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Who is ZF?

ZF is a global technology company and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. With its comprehensive technology portfolio, the company offers integrated solutions for established vehicle manufacturers, mobility providers and start-up companies in the fields of transportation and mobility. ZF continually enhances its systems in the areas of digital connectivity and automation in order to allow vehicles to see, think and act.

In 2018, ZF achieved sales of €36.9 billion. The company has a global workforce of 149,000 with approximately 230 locations in 40 countries. ZF invests over six percent of its sales in research and development annually.

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 company is divided into the nine divisions of Car Driveline Technology, Car Chassis Technology, Commercial Vehicle Technology, Industrial Technology, E-Mobility, Aftermarket, Electronics and ADAS, Passive Safety Technology and Active 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 management specialized in process engineering, mechatronics, automation engineering, automotive engineering, product engineering, environmental engineering and logistics.

How does the international trainee program at ZF work?

The trainee program has a duration of 15 months and is divided into four individual projects in different functional areas. At least one project takes place abroad. Twice a year (July and October), a total of between 20 and 25 trainees take part. The application process begins according to the country-specific application deadline.

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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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