Passion + Accountability

Management Trainee Program for experienced professionals - in 18 months to a management position in at an owner-managed European market leader

We are an owner-managed, medium-sized company based in Hennef (greater Cologne area), Germany. As one of Europe’s leading providers of modular storage buildings, we specialise in engineering lightweight construction technologies.  

Uncompromising customer focus, reliability and quality have ensured us strong national and international growth.  

Our customers include stock listed corporations as well as SMEs throughout Europe and, for certain clients, globally. We have repeatedly been awarded the Top100 Innovation Award for our strength and speed of innovation and have received several independent awards as a "Top Employer" in recent years.   

Ambitious to further your professional experience?

Herchenbach is offering a rare development opportunity based at our head office in Hennef!

In 18 months the successful candidate will take over a team within our core business, lead an international position based in the Polish market or discover a specialised position within the company’s management structure.

Note: This programme is not aimed at recent graduates.

Following our management programme, you will be closely mentored by C-suite management including our two Manager Directors and special assignments with the directors of our core business areas: Presales, Field Sales and Operations.

The 18-month journey begins with our regular onboarding workshops. You will receive an initial overview of the organisation, processes, product portfolio and service packages. 

Afterwards, you will successively pass through our three core areas Presales, Field Sales and Operations gaining deep insights into the customer journey of each project.

Within the core departments, you will be trained for approximately 6 months, taking on a special assignment in each division as your own responsibility.

We require a completed professional apprenticeship or university degree. We also require professional experience (minimum 2 years) in a B2B-oriented industry, trade, manufacturing, logistics, services or management consultancy.

We are looking for a high-flying professional, not lacking in ambition, talent and commitment but hindered from advancing in their current environment for operational, organisational or structural reasons.

We are offering a structured framework for your development into a senior role in an innovative, family-like environment with a performance-oriented focus. Develop yourself, with commitment, to your full potential - there are plenty of examples of such success stories within the company, perhaps you will write the next one?

Your tasks:

  • Under the close mentoring of our C-suite and the guidance of our management/directors, you will spend several months shadowing our three core areas of presales, field sales and operations.
  • In the process, you will build up a comprehensive understanding of the procedural, organisational, strategic and operational interrelationships of an internationally active and project-driven full-service provider for renowned industrial customers.
  • Gain operational familiarisation within our core company divisions Presales, Sales and Operations and acquire sound practical skills and soft skills.
  • Your participation in regular feedback and development meetings, project workshops, regular training sessions and off-sites in the divisions will enable you to build a cross-departmental network and gain an in-depth understanding of the internal processes and challenges beyond the day-to-day business.
  • Under the mentorship of our division managers, you will be largely responsible for the conception, planning, implementation and results reporting of a project lasting several months within each of the three divisions.

Your profile:

  • You have successfully completed a commercial or technical training, alternatively a completed degree, preferably with a business or technical focus (e.g. business administration / business studies / business administration / management / industrial engineering / civil engineering / logistics / supply chain management / mechanical engineering etc.).
  • In addition, you have already gained several years of professional experience (approx. 2-3 years) in a company in industry, trade, logistics or B2B services, or in a management consultancy.
  • Thanks to your fluent communication skills in Polish and English, you always strike the right note in cross-border and cross-departmental cooperation with different colleagues and customer contacts.
  • Thanks to your pronounced affinity for digital tools, you move confidently in a highly digitalised system and process landscape.
  • In personal terms, you are characterised by entrepreneurial thinking, success orientation and willingness to perform, an unconditional desire to implement and shape things, as well as ambition for holistic, professional and personal development.
  • In a team, you are a leader who thinks and acts for the team, and you have learned through experience that great successes can only be achieved together.

We offer:

  • A structured framework to develop into a management position or a management staff position within 18 months with targeted support and close mentoring from management.
  • Excellent working environment (Kununu TOP Company / Focus Top Employer in SMEs) with modern process and system landscape.
  • A modern office in the centre of Hennef, easily accessible by public transport and car.
  • Flexible working hours and home office option as required.
  • Permanent position with 30 days holiday.
  • Structured onboarding.
  • Regular development opportunities, seminars & training (in-house & external).

You stand out due to a high degree of intrinsic motivation, appreciate an environment that offers you the opportunity for continuous development and would like a modern employer who values and promotes all of this?

PS: If you have any questions in advance, you can also reach me at any time by email at bewerbungen(at) or on XING or LinkedIN ("Manuel Bartel - Head of Talent Acquisition").

If you decide to apply via the e-mail address provided, please state your salary expectations and your earliest possible start date or notice period.

Herchenbach Industrial Buildings GmbH | Löhestraße 6, 53773 Hennef