TOP START International Business Leader Program (m/f/d)












With TOP START, our exclusive three-year program for future leaders, we will prepare you for a leading position in general management. Contribute your creativity, passion and entrepreneurial drive at BASF and start your successful career with us! Learn more about TOP START here.


Would you like to experience BASF from different perspectives and different regions? Is working on international, mission-critical projects your preferred working style? You value diversity and an exciting environment? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone to
grow as a leader every day?

Our TOP START International Business Leader Program offers a unique opportunity for the best graduates around the world to experience all that while maximizing their potential and developing themselves into a leading position for a successful general
management career.

  • You would like to take on responsibility? Actively participate in our international environment from day one and contribute to BASF's success by leading business-driven projects.
  • Are you flexible, open-minded, and feel at home in the world? Be part of three different units in different regions of the world - all within three years. Get to know a variety of business areas both on operational and strategic level.
  • Personally customized development and mentoring is important to you? Our coaching and development programs combined with continuous feedback and an individual mentor from our top management accompany and support you on your way to a successful career.
  • Networking is an essential part of your professional life? During the whole trainee program, you are in close exchange with our program manager and participate in numerous networking events with trainees, alumni, and board members.


  • Outstanding performance - You have an excellent degree in the field of business/economics (Master, PhD, MBA) with no more than three years of work experience.
  • Experiences out of your comfort zone - You have first practical experiences in leading companies, e.g., through demanding internships. Your international experiences have strengthened your communication skills and fluency in English and another language.
  • Think and act like a leader - Your analytical mindset helps you quickly capture complex topics and situations and you enjoy an innovative and sustainable approach.
  • Inspiration and openness - Your future-oriented actions and implementation of ideas are characterized by your entrepreneurial drive, empathy and a strong sense for collaboration.


  • A successful start to your career at a global company with individual career planning tailored specifically to you, challenging and diverse tasks and a wide range of development measures.
  • Attractive compensation, including occupational social benefits and outstanding development opportunities within an international company.


Do you have any questions about the application process or the position? 


Anna Remberg (Talent Acquisition) 
Tel.:+49 30 2005-56448 


First information about our application process can be found here:


BASF SE, located in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, is the corporate headquarters of the BASF Group and part of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. BASF stands for competence in chemistry since 1865 and is represented today in the world's major consumer markets, with a wide range of products. As the largest employer in the region, BASF SE offers multiple career opportunities for students, university graduates and professionals providing also training in over 30 professions. Leisure, sports, culture and a good infrastructure characterize the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, in which BASF is also involved with numerous activities. Learn more about BASF SE at

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Because we are counting on innovative solutions, on sustainable actions, and on connected thinking. And on you. Become a part of our formula for success and develop the future with us - in a global team that embraces diversity and equal opportunities irrespective of gender, age, origin, sexual orientation, disability or belief.

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We aim to form the best team by bringing together people with unique backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Our differences make us stronger and more vibrant. And an open, creative and supportive work environment inspires us to achieve exceptional results.

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Please note that we do not return paper applications including folders. Please submit copies only and no original documents.

Please note that we do not return paper applications including folders. Please submit copies only and no original documents.

Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE

General Management