Start making your mark.

The trainee programme 2020 at Axel Johnson International opens the door to a career in the group.

Are you our next Management Trainee?

Do you want to work in a fast-paced environment where entrepreneurship and industrial technologies are in focus? Are you an upcoming graduate with a Master’s degree in engineering or business/economics and with a wish to start your career in a leading industrial group? We invite you to read about and consider applying to Axel Johnson International’s Management Trainee Programme.

At Axel Johnson International you will get an exciting role in a fast-growing international industrial group. We acquire and develop industrial technology companies in strategically selected niche markets. Over the past three years, we have grown 23%/ year and conducted more than 40 acquisitions. At Axel Johnson International, you will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment with short decision paths and a strong and positive culture.

As a Management Trainee at Axel Johnson International, you will during your trainee year work directly with our executive management team and participate in or lead cross-functional projects in areas such as business strategy, M&A, digitalisation, logistics and more. In addition, you will participate in our internal Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) together with other “up-and-coming” colleagues (aged 24-32) from our subsidiaries. The TAP will include training modules on topics such as project management, negotiation and presentation skills, profitability analyses and applied corporate finance.

During your trainee year, you will get to know Axel Johnson International’s corporate culture and build a valuable network within the group. After your trainee year, we expect you to transition to a permanent role either at our head office or in one of our five business groups.

Who are we looking for?

We plan to recruit for 2 Management Trainee positions starting September 2020:

  • Recent graduates with a Master’s degree in engineering or business administration/economics
  • Ambitious, result-oriented with high work capacity
  • Proactive, with an entrepreneurial attitude
  • Curious team-player with great appetite to learn
  • Fluent speaking and writing in both English and Swedish, knowledge of other languages is an advantage

What we offer you:

  • A unique start to your career with the opportunity for rapid advancement after completion of the programme, as well as being part of a larger group (parent Axel Johnson AB and our sister companies such as AxFood, Dustin, Martin & Servera, Åhléns and Kicks)
  • The opportunity to spend twelve months working closely with our   management team in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation
  • Continued employment after completion of the programme
  • Long-term development opportunities
  • Challenges that will make you grow!

Come and join us!

Send your (English language) CV, cover letter and a brief memo summarizing the case below, a chosen conclusion or view and the reasoning behind it.  Send it to

The application period is open between Jan 20 – Mar 08.


“The Swedish government is evaluating to invest SEK 230 bn + in a new, high speed rail infrastructure linking the three major cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö to each other and increasing rail capacity and speeding up transportation time (for goods and people). Define your view (pro or con, is this a good idea or not a good idea?) on this proposal and elaborate on the reason why you choose this stance (benefits, drawbacks etc depending on view taken). Nota bene: The chosen view does not have to be your personal opinion, we are looking for how you define a view and back it up with logical, ideally fact based reasoning. “