Recruiting talents worldwide

As part of our sustainable corporate policy and against the backdrop of demographic change, LANXESS is continuing to invest in well-qualified young talents – both apprentices and university graduates – and experienced specialists.

By means of various activities, we aim to attract, integrate and retain the best minds and talents for our company. In recent years, we have worked closely with our employees to develop the basis for an employer brand with the goal of conveying an authentic image of LANXESS. In 2013, we redesigned our market presence aimed at attracting future apprentices and specialists. Our new internal and external online platforms are better aligned with the communication needs of the various target groups – from apprentices through to professionals.

Our corporate culture is shaped by challenging tasks and encourages employees to assume responsibility in an international context at an early stage. This gives our employees unique development opportunities, as reflected in our low turnover. The increase in turnover recorded during the reporting period was due to special effects generated by our global efficiency and headcount adjustment program. In Germany, the turnover resulting from voluntary resignations was 0.5% in the reporting period. Globally, it was around 2.4%.

Turnover %
(excluding Germany)
Germany North America Latin America Asia-Pacific
Age group Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male
< 20 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
20 – 29 1.1 1.4 0.7 3.2 3.1 2.3 12.1 4.2 9.9 9.4
30 – 39 5.1 2.9 0.7 1.1 9.2 7.6 7.9 4.9 9.0 6.4
40 – 49 0.0 1.5 0.0 0.2 3.2 3.1 4.2 1.2 9.0 2.5
50 – 59 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.2 0.7 1.8 3.4 1.0 4.0 1.7
≥ 60 7.8 6.3 0.0 0.4 4.8 12.9 0.0 26.7 80.0 0.0
Total 2.2 1.9 0.2 0.6 3.4 4.1 8.1 3.3 9.3 5.7

In fiscal 2013, we continued to seek direct contact with talented university and school students through our presence at a large number of career fairs, university events and scientific conferences, and by organizing our own events. We also cooperated with university career centers and funded a range of scholarships as part of the German government’s “Germany Scholarship” program. Through this, LANXESS continued to support more than 50 students at eight renowned universities in 2013, including students at RWTH Aachen University, TU Dortmund University, the University of Cologne and Cologne University of Applied Sciences. The scholarship holders receive a monthly payment of €300. The company pays €150 of this amount and the remaining half is shared equally by the German government and the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. In addition, we offer our scholarship holders individual guidance.

We are especially committed to fostering young talents during their undergraduate or PhD study programs and facilitating their successful career start. We provide support to especially gifted students to enable them to develop their full potential. The LANXESS support program specifically targets outstanding undergraduate and PhD students in scientific and engineering subjects. We value personal contact as much as the provision of financial support. Other features of the program include an active dialogue on specialist and career-related issues, the opportunity to gain practical insights into the working day of a specialist and interesting get-together events. This gives the recipients of support the opportunity to meet LANXESS employees and find out which career entry and development options are available.

Every year, more than 200 students gain work experience through internships and thesis placements at LANXESS in Germany. Here, we actively seek collaboration with universities and colleges. We are also increasing our support for scientific conferences and congresses such as those organized by the Max Planck Society’s PhDnet, the young chemists’ forum in the GDCh (Association of German Chemists) and the ProcessNet initiative of DECHEMA and VDI.

The best prospects for the smartest minds We attach great importance to maintaining and expanding our contacts with especially committed and talented interns. To this end, we have developed the eXclusive program. The underlying principle is simple: An intern who displays above-average qualities will continue to receive support from us in the form of, for example, personal coaching and preferential access to further training opportunities. We have established clear criteria for inclusion in the program such as impressive performance during a minimum three-month internship with LANXESS and an outstanding profile of soft skills and expertise.

In Brazil, we are continuing to offer an internship program with a special part-time contract to students in the concluding stages of their degree programs. They are given responsibility for a project of their own, the results of which will later be presented to top management. This attractive offering targets the best of a year group, enabling us to attract local young talents who bring new expertise to the company. We also offer a similar internship program in India, which is supplemented by a mentoring program.

