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Drawing on experience to gain new experience

Having completed your university studies with distinction and having several years of professional life behind you, you already have considerable experience – which you can draw on to carry out interesting new projects. That, in turn, allows you to gain even more rewarding experience.

We offer you, as a professional in your field, the opportunity to work in a team developing strategic, interdisciplinary responses to pressing social problems. In addition, you will help implement the relevant exemplary solutions as part of our ongoing project work. 

In other words, you will have the opportunity to effectively introduce proposed solutions into the public debate and, as a representative of one of Europe’s largest foundations, have an impact on policymaking processes.

To support our project teams, we are looking for professionals who: 

  • have already demonstrated their specialized expertise addressing one of the issues we focus on
  • are capable of developing strategic solutions and innovative strategy papers that generate interest and enthusiasm
  • can successfully implement our projects
  • have strong communications skills and view networking with in-house and external partners as a key success factor
  • enjoy the opportunity to make a significant contribution to society’s sociopolitical development
  • can respond flexibly to new challenges
  • already have some experience in project management and are looking forward to the challenge of leading a major project or program

You should:

  • have appropriate professional experience in the relevant field
  • have additional qualifications such as a doctoral degree
  • have completed your university studies (or the equivalent) with distinction
  • have experience working outside of your native country and excellent proficiency speaking at least one foreign language
  • identify with the goals we pursue and the values we adhere to


Facts & Figures

The Bertelsmann Stiftung in numbers

How much do we budget each year for our nonprofit work? How satisfied are our employees with their workplace? How many work part time? Here are some key numbers relating to the foundation.

The Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded in 1977 by Reinhard Mohn.

Since its inception, the foundation has invested approx. €1.9 Billion (as at February 2024)  in philanthropic projects.

We are currently carrying out approx. 35 not-for-profit projects.

In 2023, €38,7 million was spent directly on our projects.

We currently employ 334 people.

We have a gender ratio of 67% women to 33% men (224 female employees and 110 male employees).

The average age of our employees is 45.6 years (by age group: 23 people are 29 years old or younger; 77 are between 30 and 39; 97 are between 40 and 49; and 137 are 50 years old or older).

Of the 35.3% of our employees who work part time, 103 are women and 15 are men.

Of our 23 senior managers, 8 are women and 15 are men.

Almost 90% of our staff took part in the last employee survey. Of those who did, 87% say they enjoy their work, and 88% feel their work is purposeful.