance for every EGP to do 3 different missions, possibly even with 2 positions abroad, and then join another function afterwards in order to get the full exposure to as many positions as possible.
Would you recommend other graduates to apply for the EGP Programme? What would you tell them?
I recommend this program especially for people with an interest in real estate and retail, but also encourage anybody with a general business background to take the chance. The tasks at UR are surprisingly diverse. The company is open for new ideas, which can be presented to the Innovation Board. During your first year you can develop valuable relationships with your fellow trainees. You can build a network over the entire European organization and all relevant functions, which makes future collaboration so much easier – spending at least one mission abroad is important from this viewpoint.
During my Bachelor studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, when working part-time at the Hilton hotel, I often got in touch with Shell employees, as the head quarter is located in The Hague.
I remember that I was impressed by their openness, attitude and enthusiasm to work for Shell. I never thought back then that I would apply to Shell one day, but during my Master in European Business studies at ESCP Europe I eventually saw it as a fantastic opportunity to apply for the Graduate Program at Shell. I conducted an extensive research on the company and figured out that I strived to work for a multinational company such as Shell, that is present in more than 70 countries.
After I successfully passed the online tests and an interview, I decided to carry out a three- month long Assessed Internship instead of the assessment center. The Assessed Internship provided me with the possibility to learn more about Shell, the work environment and to be responsible for a highly interesting project, namely a research study on the cosmetics industry. After a final presentation and assessment of my project, I was offered a position for the three-year Graduate Program, which includes two placements.
During my first role in Specialities (Bitumen) I worked in marketing and always felt challenged with a great variety of different projects. Since March 2017 I started my second role as a Business Analyst with responsibilities of an Account Manager in Lubricants and am taking care of different OEM customers such as BMW.
Shell is an inspiring company to work for and offers tailor-made job opportunities that allow me to shape my own career. With the Graduate Program, I am perfectly prepared for interesting managerial positions and can always rely on these extraordinary experiences I have made throughout my first years.
How did you get in touch with E.ON Inhouse Consulting (ECON)?
I completed my Master in European Business in London and Berlin including the Master of Science track from 2013 to 2014. Having finished my thesis work, I wanted to get practical experience in consulting. My interest in the energy industry led me to apply for a three-month internship at ECON, after which I received an offer for a position as a Project Consultant. I happily accepted it, given the positive experience that I gathered throughout my internship, in particular the style of work and atmosphere at ECON.
What do you like most about ECON?
First of all I like the exciting projects at ECON. As an internal consultancy, ECON drives major strategic projects for the E.ON Group and at ECON you are a part of developing new strategies and turning them into reality. Even being staffed on a new project you can see how the strategy you have been working on evolves and what impact it creates. Additionally, I enjoy the working style at ECON: flat hierarchies and a strong feedback culture ensure a steep learning curve, supported by a broad training curriculum and a personal mentor satisfying individual development needs. However, most important to me is the friendly and collaborative atmosphere at ECON. It actually reminds me a little bit of my time at ESCP. We are a very international company with colleagues from 15 different nationalities, diverse backgrounds and we use English as the business language. Furthermore, I am not only spending time with my colleagues in the office. A lot of colleagues also became friends and we spend a lot of time together over the weekend.
Can you tell us more about your projects?
I worked on exciting projects in business development, driving efficiency or in digitalization. During my last project we founded a start-up company for Internet-of-Things-solutions in Berlin. It was really exciting to witness the whole process of strategy development and implementation, while navigating all operational challenges coming along with founding a new start-up. Currently, I am supporting E.ON’s Digital Transformation with a focus on Marketing and Sales for our solutions business.
What advice do you have for ESCP applicants?
The application process at ECON consists of three case-based interviews. Therefore, I highly recommend practicing this interview format. On the one hand it is important to get used to the structured approach of problem solving. To exercise this approach I read books such as Case in Point by Mark Consentio and solved a lot of case studies. The website preplounge.com is also quite useful. On the other hand I solved case studies and conducted mock interviews together with other students also applying for consulting jobs – the direct feedback was especially valuable for my preparation.
E.ON is a company in the energy industry; thus, some content of the case study will likely be related to the energy sector. Although you do not have to be an energy expert to apply at ECON, I would recommend getting a basic understanding of the industry and the current challenges in the market.
What convinced you to join DHL Consulting?
