Graduate Program 2019 - EMEA Continuous Improvement


Lodz, LD, 94 - 406

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

Graduate Program: Operations and Supply Chain EMEA


About the Graduate Program:

Our 2 year international graduate program offers a global perspective to bright, young talents like yourself and is an exciting opportunity to deepen your expertise in an area that you are passionate about. The program starts every September and is launched in Barry Callebaut’s most strategic locations around the globe, where our Graduate’s expertise is valued and entrepreneurship fostered.


About the Opportunity:

We are offering you the opportunity to further develop your career within our Operations and Supply Chain Organization in the EMEA region.

Over the 2 year term you will have the opportunity to gain experience in 3 core areas including Production Management, Continuous Improvement Management and Implementation of POKA.

You will gain significant international experience with the opportunity to undertake at least one rotation abroad.


Over the 3 rotations you will gain experience and actively contribute by:


  • Mapping out the full production process:
    • how a chocolate production organization operates (assets, products, people, KPI performance management, production scheduling, sourcing…).
    • You will work on key bottlenecks (capacity, waste, resourcing, flow….) for Lodz, Poland.
    • You will refine the current production management routines in order to raise the productivity of the chocolate production lines (eg refine KPIs, refine & implement team boards, make a next step in 5S)


  • Implementing POKA, an innovative IT collaboration platform that facilitates the training, knowledge exchange and the creation of standard operating procedures on the shop floor.
    • You will suggest and build the content for POKA (new standards, training videos,..)
    • You will implement the management structure to keep it relevant and alive for all involved (operators up to senior management).


  • Driving Continuous improvement:
    • You will shape the Operational Excellence system in a large & unionized site, undergoing a big transformation.
    • You will suggest and build the elements for the local Operational Excellence system.
    • You will implement several elements like standards (eg SOPs, OPLs, 5S, RCA,..), performance management structures (eg team boards, meeting routines, roles & responsibilities), KPI measurement (eg leading & lagging KPIs, from shop floor up to plant management) that will drive Triple Zero impact – 0 accidents, 0 defects, 0 delays.


About You

  • You are a real ‘people’ person who can influence and motivate stakeholders from operator up to Plant Manager to adopt the necessary behaviors and routines in their day-to-day life, and thereby creating a true culture change.
  •  You are a great listener, you know how to do problem solving and have self-reflection.
  • You have good presentation skills and you are able to communicate thoughts in a crisp, structured way, feeling confident in front of a large audience.
  • Strong analytical skills & process thinking
  • Identify interdependencies, grasp complex problems quickly
  • Good communication skills, capable of interacting with different stakeholders
  • Knowledge of common office software like MS Power Point, Excel (including pivots) and Word.


NB:  To qualify for our graduate program applicants must bring a minimum of a total of 18 months' work experience and must hold a Bachelor's Degree preferably complimented with a Master's Degree.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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