Meet our people – MAHLE up close.

Do you want to know what it is like to work at MAHLE? Do you want to read a firsthand account? This is where you can find out more about the different areas of work and about MAHLE as an employer. Right from your new colleagues.

  • Markus Auer
    A college student who worked in corporate advanced engineering in Stuttgart
    From October 2009 to September 2010 at MAHLE

    Markus Auer
    A college student who worked in corporate advanced engineering in Stuttgart
    From October 2009 to September 2010 at MAHLE

    "I have always been fascinated with motor sports. That’s why I knew about MAHLE long before I started to study vehicle and engine engineering. Because I’m so interested in everything that has anything to do with engines, I applied for an internship at MAHLE in corporate advanced engineering.

    During my internship, I even had an opportunity to help refine diesel engines. Interesting stuff. I really wanted to do some research in this area. MAHLE gave me the opportunity: with my final thesis. I was exploring value-gear variability in diesel engines.

    At MAHLE, people appreciated my work and gave me, step by step, other challenging jobs. Thus, I was developing a GT power simulation model for a test vehicle in Northampton, England."

  • Marcel Gollbach
    Mechatronics apprentice in Stuttgart
    Since September 2009 at MAHLE

    Marcel Gollbach
    Mechatronics apprentice in Stuttgart
    Since September 2009 at MAHLE

    "At MAHLE, I’m not just receiving very good vocational training at a highly respected company. I also have the opportunity to learn more about the other areas that interest me, not just mechatronics. During my apprenticeship, I have also participated in a training course for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

    What do I enjoy the most about my apprenticeship here? The opportunity to work hands-on. Together with my colleagues, I repair complex machinery. While doing that, I can show them what I have learned in the training center and also get a lot of really good tips. Just like the ones I get from my instructor, who always has time to answer my questions.

    Because I like to tinker around at home as well as at work, I am confident that I have found the right job for me. That’s a great feeling!"

  • Rabea Schubert
    Product management employee and assistant to the business unit head in Stuttgart
    Since October 2005 at MAHLE

    Rabea Schubert
    Product management employee and assistant to the business unit head in Stuttgart
    Since October 2005 at MAHLE

    "Why would I decide to enter a cooperative studies program again? Primarily because of the intensive support of my university professors and my colleagues at MAHLE. In a relatively short period of time, I was not only able to internalize the theoretical basics, but also improve my practical abilities.

    The highlight of my studies? Without a doubt: my time at MAHLE Industries in the United States. During my four-month-long practical work phase, I worked in the Finance/Accounting Department. Living in a foreign country really helped me mature. It is great that MAHLE offers its employees such opportunities.

    Today, I work in global product management. I am responsible for ensuring smooth collaboration between sales and the factories around the globe. A task that I really enjoy and that I was well prepared for as a result of my studies."

  • Dr. Armin Messerer
    Director Sales Planning / Market and Competitors in Stuttgart
    Since 2007 at MAHLE

    Dr. Armin Messerer
    Director Sales Planning / Market and Competitors in Stuttgart
    Since 2007 at MAHLE

    "MAHLE is actively helping shape the future of the automotive industry. In my position, I need a solid overview of the global automotive and supplier industry. This is the only way that I will always be able to provide an optimal base for decision-making. In this work, I really profit from my global network that I put together while working as an assistant to the Chairman of the Management Board.

    With my team, I always have my finger on the pulse of the global automotive industry and know what the automotive world of tomorrow will look like. We recognize the potential of new technologies at a very early stage and can directly expand promising business fields. This is what fascinates me so much about MAHLE.

    What do I foresee in the future? Just this: the future. MAHLE will continue to help develop powertrain technologies with innovative products, and I am looking forward to doing my part."