Consulting had always interested me, but at the same time I wanted to really get to know a company with its business models, culture and build my network- so Inhouse Consulting seemed like a great option for me. During my interview day at DHL Consulting, I found the people and the discussions really interesting and engaging. I had a really good feeling right from the start.
What do you like most about DHL Consulting?
What I like most about DHL Consulting is the international spirit. It’s great to work and socialize with colleagues from all corners of the world that bring in their different personalities, opinions and experiences. Together we work on international business problems supporting DHL’s senior management to develop their business worldwide. For instance, I worked in projects across 4 continents, conducted interviews with CFOs in Africa and visited warehouses in the UK.
Besides all internationality, DHL Consulting feels like a small family business where all colleagues are on a first-name basis.
What did you learn so far?
Starting as a consultant my learning curve was steep: consulting boot camps, logistic knowledge and DHL’s different business models. In more than 10 projects from operational process optimization for warehouses, over global reorganizations to the company’s strategy 2020 I took over various roles with more and more responsibility. Now as senior consultant, I am leading a small team of consultants in a market entry study, learning how to best engage my team to support our client.
Marcel Hoffmann, Trainee @ Coca Cola. Future position: Junior Business Development Manager
„Time for Coca-Cola“ – this historic slogan became reality, when I got the chance to start a trainee program in Sales in April 2016 at CCEP Germany. Within 18 months I could understand the huge jigsaw Coca-Cola step by step through working in diverse departments around Germany: Whether locally in the client’s outlet during field sales, by preparing next year’s calendar with the Marketing team or as the assistant of the Director Key Accounts and thus very close to important corporate decisions – each division was a special highlight. Besides different departments and constantly coachings I had the chance to work on a specific project (in my case the till then unknown topics sustainability and digital) with other trainee colleagues. The reward was a cross-functional network as well as a presentation in front of the executive team of CCEP Germany with an immediate feedback and an intended implementation of our topic. In the end of my program I also had the chance to get to know a foreign business, in my case the UK business in our European headquarter in Uxbridge, close to London. During 6 weeks I could gain information about another market and discover main differences despite of geographical proximity. Technical and personal development, new experiences and challenges as well as great colleagues – everything basic features of the trainee program at CCEP. I am still totally glad, that every day I can “live on the coke side of life!”.
Céline, how did you become aware of BearingPoint?
One of my friends from ESCP made an internship at BearingPoint, after the summer I met her and she told me about the great experiences she made in her team and on her project. So, I was curious about BearingPoint’s work mentality and culture that I applied for a job. During the assessment center, I already realized the friendly atmosphere with open minded people and the great culture.
What attracted you to join BearingPoint?
In my opinion BearingPoint’s focus on projects is to drive innovation in our digital age. Besides optimizing client’s daily business processes, BearingPoint’s vision is to create business value by making use of the latest technology and business solutions on the market. This attracted me besides the great culture the most.
Why did you choose a career in consulting?
I have had chosen a career in consulting because I wanted to learn two things at once, working with different teams in an always changing business environment and at the same time constantly learning and using the newest tools and technology. In consulting one thing is sure, the daily routine is rare and that is why the job is so exciting for me.
What is your advice to ESCP students?
My greatest experience at ESCP was to work in intercultural teams to prepare case studies. This experience helped me to develop skills to work with different people from different origin and characteristics. I have learned how important it is to be a team player and that a team needs to be unified in front of the class which is also important on consulting projects. I really recommend students at ESCP to make the most of it when working in teams – it will help you in your later life in consulting.
What skills and qualities should one have to start a consulting career at BearingPoint?
In my opinion you should bring passion, commitment and team spirit. In addition, you should be interested in the latest technological trends and innovation of the digital age.
My first 100 days at goetzpartners
My path to goetzpartners
I found an invitation to a “summiteer” recruiting event waiting for me in my mailbox: an opportunity to get to know goetzpartners in a relaxed atmosphere while demonstrating your talents − this is what the event is all about. The job offer came next – after two great days in the Garmisch Alps where I took part in a group case, individual interviews, an outdoor team-building activity and a pleasant evening program!
Flight from the office location in Frankfurt to the headquarters in Munich, a welcome by my new-hire mentor and an introduction to colleagues. Getting right down to business: a visit to a client immediately afterward, a global player in the telecommunications industry; introduction to goetzpartners’ project and client team, an in-depth briefing followed by my first assignments. At the end of an event-filled week, my first Friday in the office in Frankfurt: chats with colleagues, many questions, even more helpful answers and a great way to cap the week with “Beck’s at 6.”
