The media industry is changing at a rapid pace. Ringier is helping drive this transformation with a powerful vehicle: its dedicated employees. Here are five reasons why you should invest your hard work and energy in Ringier.
We are digital
Intelligent use of technology and data is key to our success. We continually improve our channels by making them innovative. We create new ways to bring stories to life digitally, tinker away to create the perfect user experience, and develop new business models. Because Ringier recognised and grasped the opportunities of digital transformation at an early stage, the 187-year-old publishing house is now one of the most innovative media companies in Europe. Our employees can be proud of how they contribute to this progress every day with their open-mindedness and inquisitiveness.
Ringier CEO Marc Walder in Digital Day interview.
We are a team
Ringier is a family business with a global network of 7,100 intelligent, inquisitive and communicative people. We achieve more by working together, which is why exchanging knowledge, procedures and talent is an integral part of our corporate culture. We create the organisational, logistical and personnel conditions required for creative collaboration – be it with the innovative setup of our newsroom at the Pressehaus in Zurich, or with our internal mobility policy, which allows employees to transfer to departments temporarily or long-term.
We make things happen
Anyone who works for us becomes part of a media company that is successful in 19 countries. At the same time, they help to shape a piece of Swiss culture: Ringier’s media productions are an ubiquitous part of everyday life in Switzerland. Alongside the daily newspaper Blick, the company’s portfolio includes titles such as Beobachter and Le Temps, the business magazine Bilanz and newspaper Handelszeitung, Schweizer Illustrierte and the country’s most successful social media magazine izzy, as well as the local radio station Energy. Ringier is also a major plyer in the field of digital marketplaces with the online platforms of Scout24 Schweiz AG, the job portal JobCloud AG, the classified ads platform anibis.ch and the ticketing company Ticketcorner.
We offer more
Ringier provides jobs with prospects. We want our employees to fulfil both their professional and personal goals. We offer a wealth of training and development opportunities at all stages of their career, ranging from digital skills seminars to tailored management training. Thanks to the company’s internal mobility policy, those who are keen to learn can add new skills and abilities to their repertoire. Employees also enjoy numerous fringe benefits, an on-site gym, a staff restaurant and a daily fruit basket. Family-friendly working time models, help with the cost of childcare, subsidised public transport and different inhouse workshops, are all offered.
We create freedom
At Ringier, we want people to feel they can be themselves. Responsibility and autonomy are two of the most important principles of our work. Everyone – no matter what their job or their position in the hierarchy – are encouraged to be creative, put their ideas forward, test and implement these ideas proactively. This is promoted by a working environment that meets the individual’s need for community, activity, collaboration and inspiration. After all, only those who feel free and comfortable at work can perform to the best of their ability. And only those who can be true to themselves will remain true to us in the long term.
Ringier is more than just journalism. Behind the media company is a diverse range of activities, where young talented and experienced professionals work in a multitude of fields.
Tech & Data
Technology is an indispensable part of everything we do. Our business models – for digital publications, online marketplaces or e-commerce platforms – all rely on data. We recently started using the revolutionary customer data platform ‘Sherlock’, which displays personalised content to users with the help of artificial intelligence. A separate division called Ringier Publishing Technology & Services, specialises in developing innovative products and services. The Blick Group’s IT Development team is concerned with continuously A/B testing our platforms. The Product and User Experience team deals with the agile development of our platforms and strives to make our products more innovative.
Who are we looking for? Energetic and flexible people with a data-driven mindset, a sense of responsibility, a passion for technology and digital business models, and a desire to help shape the digital future as part of a team.
Because the field of Tech & Data is constantly evolving, the expertise required is also continually changing. Digital Talent Scout Raffael Studer therefore manages a talent pool for anyone who wants to be notified of future job opportunities.
Journalists at Ringier put their heart and soul into their work for Switzerland’s biggest media brand - Blick. As a tabloid newspaper, Blick reports daily on topics of interest to people in Switzerland and it does this independently and with clear opinions. The editorial team works at the Blick newsroom in Zurich’s Seefeld district. Our staff there demonstrate more than just journalistic talent – the Blick Group is also a pioneer when it comes to technological innovation and new 3D storytelling formats. Every employee is able to put stories together for the various channels in exciting and user-friendly ways.
