Career KIRCHHOFF Automotive

Career KIRCHHOFF Automotive


Kirchhoff automotive is a development partner to the automotive industry we’re active all over the globe as a full-service supplier for complex metal and hybrid structures of body and white crash management systems chassis applications and cross car beams our global production network include as core technologies research and development tooling forming joining and surface treatment we also strive to ensure consistent manufacturing and production standards around the world over 9,000 employees from different countries and cultures work for this family-owned company at the same time having a strong vision and values is particularly important to us for generations our shared values have been the basis for trustful cooperation and our entrepreneurial success we take care of our employees they are the heart of our company we know that the competitive advantage and the performance of our company is based on our committed and well skilled people I started in 2008 in navarre Portugal and then since 2010 I became a lean in-house consultant my function as director says I’m responsible for one of our biggest customers the Kishin automotive production system is all about making our company more sustainable more competitive by continuously improving our processes and the director of the production system since 2015 responsible for Europe and Asia my main task is being the central contact person for all aspects of maybe commercial maybe technical maybe on-site for customers or with an indication of automotive organization it’s really even one face to the customer I’m in very regular contact with our police in North America particularly my counterparts got awfully well when I was promoted I became part of the Global Leadership Program which really helped me with coaching and trainings we were finding my team engineering managers advanced quality trainers as well as inside salesperson they all provide their skill to make a customer happy and to provide him the answers that he’s looking for to gather up that makes us a strong team I moved to Germany in 2015 when I was promoted never an easy decision to leave your home country but I had plenty of experience by traveling so it wasn’t a big cultural shock and I also got a lot of help for my local colleagues some of them even became my friends my children attend the company on kindergarten which is perfect for me because I need this flexibility when I sometimes have to do all two business trips and this is really perfect that we can then arrange that they can stay there until a certain time and sometimes I have also the possibility to work from home which is of course perfect for my personal life balance I’m back in Portugal since March but I keep traveling very frequently to Germany and other European and Asian countries I love the fact that I can help to develop my team and this is really connected to two of our lean principles catina’s learning and continuous improvement we have a case of actually several development opportunities one of them is a management program this is a program that runs for three years and for example this time also one team member is into this program she will attend it for three years and then she can look if she’s going to become a specialist or what directions she’s going to take into her career as a family-owned company with a long-standing tradition it is our goal to take responsibility beyond our entrepreneurial activities in the communities surrounding our plants for example we support sports teams as well as educational institutions and with the help of the dr. Kershaw Foundation we are also involved in various charitable projects we actively promote the health and well-being of our employees through joint sports activities family days and other events this includes our cultural program Kirchhoff culture life because culture and riches life expands our horizons balances everyday life and offers opportunities for integration [Music] Kershaw automotive we move future


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