Partners 2016

We would like to extend a very warm thank you to the following companies. We are proud to have had them as partners for the Business Game St.Gallen 2016!

BDO Switzerland – Godfather Partner

The Company in Brief

With 33 branches in the German, French and Italian speaking parts of Switzerland and more than 1’000 employees, BDO Ltd is one of the leading Swiss managed companies with expertise in accounting, auditing, tax, legal, outsourcing and management consultancy. Our customers are small- and medium-sized companies as well as large companies for selected services. We serve Trade, Industry, Banks, Public Institutions and NPOs. Our key competences also include national and international Tax Advice, Corporate Finance, Real Estate and ABACUS ERP.
As a member of the BDO network, we deliver all the flexibility, specialist expertise, closeness and personal service of a local firm, together with the capabilities, network and strength of the large scale global players. With 32 offices nationwide, our branch network is the most extensive in the sector. For cross-border transactions, we can draw on the support of the global BDO network which is the world’s fifth largest accountancy network. We have an excellent partner to staff ratio, with 56’000 people working with our clients and offering challenging, ethical and practical advice from 1’264 offices in 144 countries.
We earn our clients’ trust every single day by providing tangible, tried-and-tested services that are implemented under close supervision with the aim of optimising effectiveness and results. Thus our advisors become consultant entrepreneurs and people in whom our clients have confidence. With our long-term thinking and our orientation towards quality we are the leader for exceptional client service. An average client relation of over 25 years is a strong proof for this.

You and BDO

At BDO, you won’t be just another number – or just another face. You will have the opportunity to stand out and make a distinct impact. Smaller client service teams and an excellent partner-to-staff ratio contribute to an environment where our associates’ work is noticed – by peers, partners and clients. As a client-focused company, we can offer a unique corporate culture, exceptional development options at home and abroad, variety and networking opportunities to a wide range of people in a variety of industries. This offer is topped off by an attractive benefits package.

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Nespresso – Challenge Partner

«A truly perfect coffee consumption experience creating pleasure for the consumer, value for stakeholders and positively impacting society.»

Company profile


Nespresso is a premium coffee company, driven by innovation at every level. This innovation has enabled the brand to succeed in creating an entirely new market for portioned coffee, delivering superb, highest quality coffee within our wide range of Grands Crus. Indeed, Nespresso has become not only the benchmark within its own sector, but also a reference point for quality and exclusivity for high-end consumer brands worldwide.

At the heart of its value-added proposition, Nespresso recognizes the challenges of living in a world of constrained resources in which ”business as usual” is no longer an option for a successful enterprise. Thus, the core strategy of Nespresso is to produce and sell the highest quality Grand Cru coffees while Creating Shared Value (CSV) for coffee farmers, business partners and consumers.


A pioneer in high-quality coffee and espresso machines, Nespresso has sought to be equally innovative in its end to end approach to sustainability. Entitled The Positive Cup, the strategy is based on the Nestlé approach to Creating Shared Value (CSV) and builds upon the significant steps that Nespresso has already taken over the last five years to improve farmer welfare and drive environmental sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption. With The Positive Cup, Nespresso has set ambitious sustainability targets to meet by 2020. The focus is set on the areas of coffee sourcing and social welfare; aluminum sourcing, use and disposal; and resilience to climate change.

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Swarovski – Challenge Partner


Since 1895, Swarovski has been a trendsetting company and the world’s leading producer of cut crystal, genuine gemstones, and created stones. Its products are cherished by designers and consumers for their innovation and perfection, meaning the name Swarovski is synonymous with quality and creativity all over the world. As an employer, Swarovski provides an international environment, a wide range of competitive benefits and incentives, international assignments, development programs, and career opportunities, while still providing the solid basis of a traditional family business.


Swarovski Group

(Number of employees: 30’000)
The Swarovski Group comprises Swarovski Optik, which produces precision optical instruments such as telescopes and binoculars, Tyrolit, a leading producer of grinding, sawing, drilling, and dressing tools, as well as a provider of tools and machines, and Swarovski Crystal Business.


About Swarovski

Where our retail business grows

Swarovski Crystal business is a €2.33 billion global business, with 25’000 employees and 2’560 stores around 170 countries. Our jewelry and products are available worldwide through our retail boutiques and it is Swarovski Männedorf that is at the forefront of placing our products into the hands of our consumers.

Swarovski and Männedorf

The Consumer Goods Business (CGB) and Finance & Administration (F&A) headquarter is located along lake Zurich, approx. 25 kilometers outside the city of Zurich. A central hub for Product, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Project Management professionals, we embrace diversity with nearly 70% female employee population. We offer more than 250 jobs in 13 different job families.

Careers at Swarovski

Our commitment: inspiring passion

At Swarovski, we value people who show a real passion for what they do, and who inspire that passion in colleagues and customers. When you join Swarovski you become part of something big: as a company, and in our teams, we live by family values. Wherever you go, you’ll find a caring environment where personal passion drives company performance.

