Graduate Programme Facts
Our take on the Danfoss Graduate Programme
Danfoss was founded in 1933 by Mads Clausen, and is today almost entirely owned by the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation. In 2019 the annual turnover was €6.3 Billion stemming from their operations in more than 100 countries across the world.
Danfoss manufactures products and provides services used in cooling food, air conditioning, heating buildings, controlling electric motors, gas compressors, variable-frequency drives and powering mobile machinery. The company is also active in the field of solar and wind power as well as district heating and cooling infrastructure. Danfoss employs approximately 39,000 people worldwide with its headquarters in Nordborg, Denmark. Danfoss is still privately owned by the majority investor and family foundation: Bitten og Mads Clausens Fond.
As a graduate at Danfoss you get to experience (probably) the longest standing graduate programme in Denmark. The first candidates set foot on the premise in Nordborg back in 1974(!) as the first graduates in the programme. The programme has been developed since then and today consists of 4 different rotations spread across 24 months. You get the opportunity to work in a number of different departments – at least one of them in one of their international offices.
They hire for a number of different backgrounds and as long as you have a MSc and show an interesting in one of the following tracks you should have a chance to join: Finance, IT, Sales & Marketing, Innovation, Supply Chain, HR, Strategy.
Being an engineering heavy organisation you will be able to develop deep competences within the Supply Chain programme and work with state of the art technology. This is truly the place for any Supply Chain / Operation geeks. Where else would you get the opportunity to work on: “Planning the capital expenditures for ramping up our global supply chain as we are currently launching a new portfolio of frequency converters globally”
Another cool aspect about Danfoss is their push towards creating solutions that off set climate change. That has been and continue to be an important aspect for the management.
While not necessarily a negative, the HQ location in Nordborg on Als is to be considered as part of the overall considerations before applying. As part of the graduate programme you will not spend all your time at HQ, but will need to spend time there – also likely after ending the graduate programme. You should also be aware that at Danfoss you are very much in the drivers seat and expected to have a clear idea of what you want to get out of it, otherwise you might not get the full value out of the programme and the wide network you will build initially.
Graduate Programme Benefits
- Paid travel costs
Stories from the Inside
Graduate Progressions (example of roles after the graduate programme)
Examples of roles their graduates are in today:
- Manager, Strategy & Business Development
- Supply Chain PGP, Cooling Segment
- Mechanical Design Engineer
- Post Graduate Program Lead, HR
- "Strong drive to create solutions to offset climate changes"
- "Truly global with operations in more than 100 countries"
- "Very technical products and supply chain "
- "Graduate programme has been running since 1974 and is one of the longest standing programmes in Denmark"
- "Ability to select your rotations and locations "
- "HQ located in Nordborg"
- "Due to flexibility during the programme it can be difficult to pin point exact path after ended graduate programme"