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Intern – Lean Management / Operational Excellence in Manufacturing (m/f/x)

What's the role?

In this role you get the chance to drive the Lean journey of our Hilti plant in Schaan together with the Digital & Operational Excellence department. The internship will allow you to actively contribute to the plant’s productivity and cost performance targets.

The start date of this internship is preferably August or September 2024, minimum duration is 5 months.

Who is Hilti?

For the sixth time in the past 11 years, Hilti has been named one of the best employers by Great Place to Work.

What began as a family business in 1941, founded by brothers Eugene and Martin Hilti, has become a leading industry player with over 120 locations worldwide and a workforce of more than 32,000 colleagues. Our incredible journey, from humble beginnings to a global powerhouse, is a shining example of the rewards of a hard-working and dedicated team.

At Hilti, we provide leading-edge tools, technologies, software, and services for the global construction industry and beyond. Our purpose is making construction better based on a passionate and inclusive global team and a caring and performance-oriented culture.

We invest a substantial amount of our annual profit to the Hilti Foundation, which focuses on initiatives that empower people to live independently and autonomously, contribute to building stronger societies, and create networks of competent partners to achieve sustainable and scalable impact

What does the role involve?

As intern in our department, you will be part of the Logistics & Operational Excellence team. We have a high focus on implementing process optimization and digitalization projects in the manufacturing area as well as in indirect functions.


Your key responsibility will be to support optimization workshops across all functions of the plant and to support lean activities on a day-to-day basis. Working on strategic deployments of global standards as well as conducting tactical kaizen workshops will allow you to gain a good understanding of our operational excellence journey.

CAREER - Our global head office is a multicultural workplace extraordinaire, with 55 different nationalities working with a shared set of values and mindset.

What do we offer?

Join over 2200 colleagues from over 70 nationalities at one of our Headquarter locations in Schaan, Nendeln (Liechtenstein), or Buchs SG (Switzerland) is more than a career move. It’s your opportunity to enjoy the energizing, alpine lifestyle - where Liechtenstein, Austria, and Switzerland seamlessly meet. It’s an unforgettable life change.

We’ll give you the tools you need to excel in your internship, including one-to-one coaching. You’ll enjoy a rare combination of autonomy and camaraderie, as you’ll manage your own project while being part of a friendly team.

You’ll not just be another pair of hands but a fully integrated team member with lots of self-responsibility. From there, we’ll trust you to do whatever it takes to deliver outstanding results. Go the extra mile and we’ll reward you with strategic development discussions and career opportunities.

We’ll support you even before you start with us through relocation and integration support. With the international interns community at Hilti you’ll never be bored. Further, the snow-draped mountains, crystal-clear lakes and marvelous landscapes in the Happy Valley invite for lots of outdoor activities.

What you need is:

  • Enrollment for the whole internship period in a Bachelor/Master’s program with an economic or technical background (e.g. business administration or engineering)
  • Good IT and Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent communication skills, with fluency in German and English
  • Enthusiasm to learn and drive to succeed
  • A proactive approach and self-reliant personality

Why should you apply?

We have an excellent mix of people, which we believe makes for a more vibrant, more innovative, more productive team.
So, if you have no knowledge of construction, that’s fine with us. We’re more interested in your ability, commitment and drive to succeed.


We take our time to get to know you. As part of your recruitment process, you’ll get to talk to your internship coach as well as your HR Manager who both can answer some of your burning questions.

Hilti is an equal opportunity employer.

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