Who are we looking for? People with a passion for journalism, an interest in working across multiple platforms, and a willingness to give it their all, whether early in the morning, late at night or on weekends.
In Marketing, a tight-knit team of concept developers, strategists and marketing experts make our platforms, marketplaces and titles more popular and attractive. Together, they cover the entire marketing spectrum – from CRM to the management of media sponsorships, SEA, social media, subscriber acquisition, loyalty marketing and event marketing, through to native advertising and the development of creative video formats. The ever-increasing pace of digitalisation calls for media professionals to continuously evolve their skills and abilities. At the same time, the special target group of newspaper subscribers has to be catered to with more traditional measures.
Who are we looking for? Reliable and creative people with a solution-oriented mindset, who enjoy working as part of a team and have the tenacity to accelerate projects and get others on board.
Strategy / Business Development
Business Development is responsible for planning and implementing transformation projects. Our strategists, consultants and business developers work together on expanding existing fields of business and acquiring new ones. Their analysis provides the management with an important basis for making decisions, meaning they have a significant influence on the future of the entire company. Since the department is involved in transformation processes of all areas within Ringier, the day-to-day work is extremely varied and offers a wealth of opportunities for individuals to develop and progress in.
Who are we looking for? Project managers and interns to work in the areas of consulting and business development – real team players with a hands-on mentality, who don’t lose their sense of humour under heavy workloads and when faced with tight deadlines.
As in many large companies, people are busy behind the scenes laying foundations for the success of our visible products. Here is a brief overview of some of the areas they work in:
The Customer Service Centre provides professional advice to Ringier’s publishing clients in German-speaking countries. It provides information about the products of Ringier AG and Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz AG, as well as dealing with enquiries from callers. The Finance department accompanies our publishing house’s transformation into a technologized media company by ensuring that strategic goals are implemented in a value-oriented way. The Corporate Communications team handles the internal and external communications of the Ringier Group and ensures an authentic brand presence. It publishes regular newsletters, intranet articles and a staff magazine, as well as organising events. The Human Resources department is responsible for talent and performance management, employer branding and recruitment, HR controlling and the development of the management culture.
Who are we looking for? In all areas, we are constantly on the lookout for committed people from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of skills.
Joining Ringier means getting to know the world of media from the most exciting perspective: from the inside, where it’s created. We work on developing new content, media formats and online platforms every day. There are many ways for talented young people to get on board.
Apprenticeships at Ringier
Apprentices at Ringier not only learn a lot – they are also able to expand their passion for their new profession. They can always count on the professional and personal support of our experienced employees. Those taking their first career steps a with us also appreciate the strong bond between our apprentices. They spend a lot of time together during lunch or on organised trips and everyone looks out for each other.
The apprenticeships starting in summer 2020 have all been filled. Apprenticeships starting in summer 2021 will be published under Jobs from August 2020.
Apprenticeships are only available in German-speaking Switzerland.
Commercial apprentices change departments every six months during their three-year apprenticeship, which gives them exposure to a variety of areas. For example, they gain an insight into the newsroom of the Blick Group, spend time in the editorial offices of Schweizer Illustrierte, the business magazine Bilanz, and our online marketplace Geschenkidee.ch.
Their job in the different departments is to look after the advertising clients, readers, listeners and viewers and to assist with productions. Commercial employees accompany the entire creative process, from the creation of an article all the way to its publication. Alongside their practical work, the apprentices attend the KV business school in Zurich twice a week. For ‘E profile’ apprentices, this is reduced to once a week in the third year.
The programme opens numerous doors in the fields of communication and marketing, within media companies, book publishers, advertising and PR agencies, brokers and marketers, printers, or distributors of promotional products. However we always prefer our apprentices to stay with us after their training!
