Talent plus experience—that’s how innovation comes about. I had already been working for some time when I applied to BILSTEIN. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do in the future, but I wasn’t sure if BILSTEIN would meet my expectations. I found the interview panel to be knowledgeable and honest and we discussed everything in detail. And the chemistry just clicked from the start. That made the decision easy for me. Since then, I’ve already advanced my career at BILSTEIN. Being foreman is a role with enormous responsibility, and I definitely find it extremely fulfilling.
In-depth knowledge, plenty of team spirit, and a lot of fun. You can’t ask for anything more. I wanted to work with a material that you can grasp in your hands—that’s what motivated me to join BILSTEIN back in 2000. Since then, I have been really happy here. I’ve been able to constantly build on my knowledge thanks to regular technical seminars in areas such as "Sheet forming" and "Damage to tools and materials." This also helps me to establish BILSTEIN as a supplier with our technology-centric cusomers.
Tradition leads to innovation and results in perfection. And that’s how we become successful. You could say that a passion for the cold-rolling industry is in my blood. As a quality control manager, my father gave me the chance to get behind the scenes of the rolling business. I found it exciting back then, and I still do now. It was a proud day for me when I joined the BILSTEIN GROUP because it is known as one of the top firms in the industry. And in them I have found an employer that is always giving me new, interesting challenges. What do you need to make it here? A desire to grow and learn and constantly broaden your horizons.
How to turn theory into practice? That’s what I’m looking at right now, and I’m learning something new every day. For me, it all started with an opening posted on our college website. Then I received an invitation to interview with them and we had a really nice talk, which sealed the deal. As a technical drawer and business student, I had something to offer the company. They recognized that immediately. Before I knew it, I was involved in a really exciting project. Everything was constructive and goal-oriented—I was made to feel at home in the company immediately. Right now I’m doing my Bachelor's thesis on "Maintenance management." Will I be able to implement my theoretical knowledge of this in practice? Yes, I think I will. I'd like to continue working here after my Master's.
There was a great atmosphere from day one, as well as a huge amount of specialist support from colleagues. There’s also the apprentice meetup; it’s a great chance to discuss ideas and suggestions – and with senior managers, too. You’re taken seriously and made to feel part of the team. Being given the opportunity to represent the BILSTEIN GROUP at BLECHexpo this year made me feel really proud.