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Thanks for stopping by! At this time applications for the Mainfreight Future Leaders Programme are closed however if you would like to be informed when they open again, please leave your details below and we will be in touch. In case you have any questions about the programme, please don't hesitate to give me a call at +31 314 672 777.

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Claire van Welzenis

Future Leader Recruiter


Explore a world of opportunities and see how our Future Leaders Programme can kick-start your career!

Our management traineeship is an intensive 3-year program that provides you with all the tools to become a great leader, trusted specialist or sales champion. You will have the opportunity to create your own career path within Mainfreight Europe. This traineeship is all about developing you!

Your journey

Right from the start, you will get to work in an operational role and on projects whilst benefiting from a clearly defined structure of training and coaching. You will fulfill two or three different roles during the program. Each role has its own specific responsibilities and challenges. From driving a forklift and handling shipments, doing sales calls, visiting customers and leading a team to strategizing with experienced managers, you will be active in the full range of supply chain management activities!

As well as fulfilling roles in different disciplines, you can follow an international career path or you could follow a local career path. We realise ambitions and interests change while your are developing and growing, so you do not have to choose from the start, as you will create your own career on the way!

Our offer

You will learn on the job and through involvement in (strategic) improvement projects whilst being coached. Furthermore, we yearly provide excellent leadership courses and team building activities. Next to this, quarterly you will participate in our Future Leaders sessions which are designed to be inspirational and visionary. Our European executive team are involved in these sessions. The coordinator of our trainee programme, internal coaches and external coaches offer continuous support in identifying your strengths, improvement areas and how to deal with the challenges you will face during your career at Mainfreight.

We have a ‘promote from within’ philosophy which means we are committed to developing you. After the 3-year programme, we will continue to invest in you. Former trainees of the program are now in roles such as Logistic Operations Manager, Air & Ocean Branch Manager, Forwarding Business Unit Manager, European Sales Manager or European Controller - to name just a few!

Our expectations

Our traineeship is for ambitious high potential people who are looking for a long term relationship in a special company offering development, growth and a career! The requirements you need to fulfill are:

  • You are recently graduated with a bachelor or master degree;
  • You hold a European passport;
  • You have a passion to work in the Supply Chain;
  • You have a high command of English language and you are a native speaker of the Dutch, French, German, Romanian, Polish, or Italian language.
  • You want to develop and grow yourself.
Claire van Welzenis

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Your application journey

  • Application
    1. Application

    Send a complete curriculum vitae accompanied by a motivation letter in English, clearly outlining why you want to join our traineeship and Mainfreight. You will hear from us very soon, whether it is a yes or a no.

  • Phonecall
    2. Phonecall

    If yes, we will arrange a short phone call with you. This will allow us to get to know each other.

  • First interview
    3. First interview

    If all goes well, we will invite you for a first interview. We want to get to know you as an individual, your personality, and what you could bring to us. It's also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you have about Mainfreight and our traineeship.

  • Final interview
    4. Final interview

    Prior to your final interview you will be invited to complete a personality assessment, which provides you insights in your work preferences.

    In this phase we try to clearly identify your potential. You will also get the chance to see the location and meet the team!

  • Job offer
    5. Job offer

    We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your interview as soon as possible after the second interview. If you've been successful, we will make you a job offer.

  • Welcome at Mainfreight
    6. Welcome at Mainfreight

    Your Mainfreight adventure is about to start!

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