success is built
on many
strengths

success is built
on many
strengths

Passionate about project management, consulting and real estate.

We provide technical expertise, solve problems, offer general advice and assistance, oversee our construction sites, act as the project manager, generate ideas … All in line with the clients’ specifc needs. We employ some 2,400 people at 41 locations worldwide, who are assigned one of three core tasks: project management, engineering or consulting. They collaborate and communicate in teams, across disciplines and geographical boundaries – to deliver complete answers to our clients’ imperatives. What role would you most like to play?

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cups of coffee does the average employee consume every day.

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new headlines on average are posted on our internal news system each day.

150

employees name cooking as one of their hobbies.

37

offices attended our worldwide staff meeting - the Office Seminar – in 2016.

What we offer

Development opportunities

Academy

Employee development at Drees & Sommer follows the guiding principle ‘Keep on learning’.

This includes the Drees & Sommer Academy, which operates on the ‘by us, for us’ principle, that is, it is predominantly run by employees for employees. Internal and external instructors run ‘Basic’, ‘Professional’, and ‘Special’ courses to teach specific Drees & Sommer approaches, methods and tools, as well as key soft skills. The entire Academy uses a modern blended learning approach, combining classroom sessions and E-learning.

Basic: Basic knowledge about the company, and specific training on topics such as discussion techniques and consulting skills.

Professional: E-learning platform with content for more in-depth self-study.

Special courses: Expert topics such as Lean Construction Management or the internationally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP©) certificate.

There are also numerous courses tailored to emerging market requirements. As part of our management development program, we also have specific courses for employees taking on management roles, systematically preparing them for their new responsibilities.

Performance review

Our employees communicate regularly with their line managers, and, once a year, they have a performance review. This provides an opportunity to reflect with your manager on the past year, plan upcoming projects, and to identify upcoming challenges and development opportunities in the year ahead. It is also an opportunity to discuss long-term goals.

Onboarding

We want new employees to feel integrated from the word go. That’s why we provide a range of support for new hires, tailored to their personal experience.

When you join us, in addition to your line manager, you will have a personal mentor assigned to support you. They are there to help you with any questions you may have. We also offer an onboarding consultation to professionals with more than four years’ professional experience. Professionals can also reflect and develop strategies with a neutral party during their first weeks. Then, after 100 days, they discuss their impressions with their line manager and are provided with initial feedback. At the end of the probationary period, the manager and the new hire discuss experiences so far and define goals for future collaboration.

Prospects

Regardless of whether you are just embarking on your professional career or launching into a new one, we are certain that together, we’ll find the right start for you at Drees & Sommer.

Project manager, project engineer or consultant
As a project manager, project engineer or consultant, you support the Project Partners with project execution. You undertake subtasks independently. You supplement the specialist knowledge you bring to the company by attending the Drees & Sommer Academy, as well as through on-the-job training and continuing education units.

Project Partner
As a project partner, you manage projects independently. You understand projects as a whole, but also have a keen eye for detail. You perform a management role and are responsible for achieving project objectives with regard to quality, schedule and cost, and finding creative solutions to complex problems. You maintain close contact to the customer’s representatives and keep them continually informed of project status.

Director
Your broad experience and/or expertise allows you to independently manage difficult and complex projects or undertake complex subtasks of major projects. You also contribute to company continuing education, for example by giving internal presentations and workshops at the Drees & Sommer Academy.

Associate Partner
As an Associate Partner you are associated with a specific industry, act as a Key Account Manager for important clients, and drive the development of Drees & Sommer in certain regions. Your responsibilities also include the acquisition of new clients and projects, and the disciplinary leadership of employees or of a regional or national office. You develop new areas and services, thus bringing your entrepreneurial skills to the Drees & Sommer Group.

Partner
You assume overall responsibility for the future of the company and share financially in its success and the risks. The Partners’ main roles are strategy planning, the development of business models, market cultivation and business development, and Key Account Management at the top level. As a Partner, you define the culture and identity of Drees & Sommer and act as a role model. You inspire employees, communicate openly, and chart the chosen path and strategy for the future.

Working abroad

Would you like to broaden your horizons and gain experience working abroad? The Drees & Sommer Group offers many opportunities to do this. Our roots are in Germany, but we have also maintained a presence in key international markets for many years. Think global – act local: This principle describes the approach we take. We either have our own international offices on site, or we accompany customers abroad for their projects.

Bernhard Unseld
Partner, Stuttgart

“We assist our clients with international initiatives, at the same time winning new clients who we then support
from Germany. Who could be better qualifed for this task than an employee who has spent two or three years in the country and is familiar with the culture and mentality of the locals?”

Our international offices are usually managed jointly by a German and a local Managing Director, while the employees are mostly local nationals. They are supported by experienced experts from all our locations. This means that we can support any foreign subsidiary with resources and specific know-how for a project. So with Drees & Sommer, the world is at your feet. And if you decide you would rather be living and working back in Germany, we have a return flight booked for you.

 

Personal lives and professional commitments

Work is important to you, but there’s more to life, right? That’s exactly the way we see it, too. We support our employees in striking the right balance between their personal lives and their professional commitments. We have a range of offerings to suit different phases of life and individual aspirations. Career and family, flexible working, remuneration and fringe benefits, as well as sports and health, play a special role for our employees. We offer parental and family care time as well as individual and flexible part-time models. Working hours are based on trust rather than rigid compulsory hours. If the activity permits, we allow employees – with the agreement of their line manager – to do some of their work from home.

In addition to enjoying a market-rate salary, employees receive a variable bonus and – depending on their position – attractive benefits such as a company car that can also be used privately, too, and enhanced accident insurance cover. Most Drees & Sommer employees spend a lot of time at their desk, in meetings, or traveling. To ensure that exercise and healthy nutrition are naturally integrated into everyday work, mineral water and fruit are available free of charge, with employees encouraged to help themselves. And those who wish, can join a Drees & Sommer team for a company run, or make use of any of the other sports and leisure activities and facilities available at each location.

Responsibility

From interns to seasoned experts, we welcome people who roll up their sleeves and get down to business. People with a professional approach who enjoy their work. Drees & Sommer employees are not afraid of getting their hands dirty. And they are dedicated to our common objectives. Our continuous improvement program is designed to help us become even better at what we do.We will reward your dedication with the opportunities you deserve.

If you have the right skills and qualifcations, and are prepared to take on responsibility for your work, your department and your projects, we would like to hear from you.

You will play an active role in processes, will present your own results and be responsible for your own progress. But that doesn’t mean we leave you to do it all alone – our in-house Project Management Agreement defnes all key parameters, and the right colleagues will be at your side when you need them.

Maximilien Ast
Associate Partner, Luxembourg

“Making it happen: For me, this includes peoplebeing free and trusted to act as entrepreneurs andto continue their personal development. From myfrst days at Dreso I have been able to help shapethings internationally and count on support forthe implementation of my ideas.”