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Pon is an international trading and service organization with a workforce of 13,000 people spread over 450 locations in 32 countries.
Every day, we're committed to delivering top quality. Adding unique value to the relationship between customer and manufacturer: that's what Pon is about. We do that by providing a range of services for the quality products of A-brand manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Caterpillar, MAN, Gazelle and Continental. Those services include maintenance, repair, leasing, rental and insurance.
HISTORY. - 'FROM TRAVELING SALES DUTCHMAN TO GLOBAL PLAYER'
The iconic VW minivan sums up the Pon mindset. Flashback to 1947. Europe is rebuilding. Ben Pon, the importer for Volkswagen in the Netherlands, visits the Volkswagen plant in Germany, which at that time operates under British authority.
Ben Pon is keen to talk to them, trusting in the qualities of Volkswagen. He wants to be the Volkswagen importer for the Netherlands. His call has unexpected, dramatic consequences. Ben pulls up his notepad and draws the outlines of a transportation vehicle which he senses to fill a gap in the market.
The vehicle, based on the Volkswagen beetle, weighs exactly as much as its maximum payload: 750 kilograms. Ben’s idea resonates and the vehicle is taken into mass production. The Volkswagen Transporter soon becomes a best-seller, with many more variations to follow.
Pioneering is in Pon’s DNA. More than 100 years later, the Pon family concern has a rich history to look back on. An overview of landmark events in Pon’s history.
PON DNA. - 'KEY TO THE FUTURE'
From cars and lift trucks to shipbuilding and energy solutions: Pon’s operating companies are active in a diverse range of industries. Our common core: the passion to perform, the freedom to act, being responsible for our actions, and enjoying what we do, every day! That’s what binds us, and where our strength lies. It's the way we interact with each other, with our customers and with our suppliers each and everyday.
What's in it for you? Besides working on challenging projects, Pon has a lot more to offer. Go international! By working on projects at home as well as abroad, Pon is offering you a ticket to an international career. With subsidiaries in twenty countries, there is a lot to choose. Working at Volkswagen in the Netherlands? It's possible. Working at PonCAT in Sweden? The choice is up to you.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT.
During your traineeship, you will constantly develop your talents. Not only on the job itself, but also in challenging training courses. You will be trained in the area of project management, finance, energy management, presentation skills and personal effectiveness. Besides this you have your own training budget to use for specific training aspects.
COACHING AND SUPPORT.
As a Pon trainee you will get a great deal of responsibility from day one, you are not all by yourself. Besides working in teams you will receive coaching and support. Every trainee is paired to a mentor at senior management level, a project manager who will support you with the technical/professional side of your project and an external coach. Moreover, you will have regular interaction with the Talent Development Manager during sparring sessions on your development.Who are we looking for? We are always looking for talent for our management traineeship:
- Are you entrepreneurial?
- Are you proactive, independent and ambitious?
- Are you customer and service oriented?
- Do you have international experience through an internship, exchange program or a long journey?
- Do you (nearly) have a masters degree?
ENJOY THE FREEDOM TO BUILD YOUR OWN CAREER.
The Pon Management Traineeship is about having the freedom to develop yourself and build your own career. Whilst completing four projects in four different Pon operating companies (in the Netherlands and abroad), in various disciplines (usually in the field of Marketing, Sales, Service and Supply Chain), you will be constantly challenged!
WORK AT ONE OF 450 BRANCHES OF 80 PON COMPANIES LOCATED IN 32 COUNTRIES.
As a Management Trainee you will complete four six months projects at four different Pon companies. The first project is selected for you by the Talent Development Manager. You will be responsible for choosing the next three projects. The third project will be a sales or service assignment. Here you will discover the true roots of Pon and you will have various customer contact experiences. The duration of your internship will be 20 months total.
AFTER YOUR MANAGEMENT TRAINEESHIP.
The Management Traineeship is designed to help our future leaders develop their management competencies. Pon aims to prepare trainees for a Management Team position in five to seven years after completing the program. During your final project, you will apply for a challenging first position. Typical roles for a Management Trainee graduate are account manager, product manager, branch manager or team leader in sales, service, marketing or supply chain.
STEP 1 - REGISTRATION
Motivate the reasons why you want to work for Pon and become the next Management Trainee. We will ask you to send your CV & motivation letter and submit a video interview.
STEP 2 - ASSESSMENT
We will ask you to complete a personality and intelligence test. In this assessment we will also assess your identification with the Pon core values and leadership competencies.
STEP 3 - INTERVIEW
During the interview phase you will have two-three interviews with local recruiters, Senior HR, MT-members and/or former trainees. The focus in these interviews is on your motivation and competencies.
STEP 4 - THE GAME IS (P)ON
You will be tested on endurance, management skills & team spirit during this fun and challenging selection day. The Game is a crucial part of the selection process in The Netherlands.
STEP 5 - FINAL SELECTION DAY
During this selection day you are challenged with a variety of assignments and your results will be judged by the Executive Board, Senior Vice Presidents and Managing Directors.
Pon offers you the opportunity to shape your own future. Obviously this requires independence and assertiveness from you as a trainee. You will have obtained an MSc title, preferably in the field of business administration, economics or engineering. Furthermore, your resume and letter of motivation will demonstrate commercial interest, international experience and affinity with our products and services. Extracurricular activities such as board functions, committees and internships are highly valued.
If you are determined to become Pon's next Management Trainee, do not hesitate. Apply for the next selection round. On average fifteen new Management Trainees are hired each year. You must be confident and fluent in both English as well as in the language of the country you have chosen to complete your Management Traineeship. If you accept a job offer within Pon, you may start at any moment within the six months after the final selection day.
Check our website www.pontrainee.com for more information.