Meet our people – MAHLE up close.

Together with MAHLE, dedicated employees follow their own path, with a common objective: performance. Performance for MAHLE. And also for their own careers. We are convinced of that. We prove it – in accordance with our philosophy “driven by performance”.

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.

  • Lea Hilberath

    Student in the Dual Studies Program

    At MAHLE since September 2013

    Lea Hilberath

    Student in the Dual Studies Program

    At MAHLE since September 2013

    I grew up in Australia. And a few things were clear to me early on: I would like to experience more of the world. That’s why it was important for me to work for a global player that would also take my technical interests into account. During an informational event in high school, I found out about the dual studies program. This was exactly my thing! Combining theory and practice during my studies. And I definitely wanted to study industrial engineering. Because as a dual study program, it gives me the ideal opportunity to incorporate my interest in technology.

    While searching for the right employer, my parents suggested MAHLE. I liked the website immediately: The way innovation and technology were displayed and the perfect collaboration of the people convinced me. And I have never regretted my decision! Because at MAHLE the training concept is very well planned out, and I was involved in selecting the various departments I would be placed in. That’s how I get to know my strengths, and how I can also follow my own personal path.

    As a global player, MAHLE sends its students abroad during the practical work phases. I was even given responsibility for a sub-project. So I had the opportunity to work closely on the production process and with my English colleagues on site. For me, this experience in product management offered real training on the job. And the best part was: Everyone on the team was very nice and always there for me. We all got along really well from the start.

    The experience abroad was a very exciting and intense time in which I was able to learn a lot. And I'm looking forward to my next assignment at MAHLE. Because with the expert support from my trainer and my professional mentor, success is virtually guaranteed.

    After earning my bachelor’s degree, I would like to continue working at MAHLE and maybe even get my master’s.

  • Dr. Fahmi Ben Ahmed

    Project Leader in Research and Development

    At MAHLE since November 2012

    Dr. Fahmi Ben Ahmed

    Project Leader in Research and Development

    At MAHLE since November 2012

    "’Trust your first impression,’ I said to myself after my first intensive encounter with MAHLE as part of a recruitment day. After an entire day full of opportunities to communicate directly with company executives – I quickly decided to choose MAHLE as my employer.

    Today, I can say that my first impression was completely correct.

    This is partly due to the work and leadership style practiced here, which is based on giving people responsibility and a great deal of independence. As a project manager in Research and Development, I coordinate the development of complex technical solutions as answers to key issues of the future; so I look far outside the box together with my team. Interdisciplinary work is very important here: To get from an initial idea to a finished prototype, it is necessary not only to fully incorporate our knowledge and constantly to expand it, but also to apply additional knowledge found in the large pool of various research and development projects. I can apply my creativity, my knowledge and motivation in the development of cutting-edge technology of tomorrow – it’s a great feeling!

    Everyone who starts working here is put through his or her own individual, tightly scheduled induction program and in this way quickly gets an overview of the company structure, gets to know the managers and other contact partners, and is introduced to the team. This all takes place in an open, relaxed atmosphere, and it’s really fun – and it’s also very effective, if you look at the large output of newly developed products.

    What’s also been proven is that the MAHLE slogan, "Driven by performance", is the daily reality here. The company supports the work-life balance of its employees with a variety of offerings, and the social commitment of the MAHLE Foundation shows how much the company is rooted in the region and how it takes responsibility for the people.

    I can very well imagine continuing my career with the company. There are certainly enough interesting departments and future-oriented projects at the company. I also get a great deal of support for my personal and professional development through training workshops, participation in conferences and seminars.

    When you feel well taken care of, enjoyment and success on the job are sure to follow.”

  • Melina Ebinger

    Industrial business management trainee

    At MAHLE since September 2012

    Melina Ebinger

    Industrial business management trainee

    At MAHLE since September 2012

    "During the course of my training at MAHLE, I have already gotten to know twelve different departments. And I've taken on many diverse responsibilities – from project management, to purchasing and sales. From our practice firm in vocational college, where I completed my technical college certificate, the move to a major corporation like MAHLE was a huge step, but industrial business management has always fascinated me as a profession. And this enthusiasm continues to this day.

    It all started with the hiring process. All the staff members were super friendly and the atmosphere was great. So I quickly forgot my apprehension and felt completely at ease.

    As a trainee, I am part of the team at MAHLE. My colleagues make time for me and explain everything from the beginning. So I was fully integrated from day one. What this means is that I assume responsibility for my own tasks and notice again and again that my colleagues take me seriously. That makes working here really fun.

    Being part of the MAHLE team also means that our instructors encourage and support us individually: We get a personal feedback session after working in each department and are supported in the preparation for our exams.

    But beyond the training we get on the job, we can also develop our skills even further: During the traineeship we can take part in additional training courses on a regular basis. For example, Excel and PowerPoint, Business English, or health issues in the workplace. And we also had a workshop on methods and teamwork – that was very interesting.

    Now, after my training, I can say that I was very well taken care of during the entire training process, I learned a lot and received valuable feedback in the talks at the end. This helped me understand where my strengths and weaknesses lie, and where I can develop myself further.

