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The Young Partner Programme is a Selection Programme that aims to identify, integrate and develop young professionals, who have completed their university degree within the last three years.

As Young Partners, college graduates who are passionate about their field, have an opportunity to start a career and make real contributions to our projects and communities.

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What Odebrecht
is looking for in a candidate?

  • Seek personal and professional achievement with Odebrecht.
  • Identify with Odebrecht's values, ensuring the succession of generations for Survival, Growth, and Perpetuity of the Organization.
  • Enjoy full mobility to take on continual challenges in different environments

Steps of the Selection Process:

  • Application Process;
  • Screening of Resumes;
  • Ability and Behavioural Assessment;
  • Group Dynamics;
  • Final Interview.
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At Odebrecht, when a young talent is hired, it is expected that the person pursues a long-term career in which he or she can grow with the Organization.
Norberto Odebrecht

The Odebrecht


With a presence throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Odebrecht is an organization of Brazilian origin that engages in diverse industries to create value for our Clients and communities. Partnering with Clients around the world, our strength is drawn from an entrepreneurial culture based on the Spirit of Service delivering solutions that benefit both client and community, while enabling prosperity today and tomorrow.

Founded in 1944, the Odebrecht Organization is a diversified business leader laying the groundwork for positive sustainable change worldwide.

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Odebrecht Group: From 1944 to 2014, a history of continual development.

The Beginning

In Salvador, Bahia, the young engineer, Norberto Odebrecht created a company that became the origin of the Odebrecht Group.

From its very founding, there was a simple idea that, even today, stands at the foundation of the Group's philosophy: to identify, integrate and develop young professionals with talent and a disposition for entrepreneurship.

The Forerunners

The Group's DNA goes back to the year 1856, the date on which Emil Odebrecht arrived in Brazil. Following the flow of German immigrants into the country, the German engineer settled in Vale do Itajaí, in the Southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

He married Bertha Bichels, and they had 15 children. One of his grandsons, Emílio Odebrecht – Norberto's father – would pursue the field of Civil Construction and would reveal the entrepreneurial bent of the Odebrecht family.

The Isaac Gondim e Odebrecht Ltd. construction company was Emílio Odebrecht’s first company. In 1923, he founded Emílio Odebrecht & Cia., which was responsible for construction of several buildings during the interwar period in the Northeast of Brazil.

With the start of the Second World War, construction materials coming from Europe became expensive and scarce, generating a crisis in the construction business. Emílio got out of the business and it fell upon his son, Norberto, to take his place in 1941.

Projects in Bahia

Norberto Odebrecht took on projects in Salvador and in rural Bahia and began to establish an exclusive name for quality and innovation. Among these projects were the Círculo Operário (1946), the River Shipyard of the Ilha do Fogo (1947), and the pier and docking bridge at Canavieiras (1948).

Start of a Partnership

The first project for Petrobras was completed: the finalization of the Catu-Candeias Oil Pipeline project, in Bahia, designed to transport oil extracted from the new Catu field at the Mataripe Refinery.

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

The Group's original company became a corporation and was named Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A. (CNO).

Castro Alves Theater

Construction of the Castro Alves Theater, in Salvador. The work was finished in 11 months and officially delivered to the State in July, 1958. Following a fire which destroyed the building, the theater was reinaugurated in 1967, also built by Odebrecht.

Start of the Cultural Contributions

The publication of the book Homenagem à Bahia Antiga (Tribute to Old Bahia), with the support of CNO, marks the beginning of the Group's contribution to culture.

Expansion in the Northeast

With the opening of its branch office in Recife, with the stimulus of Sudene, Odebrecht expanded its operations to the Northeast of Brazil.

Social Responsibility

Odebrecht Foundation is created.

Expansion into the Southeast

The Group expands to the Southeast of Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro, Odebrecht built the Petrobras main office building, the campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Galeão International Airport and the Angra I Thermonuclear Plant.