  • Patrizia Maggi
    Development engineer exhaust gas turbocharger test stands in Stuttgart
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    Patrizia Maggi
    Development engineer exhaust gas turbocharger test stands in Stuttgart
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    "I really wanted to get an overview of MAHLE before I selected an area to work in. For this reason, I decided to join the International Graduate Program. As part fo the program, I had the opportunity to get to know the widest variety of areas ‘on the job.’ Outside Germany as well. I spent four months in Brazil and helped out with round-robin tests on a truck engine at the Tech Center there.

    During this time, I not only expanded my knowledge base, but I also got to know many different people – my own MAHLE network, so to speak. Working with other graduates, I helped develop and launch a technical database for global use in the intranet.

    Today, I work in the area of exhaust gas turbochargers. This is a job that calls for expertise and creativity. After all, we constantly face new challenges for which we have to find satisfactory solutions."

  • Matthias Langbein
    Director Bearings Europe in Stuttgart
    Since 1998 at MAHLE

    Matthias Langbein
    Director Bearings Europe in Stuttgart
    Since 1998 at MAHLE

    "One of my first big assignments at MAHLE was literally ‘big’: I oversaw the planning of the plant in Leibertingen, Germany. I then served as the plant director there for several years until I had the opportunity to prove my skills internationally as the plant manager in Russellville, Arkansas, USA.

    MAHLE has always supported my career development. My supervisors have systematically helped me grow professionally and showed me the confidence I needed to take on new challenges. I also received on-the-job support from my colleagues and was able to optimally prepare for my new duties during special training and professional-development courses.

    The collaborative working relationship among colleagues at MAHLE has really left an impression on me. For this reason, I give my employees broad leeway and encourage them to take the initiative. Along with candid communication, I think this is the foundation of a successful working relationship."

  • Christina Schulte
    Head of Management Development and HR Marketing in Stuttgart
    Since 2007 at MAHLE

    Christina Schulte
    Head of Management Development and HR Marketing in Stuttgart
    Since 2007 at MAHLE

    "Exciting employees about MAHLE, helping them grow professionally and finding the positions that best suit them – with a positive effect for the company and the employees. This is my job at MAHLE. From the management of the employer brand and the launch of a global talent-management system to the conception and introduction of development programs for managers around the world – I can develop my own ideas in challenging assignments.

    What do I think is special about MAHLE? That’s easy: my employees and colleagues. We are a team. The flat hierarchies promote an open, constructive working relationship. Each individual has many opportunities to influence things. For me, this means the freedom to address topics that are important to me jointly with my team and develop them. Because I am responsible for the results, I can immediately see the success."

  • Jan-Frederek Thiele
    Finance Manager in Vilanova la Geltru (Barcelona), Spain
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    Jan-Frederek Thiele
    Finance Manager in Vilanova la Geltru (Barcelona), Spain
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    "I will always associate the International Graduate Program with ‘my’ project: the preparation of the opening balance sheet for a new joint venture in Macheng, China. I had the opportunity to assume responsibility and apply the knowledge I learned at headquarters. In addition to the professional challenges, the intercultural experiences that I had in the Chinese city were the most exciting aspect of my stay.

    Following the program, I made a smooth transition to my next position: As a financial analyst in England, I supported the legal units of the MAHLE Group in France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Because the assignment as an analyst is supposed to last for only a limited period, I took advantage of the opportunity to move to a new position. Today, I work as a finance manager in Spain – it was a perfect career move because I can draw on the things I learned in my previous positions and can gain additional experience in the assumption of operational responsibility."

  • Sven Wiese
    Market and technology trend observer in the strategic corporate planning department in Stuttgart
    Since 2007 at MAHLE

    Sven Wiese
    Market and technology trend observer in the strategic corporate planning department in Stuttgart
    Since 2007 at MAHLE

    "The International Graduate Program provided me with an interesting opportunity to join MAHLE. Thanks to the support I received from my mentor, I got to know a number of production sites within a short amount of time and gain some experience with the facilities – in an international setting as well. I worked for MAHLE not only in Germany, but also in Argentina and Italy. I took part in projects to introduce globally standardized manufacturing processes. This work gave me some valuable experience and many helpful contacts.

