SKF Global Trainee Programme South Africa

The SKF Global Trainee Program is an 18 months opportunity for you as a new graduate to gain hands on experience in the SKF business. This program targets talented Master's degree graduates within the mechanical engineering field with a proven entrepreneurial and innovative mindset.

The Program will start on 11 September 2017 and includes three rotations through different areas of SKF with at least one opportunity abroad. The rotations are selected based on business needs and trainee preferences in dialogue with the program talent manager. It will give you a broad experience from various SKF business areas and the opportunity to start building a strong network within SKF globally.

As a trainee, you will have your base in the line organisation, work closely with SKF Business Consulting team and will be given responsibility within local business projects. Through hands on training sessions throughout the program, you will also have the opportunity to develop core professional competencies, leadership and self-management skills required for success. You will gain a holistic view of the various dimensions of SKF. To give you an understanding what it takes to be a globally oriented leader you will be assigned a mentor who has the business experience to support your growth.

Program outline

Introduction (in Sweden)
One month introduction and training by SKF Business Consulting in SKF project management, GPM2
Networking activities
Shadow projects
Meet the management team
Internship in production factory

Rotation 1
Five months placement in home country (South Africa)
Local project managed together with SKF Business Consulting

Rotation 2
Five months placement at an SKF site abroad
Local advanced project managed together with SKF Business Consulting

Rotation 3
Five months placement at a SKF site abroad or at home depending on project
Local complex project managed together with Business Consulting
NB. Each rotation is decided based upon business needs and trainee preferences in dialogue with the talent manager

End of program - Graduation and return to SKF South Africa

We are looking for sharp minds that have a passion and drive to take initiative and to make a change. You are result oriented and have the ability to operate with a consultative approach. You demonstrate high integrity and have a global mindset, with the experience and skills to successfully collaborate within various cultural contexts. Upon completion of the program, you will have the skills to drive exciting projects forward and have a solid platform to leverage a career with SKF.

We offer

A permanent position based in the Johannesburg area
An 18 month learning experience
Extensive Project Management training and experience
The opportunity to manage local projects in a global environment
Experience from factory work in a SKF production plant
International exposure
Mentoring from an experienced business manager in SKF
The opportunity to build a global SKF network


Master's degree in Engineering, preferably Mechanical Engineering from a reputable university
Proven entrepreneurial and innovative mindset or/and experience
International and cross culture experiences
Proficiency in English and preferably one more international language
Completed your Masters studies before commencement of the training program
Able to start latest 28 August 2017
Must be available for interviews and assessments up to end July 2017
Must have a valid passport
Have no restriction to obtain visas and work permits in the applicable countries

Personal profile

Have the drive and passion to make a change
Possess a business oriented mindset
The ability to collaborate within various cultural contexts
Have a high level of integrity
Highly flexible and globally mobile
Create value and deliver results

If you are interested and meet the above requirements, please submit your application with your CV to, subject line: SKF Global Trainee Programme Application.

If you have not had a response by 31 July 2017, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

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