National Operations

Odebrecht became a nationwide company, with projects in most of the States of Brazil.

With over 500 projects to its credit, Odebrecht found itself financially steady and had already become one of the major construction companies in the Northeast.

Diversification and Internationalization

The diversification of its Business began with the creation of Odebrecht Perfurações Ltda., tasked with the drilling of oil wells, and the acquisition of 1/3 interest in Companhia Petroquímica Camaçari (CPC), its first investment in the field of petrochemicals.

- Going international: The first contracts outside the country were signed in Peru (Charcani V) and in Chile (project to divert the Maule River to the Colbún-Machicura Hydroelectric plant).

Engineering and Construction

With the acquisition of the Companhia Brasileira de Projetos e Obras (CBPO), Odebrecht entered the field of hydroelectric power, thus expanding its Engineering and Construction operations in Brazil.

Odebrecht S.A.

The Odebrecht S.A. holding company is created, for the purpose of preserving its philosophical concepts and defining the direction of its business.


- Start of operations in Angola, with the signing of the contract for construction of the Capanda Hydroelectric Power Plant.

- Expansion of its investments in petrochemicals with the purchase of stock in Salgema.

Projects Abroad

The Group's projects abroad represented about 30% of the contracts on its books.


- Construction began on the Pichi Picún Leufú Hydroelectric plant (PPL), Odebrecht's first project in Argentina.

- New investments in petrochemicals with the acquisition of stock in Poliolefinas, PPH and Unipar.

- Acquisition of Tenenge, specializing in industrial assembly.


Beginning of operations in Ecuador, with the construction of the Santa Elena Irrigation project.


- Odebrecht acquires Bento Pedroso Construction Co. - BPC, and begins its operations in Portugal.

- The Odebrecht Foundation refocuses its operations on the education of young people.

United States

- Operations begin in the United States and Odebrecht becomes the first Brazilian company to perform public works in the country. In England, SLP Engineering is acquired, specializing in oil platform construction.

- Norberto Odebrecht passes the presidency of Odebrecht S.A. to his son, Emílio Odebrecht, and remains as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela

- The construction of the Los Huites Dam and of the El Lago Commercial Center mark the beginning of operations in Mexico and Venezuela, respectively.

- Odebrecht wins the contract to build the Loma-Santa Marta Railroad in Colombia.

- Acquisition, in association with the Ipiranga Group, of controlling interest in Copesul, the raw materials center of the Petrochemical Complex at Triunfo, in Rio Grande do Sul.


- Winning its first concession contract outside Brazil: the West Access highway to the city of Buenos Aires.

- Construction of the first semisubmersible oil rig, in Singapore: the P-18, for Petrobras.

OPP Química

OPP Química is created, by combining the assets of PPH and Poliolefinas, which had been acquired during the National Programme of Denationalization, in 1993.


Through the acquisition of controlling interest in CPC and Salgema, which took place in 1994, also during the National Programme of Denationalization, Trikem was formed.

2nd Generation

Norberto Odebrecht retires from business and concentrates his efforts as President of the Board of Trustees of the Odebrecht Foundation. Emílio Odebrecht takes over as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Odebrecht S.A.

International Recognition

- Acquisition, at auction, of controlling interest in Copene, the raw materials center of the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex in Bahia.

- Odebrecht becomes, according to the United States magazine ENR (Engineering News Records), number 1 in the world in international hydroelectric power plant construction.

The Birth of Braskem

- Emílio Odebrecht passes the presidency of Odebrecht S.A. to Pedro Novis and concentrates his efforts on serving as the company's Chairman of the Board of Directors.

- Creation of Braskem, which combines all petrochemical assets of the Group.

Odebrecht Historical Research Award

- Odebrecht reaches the historic landmark of 1,000 Members who have been with the company for over 25 years.