    Why did I transfer to market and competitor monitoring? Because I have always been fascinated by technological trends. And MAHLE gave me the opportunity to make this my full-time job. I explore technological innovations – including in the context of the electrification of the drive train – and analyze the impact they will have on the market and MAHLE. I was also interested in the challenge associated with setting up a new department and the opportunity to contribute my own ideas."

  • Dr. Marco Warth
    Head of diesel engine development in Northhampton, Großbritannien
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    Dr. Marco Warth
    Head of diesel engine development in Northhampton, Großbritannien
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    "I got my start at MAHLE as a international graduate in corproate advanced engineering. It appealed to me because I had an opportunity to assume international responsibility at an early stage. And I took advantage of this opportunity and managed various projects – particularly during my eight-month assignment in the United States. During this assignment, I was able to create a broad network that extends across departmental lines and national borders. And it is paying off for me today.

    The program’s individual design, the strong support provided by my mentors and my own desire to actively take on new assignments – this is what has moved me upward at MAHLE. As the developmental head of diesel engine development in Great Britain, I’m working on new drive systems and internal combustion engines. Setting up and expanding this new business area are real challenges for me. But this work is also the perfect opportunity to continuously grow professionally."

  • Jochen Sommer
    International Graduate
    Since October 2009 at MAHLE

    Jochen Sommer
    International Graduate
    Since October 2009 at MAHLE

    "I first got to know MAHLE while I was getting my degree in industrial engineering. It was during the Formula Student event, a program sponsored by MAHLE in which students race cars they had designed themselves. As a part of one racing team’s organizational unit, I oversaw the areas of finance, procurement and marketing. It was a whole lot of fun, and I realized then that I wanted to get into technical sales.

    Thanks to the close working relationship with MAHLE, I had the opportunity to do my final thesis in exactly this area. My supervisor really stressed technical knowledge and helped me get a short internship in engine testing. This enabled me to complement my theoretical knowledge with some practical experience. I also had some tremendous support from marketing.

    After I finished my final thesis and was waiting to start my graduate position, MAHLE gave me the opportunity to have a two-part internship in the United States. I spent two months working in sales in Detroit, Michigan. I then spent a month in Morristown, Tennessee, where I conducted an analysis of the competitive situation of all main products. The time I spent in the United States was really special to me. I was really pleasantly surprised by how friendly the people were. And, from a professional point of view, it was interesting to see how the various regions worked.

    In November 2010. I became an international graduate at MAHLE and went to my first international assignment following an orientation week. This time, it was in Europe, in England. Here, I helped the quality department set up a product line and implemented a new tool to document key quality indicators.

    My recommendation? If you want to accomplish something, you will have every opportunity to do so at MAHLE and you will have colleagues in the functional areas and the human resources department who stand ready to assist you. They always tried to make everything possible for me, and MAHLE has really responded to my needs. It is simply great to be able to gain experience in the widest variety of areas and to weave together my international network at MAHLE."

  • Katia Seubert
    HR Officer in Stuttgart
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    Katia Seubert
    HR Officer in Stuttgart
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    "I have been directing the International Graduate Program at MAHLE for five years. What makes the job so interesting and multi-faceted every day? Definitely the program’s individual character. No graduate program goes the same way – jointly with the mentors, we work out an individual program for each graduate and search for challenging projects. And, of course, internationality. Each graduate has at least one assignment in a foreign country – and this is organized with the help of local colleagues. One of my personal highlights in recent years was definitely the introduction of the program in other regions of the world. I had an opportunity to support the initial recruiting for graduates in our program in Brazil and to assist the selected candidates during their assignment to Germany.

    Recruiting a globally deployable, flexible group of young employees for MAHLE, individually promoting each member and encouraging their professional growth – I think this is a coherent package – it is a job that gives me satisfaction and enables me to help create a new generation of employees at the MAHLE Group."

