The Ahold Delhaize International Traineeship

The International Traineeship will open again spring 2023.

Ahold Delhaize’s International Traineeship – track in Finance and track in HR

Do you want to kickstart your career in Finance or HR in a focused three-year personal and professional development experience? Are you a future leader within our global food retail company and are you excited to work abroad with our family of strong local retail brands?

Then look no further! At Ahold Delhaize we offer a challenging  International Finance Traineeship and  International HR Traineeship – dare to grow with us! Applying for the International Traineeship will be possible in spring 2023.

We are

Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups, a leader in supermarkets & e-commerce and a company at the forefront of sustainable retailing. Our family of great local brands serves more than 55 million shoppers each week in the United States, Europe and Indonesia. Each brand shares a passion for delivering great food, value and innovations, and for creating inclusive workplaces that provide rewarding professional opportunities.

What is our International Traineeship?

Being active in the U.S., Europe and Indonesia, our challenges do not stop at country borders. We strongly believe that our future leaders should develop an international mindset. The International Finance Traineeship and International HR Traineeship are 3-year development programs in which you get the opportunity to get your Finance or HR career at Ahold Delhaize off to a flying start.

To become a seasoned professional, you will have at least four rotations within or between our different Retail brands and countries. You experience retail from the corporate side by having functional skills training and by working on projects related to your track. Engaging in international assignments will prepare you in becoming Ahold Delhaize’s next future leader.

We stimulate cross-functional learning by organizing learning sessions, together with fellow Trainees and other inspiring colleagues. As our trainee Isa puts it: “Studying at University is one thing, but working and learning in practice is really different”. Our ambitious and balanced development program follows 3 pillars which will be guiding through the 3 years of your Traineeship: Social and Business Development, Technical Functional Skills and Leadership Development.

Why should you want to work in Finance or HR at Ahold Delhaize?

Finance

At Ahold Delhaize, our financial household is the backbone of our organization. And what makes this interesting? Consider the following facts directly or indirectly impacting our Finance:

  • Our 18 great local brands host a working place for more than 414.000 associates. Most of them work in one of our 7,137 stores.
  • Over 61% of sales stem from our US brands.
  • Almost 50% of the total own-brand food sales stem from own-brand products with reduced sugars, salts, colorants & additives.
  • Our online sales grew +64% in 2020.
  • We reduced our food waste with 17% in 2020, compared to the 2016 baseline.

HR

We’re in the people business. The 414.000 associates working across our local brands and support offices focus every day on ensuring they serve their customers well and deepen connections with their communities. To be successful, our brands need the best people.

  • Our 18 great local brands host a working place for 414.000 associates.
  • 466 of our associates work within the HR function.
  • HR provides functional areas as diverse as the people in it. During your Traineeship you may find yourself working in or with areas including, but not limited to: HR Business Partnering, Total Rewards, Positioning/Employer Branding, Talent & Development, Recruitment, HR Services, Organizational Design etc.

Wondering what this program might look like?

Example Finance track

Year 1 – Explore, learn & connect

In the first year of the Traineeship, you start your program in the Finance team of a brand in your home country. This brand is your home brand for the remainder of the program. You learn what working for this brand entails while discovering your own strengths and growth areas. You develop business awareness, social skills and leadership skills. And last but not least, you focus on growing your financial expertise.

You will also have the opportunity to see how our business (stores, distribution centers and online businesses) work.

Year 2 – Specialize abroad

You fully experience what working for us, as a large global food retailer, is all about. This year you work and live abroad working for one of our great local brands or support offices, as part of one or two rotations within Finance. Is Finance the same all around the world, or are there cultural differences? By sharing the knowledge, you gained and by learning from colleagues, you will start to add value to our business. Moreover, you broaden your perspective on Finance, management and omnichannel food retailing.

Year 3 – Walk the talk

Now it’s time to reap the benefits of all the experiences you gained. In this assignment within one of our brands or support offices you will get the opportunity to bring your knowledge and expertise into action! You recognize that you know our organization better than before and you are capable to take both your Finance and day-to-day activities to a higher level.

Example HR Track

Year 1 – Explore, learn & connect

In the first year of your Traineeship, you will start the program in the international HR team of at the Ahold Delhaize headquarters in Zaandam at the Global Support Office. You will learn what working for this organization entails while discovering your own strengths and growth areas while also focusing on growing your HR expertise.

Year 2 – Internationalize

This year you will spend time in the business at one of the great local brands of Ahold Delhaize in another geography. Together with your supervisor you will find a challenge that suits you best. Moreover, you broaden your perspective on HR, management and omnichannel food retailing.

Year 3 – Specialize

In your third year you will choose an HR area to focus your development plan on. Do you aspire to go into expertise, HR Business Partnering, or do you prefer to be developed into an HR generalist? The choice is yours! No matter in which of the great local brands or support offices you are placed, you will be developed in such a way that you are prepared for post-Traineeship HR career within Ahold Delhaize.

Let’s talk about you

To become one of Ahold Delhaize’s future HR or Finance leaders, you bring the following skills to the Traineeship:

  • Eagerness in working together with a diverse group of colleagues
  • Influencing and inspiring others
  • Initiating and analyzing
  • The mindset of a pioneer
  • Driving results
  • Being flexible, agile and adaptable

Additionally, you have a strong drive for either Finance of HR, depending on which track you will apply for. You hold a Master’s degree before the start of the traineeship, preferably in a relevant field. You have a maximum of two years working experience and your English language proficiency is excellent (at least level C1). Finally, you are currently living in and eligible to work in the country of the vacancy you are applying for.

If you also can relate to our Ahold Delhaize core values – courage, integrity, teamwork, care, and humor, we are looking for you!

We offer

We offer you a dynamic 3-year program, in which your development path will evolve based on your personal growth areas and our ongoing business opportunities. You will get the opportunity to work abroad for at least 6 months and work within our global family of great local brands. Moreover, we offer you:

  • A good salary and favorable secondary employment conditions
  • Focus on personal and professional development, amongst others by coaching and trainings specially developed for you as a trainee
  • An inspiring environment, working with a diverse group of colleagues – we empower you to think and act with courage in your everyday role
  • The opportunity to impact the markets Ahold Delhaize serves, by working for one of the leading global omnichannel food retailers
  • A kick-start of your career in Finance or HR

Are you our next Finance or HR leader?

Applying for the International Traineeship will be possible in spring 2023. Would you like to stay up to date? Register via the keep me posted button on this page.

Talent Acquisition Partner
Anna Bubbers
Anna Bubbers
Talent Acquisition Partner
Annabel Eshuis
Talent Acquisition Partner