International Trainee Program for Financial Management (IFM)

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Our products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, we want to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. In this innovative environment, we build on the skills of people who know where they are heading - and on people with a flair for dealing with others.

Our financial management experts play a key role as a driving force that helps enhance the business performance of Bayer.



Find out more about Bayer's Finance Community in the detailed overview at Finance and Accounting (the business area MaterialScience mentioned in the video has become independent on September 01, 2015 under the name Covestro).

Wide-ranging entry opportunities in Bayer's finance functions

The International Trainee Program for Financial Management (IFM) puts you on track for an exciting career in Finance, Accounting, Audit, Controlling and Tax (FACT community) at Bayer. 

Throughout the 18-month program, you will work closely with our highly skilled and experienced financial management professionals during rotations in several FACT functions at the headquarters of Bayer in Leverkusen and Monheim as well as on national and international assignments. Depending on your schedule, you will contribute to projects and processes that enable the businesses of Bayer to offer innovative products and solutions to the most fascinating challenges of our society as you gain insights into planning, reporting, accounting, audit and tax. The practical training will help you achieve your personal career aspirations and offers you prospects of an international career and a chance to play a valuable role in the Bayer organization.



At the end of your trainee program, you will be prepared to take on a challenging role in the FACT function you are assigned to. Our top leaders are involved in assigning trainees, giving you early exposure to this influential group of decision makers. The path and businesses you are assigned to are determined by the needs of our businesses and consideration of your preferences.


Continuously accompanied by personnel development, training and mentoring, you will have a wide range of promising job and career opportunities in the finance and business functions of our global organization. You will be prepared for new assignments through individual and cross-functional development activities.

What we seek

You will fit in particularly well with Bayer if you share our passion to innovate and want your ideas to bring about change. Team spirit, initiative and good communication skills are important. You also need to be flexible and mobile, with a sense of responsibility and an interest in finding solutions. Other important attributes include a business mindset, leadership aspirations and intercultural experience.


  • Master, MBA and PhD graduates with superior results, bachelor graduates with additional business qualification
  • Studies in business sciences and industrial engineering with focus on controlling, finance, accounting, auditing, corporate planning are appreciated
  • First experience gained from apprenticeship, business specific preferably international internships, or studies abroad
  • Knowledge in natural sciences is appreciated
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills
  • Flexibility and mobility for international postings within the Bayer Group
  • High degree of commitment as well as ability to take action for continuous improvement
  • Good command of English, both written and spoken



What we offer

As an international science-based company we are passionate about innovations that improve the way people live in our world. Bayer offers an open and inspiring environment. We encourage you to question the status quo and think ahead. It takes imagination, ambition and courage to find answers to society’s most pressing questions.


The International Trainee Program for Financial Management offers early exposure to a variety of functions and industries followed by extensive career opportunities.


You will receive personalized support throughout the program from experienced employees, including a mentor who will oversee your experience as a trainee. Functional managers will direct your daily activities during each of the rotations.


In collaboration with your mentor and the respective HR Business Partner you will identify your individual career perspectives, exchange feedback on your performance, and agree on personal and professional development measures.


Sounds like you? Then we look forward to hearing from you. You can find all key details in the program flyer.

Your application

We offer a competitive salary in an international environment as well as excellent opportunities for professional and personal development. If you are interested in gaining an insight into financial and business management in the Bayer Group please apply here for our IFM Trainee Program by selecting the functional area in our FACT community you would like to join:


Controlling(entry opportunities currently available)


Accounting(entry opportunities currently available)


Internal Audit(entry opportunities currently available)


Finance / Treasury(currently no traineeships open)


The program is all year open for applications (as far as trainee demand is given in the particular functional areas). Your starting point for your entry will be individually agreed upon depending on your availability after having successfully completed the application process. Ideally, please apply three to six months before graduation.


Please compile a complete application including cover letter and resume (both in English), copies of school, academic and professional references and evidence of any professional experience, foreign assignments and internships (in a maximum of 5 to 6 PDF files).


If you have any further questions about the International Trainee Program for Financial Management, please call: Dr. Wolfgang Adrian on +49 214 30 31183.


We are looking forward to receiving your online application.


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