Take off into 2012 – the year of expansion

Heinemann Duty Free is looking for 120 new employees for the new Capital Airport Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt

The size of approx. 2,000 football pitches: eight months prior to opening, the new Capital Airport Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt is taking shape. Around 27 million travellers will get to experience the new airport – in addition to the approx. 20,000 people who will pass through the airport every day, e.g. employees of Berlin Airports and numerous companies operating at the airport.

According to Dr. Norbert Minhorst, Head of Non Aviation at Berlin Airports: "The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is the most important development project in the capital region. It will boost the economy and generate around 40,000 new jobs. The number of staff in the retail, gastronomy and service sector alone will increase dramatically when the airport opens – from almost 800 in Tegel and Schoenefeld to around 1,500 at BER."

Around 150 shops, restaurants and service facilities across more than 20,000 m2 will provide a unique range of offers at the heart of the new airport terminal. An important part of this will be the approx. 1,700 m2 Heinemann Duty Free Shop. The shop will be run by the Hamburg family-owned business Gebr. Heinemann, which is also opening three other Duty Free shops and a 200 m2 Crew shop in addition to four boutiques in the marketplace for well-known premium brands (Hermès, Montblanc, Boss, Burberry) and a new leather shop.

Besides building shops, the company is currently focusing on recruiting and training new staff. Gebr. Heinemann is looking to hire 120 people for its new retail units – and to ensure its new staff are well prepared and trained by the opening, the company is already looking for suitable candidates. A new career website has thus been set up under www.heinemann-dutyfree.com/karriere to introduce prospective applicants to the world of Heinemann Duty Free and provide detailed information on vacancies.

"We are looking to recruit experienced retail staff as well as trainees. It is important that these staff fit in with Gebr. Heinemann and our values: reliability, trust, friendliness, and a sense of humour are important in our family-run business", said Gunnar Heinemann, owner of Gebr. Heinemann. "The service we offer travellers is both personal and courteous. Our retail staff are our company ambassadors as they interact with our customers."

Good and varied language skills are important at Heinemann Duty Free. At the airports in Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna, our staff interact daily with customers of various nationalities and communicate in a variety of languages. Ideally, they are able to advise customers in German, English, Russian, Chinese, Japanese or French. "Experience shows that customers are impressed when they are addressed in their own language. The perfect candidates are those who have grown up bilingually and thus have an understanding for other cultures as well as languages. Such candidates are well suited to working in an international airport environment", declared Gunnar Heinemann.

The family business, which he runs with his cousin Claus Heinemann, operates over 230 Travel Value and Duty Free shops, self-owned specialist shops and 40 franchised boutiques for top brands such as Boss, Hermès, Hilfiger or Montblanc at 54 airports in 22 countries. Around 5,000 employees worldwide work for Gebr. Heinemann, many of them in the company's own recently redesigned state-of-the-art Duty Free shops.

Information on all the latest vacancies and jobs available at Heinemann Duty Free can be found on the company's new career website.

Heinemann is one of the three most important players on the global market for retail sales to travellers. The Hamburg family-owned business supplies over 1,000 customers in over 70 countries and operates over 230 Travel Value & Duty Free Shops. Heinemann also manages franchised boutiques and self-owned specialist shops at 54 international airports in 22 different countries. In addition, the company also has numerous shops located on country borders as well as boutiques on ferry and cruise liners.

Heinemann has been based in the Hamburg HafenCity since 1879. The company is managed by the cousins Claus and Gunnar Heinemann, who belong to the fourth generation of the Heinemann family. 5,000 people are employed at Heinemann worldwide. In 2010, the family business generated sales totalling €2 billion. In 2009, the two owners received the Hamburg Business Start-up Award for their life's work.

Spokesman Lars Wagner

Lars Wagner Head of the Press Office / Spokesman
Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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