Premedia specialists at Ringier get to experience the world of media in all its glory. Thanks to our joint venture with Axel Springer, we are home to a vast variety of print and digital media. All magazines, newspapers and digital platforms rely on the work of premedia specialists, who with their talent for typography and design ensure optimum readability and attractive presentation.
During the four-year apprenticeship, apprentices learn to create typographically correct and visually appealing layouts. They are also taught to be an efficient connection between design and production.
As premedia specialists require a considerable amount of specialised knowledge, the first-year apprentices spend four or five days a week at vocational school. From the second year, they only attend school once a week, which allows them to focus on gaining practical experience. This expierence is gained by spending time in different departments and exposure to various workflows and techniques.
ICT specialists at Ringier support our employees independently or in collaboration with other specialists. They are responsible for the installation and maintenance of hardware and software, device configuration and ICT training and support.
To work as an ICT specialist at Ringier, our apprentices are not only expected to have a technical knowledge and an interest in IT, their social skills are just as important. After all, in order to offer the users (i.e. our employees) optimum support, they need to be friendly and communicate well.
During their three-year apprenticeship, the apprentices attend vocational school twice a week in the first year and once a week in the final two years. Most classes are held in Zurich, except for four external modules that are taught in Winterthur.
What would a modern media company be without functioning computers, servers, databases and systems? Nothing! Which is precisely why we need competent systems engineers.
During their training, the apprentices learn to plan, implement and manage larger IT systems. The security, protection and long-term archiving of large amounts of data are increasingly important factors hence the apprentices are taught database technologies and virtualisation.
Apprentices on the Helpdesk get a slightly different insight into the field by learning about installation and support for both Windows and Mac users.
Unlike apprentices in other professions, systems engineers are stationed in Zofingen and only spend a maximum of six months on the Helpdesk in Zurich. They attend vocational school twice a week in the first two years, then once a week from the third year. They can also choose to incorporate the federal vocational diploma into the apprenticeship period.
Internships and student jobs
Ringier and Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz offers talented inquisitive young people the opportunity to gain exciting insights into a variety of fields.
No matter which department they work in, our interns and working students are part of the team from day one. Anyone looking for a hands-on role in which they can contribute ideas and learn something new will feel at home.
Vacancies for internships and part-time work for students are published under Jobs .
Or chat with our employees at lunch about their jobs and find out how they came to Ringier. Just make an appointment via Career Lunch.
Interns help the Finance management team to prepare reports for the monthly and annual accounts and calculate budgets and forecasts. Their day-to-day work includes preparing presentations and documents for decision-makers, as well as performing special analyses and creating ad hoc reports.
HR interns support the team in many different areas, including applicant management, recruitment and personnel administration. They also have the opportunity to initiate their own projects and put their ideas into practice.
Under the supervision and guidance of experienced project managers, Business Development interns perform many different tasks. They prepare analyses, concepts and presentations and develop important decision-making bases for the Group Executive Board.
Anyone who likes the idea of preparing legal documents and contracts for a media company can play an important role in the legal departments of Ringier AG and its subsidiaries. They also have the opportunity to manage smaller legal matters.
As part of the Corporate Communications team, interns help to organise internal and external events. They also write articles for the intranet and publish company newsletters. Working in this department gives them a broad insight into the internal and external communication challenges faced by a large media company.
Marketing interns work alongside the marketing managers and have the opportunity to create concepts and business cases based on market analyses. They are encouraged to put their ideas forward, which they can then actively implement.
Tech & Data interns can expect a bustling environment. They gain insights into a range of digital business areas and experience the relationship between business and technology first-hand. Anyone keen to handle data-driven projects and create presentations and keynote speeches will feel at home here.
Blick NextGen Internship
As part of the NextGen internship programme, Blick offers six-month placements in a variety of editorial offices.
What does such an internship involve? Making coffee and filing documents? No! Blick interns work on relevant and exciting tasks, are given freedom to conduct their own projects, and have an opportunity to help shape the future of tabloid journalism.
Applications for internships starting in February 2021 open in October 2020.
