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International Trainee Program for Financial Management (IFM)

Wide-ranging entry opportunities in Bayer's finance functions


The International Trainee Program for Financial Management is a practical training program to help you achieve your personal career aspirations. It offers you prospects of an international career and a chance to play a valuable role in the Bayer organization. If you are interested in gaining an insight into financial and business management in the Bayer Group and finding out more about our business activities, we can offer you the following attractive opportunities as a trainee in our finance functions:


The traineeship in controlling is an 18-month program that will introduce you to all core financial and business functions at Bayer. The program includes two to three months of training abroad.


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The accounting traineeship is an18-month trainee program that covers all core group accounting functions and adjacent areas. The program includes two to three months of training abroad.


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Training-on-the-job: Auditing trainees conduct worldwide reviews of business processes with regard to efficiency and control effectiveness. They are integrated into auditing teams throughout the company and receive frequent international assignments.


The trainee program in Finance covers all main functions of our Finance department. We may offer you a shorter trainee program to prepare you for employment as a specialist or for a managerial role in Finance. Click here for an overview of this program (PDF).

What you offer

You have an excellent university degree in business studies with a specialization in finance, controlling, accounting, auditing, or corporate management. Ideally you have already gained some practical experience.


You will fit in particularly well with Bayer if you share our passion to innovate and want your ideas to bring about change. Team spirit, initiative and good communication skills are important. You also need to be flexible and mobile, with a sense of responsibility and an interest in finding solutions. Other important attributes include a business mindset and leadership aspirations. Further, you should have spent some time working or studying abroad and have intercultural experience and good language skills, in particular English.

What comes after the trainee program?

The trainee program offers prospects of a responsible position in a finance function in Germany or abroad. Over the following years, you will be offered individual development opportunities in Bayer's Finance, Accounting, Controlling and Taxes (FACT) Community.


Sounds like you? Then we look forward to hearing from you. You can find all key details in the program flyer.

Living in the U.S.?

If you are interested in this program but are located in the U.S. the Bayer International Management Trainee Program might be for you. Jumpstart your career today and join Bayer Financial Management experts who advance business performance and enable innovation at Bayer in the U.S.


Throughout the 18-month program, you will work closely with our highly skilled and experienced financial management professionals during rotations in several Financial Management functions at Bayer’s main U.S. locations in Pittsburgh, PA, Whippany, NJ, and Raleigh, NC, as well as on an international assignment (e.g. at our global headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany). During the program you will gain insights into accounting, audit, planning, reporting, tax, and consulting processes.


You will find further details in our program brochure.


To apply please visit our career page in the U.S. here.

Your application

If you are interested in this program, please apply online at International Trainee Program for Financial Management. You should send a complete application comprising a covering letter, resume, copies of school, academic and professional references and evidence of any professional experience, foreign assignments and internships, preferably in a maximum of 5-6 PDF files.

Important note: In your covering letter you should state which area(s) you are interested in (Controlling, Finance, Accounting, Auditing).


We look forward to receiving your application!




If you have any questions about the International Trainee Program for Financial Management, please contact:

Dr. Wolfgang Adrian

Phone: +49 (214) 30 31 183

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