Trainee programme

Start your career at Emmi as a trainee and join us in creating the best milk moments for today’s and future generations.


Our programme at a glance

Duration: 24 months 

Start: Always on 1 October

Employment level: 100% 

Salary: CHF 81,300 gross per year including a 13th monthly salary  

Our next application period: 
14 February–20 March 2024

Apply now for our vacant trainee positions

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#applynow Trainee Programme in Economics
#applynow Trainee Programme in Supply Chain Management
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#applynow Trainee Programme in Food Science


Do you have your master’s degree, are you bursting with innovation, and do you have a networked mindset, take initiative and want to experience the Emmi Group from different perspectives? Then our two-year trainee programme is just right for you! As a trainee, you will have the unique opportunity to discover four different departments for six months in Switzerland and abroad over the course of two years and drive exciting projects forward. You decide which departments you want to get to know based on your interests. In this way, you will get to know not only the diversity of Emmi, but also your own strengths and areas for development. 

Your development is the focus of our trainee programme. You will have the opportunity to take part in in-house training courses, workshops and professional development. We will put together a personalised development programme for you and invest specifically in your personal goals. During this varied training programme, you will be immersed in topics such as project management, dairy farming, financial understanding, agile project management, leadership and performance and presentation skills. We take great care to ensure that you grow and develop not only professionally, but also personally.

Your benefits as a trainee

#benefits Mentoring

Benefit from the experience of your mentor at Emmi, who will support you not only professionally but also personally and encourage your further development.

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#benefits Extensive network

As part of our trainee community at Emmi, you will not only make professional contacts, but also create valuable relationships with current and former trainees. Take the opportunity to exchange ideas and build a strong network that will accompany you on your career path at Emmi.

#benefits Stay abroad

During your six-month assignment abroad at one of our subsidiaries, you will hone your intercultural skills and gain insights into the world of international business. You can work in our Europe and Americas divisions.

#benefits Benefits

Stock up on delicious Emmi products at a discounted price in our Emmi shops. You will also benefit from further discounts on insurance, sports offers, etc. You can also decide whether you would prefer to work from home or at one of our Swiss locations. You can usually organise your own working hours.

Your profile

If you are interested in our trainee programme, you should have a master’s degree. The degree should not be more than two years old.

We are looking for graduates from various fields of study including business administration, economics, supply chain management, business informatics, food science and agricultural economics. 

You should also have:

  • Initial work experience through internships  
  • Motivation and commitment, as well as the ability to take responsibility for a wide range of Emmi Group projects on your own initiative. 
  • Flexibility and the ability to enjoy working in a team – because we move forward together. 
  • An open personality as the key to finding your way in an international environment. 
  • Impeccable written and spoken German and English as a matter of course. Do you speak any other languages? That would be the perfect finishing touch for our Emmi Caffè Latte.

Our trainee programmes

During the exciting two years of your trainee programme, you can explore the multi-faceted world of Emmi. From Marketing and Sales to Purchasing and Planning to HR and Finance, various departments are open to you. You have the unique opportunity to decide for yourself which areas you would like to specialise in. Take this opportunity to discover the diversity of our company at different locations and drive your individual development.

Preferred fields of study: Business Administration, Economics

You will spend the first six months in our logistics department. There you will gain in-depth insight into our IT systems, our processes and our extensive partner network. After this introductory phase, you will have the freedom to explore related areas such as production planning, sales, purchasing and supply chain management over two additional six-month periods. This will allow you to see and better understand the links with logistics from different perspectives. The conclusion of your trainee programme consists of an additional six-month period in logistics. Here you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained from the other specialist areas in practice to round off and deepen your experience

Preferred fields of study: Economics or business informatics with a focus on business innovation, supply chain management, logistics, innovation or partner management

During your two-year trainee programme with us, you can explore the multi-faceted world of Emmi. From research and development of new products to quality and environmental management, operational controlling, dairy technology and supply chain management – there are many doors open to you in the field of food science. You have the unique opportunity to decide for yourself which areas you would like to specialise in. Use it to discover the diversity of our company at various locations and drive your individual development.