  • Georg Votteler
    Design engineer in the product development of air filter modules in Stuttgart
    Since October 2007 at MAHLE

    Georg Votteler
    Design engineer in the product development of air filter modules in Stuttgart
    Since October 2007 at MAHLE

    "Before I took my final exams at a college-preparatory high school in Germany (Abitur), I knew that I wanted to go to college. For me, it was very important to be able to regularly apply what I learned in a company setting. I could do that at MAHLE – under ideal conditions for me. I thought that it was just great to be able to apply my new knowledge in each practical work phase. As a real part of a team, I worked on several different projects.

    I especially enjoyed developing and designing products until they were ready for production. While doing so, I not only gained insights into the internal processes, but also was able to develop my skills in many areas at the same time. The good teamwork with my colleagues and the support of the instructors gave me additional motivation. And my hard work paid off. After I finished my studies, MAHLE offered me a job in the product development air filter modules, the department where I did my final-year project and that I knew quite well from having spent some of my practical work phases here. Today, I can contribute to MAHLE’s success by working as a design engineer."

  • Jörg Rückauf
    VP Product Development Filtration and Engine Peripherals in Stuttgart
    Since 2005 at MAHLE

    Jörg Rückauf
    VP Product Development Filtration and Engine Peripherals in Stuttgart
    Since 2005 at MAHLE

    "In my position as Director Corporate Advanced Engineering, my team and I developed new products for MAHLE. Using a product roadmap for the entire Group, we analyzed which technologies will play a critical role in the drive train’s future. Our research focus at the moment is reducing the emissions produced by the internal combustion engine and optimizing driving comfort. Our work has produced many successful innovations that are now indispensable – including exhaust-gas-recirculation technologies, variable value gears and turbocharging.

    Even though the internal combustion engine will remain the dominant drive concept over the next 20 years, new challenges are awaiting us in the form of hybrid and electric drive systems as well as thermal management. To ensure that we can play a leading role in these areas, we think and work in a global, interdisciplinary manner. We frequently develop our new products during international projects – in teams made up of colleagues from various countries.

    Since April 2011, I am in charge of the product development for the business unit filtration and engine peripherals."

  • Franziska Köpf
    General business apprentice in Stuttgart
    Since September 2009 at MAHLE

    Franziska Köpf
    General business apprentice in Stuttgart
    Since September 2009 at MAHLE

    "I spend a lot of time on my motorcycle and am fascinated by the technology it contains. Because MAHLE develops many of the components, I was really interested in the company and applied for a job.

    Each day of my apprenticeship is different, and I learn something new every day. How such a large company operates is what impresses me the most. After all, I started at MAHLE directly after graduating from intermediate secondary school. The support I have received from my colleagues from day one has really helped me. The familial atmosphere here is really great. It makes working in a team really fun. Just as the diverse tasks are. I can assume responsibility for projects or show what I’m capable of when dealing with customers.

    What I really like about MAHLE is that my instructors take time for me. That’s ideal for my future career."

  • Matthias Kazior
    Industrial engineering student in Stuttgart
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    Matthias Kazior
    Industrial engineering student in Stuttgart
    Since 2006 at MAHLE

    "I found out about MAHLE at an apprenticeship fair. I came away from the fair with a positive impression of the company, and this impression has been more than reaffirmed since then. The practical side of my industrial mechanic apprenticeship is what interested me the most. But I wanted more – I wanted to gain additional qualifications. MAHLE offered me the opportunity and the right environment to do this. I began my cooperative studies to become an industrial engineer at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in 2009.

    What do I think is most exciting about my studies? The combination of theoretical and practical work. It is really fun to be able to directly apply my new knowledge in the various departments during the three-month-long practical work phases. By taking on diverse tasks during this time, I can further develop my skills and learn about the many facets of MAHLE at the same time."

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