Swire Management Programme

The objective of the Swire Management Programme is to develop high performance, high potential individuals into business leaders who share a common set of values. On the Programme, you’ll have the option to explore different industries, functions, countries and cultures while having the flexibility to hone your skills and gain experience in the areas that interest you most. With frequent job rotations and extensive training and development support, you’ll never stop learning.

Job rotations
Whether you have ambitions to become CEO of one of our companies, an industry expert or functional expert, we’ll work with you to tailor your development on the Programme. Every few years, you’ll experience job rotations which will be driven by business needs, but also take into consideration your preferences and aspirations. In the first 5 years the rotations may be quite frequent but as the roles become bigger you will spend more time in the role. Depending on the Operating Company you work in, the type of roles that you’ll get exposure to and the geographic mobility will vary. You are expected to spend time overseas in different countries but the majority of time will be spent in HKSAR and Chinese mainland. Opportunities to move across operating companies are also available.

Training and development 
We offer a comprehensive mix of experiential leadership training, industry-specific technical skills training, and individualised functional and language training. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend training at renowned business schools such as INSEAD in Singapore and France. You’ll benefit from mentoring by our senior leaders who will provide you with an objective, independent and unbiased source of support and guidance. You’ll also have a dedicated Career Coach who will support you as you work towards your career aspirations. We also have rigorous Development Centres and 360 assessments in place to enable your development and success.

Career progression 
For the first three years, you’ll be a Management Trainee and, thereafter, provided you have what it takes, you will become a Swire Management Programme Executive. The stronger your performance and potential, the faster you will progress on our Programme. We encourage and promote a high performance culture, with rewards and recognition in place to differentiate. 

Compensation and benefit
The Swire Management Programme offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package with a monthly starting salary of HKD31,000. If you're based in Hong Kong, you will be provided with company housing for the first three years or a cash allowance of HKD12,500. You’ll then receive a cash allowance in subsequent years. If you're based outside Hong Kong, you will be provided with company housing or a cash allowance. We also offer a leave passage allowance, an attractive bonus, medical cover, a retirement benefit scheme and additional perks unique to Swire!

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Application period for 2021 intake: 16 September to 31 October 2020

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Career level

For the first three years, you’ll be a Management Trainee and, thereafter, a Swire Management Programme Executive.

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What we look for

As an equal opportunities employer, we’re looking for a diverse pool of graduates who are intellectually curious, business minded, driven, adaptable with the initiative and enterprise to develop into future business leaders. Inclusive and open, you’ll exhibit the Swire values of excellence, endeavour, humility, continuity and integrity. We welcome a diverse range of academic backgrounds – whether you studied business, history or science, we believe it is learning agility, interpersonal skills and leadership potential that matter most.

Eligibility criteria
  • You have the business and commercial acumen, as well as the ambition, to develop into a senior leader with Swire.
  • Strong initiative and enterprise.
  • Geographic mobility will be expected. A career with Swire is likely to require spending time overseas in different countries but the majority of time will be spent in HKSAR and Chinese mainland. The extent of travel will depend on which industry/operating company you work in.
  • Strong intellectual curiosity and learning agility.
  • Strong leadership potential and interpersonal skills, a good team player.
  • Culturally sensitive and quickly adaptable to new roles and situations.
  • Strong academic track record: you have or are expecting an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2.1/GPA 3.0 out of 4.0; and a high level of numeracy and literacy.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (minimum HKDSE 5, TOEFL 80, TOEIC 750 or equivalent).
  • Other language skills are an advantage, especially Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese).
  • Previous work experience, internships and overseas experience are a plus.

How to apply

Online application between September and October.


Online aptitude test in November.


Online video interview in November.


Group business case discussion between mid-December and mid-January (tentative locations: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, London) 


Panel interview between mid-December to end-January in Hong Kong and London (face-to-face or virtual).


Final interviews will take place in February.


Successful candidates will join us in late August.