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Do you want to kickstart your career in an international high-tech environment? And are you looking for a traineeship where you can develop your personal skills? Our third generation of Thales trainees will start in October 2023! And you could be one of them. 

As a Thales trainee you will be trained for a steep learning curve, to advance your career within Thales quickly. We will provide you with the tools to grow into an internal position with impact. Not just during one assignment, mind you, since you will work on three interdisciplinary assignments within approximately two years. And when you're done? You'll land a challenging job within Thales!

About you

Are you a young and ambitious talent with 0-3 years work experience? Do you have a broad interest in becoming a specialist or a generalist within the environment of technology, safety and security? Do you have the ambition to develop yourself within an international high-tech environment? And are you in possession of a Master certificate and European Nationality? If so, this Thales traineeship might be interesting for you!

As a Thales trainee you know how to act –with others– in a fast-changing world, you have excellent communication skills, plus technical feeling and affinity. To become one of our future leaders or specialists it is important that you are autonomous, open, curious, resilient and can think quick on your feet. Furthermore, you are able to build your own network, you have a great self-understanding and you perform as a compassionate leader. It is important that you feel at home in an organisation in which you deal with multiple interests and stakeholders and where the improvement and optimization of processes is key. Looking forward to contribute to this?

Basically, it is important to be flexible so you can have the chance to experience our different sites, potentially in an international assignment (i.e. U.K., Germany) or at one of our customers.

What’s in it for you

  • Become part of a great team in a high-tech, innovative international organization
  • (International) opportunities for growth in tech, management and commercial roles
  • Attention for personal development and own initiative
  • A personal mentor on senior executive level and an external coach throughout a period of 20 months (your traineeship period)
  • 40 leave days per year, travel expenses and a flexible benefits à la carte package with options like purchase/sale of leave hours, internet costs, bicycle plan, company fitness or relocation costs
  • Excellent working conditions, a permanent Thales contract and a competitive salary


The assignments

As a Thales trainee you will be trained for a steep learning curve, to advance your career within Thales quickly. You’ll be provided with tools to grow into an internal position with impact. You will work on three interdisciplinary assignments within approximately two years. After which you’ll land in a challenging job within Thales.

What you’ll work with

The subjects you will work on are existing, interdisciplinary and challenging, based on a ‘real need’ and results. This gives you immediate responsibilities and exposure to (senior) management, the organization and external parties. As much as possible, you will have influence on the choice of your assignments. As a new trainee you will start your first, eight month, assignment at our headquarters in Hengelo; this also includes the introduction period together with the other trainees. Together you will form a learning team, coached by our external partner. 

The second and third assignment both last six months and can take place at any one of our Dutch sites (Hengelo, Huizen, Eindhoven, Delft, Amersfoort), at an international Thales, site or at one of our customers. 

The three assignments you go through as a trainee each have a different focus area, namely technical/operational, strategic and project-related. Additionally, you will work on a Thales NL strategic project for all trainees to collaborate on.

Some examples of subjects

  • Reorganize the Sales Administration team
  • New Product Introduction (NPI) Procurement
  • New Performance Indicator (PI) over data driven decision making
  • Mid Term Industrial Plan
  • Country Strategic Plan
  • Build a ‘business case’ database consisting of ideas for future industrial cooperation projects
  • Lead an improvement initiative concerning our internal bid process
  • Sales & Operations planning improvements
  • Implement a collaborative way of working that will reach across departments
  • Manage a customer project

"As a thales trainee you get to quickly and broadly orientate yourself within the organization. The work is challenging, the guidance is good and together with the other trainees we form a close team."

- Kevin


Would you like to apply directly? Then click on the button ‘Apply now’, before the 15th of June, to show your interest.

* Thales has the right to share the application details of the candidates with the collaborating consultant agency. Assessments are part of the selection process. 


Would you like to apply directly? Then click on the button ‘Apply now’, before the 15th of June , to show your interest.

Take the following dates into account:

Apply before June 15 2023:


CV selection and cognitive abilities test & personality questionnaire: 



Match and theme interviews by Thales and a collaborating consultancy agency: the 12th and 19th of June (one of those days)


Assessment by Thales and a collaborating consultancy agency: the 20th and the 27th of June (one of those days)


Offer, contract and matching process:

As soon as possible


Start traineeship:

1 October


With 80.000 talents working in 68 countries, we are one of the biggest high-tech employers in the field of safety and security. In the Netherlands, where 2.800 employees are based, we are located in the cities: Huizen, Delft, Eindhoven, Amersfoort and Hengelo (HQ). Together with an extensive ecosystem of knowledge partners, customers and suppliers, we work on radars for naval vessels, cyber security solutions, transportation systems, communication equipment for land forces, cryogenic cooling solutions and research & development for radar tech (in collaboration with TU Delft).

What you will get with us is not just a job, but a career – it’s up to you to decide which direction you want to develop in! We offer you lots of flexibility, because we believe a good work-life balance is very important. Our culture is a very open one. From drinking coffee at our internal Starbucks café to a ski trip with our international Young Employee Society... and from interesting lunch lectures to going for a drink with new employees – you will find something for everyone here. Equal opportunities, inclusiveness and an informal culture an essential part of our success. But your health and happiness are also very important to us. 

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