Our goals - Your path

The Journey:

During your 18 months traineeship, you’ll learn how to identify and apply important strategies and business processes. You’ll get to learn about our company’s functions and operations, and you’ll support our management team with daily tasks. Throughout, you will develop strong problem-solving, communication and people management skills. Additionally, you will participate in formal training courses.

This trainee program is designed to fast-track the development of high-potential young individuals and prepare them for future leadership positions within the Sika organization. Development components shall include: rotational assignments including cross country projects/training/seminars; mentorship to help navigate daily challenges; formal training sessions/ workshops/seminars to develop essential skills such as leadership, communication, problem-solving, and project management; Job rotation & project deployment to gain hands-on experience and apply the skills and knowledge in a practical setting; networking to expand professional connections; and opportunity to work and be coached by Sika Senior Managers.

If this opportunity excites you, we’d like to hear from you!

What does the management trainee do?

The “Digital Transformation” engineer trainee will play an important and critical role in our operations organization to achieve the transition from rather manual operated factories to fully automated and digitalized production plants which are integrated into the various business systems such as Scada, MES, WMS, ERP (S4/Hana). The trainee will work on various digitalization projects e.g. ESG data collection, MES implementation and more. The trainee will be a key contributor to the digitalization of Operations.

You will gain exposure and experience in:

Participate in the digitalization of our manufacturing lines.

Willingness to learn and understand the manufacturing procedures and the PLCs that drive the production.

Get familiar with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the production lines. Learn about the equipment efficiencies.

Effective Communication to understand different functional teams (There will be interaction with different teams such as production, maintenance, quality, warehouse, process engineering, supply chain, etc.)

Completing all assigned tasks and assisting with day-to-day operations.

Participating in meetings, workshops, and other learning opportunities.

Participate in company’s strategic planning

Create and give presentations

Observing and learning from experienced staff members.

Gaining knowledge of company policies, protocols, and processes.

Your expertise - Our strength

Bachelor's or master’s degree in Automation, IT, or similar

2-4 years of working experience in relevant or similar capacity (as of 15 August 2024 - commencement date of Management Trainee Program 2024)

Problem-Solving skills, analytical mindset.

Programming Languages such Python, Java or .NET(C#), this will be beneficial for building some applications and integrating with existing systems

Data Warehousing Skills: Interest in learning cloud-based data warehousing platforms like Snowflake or equivalent applications in Azure.

Big Data Technologies: Understanding applications such Kafka for real-time data streaming and event-driven architectures

Database Systems: Knowledge of SQL language for querying relational databases and NoSQL languages.

Cloud Platforms such Microsoft Azure for different applications such data storage, analytics and machine learning.

Data Analytics tools and special libraries for this (Pandas and NumPy) and Visualization tools such PowerBI.

IoT Protocols such MQTT and OPC UA

Data transformation tools such Apache NiFi, ETL (Extract, transform, Load) processes and tools

Confident and positive team player with eagerness to learn  

Passionate with a drive to succeed, and proactive

Strong command of English, and excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills with the ability to present complex data in a clear and concise manner.

Excellent analytical, computational ability, problem-solving, and project management skills.

Proficiency in data analysis tools and software, including advanced Excel skills, SQL, and familiarity with BI tools

Multicultural exposure and strong adaptability with desire for international travel

The desire to grow and develop with a company on a long-term scale

About Sika

With over 100 years of experience, Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a globally leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protection in the building sector and automotive industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 103 countries around the world and, in over 400 factories, produces innovative technologies for customers worldwide. In doing so, it plays a crucial role in enabling the transformation of the construction and vehicle industries toward greater environmental compatibility. With more than 33,000 employees, the company generated sales of CHF 11.2 billion in 2023.

We are looking for a management trainee to help us develop and implement our growth strategies. This position is best suited for candidates who want to gain valuable experience towards a managerial role with advancement potential.

To be successful as a Management Trainee, you should have superb attention to detail and be able to promptly identify problems. Outstanding candidates will have great leadership, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.