BMW selects MAP hopefuls

BMW have announced their selected candidates for their annual MAP programme. For those of you who don’t know, MAP stands for BMW’s Management Associates Programme.

The fast track international scheme is aimed at the young professionals. In what a fantastic career opportunity for them, a lucky 50 were selected from 15 countries around the world. They must go through some strenuous testing including two international assignments. Candidates must move between four departments and work on high responsibility tasks such as strategic and operational projects. They worked with the BMW Group in India as well as other BMW international groups.

What did the MAP candidates learn? BMW aims to provide candidates with an insight into the company’s flawless strategy, the way they operate in terms if the business processes and the type of work culture in which they adopt. BMW own a number of other brands which allow the company to prosper so well. The MAP candidates had to understand these particular brands and learn about them on an international and local scale. All candidates had a dedicated mentor throughout their experience. The selected mentor was an experienced manager who has been through everything of what the candidates were asked to learn. Sounds like a worthwhile experience which will provide plenty of insight.

The candidates will work on a highly responsible assignment in Germany, the home place of BMW. This will involve the MAP Associates learning about the culture of the different nations of where BMW operate. That is certainly an important issue to become familiar with as BMW are particularly excellent at adapting their cars and marketing strategy to different nations.

The 15 countries involved

  • United Kingdom
  • Austria
  • China
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • South Korea
  • United States of America
  • Switzerland
  • Singapore

Three candidates were chosen from India out of  10,000 contenders .  Dr Andreas Schaaf, the President of BMW India said “Excellent people are the main factor behind the success of the BMW Group. With the introduction of BMW Group’s Management Associates Programme in India, we are confident to attract talent across varied qualifications, functions and geographies. The Management Associates Programme aims to develop potential leaders for the BMW Group by fostering intercultural competence and knowledge exchange of qualified management professionals in India.”

This sounds like the best job available to any young professional looking to enter the automotive industry. Perhaps it is.