ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Automotive industry

ZF Friedrichshafen headquarters

ZF is a global technology company and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. With its comprehensive technology portfolio, the company offers integrated solutions for established vehicle manufacturers, mobility providers and start-up companies in the fields of transportation and mobility. ZF continually enhances its systems in the areas of digital connectivity and automation in order to allow vehicles to see, think and act.

In 2018, ZF achieved sales of €36.9 billion. The company has a global workforce of 149,000 with approximately 230 locations in 40 countries. ZF invests over six percent of its sales in research and development annually.

Who are we?
The ZF Group structure is aligned with the market and customers. The business units are assigned to the following six divisions: Car Powertrain Technology, Car Chassis Technology, Commercial Vehicle Technology, Industrial Technology, E-Mobility and Active & Passive Safety Technology.

Car Powertrain Technology
ZF is pooling its activities for passenger car powertrain technology in the Car Powertrain Technology Division. This includes the development, production and sale of transmissions, axle drives, powertrain modules, as well as light alloy die-cast components.

Car Chassis Technology
The Car Chassis Technology Division has the overall responsibility for complete front and rear axle systems for vehicles of up to six tons. The division's portfolio also includes chassis and steering components, dampers, electronic damper and chassis systems for vehicles from all renowned global manufacturers.

Commercial Vehicle Technology
The Commercial Vehicle Technology Division is responsible for the ZF Group's international business of driveline and chassis technology for vehicles over 3.5 tons. The product portfolio includes automated and manual transmissions, powershift transmissions and powertrain components such as clutches and electric drives for trucks and buses. The portfolio also comprises complete axle systems and chassis components for vehicles of all renowned commercial vehicle manufacturers worldwide.

Industrial Technology
ZF pools its activities for off-road applications in the Industrial Technology Division. These comprise the development and production of transmissions and axles for agricultural and construction machinery as well as driveline technology for forklift trucks, rail and special vehicles. The division is also responsible for the worldwide business of marine propulsion systems,
aviation technology as well as the development and production of wind turbine gearboxes. Test systems for all kinds of applications in driveline and chassis technology are also included in the division’s portfolio.

Active & Passive Safety Technology
ZF is continuing the successful business activities of the TWR Automotive company taken over in May 2015 within their Active & Passive Safety Technology Division. Together with the other ZF divisions, system solutions can be perfectly matched to each other and contribute decisively to the megatrends of the future – such as efficiency, safety and autonomous driving. The
division also includes business units such as Braking and Steering Systems, Occupant Safety Systems and Electronics.

The electrification of the drive is an essential means for ZF to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in road traffic. The technology company offers hybrid modules, plug-in hybrid transmissions as well as electric drives for electric vehicles complete with power electronics and system integration. Since the start of 2016, ZF has been bundling its emobility
activities in a new E-Mobility Division. The division's headquarters are in Schweinfurt (Germany).
This is also where the E-Mobility system house was initiated, where all electromobility-related requests are processed and the competencies of the Group bundled. A total of more than 5,300 employees work for ZF in the field of e-mobility at various locations around the world.

ZF Services
ZF Services and TRW Aftermarket ensure that ZF systems expertise is carried forward consistently into the aftermarket. With integrated solutions and the entire ZF product portfolio, the aftermarket organizations make sure that vehicles perform well and remain efficient throughout their entire service life. The combination of established product brands, digital
innovations, customized products and a worldwide service network has made ZF a sought-after partner and number two in the aftermarket.

Entry Opportunities
International post-graduate trainee program, direct entry, internships, training, thesis projects, student trainees and vacation jobs (location-specific)

Fields of Work
Electronics, development and design, production, production planning/technology, R&D, IT, assembly, tests, quality, logistics/procurement, controlling/finances, HR, marketing/communication/PR, law

Sought-After Fields of Study
Engineering sciences, particularly the fields of electrical engineering, industrial automation, control and feedback control systems, automotive engineering, vehicle engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing technology, design technology, mechatronics and production engineering, IT, economics, business administration, law

Dual Course of Studies
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.):
Course in Mechanical Engineering
(Specialization in Design and Information Management / Production and Management / Vehicle and System Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.):
Course in Electrical Engineering
(Specialization in Vehicle Electronics and Mechatronic Systems)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.):
Business Administration
(Specialization in Industry / International Business)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.):
Business Information Systems

Recruitment Criteria
Hard Skills: Above-average academic results, challenging internships or studies, work experience abroad as part of studies, internship or initial professional experience, good knowledge of foreign languages

Soft Skills: Interest in the field of activity, commitment, autonomy, openness, motivation and desire to continue personal development, capacity for teamwork, flexibility, socially competent

Selection Procedure
Meetings with specialist and HR departments, Assessment Center for the international trainee program and the dual course of studies

Preferred Application Methods
Please apply via our online application system directly in the relevant advertisement shown in
www.zf.com/careers (or via e-mail. Please always send your full documentation as attachments!)

Why Apply to ZF?
At ZF, you will be part of a team of around 149,000 colleagues that enjoys the reputation of a technology leader as the innovation partner of demanding clients. Our broad product portfolio – Technology on land, water and in the air – offers interesting and diverse tasks. The prospects for personal development and career are excellent due to the various development programs and numerous further education options. Those who wish to be internationally active have the option of being assigned abroad thanks to our 230 locations spanning around 40 countries.

Prospects for the Future

Our employees worldwide value ZF as a fair employer, focusing on the future and offering attractive career prospects. Work at ZF is characterized by a high degree of employee autonomy, collegiality, appreciation and equal opportunities. Our long-term corporate policy has paid off time and again in our 100-year history: The foundation company ZF maneuvered safely through the recent economically turbulent times. We would like to enter into a long and reliable partnership with our employees. Attractive salaries, a high level of job security, international career opportunities as well as the chance for continuous personal and professional further development are our primary concern.

ZF Benefits
Paid workwear, meal allowances, temporary employment abroad, health measures / works council, employee discounts, company pension scheme, extra benefits (accommodation allowance, petrol allowance, public transport tickets),flexible working hours with electronic time recording



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230 locations worldwide in 40 countries


€36.9 billion (2018)





Your contact partner at ZF:
www.zf.com/career/ contacts

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