Application FAQ

How do I know if a position I'm interested in has already been filled and when can I apply?

The job advertisements are regularly updated so that all vacancies advertised on our careers page are vacant.

How can I find out more about the start date of the open position?

If there is nothing to the contrary in the job description, we are usually looking to fill vacancies as soon as possible.

I didn’t find a job offer, which suits my interest. Can I send a speculative application?

Unfortunately, we do not accept speculative applications. The job advertisements on our homepage are always up to date. Set up a "Job Alert", which will inform you by e-mail about new jobs in the area in which you are interested.

Can I also apply in writing (by post?) or by e-mail?

No, please apply exclusively online via our application system. Applications submitted elsewhere cannot be considered.

What do I have to pay attention to when applying?

You should upload your CV, your last university or school education certificate and relevant professional references or samples (if available). If you wish, you can also attach a current photo. But beware! The total size of all uploaded documents should not exceed 5 MB!

Should I enclose a cover letter with my application?

No, you do not need to enclose a cover letter with your application. Of course, you are free to add additional information in an answer field. 

I have applied before. Can I apply again?

Of course you can reapply. However, read the requirements for the position carefully again. Your experience, skills and competences should match with the job profile.

Can I interrupt my application and continue filling it out later?

After you have registered in our online application system, you will receive the login data for your application account by e-mail. This allows you to log in or out of the system at any time. You can therefore continue with your application later - the entries made up to this point are retained before the termination.

What happens if I change my profile while my application is being reviewed?

All changes to your candidate profile take immediate effect and are also reflected in previous or current applications. Nevertheless, we would like to ask you to enter your data as carefully as possible before sending it.

Where can I see the current status of my application?

Log into the Beiersdorf Career Center. Under "Application" you will find your current application status. We have sent you the registration data by e-mail after your registration.

What is the application process and when can I expect feedback?

As soon as you have sent us your application via our online application system, you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt of your application by e-mail.
Our recruiters will contact you as soon as possible. Depending on the position and the required consultation with the department, however, it may take some time. Therefore, please have patience and understanding if it takes some time to receive feedback.

Who can view my entered data and how long will it remain stored?

Your data can be viewed by our Beiersdorf Human Resources employees and by the department responsible for the relevant position. Otherwise, only you can access your data. Once you have approved your profile in our online career center, you alone decide how long it should be available. If you do not want to make your data available, you can block your profile - and then you are no longer "visible" to us. Alternatively, you can delete your entire registration - i.e. your data is also deleted for us. However, if you have deleted your entire registration, you will have to re-enter all relevant data if you apply to Beiersdorf again at a later date. All details regarding our data protection can be found in our data protection statement.

What happens if I withdraw my application?

If you no longer wish to be considered for a position, please withdraw your application. You can reapply at any time.

What is the application process for interns?

As soon as you have submitted your online application, you will receive an automatic confirmation that we have received your application. The further application process consists of an online test, a delayed video interview and a personal introduction. Since many jobs or applications involve more than one team or department, we will also consider your application for further vacancies. We know that this process is lengthy for you. We therefore ask you to inform us if you withdraw your application because you have accepted another internship.

What should I include with my application for an internship?

Please enclose your university degree certificate, all relevant intermediate certificates, an overview of the degrees you have obtained and all references relevant to your profession and internship.

When is the BEYOND BORDERS trainee program advertised?

We advertise the program several times a year, but have no fixed starting dates. The best way to do this is to set up a "job alert" in our job exchange.

What is the application process for the BEYOND BORDERS trainee program?

Applicants go through a multi-stage selection procedure. All information on the exact application process can be found on our website.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Who do I contact if I have further questions?aIf you have detailed questions about the open position or questions about the application that are not covered in our FAQs, please contact us at the following e-mail address: RC@beiersdorf.com.
You do not need an addressee for a cover letter; in this case, please keep it general.

Job sharing FAQ

What exactly is job sharing?

Job sharing is a flexible working time model, in which two employees share one full-time job. In this working time model, you work closely together with your tandem partner and divide your working hours and tasks individually.