- The Odebrecht Historical Research - Clarival do Prado Valladares Award is launched, as an incentive to the development of Brazilian historiography.

- Operations begin in the United Arab Emirates.

Latin America’s Largest Engineering Company

Odebrecht is named as the top company in Construction and Engineering in Latin America, by Global Finance magazine.

Odebrecht Oil & Gas

Creation of Odebrecht Oil & Gas, through which the Group resumes its investments in offshore drilling.

Odebrecht Agroindustrial

- The Odebrecht Agroindustrial Company is created, originally named ETH Bioenergia, to carry out all functions from the production and milling of sugar cane to the sale of its final products.

- Operations begin in Mozambique.

- The petrochemical assets of the Ipiranga Group are acquired.

Santo Antônio Hydroelectric Power Plant

- Pedro Novis transfers the presidency of Odebrecht S.A. to Marcelo Odebrecht – Emílio's son.

- Construction begins on the Santo Antônio Hydroelectric plant, on the Madeira River, in Rondônia, a landmark for the electric power industry of Brazil.

Odebrecht Environmental

Creation of Odebrecht Environmental, under the name of Foz do Brasil.

Odebrecht TransPort

- The Odebrecht Group was named the World's Best Family-Owned Company by Switzerland's International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

- With the creation of Odebrecht TransPort, investments are intensified in transportation and logistics in Brazil.

- Braskem incorporates Quattor and Sunoco Chemicals, thus becoming the largest thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas.

Defense and Technology

- Braskem acquires assets from Dow Chemical: two industrial plants in the United States and two in Germany.

- Creation of Odebrecht Defense and Technology, for the purpose of supporting the development of the Brazilian defense industry.

Odebrecht’s Office in Accra - Ghana

- Opening of Odebrecht’s Office in Accra - Ghana

- Creation of Odebrecht Properties, for managing real estate assets.

Investments in Concessions

Odebrecht invests heavily in concessions and expands its portfolio with the management of multi-purpose arenas, highways, light rail, basic sanitation systems, subways and airports.

Eastern Corridor Road in Ghana

- Odebrecht starts the first contract in Ghana: Eastern Corridor Road lots 5 and 6

- The Odebrecht Group completes 70 years, with diversified operations through its 15 Businesses, three Investment Funds and five Supporting Companies, in addition to the social activities of the Odebrecht Foundation and the wide range of socio-environmental and cultural programmes in the Communities in which they are found.

Odebrecht Ghana

Odebrecht Organization's engineering and construction division has 70 years of experience and more than 30 years of international presence.

Engineering & Construction

- Eastern Corridor Road (Lots 5 and 6)

Odebrecht generates in Ghana, 590 direct jobs.

Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology


Based on humanistic values , the Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology – TEO is a set of principles, concepts and criteria emphasizing education and work, which provides the ethical, moral and conceptual basis for the actions of members of the Odebrecht Group.

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Odebrecht adapts to local realities to enhance the benefits our projects bring to the communities where we operate. Responsible business practices improve people’s living conditions and reduce environmental impacts.

Sustainability within the Organization

  • Economic

    Produce goods and services that cater to the needs of society and create prosperity for Clients, Shareholders, Team Members, and communities where we live and work.

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  • Cultural

    Bring people from diverse origins, ethnicities, sexual orientation, religious backgrounds, and those with special needs to the Organization, promoting integration and positive exchange of cultural values among Team Members.

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  • Environmental

    Use natural resources rationally; maximize use of clean technologies and renewable resources; minimize and mitigate environmental impact caused by our operations; and share technology and solutions to restore degraded environments.

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  • Social

    Generate jobs and income to our Team Members, suppliers, and subcontractors, as well as indirect benefits to the communities where we operate.

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  • Political

    Be proactive in collaborating on the development of public policy that promotes sustainable development in the countries and regions where we work.

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The development, by definition, has to be sustainable otherwise it can’t be called development.
Norberto Odebrecht


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