Empowering your entrepreneurial spirit

We need people who always strive for brilliant results. Whatever your role is, we’ll encourage you to reinvent and reinvigorate; achieving the best for Swarovski and you. And we’ll reward you with the opportunity to learn and grow. We recognize that your personal growth is key to our business success – we aim at continually developping our people whether through on-the-job learning, international assignments or our own Leadership Academy.

Celebrating what you do and how you do it

We recognize and reward individuals and teams at all levels who approach their job with true passion, live our values and drive performance. We place high value on creating and maintaining a high performance culture ensuring that individuals, teams and the entire organization can realize their maximum performance potential in an inclusive and sustainable way. And as a result, we are able to offer market-competitive salary packages and a wide assortment of benefits to suit your lifestyle, depending on where you are located.

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Zurich Insurance – Challenge Partner

About Zurich Insurance


Founded in Switzerland in 1872, Zurich is one of the world’s most experienced insurers. Our customers choose Zurich to protect the people and things they love because they value our knowledge, expertise and stability. Zurich has three core business segments – General Insurance, Global Life, and Farmers.

We operate globally and locally, according to our customers’ needs. We deliver insurance products and services in more than 170 countries.


Career Opportunities

You have a university degree, ambition and talent? We offer interesting internships, support for your bachelor/master thesis, our Zurich Trainee Programme or a direct employment in one of Zurich’s specific departments. You benefit from our company’s strong market position and international expertise. Interested? Then we should meet!

Zurich Trainee Program

In the Zurich Trainee Program (ZTP), graduates enhance their knowledge and skills through various placements and a diverse training program. An introductory week is followed by six months in their future role. Placements in an adjacent area (duration: five months) and in a general agency (duration: four months) allow them to learn all about the market and the front line. At the end of the program they have deep insights into the core business. During the last three months of the program, participants return to work in their preferred future role. We seek a long-term working relationship with our trainees. It is therefore important to us ensure our future managers and specialists have in-depth knowledge about insurance. Various networking events are thus also an important aspect here, to enable them to establish a large cross-divisional network. Seminars, training courses and events are spread across the 18-month program, build on each other and prepare the participant in every respect to face the challenges in their new environment. Our candidates have completed their studies with above-average results and gained their first practical experience. We are looking for committed individuals who want to bring in and implement new ideas, who are interested in the insurance industry and who, above all, are prepared to learn all about the insurance business from the bottom up. In return we offer varied, thorough training and excellent career opportunities in an attractive and dynamic professional field.


Interning with us lets you translate theoretical knowledge acquired during your studies into practice. Not only will you gain valuable professional experience and explore various departments, an internship helps you build your network and puts you on the best path to a subsequent permanent role and the start of your career.

Bachelor / Master Thesis

Students in the process of writing a Bachelor or Master’s level thesis with practical elements, can leverage our expert support. This does not just benefit you as a student: we always welcome the chance to get inspired when it comes to a sustainable vision for our future. And remember, that academic paper could be a potential starting point for a professional career with us.

Direct employment in a specific department

Do you want to get started in the insurance industry right away? We offer graduates a wide range of interesting positions with significant potential for development.

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BWM Group – Mini-Challenge Partner

About BMW Group

The BMW Group is one of the world’s leading automobile and motorcycle manufacturers with more than 100,000 employees in over 100 countries. Our automobile brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce enjoy a worldwide reputation.
With our brands, our innovative ideas and technologies developed by us we set the highest standards and are one of the world’s most successful premium manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles as well as a provider of premium services for individual mobility.
With BMW i, – next to BMW M the second sub brand of BMW – the BMW Group is pursuing a holistic approach: BMW i is redefining individual mobility through purpose-built vehicle concepts, a focus on sustainability throughout the entire value chain and a full range of complementary mobility services including ConnectedDrive.
BMW i is all about visionary mobility, inspiring design, mobility services and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability.

Long-term thinking and responsible action are the basis of the BMW Group`s economic success. We are a company that has firmly anchored ecological and social sustainability along the entire value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to the preservation of resources in our strategy. A company that actively and innovatively paves the way for mobility of the future through its emotional brands.

Working at the BMW Group

Everything starts with passion at BMW. It turns a profession into a vocation. It drives us to keep reinventing mobility and bringing innovative ideas onto the roads. Enthusiasm for joint projects turns a team into a strong unit where every opinion is valued. It is only when expertise, highly professional processes and enjoyment of work are united that we can shape the future together. Whatever your heart’s desire – in the BMW Group, you will find a wide range of divisions and disciplines across the world where you can share your professional passion with us.

In order to meet our high standards today and in the future, we want to have the best employees on board. For us, this entails more than good school grades or the successful completion of a university degree. We want to attract employees to the BMW Group who carry out their work with a great deal of enthusiasm and team spirit. Job satisfaction is the foundation for personal and business success within the BMW Group.

The Global Leader Development Programme

This 18-months programme targets graduates from all disciplines and equips you step by step with the skills you need to succeed. Supported by an experienced mentor, you’ll be able to benefit from this structured programme in several ways: having the chance to work abroad, sharing know-how across borders, joining dynamic teams to tackle exciting and varied projects and building your own global network of contacts are only some of the programmes integral parts. If you are aiming high and striving for a leading position at the BMW Group, this is the place to be!

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