The major tasks performed by management assistants in wholesale and foreign trade include the organisation and execution of commercial business at home and abroad. The present article looks at the modernisation of this particular training occupation, in which a greater emphasis is now being placed on management competencies. This is also reflected in a new occupational title. The chief focus is on the process-oriented organisation of wholesale and foreign trade transactions and on the increasing significance of e-business and project work. At the same time, the occupation has been further updated via the addition of future-oriented contents related to sustainability.