Preferred fields of study: Food Technology, Food Science

Our two-year trainee programme offers you specialised IT training. You will spend the first six months working directly in our IT department, where you will acquire basic knowledge and skills in our systems and processes. This will be followed by three further six-month assignments in various IT-related areas that are closely linked to our processes and systems. During these phases, you will have the opportunity to gain in-depth insight into IT applications and strategies. For example, you can learn how IT supports the Finance department, or how it influences and improves processes in Human Resources, Production, Marketing, Sales and Integrated Business Planning (IBP). These sections are designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of how IT acts as the indispensable backbone of our business processes. 

Preferred fields of study: Business informatics, applied computer science, economics (with interest in further development in systems & processes) or completed vocational training (e.g. commercial apprenticeship) incl. 1-2 years of professional experience with subsequent Bachelor's degree in business informatics

Next call for applications: February 2025

In the first six months of your trainee programme, you will be introduced to agricultural economics within the Emmi industry. You will then have the opportunity to gain insights into related areas such as production planning, sales, procurement, supply chain management and finance in two six-month phases. This will allow you to look at the industry from different angles and develop a comprehensive understanding. Your trainee programme will be rounded off with a further six-month phase in which you will once again focus on agricultural economics, but this time with the aim of applying the knowledge you have previously gained in the different areas and consolidating your expertise. 

Preferred field of study: Agricultural sciences with specialisation in agricultural economics

Next call for applications: February 2025

Application process

  1. Apply online via our trainee programme vacancies, which are always advertised in February.  
  2. If we are impressed by your application, we will invite you to a time-delayed video interview, where we want to better understand not only your qualifications, but above all your personal motivation. If we are unfortunately unable to consider you for the trainee programme, you will receive a written rejection from us.
  3. During a personal interview on site in Lucerne, we will get to know you even better and give you a more in-depth insight into our trainee programme.
  4. On Assessment Centre Day (22 April 2024 – please mark this date in your calendar now), you will have the opportunity to get to know various managers and the people responsible for the trainee programme. You will take part in various tasks such as a case study and interviews and will be able to demonstrate your strengths. You will also have the opportunity to ask our current trainees questions and find out more about Emmi. 
  5. Shortly after Assessment Centre Day, you will receive a final acceptance or rejection from us. If you are accepted, we will send you a digital copy of your employment contract and look forward to welcoming you as part of the Emmi Group soon. If it doesn’t work out, we look forward to staying in touch and exploring further entry opportunities together.
  6. On 1 October, you will start with a Kick-off Day at the headquarters in Lucerne, where you will get to know the world of Emmi together with all the new trainees and the programme managers. From your second working day onwards, you will be immersed in your first specialist area and start working directly on exciting projects.

Contact us

For questions and information regarding the trainee programme, please contact Michael Schaub and Martina Weingartner at trainee@emmi.com.


Together we will determine your first assignment according to your skills and the programme. You can choose the following assignments from a list of projects according to your personal interests. For our programmes in Supply Chain Management, Agricultural Economics and Business Informatics, you are expected to complete one to two assignments in the relevant specialist area.

Yes, a stay abroad is an integral part of your trainee programme. The country in which this takes place is selected based on the current requirements of our international locations and the number of trainees who are sent abroad.

At one of our subsidiaries in the Europe (Benelux, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, UK, Spain) or Americas (USA, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Mexico) divisions.

The trainee programme is a permanent position and has the clear objective from the outset of enabling you to secure a long-term position in your preferred area of expertise. We guarantee continued employment for up to six months after completion of the programme. So far, we have always found suitable follow-up solutions for all of our trainees. Our trainees are highly valued in their departments and have numerous opportunities for further development within Emmi.

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