European Management Graduate Program, The Netherlands


DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe and of specialized plastic packaging worldwide. DS Smith operates across 37 countries and employs around 27,000 people. The Paper Division by itself has over 2.700 talented employees across a network of 12 paper mills. The mills have a combined output of 2,5 million tons recycled paper, making DS Smith by far a leading European Manufacturer. As a supply cycle strategist, DS Smith aims to provide long term solutions that create efficient packaging ecosystems. 


International setting

The program will be split across several paper mills in Europe (The Netherlands, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria). By joining the graduate program, you will be given the opportunity to gain a solid professional experience by working on strategic projects and develop your management skills. Your position allows you to cover a sound role inside DS Smith at the end of the program.

Dutch graduates will start in the Netherlands. 

The program

The DS Smith Paper Division Graduate Program is a 2-year program that will take you around several DS Smith mills in Europe. Per year you will have at least two assignments in one mill. So you will at least work in two mills these two years. You will be involved in a really dynamic working environment, with plenty of chances to grow and develop.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of DS Smith Paper and its exceptionally dynamic working environment. Being provided with full access to the manufacturing and commercial facilities, you will quickly gain a wide and holistic perspective of the paper business.

Throughout your entire professional experience in DS Smith, you will be assigned a mentor to give you support and regular feedback on your performance and development. You will be involved in all the main Management Training Initiatives (like the EMP - Engaging Managers Programme) to prepare yourself within two years for a management position within the DS Smith.

You will attend various training courses like the fundamentals of Papermaking, Continuous Excellence, Financial Awareness, Effective Communication, Presentation Skills, Facilitating Meetings, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Building High Performing Teams, Effective Delegation and Managing Change. DS Smith will help you apply your knowledge and experience to make a real and valued contribution to the organisation while exposing yourself to all facets and attributes of the DS Smith world.



DS Smith is looking for outstanding and dynamic individuals who have leadership potential and a strong interest in pursuing an international career in the paper industry.


  • Master’s Degree in Technology/Engineering/Science or related
  • 0-2 years experience working
  • Fluent in Dutch
  • Fluent in English (an additional European language would be an advantage)
  • Dynamic and flexible in your approach and mindset
  • Managerial potential, a drive for results and eagerness for success
  • Engagement and strong commitment will be highly valued
  • Willing to relocate to different areas/mills
  • Next to that you are willing to work in a shift pattern as part of your learning program



  • An international development program within a fast growing "blue chip" company
  • Challenging assignments combined with a tough training program 
  • Excellent annual salary
  • A "golden hello" bonus


For more information you can contact Pim van Meeuwen and Annefleur Jacobs via +31 43 326 08 00. Please apply via the "Apply button". We are looking forward to receive your application!