see. think. act.


FAQs on Company

Who is ZF?

ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

With some 165,000 employees worldwide, ZF reported sales of €43.8 billion in fiscal 2022. The company operates 168 production locations in 32 countries.

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-and-Irmgard-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-and-Irmgard-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 eight divisions: Active Safety Systems, Car Chassis Technology, Electrified Powertrain Technology, Electronics & Advanced Driver Assistance System, Passive Safety Systems, Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Industrial Technology and Aftermarket.

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How is ZF preparing for the future?

Research and development are the best investments in the future. It is the only way to achieve innovation and high technical performance for products 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.

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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 as well as lower fuel consumption and emissions in the vehicles of the customers.

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 its employees in terms of qualification, performance, motivation and mobility.

Within the company, the ZF Way provides orientation and a clear direction, because the changes in the industry is more dynamic and, in some cases, more fundamental than ever before. The five principles of Passion, Anticipation, Diversity, Empowerment and Accountability describe how we want to lead and work together. They define the way we act as an organization and express what people at ZF stand for.

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FAQs on career

How can I join ZF?

During studies:

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

Post studies:

  • Direct entry
  • International internship

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What are the most common fields of study for positions within the company?

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. It 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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