What is the difference between job sharing and a part-time job?

Complex jobs that cannot be carried out part-time are feasible through job sharing. By organizing work and time, even complex tasks can be mastered. This not only teaches shared responsibility for these tasks but also for your employees. Hence, even management positions are possible through job sharing, something highly unlikely in regular part-time positions.

How do I apply in tandem and what does the application process look like?

A prerequisite for a tandem application is that you have already found a suitable tandem partner and you are both willing to take the step of job sharing together. If you are looking for a tandem partner, we would like to recommend our cooperation partner Tandemploy. This platform gives you the opportunity to find a suitable tandem partner for a full-time position. Many job sharing tandems design a joint application (uniform layout, joint cover sheet and cover letter), which sums up the potential of the new team. You can include your individual CV in the joint application. It is essential that both partners each upload the joint application. Furthermore, it is very IMPORTANT to note the name of your tandem partner in your own CV. This is the only way our recruiters can see with whom you are applying in tandem. Once both applications have been received, the recruitment process begins. Depending on the position, the recruitment process may differ and must be coordinated individually by the department and recruiting team. Individual interviews as well as tandem interviews or case studies are a possibility. A job sharing position can only be taken up if both tandem partners have successfully mastered the recruitment process. 

How is the working time divided up in tandem?

Your individual contract specifies how many hours you will work per week. It is up to you and your tandem partner how you divide the working hours within a working week. Based on the slogan "One is always there" it is IMPORTANT that a minimum of 100 percent is spread over the weekdays from Monday to Friday. 
It is very common for job-sharers to agree on a joint work plan. The work plan typically states how the partners want their working relationship to function over the short and medium term. For example: it specifies the individual working hours. The work plan is binding for everyone involved: the two job-sharers and the employer. Making the work plan available to colleagues and managers via a shared calendar can also be a useful tool. 

Is job sharing a possible working model for me?

Job sharing is an appealing work model for anyone who wants to work flexibly but doesn’t want a typical part-time job. You should have a desire for close teamwork, be able to communicate clearly and be loyal and reliable. Job sharing is also suitable for Beiersdorf employees who would like to do their job part-time and who enjoy intense teamwork. 

Is the job I want to apply for suitable for job sharing?

Most jobs are suitable for job sharing. There are already a number of job sharing arrangements at Beiersdorf for various specialist and managerial roles. Some of them including very extensive, complex and demanding scopes of duties. The most important is that you can see yourself being able to carry out the tasks expected of you at Beiersdorf conscientiously and in good teamwork with your tandem partner.

I haven't found a suitable tandem yet, can I still apply for job sharing?

Unfortunately, no! Job sharing only works with the matching tandem partner by your side. Since only you can decide who is your perfect match and with whom you want to carry out your future job side by side, it is essential to have found the suitable partner before applying for job sharing. Only then can your application be considered. If you are looking for a tandem partner, we would like to recommend our cooperation partner Tandemploy. The platform gives you the opportunity to find a suitable tandem partner for a full-time position.

Who can I contact as soon as I know that I want to work in the job sharing model in the future?

Beiersdorf has decided to actively promote and support job sharing. Once you and your tandem partner have found the right position on our careers page, all you have to do is upload your completed applications (don't forget to include the name of your tandem in your CV) and the first step towards job sharing is done. Our recruiters will take over the subsequent steps and you will receive feedback from us. 

How can we present ourselves well to you as an employer?

Our sole objective as an employer is to fill every position at Beiersdorf with the perfect fit. It does not matter whether it is an individual application or a tandem application.  There won't be a disadvantage for you.
It is important to represent yourself as one team! Make it clear to us in your application why you are the perfect fit for the job as a tandem. What makes you special as a tandem and how can we as an employer benefit from you? 

How transparent should/must I be towards my job sharing partner?

