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Who is ZF?

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of around 137,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2016, ZF achieved sales of €35.2 billion. ZF annually invests about six percent of its sales in research & development – ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. With its technologies, the company is striving for Vision Zero – a world of mobility without accidents and emissions. With its broad portfolio, ZF is advancing mobility and services in the automobile, truck and industrial technology sectors.

Who does ZF belong to?

The company shareholders are the Zeppelin Foundation, administered by the City of Friedrichshafen, holding 93.8 percent of company shares, and the Dr.-Jürgen-Ulderup Foundation, Lemförde, with 6.2 percent.

Can I buy ZF shares?

No, the company is not listed on the stock exchange. Shareholders are the Zeppelin Foundation and the Dr.-Jürgen-Ulderup Foundation.

How is ZF structured?

At ZF, the Group’s structure is aligned with the market and customers. The business units are assigned to the six divisions: Car Powertrain Technology, Car Chassis Technology, Commercial Vehicle Technology, Industrial Technology, E-Mobility and Active & Passive Safety Technology.
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How is ZF preparing for the future?

Research and development is the best investment in the future. It is the only way to achieve innovation and high technical performance for machines with high user benefits. ZF is an innovation-driven company that develops volume production-ready products based on its own research and development efforts and thus invests in the future in a targeted way.
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What does ZF offer its customers?

ZF’s main priority is to meet its customers’ needs by using leading technology, quality, and service; this is the key to strengthening the international market position. In addition to the benefits of component expertise, the customer profits from the ZF Group’s system know-how. Innovations in driveline and chassis technology provide increased driving dynamics, safety, comfort, and economy as well as lower fuel consumption and emissions in the vehicles of the customers: by land, by sea, and in the air.

What are ZF's values?

Corporate responsibility goes beyond the safeguarding of economic success and jobs. Thus, it is quite natural for ZF to assume responsibility for social assignments, environmental protection, and within the context of several national and international relief projects. ZF plays an active role in society and is continuously engaged in a dialog with the general public and with its employees. The company promotes employees in terms of qualification, performance, motivation, and mobility.

FAQs on career

Which ways offers ZF to join the company?
During studies:

  • Summer jobs
  • Trainee program
  • Internships
  • Dissertations (Diplom, Bachelor, Master)

Post studies:

  • direct entry
  • International internship

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Graduates of which fields of studies are most required?
Graduates of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, IT, industrial engineering or business managemen specialized in process engeneering, mechatronics, automation engineering, automotive engineering, product engineering, environmental engineering and logistics.

Which are the of the trainee program?
The trainee program lasts for 15 months. During this time the trainee will work on three projects in Germany and one in another country. It is possible to submit the application at any time - please use only an online application.
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Is there a minimum length of time for an internship?

  • Technical sector: minimum 5 months
  • Business sector: minimum 3 months
  • International Internship: minimum 3 months

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