Tell us about your professional journey so far. What have you done so far and how did you come to Meraxis?
I came to Meraxis via the Rehau Group. After my commercial apprenticeship in another company and a few years in the export business, I had to start looking for a job because my apprentice company at the time was acquired by them. Fortunately for me, I quickly found a new job at Rehau. I started there in October 2011 in logistics as an operational buyer. At first, my job was to look after the European suppliers and plants. The many visits to the Rehau car plants and the supplier production plant visits are among the highlights of my scheduling career.
A few years later, I became the central contact person for the USA. Needless to say, it was a real highlight in my younger years to be able to travel overseas on business.
During the entire time, i.e. between 2011 and 2021, I did further training as a strategic buyer alongside my work. And that's how it came about that I moved to Meraxis within the Rehau family in August 2021 and now work in strategic purchasing automotive.
How did you experience the change and the induction?
At first, it was of course a completely new job for me to switch from the operational to the strategic part. However, I already knew many colleagues from the Rehau family. That made the start very pleasant. But even apart from that, the early days were exciting because I was able to learn so many new things. I'm still doing that with great pleasure, by the way.
Like everyone else who joins the Meraxis team, I received an induction plan including e-learning modules in the early days. That helped a lot, of course. Otherwise, nothing beats everyday "learning by doing". Even if the theory is there, you still have to learn most things in practice. I also have a great mentor: I really learn everything I need to know from him and much more. That's a huge support.
Of course, a lot of things are new when you start out, but surely your previous experience still benefits you today?
Yes, definitely. Among other things, I buy parts for customers in the U.S. and know the environment very well. In addition, my experience helps me to identify potential difficulties early on and address them proactively - not just when they already occur. You can do certain things today that will make life easier for us later. In our team, everyone contributes their experience and know-how, which always helps us in our day-to-day work.
What does a typical working day look like for you and what makes your job particularly exciting for you?