Send us a cover letter, or record a short, creative video about yourself (2-3 minutes, max. 50 MB). Tell us why you want an apprenticeship at Ringier in your desired area.
How to upload your application documents: Click on the Apply online button below the relevant programme description (only visible for available apprenticeships).
1. Fill in the application form.
2. Upload your cover letter or your video under ‘Cover letter’. Please upload your CV and other relevant documents – e.g. school report, aptitude test results (Stellwerk or Multicheck), any certificates for language study periods abroad, course attendance certificates, etc. – in the portal as PDF files under ‘CV’ and ‘References/Certificates’.
3. Click ‘Submit application’.
4. You’ll then receive a confirmation email with a link to view your application.
Write a short script and get everything ready for your video. Choose a good place to record your video. Make sure it’s bright enough and your voice is audible. Pay attention to your posture and expressions, and be yourself. The video should give us an idea of who you are and why you want to join Ringier. Bear in mind the clip should be no longer than 2-3 minutes and the file size no larger than 50 MB.
All available apprenticeships, internships and student jobs can be found under Jobs .
Haven’t seen anything suitable? Then sign up for job alerts and we’ll keep you updated by email on any new vacancies.
The application process is completely digital: if you find a suitable position under Jobs, simply click ‘Apply’. Then in the pop-up window enter your personal data and upload all your application documents.
For an internship or student job, we need your CV, employment references, study records and any certificates and distinctions.
For an apprenticeship, you should also provide your trial-apprenticeship report, school reports and your Multicheck or Stellwerk test results.
Your CV is a crucial part of the application process. It should be well-structured and provide a clear and engaging overview of your background:
It should include your personal details (name, email address, telephone number), schools attended, trial apprenticeships, language and IT skills, experience abroad, hobbies and other activities worth mentioning.
References such as a teacher or your supervisor during a trial apprenticeship are also useful.
Your cover letter should make us interested in you. Keep it clear, concise and personal. Explain why you’re applying for the position and what you find interesting about the profession. Do some research on Ringier and let us know why you want to do an apprenticeship at a media company. Mention if you’ve already completed a relevant trial apprenticeship or internship and tell us what you liked about it.
We’ll send you confirmation as soon as we’ve received your application documents. We’ll then try to give you feedback on the status of your application as soon as possible. This shouldn’t take more than two weeks.
We like to see that applicants have done as much research as possible about Ringier. Before the interview, you should also learn about the main tasks and responsibilities associated with the position. During the interview, we want to find out how keen you are to work for us and why we should choose you over anyone else. It’s therefore helpful to consider in advance which experiences or skills make you the perfect person for the role.
We want to get to know the real you. So we won’t ask you to wear a suit if that’s not your style. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and that your choice of outfit is appropriate for a professional meeting.
Take time answering each question, instead of rushing. This allows you to provide a relevant response to the interviewer’s question. It is also an advantage if possible, to support your answers with examples of work you have done at school or in other jobs.
Every year in May, we open the doors of our media company to anyone who is keen to learn more about working in the industry. They’ll be offered insights into the exciting world of media and can find out about our commercial training and apprenticeship programmes and the application process.
What does publisher Michael Ringier still like to print in the age of digitalisation?: ‘Well-crafted, nicely written journalistic texts that are dedicated to the truth.’
Between theory and practice
The Ringier School of Journalism has been helping to promote quality journalism on a purely private basis for more than 45 years.
The training prepares young talent for the challenges of modern journalism. In addition to the traditional aspects of the craft, they also learn all about the digital side, making them perfectly equipped to deliver everything that journalism calls for: facts and correlations, stimulation and entertainment. The two-year training programme is dedicated entirely to the practice of journalism. Students are given practical training on everyday editorial work in an office environment, as well as being taught theory in a classroom setting. This dual concept is based on the successful Swiss apprenticeship model.
Anyone interested in this two-year training programme can find out more about the structure, coaching and the application process here.
I want to apply
Fancy a future in the media? The Ringier School of Journalism offers you a first-rate education at Ringier, Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz or Energy.
