Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program

Do you think and act in an entrepreneurial manner? Do you approach challenges independently?

Every year, we accept a few outstanding high potentials to our Entrepreneurs Program. The goal of this program with its generalist orientation is to develop candidates into executives and have them assume responsible positions within the briefest possible period of time.

The custom-tailored program takes up to 18 months to complete, during which a variety of entrepreneurial projects are carried out in various Bertelsmann divisions worldwide (print, publishing, television, the music business as well as a wide range of service offers). Participants are supported by the Management Development Team and acquire well-founded insight into the corporate structure and culture at Bertelsmann.
In addition, regular alumni meetings are held to enable the participants to expand their network.

In order to take part in the Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program, your previous achievement record both at university and in your career should clearly attest to your entrepreneurial talent. If you completed your university degree with honors and in a very brief period of time, have already acquired career experience and perhaps additional qualifications such as a doctoral degree or an MBA, then apply for the Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program between July and October.

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Dr. Nico Rose
Corporate Management Development

Steffi Heldberg
Corporate Management Development

Job Duties:

  • Take on a leading management function within a short period of time
  • Identify business opportunities, leverage creativity and entrepreneurial freedom
  • Develop concepts, implement projects and work in crossfunctional teams
  • Provide project leadership in matrix teams
  • Show selfdirection in your work
  • Conduct market studies, research competitive intelligence reports and analyze results
  • Develop and recommend strategies for various businesses under the Bertelsmann umbrella

Job Requirements:

  • Proven entrepreneurial experience displayed in a business initiative or large project
  • Demonstrated affinity for media
  • MBA or equivalent graduate degree and 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Leadership skills and willingness to take responsibility
  • Ability to communicate with top management
  • Geographic flexibility; travel is required, as projects are located throughout the world for the whole Duration of the program
  • English a must, other foreign languages a plus


Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program


Steffi Heldberg
Corporate Management Development


Dr. Nico Rose 
Corporate Management Development

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