The job sharing partners need to establish beforehand how much transparency will be necessary for their particular case. Some job sharing partners work very closely together, while others only discuss the most important issues and milestones. The degree of transparency that is required depends not only on the role that they are sharing, but also, crucially, on the job sharing partners’ personalities and ways of working. A certain amount of transparency is inherent to job sharing and, hence, inevitable. In practice, job sharing partners usually keep in touch regularly via email, phone, instant messaging, the intranet or platforms such as *blueplanet. There are also transfer- slots possible during which one partner can pass on information and tasks to the other in person – for example, at times when their working hours overlap.

Should I/am I allowed to know how much my job sharing partner earns?

That depends on the degree of transparency you have agreed on for your job sharing arrangement. We would recommend dealing with this issue and other potentially sensitive issues with as much openness as necessary and as much discretion as possible.

Do we need to jointly negotiate our employment contracts and salaries?

Generally, you and your job sharing partner will have your own individual part-time contracts, which can also be negotiated individually. If your skills and experience are very similar, it may make sense to negotiate your contracts and salaries jointly. However, if the partners have different skills and experience (and correspondingly different salary expectations), it may make more sense to negotiate individually. However, in a well-functioning job sharing arrangement it generally shouldn’t be a problem to be as transparent as necessary in this regard. In addition to the two individual part-time contracts, it is also possible to conclude a joint agreement clarifying issues such as representation regulations. However, in practice these agreements are often only made verbally, and despite this are almost always respected by both partners.

What happens to my job if my tandem partner quits in the course of our job sharing (due to private reasons, illness, dissatisfaction etc.)?

Don't worry about this! You have an individual employment contract and are therefore contractually independent of your tandem partner. If such a scenario ever occurs, a solution would be found which would satisfy both you as an employee and Beiersdorf as an employer.

Do I need to cover for my job sharing partner when they are ill?

There is no legal obligation to do so, but a requirement to this effect can be included in the job sharing agreement. In practice, partners often only make verbal agreements about such matters, which is pragmatic and usually works well. After all, it is in your mutual interest (and in the interest of the job sharing arrangement) to be able to rely on having a well-informed colleague to cover for you while you are ill.

What do I do if I am ill and my tandem partner cannot step in spontaneously?

Of course, in individual cases, your tandem partner may not be able to cover for you. However, this can also be the case for individually organized employment relationships. The problem lies particularly in working relationships in which you do not have well-informed team colleagues by your side and there is no well-functioning communication.

Can I progress in my career in a job share?

There are already a number of employees at Beiersdorf who have successfully progressed in their career while job sharing. Since job sharing makes it possible to carry out even highly demanding roles and management responsibilities on a part-time basis, job sharing is fully compatible with career progression. It’s important that the job sharing partners are aware of the opportunities for development in their shared role and agree on the details of how they want to proceed.

I have further questions about job sharing, who can I contact?

If you have any questions not covered in our FAQs, please contact our Diversity Expert at Christina.Braase@Beiersdorf.com.

Technical FAQ

What are the requirements for a password?

Your password needs to be at least 8 characters long, must contain at least one upper and one lower case letter, one number and one special character.

What should I do if I have forgotten my password?

You will find a “Forgotten Password” link underneath the login fields. Please enter your username and/or the email address that you submitted when registering on the following page. Within a few minutes, you will receive a new password, which you will need to change the next time you login. 

What should I do if I cannot access the system and an error message appears?

Are you still online? Is your Internet connection still active? Are pop-ups or JavaScript deactivated in your browser? That you can fix by changing the settings in your browser settings. If this does not work, contact our Technical Support (Hotline: +49-40-4909-3000).

Which formats and file sizes are suitable for document upload?

For technical reasons you are only able to upload Microsoft Office, tif, png, and PDF files. Please do not upload more than 5 MB altogether. Please note that you should avoid ZIP files or password-protected files as they cannot be processed! We recommend converting your documents into PDF format – you can find a number of free PDF conversion tools online

What should I do if I have forgotten my username?

If you've forgotten your username, please contact our Technical Support using this e-mail form. They will then get in touch with you as quickly as possible.