Traineeship Global Finance / Strategy and M&A

How do you forecast the profitability of the De Heus Group over the next few years when dealing with multiple businesses and their unique local challenges? How do you decipher financial figures given today’s market dynamics? How do you make the optimal investment decision among numerous emerging markets, aligning them with the company's long-term strategic goals? If these questions resonate with your curiosity and you are keen to explore the diverse dimensions that finance, strategy, and M&A have to offer, then our global traineeship at De Heus is a perfect fit for you!

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Traineeship Global Finance / Strategy and M&A

Who are we?

De Heus is one of the most successful family businesses in the Netherlands, still owned and managed by the De Heus family. As a producer of highly nutritious animal feed, the company plays a key role in the food supply and security of millions of people around the world. De Heus prides itself on its strong entrepreneurial mindset, which has fueled its rapid expansion into Asian and African countries in the past 15 years. Based in Ede, the company now employs over 10,000 people in 20 different countries, yet the global office in Ede is relatively small. As such, De Heus offers very diverse roles to recent graduates with an unmatched level of responsibility.

What do we offer?

We offer a two-year traineeship that lets you dive into the world of finance on a corporate and local level. You will be assigned a mentor from senior management who will follow your career path and provide guidance along the way. First, you will learn the business and market as you work closely with local business units in the Global Finance team. You will be given responsibility of a number of businesses where you will analyze their financial results, evaluate their business cases for new investment opportunities and report and present your findings to senior executives. The Global Finance team also answers questions and advises the supervisory and executive boards in financial topics such as predictions of the solvability of De Heus group in the next few years or expected revenue in years to come After that you will join the Strategy and M&A team where you will work on some of our most important strategic questions in areas as new market entry, expansion within the value chain, and assessment of inorganic growth opportunities. As part of this team, you will work closely with the business to analyze and present the strategic opportunities and support the supervisory and executive boards in high quality decision making. The last role of the traineeship is flexible and allows you to explore your interests by deciding whether you would like to spend time abroad in one of our business units or other global departments. To summarize we offer:

  • A 2-year program with 3 assignments in the Global Finance team, Strategy and M&A team and a flexible role such as working in a Business Unit abroad;
  • Hands-on learning by leading international projects with potential on site visits;
  • Working with multiple functional departments and business units/countries;
  • An informal no-nonsense work environment with short communication lines where trainee initiative is respected and expected;
  • Personalized coaching from senior management;
  • A public transportation subscription for professional and private use;
  • Industry leading compensation.

What are we looking for?

De Heus is an entrepreneurial family-owned company. We are looking for ambitious trainees who can work independently in this environment, are solutions-orientated, and possess entrepreneurial traits themselves. As a trainee, you should have strong social and analytical skills and an interest in exploring the world. Familiarity with the agricultural sector is not required, but a curiosity to learn more about the food chain is. De Heus is busily working on solutions to feed 9 billion people globally by 2050 in a sustainable way and trainees should feel the excitement to be able to contribute to this challenging task. The criteria for a potential candidate is:

  • Master degree in Economics, Finance, and International Business or beta studies such as Physics, Math and Econometrics.
  • Interest to learn more about Finance.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to proactively identify and resolve problems.
  • Entry level work experience (up to 2 years) and/or an internship in relevant areas.
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel and to potentially re-locate internationally.
  • Fluency in English (B2 level as a minimum requirement).
  • Proven natural leadership ability.
  • Team player; ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-functional teams.
  • Self-starter; highly motivated and able to work independently. Willingness to take responsibility and initiative. Demonstrated experience in prioritizing work and meeting deadlines.
  • Fast learner and oriented to self-development: curiosity to learn and create new way of building and/or improving systems and processes.
  • Flexible; able to cope with fast changes within a growing company.
  • Enthusiastic; ability to connect quickly and get people involved in your enthusiasm!

Interested? Feel free to get in touch.

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