Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is the premier global developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations. With a portfolio valued at €62 Bn as at 31 December 2017, of which 88% in retail, 7% in offices and 6% in convention & exhibition venues, the Group owns and operates 102 shopping centres, of which 56 are flagships in the most dynamic cities in Europe and the United States. Its centres welcome 1.2 billion visits per year. Present in 2 continents and in 13 countries, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield provides a unique platform for retailers and brand events, and offers an exceptional and constantly renewed experience for customers. With the support of its 3,700 professionals and an unparalleled track-record and know-how, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is ideally positioned to generate superior value and develop world-class projects. The Group has the largest development pipeline in the industry, worth €13 Bn. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield distinguishes itself by its Better Places 2030 agenda, that sets its ambition to create better places that respect the highest environmental standards and contribute to better cities.
Trainee programms, Direct entry
The European Graduate Programme: 1 year, 2 countries, 3 assignments
Through our European Graduate Programme (EGP), highly motivated graduates can discover the diversity of the Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Group and its approach to commercial real estate operations. This one year fast-track management program is structured as follows:
- A permanent contract
- 3 assignments of 4 months in different departments within the Group
- At least one foreign assignment in one of our European offices
Joining Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield means joining a team of highly committed people who are driven by excellence. You will immediately be entrusted with a high level of responsibility and exposure to top management, simultaneously gaining access to fulfilling leadership opportunities in a range of countries and functions. Furthermore, you will benefit from close supervision throughout your career, a dedicated mentorship and a European network reinforced by seminars and training sessions.
Field of interests: Consulting, Finance, Business Development, Project Management, Sales
Language skills: English (business fluent), German (business fluent)
Academic degree: Master
A broad range of tasks across Europe
Through the European Graduate Programme (EGP), highly motivated graduates can discover the diversity of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield 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 teh Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (formerly Unibail-Rodamco) EGP program 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.
Attending on: THURSDAY, 8th of NOVEMBER
Real Estate / Retail
Company Site in Germany: Düsseldorf
Employees In Germany:
Name: Florian Senft
Position: HR Manager
Phone: +49 211 30231-808