I take over some of the work of a colleague who is heading off on a three-month sabbatical. The week ends with a two-day introduction training session, where we learn about Excel, PowerPoint, compliance and administrative matters.
Preparation of the steering committee project – tight deadlines and little sleep, nonetheless great team spirit and a joint dinner. The client gives us some very good feedback. The CRO even drops by.
“O’zapft is!” – It’s keg-tapping time for goetzpartners at the Oktoberfest. You simply can’t miss this. Just about the entire firm is there.
Successful completion of a subproject. During a mentor dinner, my new-hire mentor talks with me about my initial experiences and offers to help me if there is anything that I don't particularly like.
It's time for the international boot camp for all new hires. In addition to preparing and presenting a case study, the boot camp offers training in things like presentation skills, financials and self-management. A dragon boat team-building exercise, dinner with the management team and farewell party round out the camp.
Staffing news: the next project job is set; kickoff in two weeks. It's time to book a flight … to Tokyo, Japan.
Insights from Tim Barth (MIM 2018), part of the German winner team of the Accenture Strategy Global Case Challenge, about his 4-months internship in summer 2017:
Provide us with a quick overview of your internship
Luckily, I had the opportunity to be staffed on two projects during my internship at Accenture Strategy: My first project dealt with the conception of a management reporting dashboard for clinical studies for a leading German Pharma company. At my second project, Accenture Strategy supported a DAX30 company in developing their digital strategy and accompanying their digital transformation process.
What was your role during the project?
During my two projects, I took over diverse tasks such as conducting research and defining solution approaches to solve complex issues, preparing and wrapping up of client workshops and interviews as well as general project management tasks. Moreover, I was responsible for the completion of my own work packages.
What did you like most during your internship at Accenture Strategy?
Right from the beginning I was a fully accepted team member and quickly overtook responsibilities. My internship helped me to understand, what it means to be a strategy consultant at Accenture Strategy. Moreover, I think it is fantastic that I had the opportunity to be part of two completely different projects.
What’s your tip for ESCP students, who want to apply at Accenture Strategy?
Use the ESCP Linking Talents Recruiting Days and/ or the Accenture Strategy Global Case Challenge as great opportunity to get to know Accenture Strategy
What did you learn most during your internship?
There are three major points I will take with me from my internship:
- Interesting insights into Pharma industry
- How to draw a clear storyline
- What’s important when steering complex coordination processes
Tell us a fun fact of your project
At the client site our project office was in the same building as the offices of the executive board – throughout the project we met 4 out of 6 board members in the elevator 🙂 I really liked the fact that the project team also spends time together after work – be it a joint dinner, a wine tasting or a gym visit.
Carina, how did you become aware of EY?
I have friends who have worked at EY and told me about it. When EY presented its business and career opportunities at recruiting events on campus in Berlin and Paris, I had a chance to take a closer look.
What attracted you to join EY?
The chance to get to know various companies and industries was very attractive to me, and so was the prospect of receiving first-class development and training. EY also offers a good life balance in comparison to strategic consultancies.
Why did you choose a career in consulting?
I've always had an interest in HR. The People Advisory Services team at EY works on a broad spectrum of customer projects in HR, dealing with HR process optimisation, change management, training, coaching, leadership development and more. This diversity has enabled me to learn a lot in a very short space of time.
What is your advice to ESCP students?
Participate in ESCP’s career events to get in touch with companies and make use of their services, for example solving case studies. This will best prepare you for an interview. An internship is excellent to see whether this is the path you want to follow. As an intern at EY, you will be treated as a full member of the team and work on the customer site from day one. That’s not only great for finding out whether this kind of work is for you, but also a great way to open doors to a permanent position.
What skills and qualities should one have to start a consulting career at EY?
This is the right job for people who bring flexibility, commitment, adaptability and team spirit with them.
Aus dem MEB in die Modebranche
Nach meinem Masterabschluss in European Business an der ESCP Europe stand ich wie die meisten meiner Kommilitonen vor der großen Frage, in welche Richtung sich mein weiterer beruflicher Werdegang entwickeln sollte. Ich zählte nicht zu den Kandidaten, für die der ganz persönliche Karriereweg schon lange in Stein gemeißelt war. Während des Studiums hatte sich durch den Schwerpunkt Marketing mein Interesse für diesen Bereich herauskristallisiert, aber auch die Arbeit mit Zahlen im Unternehmenskontext machte mir zunehmend Spaß. Während der Career Days an der ESCP nutzte ich die Gelegenheit, mich über verschiedenste Unternehmen und deren Einstiegspositionen und -programme zu informieren.
