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Business Development Apprentice


Chicago, IL, US, 60631

Job ID:  48163
Estimated Travel:  25 - 50%
Contract Type:  Employee
Talent Area:  Manufacturing



Role Description:

The Business Development Apprentice (BDA) is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated individuals who are interested in gaining a broad understanding of many areas within the business environment and manufacturing industry. The BDA will gain valuable and practical experience across Ardagh Group’s Metal North America division with a focus on Sustainability. During this program the BDA will be responsible for learning multiple areas of the business including but not limited to: Supply Chain, Finance, Sales, Continuous Improvement, Engineering and Operations. The BDA will work on tasks and special projects across multiple functions including Data Analytics & Statistics. This role will help manage the sustainability data flow, assess the quality of data and create detailed explanations for data variances. This role will also be responsible for partnering with the data owners, creating dashboards and reports against sustainability targets and required data. The ideal candidate will have a background in data analysis and a passion for sustainability.

 This could include traveling to multiple manufacturing facilities and corporate sites to assist with and manage projects to drive business objectives.  This position will lead to broader opportunities in specific functions/departments. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Learning multiple areas of the business and expanding cross functional knowledge
  • Managing several projects across multiple functions/departments to drive efficiency
  • Observing and shadowing existing leaders.
  • Bringing fresh and innovative ideas to our company 
  • Experience broad and diverse rotations
  • Manage the flow of data, develop dashboards, reporting, assess the quality of the data, and create detailed explanations for data variances
  • Analyze related Sustainability indicators, proposing opportunities for continuous improvement and actions to meet long-term sustainability objectives
  • Perform statistical, financial, technical and compliance analyzes for new technologies and relevant projects
  • Conduct benchmarking on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, internal and external, bringing recommendations and best-in-class practices
  • Support during the annual sustainability data/report audit cycle and in responding to external sustainability questionnaires (e.g., CDP, EcoVadis and customer requests), as needed



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited 4-year College or University preferably in Finance, Engineering or Business-related field  
  • 0-3 years of functional experience in Corporate, Manufacturing; Supply Chain, Finance or Engineering environments
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, P, SAS, Python
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to translate ideas into clear priorities
  • Operates as a team player
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects and objectives
  • High energy and intellectual curiosity






Ardagh Group is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then, we have grown rapidly to a team of more than 16,000 people with yearly revenues of approximately $7 billion. Today, we have a presence across Europe and the Americas.

Did you know….

  • Ardagh produces many of the beverage cans and bottles you drink your favorite beverages from?
  • Metal and glass packaging we produce are permanent materials, meaning they can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality?
  • We produce more than 160 million containers per day across the country?
  • Ardagh Metal Beverage North America produces more than 15 billion cans and can ends annually?
  • Approximately 75% of aluminum ever produced is still in use today?
  • Aluminum cans, with 73%, have the highest recycled content among all beverage containers?

Ardagh is passionate about sustainability and has a reputation for innovation. We push the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact while remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible.

Ardagh Group North America has been and will continue to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding, and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, creed, religion (including religious dress and grooming), color, national origin, ancestry (including association, affiliation, or participation with persons or activities related to national origin, English-proficiency or accent, or immigration status), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital or domestic partner status, age, veteran or military status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. Discrimination against any employee or applicant based on any of these factors is prohibited.

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Nearest Major Market: Chicago