In China, we have further expanded our partnership with the Changzhou Institute of Engineering Technology. We are sharing practical and scientific expertise with the university by means of a second “LANXESS class” of 22 students, who have the opportunity to visit our production facilities and gain an early insight into the working world through internships – thus arousing their interest in working for LANXESS. We also continued our collaboration with Qingdao University of Science and Technology, where our technical experts teach a number of special courses. The best students in each of these courses are given the opportunity to participate in an internship at our technical service center in Germany. We held a series of Campus Talks at various other universities, raising awareness of LANXESS as an attractive employer in China. In a special careers program initiated with high schools partnered by the Goethe Institute, we provide four-week internships with our company to promising students of German.

In Pittsburgh, United States, we continue to support the Carnegie Science Center in a variety of ways – for example, as a founding sponsor of the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Career Development. Activities include projects for high-school students and events for young women interested in science. In Canada, we maintain close contacts with Western University, offering post-doctoral internships at our research center in London, Ontario. We provide the Polymer Research Institute at the University of Waterloo with financial and intellectual support in the form of, for example, the transfer of know-how.

Establishing early contact with schools close to our sites in Germany and around the world, for example as part of specialist project weeks, and promoting science education at local high schools are also in the focus of LANXESS’s extensive education initiative, which we continued to expand in fiscal 2013. As a company, we consider this initiative to be part of our social and corporate responsibility.

International partnership with Teach First Our special commitment to education is also reflected in our partnership with Teach First in Germany and India. We have been one of the main sponsors of this not-for-profit organization since 2010. Teach First, which is already established in a number of countries, has set itself the goal of helping school students who have had a difficult start in life, fostering their individual talents and supporting them in developing career prospects. Particularly highly qualified university graduates from all disciplines, who also have the requisite soft skills, act as fellows for a period of two years, helping schools in socially disadvantaged areas with education and schooling tasks. In Germany, we focus particularly on supporting fellows specializing in mathematics and science. The most recent intake of fellows has been active in schools in North Rhine-Westphalia since February 2013. In addition to providing financial support, we are also making a practical contribution through activities such as vocational training preparation for school students and personal coaching for fellows.

We started working with Teach First in India in December 2010. The first fellows assigned to the Indian partner schools in Mumbai and Delhi were given the opportunity to complete internships at our sites in India as part of the program. The school students they support are also given career guidance and an insight into working life through visits to our facilities. In addition, LANXESS employees provide direct support for projects in the schools in their free time. This commitment was also continued in fiscal 2013.

Structured development of young managers Each year, under the motto “Prepare for the Future,” our LANXESS international corporate trainee program attracts highly skilled university graduates. Our aim is to prepare the participants for an international career within the LANXESS Group and establish a global pool of young managers with international experience. In fiscal 2013, the focus was on controlling, finance and engineering. Since the initiative started, we have offered a wide range of trainee positions to 67 university graduates with an interest in embarking on an international career.

We have also established local trainee programs in a number of regions.

In the United States, we offer 15 places on our trainee and intern programs in the fields of finance and engineering, cooperating with establishments such as the University of Pittsburgh. We also organize a special Summer Internship Program.

In 2010, we created the China Management Trainee Program specifically for the Chinese market. This two-year program, which we continued in 2013, aims to prepare highly qualified business and technology graduates for management roles and create a pool of local talent.

In Brazil, we maintain close ties with the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), providing scholarships to masters students that enable their participation in special studies to develop new processes in rubber technology. In addition, we offer more than 50 vocational and student training positions at our sites.

LANXESS in India has established three XTrainee programs structured individually for students, graduates and prospective managers. Participants in these programs are given a specific project to work on and are supported by a mentor. In 2013, 39 students, graduates and prospective managers received training and guidance in one of these programs. Cooperating with the Indo German Training Centre (IGTC) in Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta, LANXESS in India also provides five positions on a post-graduate training program in business administration. This program comprises three modules and lasts six months. LANXESS in India runs a further one-year structured training program in collaboration with the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) which allows 15 young people to continue their training after completing an apprenticeship as a production specialist or technician.