Peek & Cloppenburg als Shopping-Destination kannte ich bereits seit meiner Kindheit, an der ESCP durfte ich das Unternehmen dann erstmalig auch als Arbeitgeber kennenlernen. Mit der Möglichkeit, meinen Berufseinstieg in Form eines Traineeprogramms zu wählen, hatte ich schon lange geliebäugelt. Die Vorstellung, vor der ersten Verantwortungsposition verschiedene Unternehmensbereiche kennenzulernen, sagte mir sehr zu. Das Traineeprogramm von P&C eröffnete mir zudem die Möglichkeit, sowohl mein Faible für Mode als auch meine analytischen Fähigkeiten einzubringen – das war letztendlich ausschlaggebend für meine Bewerbung.
Das Traineeprogramm von P&C startete mit einer Phase im Verkauf, danach folgte ein Einblick in den Zentraleinkauf mit dem Ziel uns Trainees optimal auf die erste Führungsposition vorzubereiten. Der Bereich Einkauf war von Anfang an von besonderem Interesse für mich, während ich gegenüber der Verkaufsphase noch einige Vorurteile hatte. Doch die Realität sah zum Glück ganz anders aus. Natürlich war auch »Pullover falten« Teil des Alltags; die Begleitung des Abteilungsleiters zeigte jedoch schnell, wie viel facettenreicher sich das Aufgabenfeld gestaltet. Die verschiedenen Tätigkeiten, die von Personalführung und -planung über Warenaufbau und Flächenbewirtschaftung bis hin zum Visual Merchandising reichten, sorgten für einen abwechslungsreichen Tagesablauf. Zudem wurde die Verkaufs- und die Einkaufsphase von einem umfassenden Seminarangebot in Bereichen wie bspw. Selbstmarketing, Führung, Projektmanagement, Zeit- und Selbstmanagement sowie Kommunikation begleitet. Zusätzlich halfen regelmäßige Feedbackgespräche mit HR Ansprechpartnern und meinen Vorgesetzten sowie das Mentoring Programm, meinen beruflichen Werdegang weiter zu formen. Da ich vor meinem Master bereits spannende Erfahrungen im E-Commerce gesammelt hatte, konnte ich mir einen weiteren Werdegang bei dem P&C Online Shop Fashion ID sehr gut vorstellen. In dieser Phase zum Ende meines Trainees zeigte sich die Flexibilität innerhalb des Unternehmens, die mir ermöglichte, anschließend meine erste eigenverantwortliche Position im Shopmanagement bei Fashion ID anzutreten.
Seit März 2016 unterstütze ich nun das Online Marketing Team als Associate Manager bei der kontinuierlichen optischen und funktionalen Optimierung der Webseite und kümmere mich um die Erstellung von wöchentlichen Performance Reports und das Retourenmanagement. Das junge, dynamische Umfeld von Fashion ID mit Start-up Charakter sagte mir sehr zu und erinnert mich immer wieder an die Umgebung während meines Studiums an der ESCP.
Insgesamt kann ich jedem, der eine gewisse Leidenschaft für Mode und Begeisterung für analytisches Arbeiten mitbringt, gerne mit Menschen arbeitet, über ein großes Maß an Flexibilität verfügt und bereit ist, sich kontinuierlich persönlich und professionell weiterzuentwickeln raten, P&C als Arbeitgeber in Erwägung zu ziehen.
What is your job at TRUMPF? – Project Manager at Global Service Center – Internal consultant for Technical Service of TRUMPF Sales & Service subsidiaries worldwide
Why is TRUMPF your employer of choice? – It’s a long-established family business with technical roots which strives for excellence in all business disciplines. At TRUMPF I found an employer to apply creative will with space for change.
Describe TRUMPF culture in three words. – Innovation; Performance; Trust
What is your job at TRUMPF?
Business Division Controller (i.e., margin and profitability analyses across products and markets; controlling of sales and service subsidiaries within the business division machine tools.)
Why is TRUMPF your employer of choice?
Because it is an innovative company with a long-term perspective and the ambition to shape industry trends.
Describe TRUMPF culture in three words.
Innovative, ambitious, collaborative.