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Are you a business graduate or have you just gained your first professional experience?

BASF is the right place to start your career! Join us and contribute to the challenges of our time.

To be successful in our business areas, you don't necessarily need to have knowledge in chemistry. More important for us are your technical expertise, your commitment and your enthusiasm to work with us on the challenges of our time!

There are various ways to start your career with us. Our trainee programs offer you an ideal combination of freedom and responsibility - regardless of whether you have just graduated from university or have already gained professional experience.

Through BASF START IN trainee programs, motivated graduates have exciting opportunities to start their careers in a wide variety of fields. You can find out more about all our trainee programs here. But we also offer various entry-level opportunities for those who would rather start their career directly at BASF instead of completing a trainee program. Right from the start, you will work on exciting projects with a lot of personal responsibility. 

No matter which path is right for you, BASF offers countless opportunities for a successful and satisfying long-term career. 

The steam cracker II has an area of around 64,000 square meters making it the size of thirteen football fields and the biggest single plant at the site in Ludwigshafen. The cracker is also the core of the Verbund. The steam cracker II has been working since 1981. It separates naphtha basically into ethylene and propylene using 850-centigrade hot vapor. Ethylene and propylene are indispensable building blocks for the production of many products in Ludwigshafen.

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As an economist, you have successfully completed your university degree or an apprenticeship. You are willing to handle responsibility and also work in performance-oriented and efficient manner. Your adept handling of standard IT applications, as well as your understanding of complex economic contexts support you in driving innovative ideas and solutions. You are a team player and enjoy working in an international work environment with diverse opportunities and long-term development possibilities. 

In your daily business, you will be responsible for challenging projects and actively contribute to our business success with your ideas. Looking at the global context, you and your team will make important business decisions every day, using your expertise and commitment in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams to drive our business forward. 


Your tasks at BASF are as diverse as our products - from electrolytes for batteries to vitamins, UV filters or automotive coatings - we are working on the answers to the challenges of the future. Innovations in chemistry play a key role in achieving this, which is why we are continuously working on new products, pioneering technologies and modern manufacturing processes for a sustainable future. The power behind this is our global collaboration, which offers you countless exciting opportunities for your personal and professional development. 

At BASF, your initiative and business knowledge and skills are needed to successfully turn innovative ideas into reality. 

The world needs progress. We need you.

With our "Welcome to BASF - BE PART" program, you will be optimally prepared for your working environment and a successful start. We want to make sure that you settle in quickly and soon feel like a permanent BASF member, allowing you to contribute your strengths and fresh ideas from the very first moment.

Development means more than a vertical management career, a job change or a move up the pay scale. Development also means benefiting from your own experience and the experience of others, and applying this knowledge practically and profitably in your daily work.
As part of a structured personnel development process, you actively shape your individual career path together with your supervisor. We support you in the personal development of your strengths and interests, for example through various seminars or by working in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. Cross-functional development is also encouraged at BASF, such as a move from purchasing to marketing or between human resources and communications.

No matter which area you will be working in, you will always be working with colleagues outside your area of expertise, allowing you to continuously develop personally and professionally.

Great! Then take a look at our job search for suitable positions - in Germany or worldwide! Online applications via our portal simplify and speed up the process.

If there is nothing suitable at the moment, you can register in our applicant portal and sign up for our job agent. It is also possible for you to import your profile data directly from LinkedIn or XING into our portal.