Applications for the 2022 - 2024 course will open in January 2022. The course starts on 22 August 2022.
If you have any questions, you can contact us as follows:
+41 44 259 62 46
Ringier School of Journalism
Write a report on a topic of your choice (3,600 characters) and record a corresponding video on your smartphone (1-3 minutes).
Send your cover letter, CV, references, certificates, any work samples and your preferred editorial office (Beobachter, Bilanz, Blick, Glückspost, Handelszeitung, Energy, Schweizer Illustrierte, Style) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ll learn everything you need to know about journalism. You’ll do your practical training at the editorial offices in Zurich. You’ll contribute ideas, conduct research, write articles for print and online, and make your own video or audio contributions. You’ll learn with the best during lessons in Zofingen.
Trainees at the School of Journalism don’t have to pay tuition fees, and they earn a monthly wage, too: CHF 1,625 in the first year and CHF 3,250 in the second year.
It’s free to study at the School of Journalism. And trainees of the school even earn a monthly wage: CHF 1,625 in the first year and CHF 3,250 in the second year.
The Römerhalde Villa in Zofingen is bright, airy and spacious, making it the perfect place to study in peace. In 1974, the newly established Ringier School of Journalism was allowed to turn this residence of the Ringier family into a learning space.
The Römerhalde Villa is situated in a large park on a hillside, just outside the city’s historical centre. The property is a 15-minute walk from Zofingen train station.
A simple handshake at an industry event can be the first step to a new job. Which one will we meet at?
What’s happening in 2020?
August 2020 // Start of Blick NextGen Journalism Internship
Anyone interested in a future in journalism can find out more about the Blick NextGen internship programme at nextgen.blick.ch
12 November 2020 // National Future Day at Ringier
Boys and girls in 5th to 7th grade will have a chance to see what their parents or close relatives do at Ringier all day. The varied programme will provide an interesting glimpse behind the scenes of our media company.
More info: nationalerzukunftstag.ch and Video National Future Day at Ringier in 2019
Take a look at the different options available in our job multiverse.
Our latest vacancies are always published online. If you don’t see anything suitable, sign up for job alerts and be the first to know when any suitable positions become available. We also manage a Tech & Data talent pool. If you’re interested in joining it, please contact our Digital Talent Scout Raffael Studer.
Our vacancies are continuously updated, so any positions published online are available.
It depends on the individual circumstances. Naturally we aim to get back to you as soon as possible.
Please contact the HR manager specified in the job posting. For general questions, you can call us on: +41 44 259 6565.
After applying for a position, you’ll get an automated email to confirm your application has been received. We’ll then contact you as soon as possible.
After your application has been received, you’ll get an automated email confirming your application was correctly uploaded. Your application details will then be sent to the responsible HR manager. In the next step, your skills and experience will be analysed. If they match the criteria for the position you will be invited to a phone or face-to-face interview. If that goes well, further interviews will be arranged. We will inform you of alternatives or suitability for other positions, or contact you in writing to let you know that your application has been unsuccessful. If the first interview goes well, further interviews will be arranged. For some positions, you’ll also be required to take a personality test, which will be discussed with you beforehand.
Questions about the content of online applications
Please use our online application form to apply, it only takes a few minutes. After uploading your documents, you can log in again and complete your profile.
We usually need a detailed CV and relevant employment references. Depending on the role, we might also ask for your work portfolio. Please note any special requirements specified in the job posting.
You can apply for several positions using the online application tool.
When you apply for a position with us, a profile is automatically created for you. Using your registered email address and password, you can log into your profile at any time to complete or update it. The data stored in your profile will be treated confidentially and used exclusively for the purpose of processing your application. It will be deleted after four months.
You can withdraw your application at any time with the online application tool.
Questions about our online application tool
Log in again on the application page and click ‘Reset password’.
Please send a short message to the person specified in the job posting (email@example.com).
You can log into the application page and add to your profile at any time.
When creating a profile, applicants must give us their permission to store their data. Otherwise the profile will be automatically deleted four months after the application process has been completed.