    Most of all, of course, I am very happy that I was offered a position after the completion of my training and can now fully apply myself as a team assistant and clerk at MAHLE."

  • Selajdin Arifi

    Tool technician trainee

    At MAHLE Behr since September 2011

    Selajdin Arifi

    Tool technician trainee

    At MAHLE Behr since September 2011

    "Working in the automotive industry is great for me, because I am passionate about everything that has to do with automotive technology. And here in the district of Enzkreis (in Baden-Württenberg), the MAHLE name is known for automotive technology and good training opportunities. This is what I learned from my personal contacts and the apprenticeship informational fairs that I consulted.

    Training as a tool technician is multi-faceted and offers me a lot of variety. At MAHLE Behr in Muehlacker, there is the maintenance tooling, which particularly fascinates me. We maintain and repair the tools that are used for production, and therefore also ensure sustainable use of the resources available to MAHLE.

    As a tool technician, I can apply two of my strengths: Firstly, my spatial thinking and imagination, and secondly my technical skills. If there are any problems or questions on the job, my instructor and my colleagues are there for me. We then solve the challenge together. It's a good feeling to know that someone always has an open ear for me. This is also true for the relationships among the apprentices – we get along great and help each other out if someone has a problem. We’ve been a very close-knit group ever since the induction week. We spent the first few days together at St. Georgenhof in Pfronstetten, where we got to know each other through an adventure program with outdoor activities and group games. This is how I was hoping my start would be.

    For us trainees, MAHLE also organizes trainings and various events such as the summer outing, health days and Christmas events. This further strengthened our team spirit.

    After my training, I would first like to gather experience in my career as a tool technician and then after a few years start the path to acquiring additional qualification as a master mechanic or technician."

  • Renate Tschernetzki

    HR assistant

    At MAHLE since September 2011

    Renate Tschernetzki

    HR assistant

    At MAHLE since September 2011

    After finishing high school, I completed my training program to become an Industrial Management Assistant at MAHLE and was happy to stay on. MAHLE doesn’t just have an excellent reputation as an automotive supplier; the company also leaves a great impression on young professionals. At the job interview, I could already see that the company doesn’t treat you like a nameless wheel in the machinery, but like a real person. The appreciation I receive here really motivates me.

    During my training, I got to know many different divisions and departments. I received intensive and instructive support. Much more than what I have heard from other trainees in other companies. Participating in various seminars and courses made it clear that MAHLE counts on us trainees. My overseas placement at the MAHLE plant in Rugby (UK) was part of this experience. This program really improved my English language skills and my self-esteem.

    The interaction with so many different colleagues is really fun. With all the different kinds of challenges on my desk, I am never bored. As an HR assistant, my main area of responsibility is the administration of a range of human resource issues. During the summer months, my job involves selecting summer vacation workers for our Schorndorf location, providing them with an orientation and looking after their needs. I have the greatest possible freedom to complete my assignments – I really value the trust my supervisor places in me.

    From the beginning, MAHLE has been more for me than a company working for profit. Both in dealing with us employees and in terms of social commitment. I received the opportunity to work with people with disabilities for two weeks in a social project supported by MAHLE. It gives us employees the opportunity for personal and social growth. It really helps with my work in human resources.

    Here at MAHLE, the focus is on the individual. Of course the company profits from its well trained and motivated employees. We enjoy our work and help move MAHLE forward – as well as vice versa.

  • Rudolf Hügel

    Technical Assistant for the Chair of the Executive Board

    At MAHLE since July 2011

    Rudolf Hügel

    Technical Assistant for the Chair of the Executive Board

    At MAHLE since July 2011

    "My introduction to the world of automotive technology was fast-paced: I was part of the racing team of the University of Stuttgart, which took part in the FormulaStudent program. That’s how MAHLE and I first got to know each other.

    I was glad to join the International Graduate Program at the company, because I can focus on exactly the things that interest me together with fantastic colleagues: namely, on the development of components and systems for the automotive industry.

    What’s really unique to MAHLE is how truly international it is. Right at the beginning, I traveled to Brazil for three months. I was able to meet great colleagues there and get to know the incredible culture. The many new impressions and contacts in various business and corporate areas were very enriching for me. In the meantime, I've even been to Detroit, where I also enjoyed the international collaboration. The most interesting thing for me is to see how different cultures approach and deal with similar problems. From this perspective, out of the “German box”, you can learn a lot!

    During the entire time, I was in regular contact with my supervisors, the personnel department and other trainees. The program is managed very carefully, so that you can use your time at MAHLE effectively every single day and continue to develop yourself.

    After my time in the International Graduate Program, I worked in the area of product development for cylinder components and systems, initially as an expat in Brazil and then in Stuttgart. Now I am a technical Assistant for the Executive Board. My responsibilities include looking after technical questions, helping to prepare for strategic meetings, and putting together technical presentations. Overall, an exciting job with a broad variety of responsibilities!

    As far as I’m concerned, I am happy to continue in this direction with my foot firmly on the gas pedal: I am hoping for even more responsibility and challenges – so I can keep putting lots of things in motion.”

  • Amine Ghariani

    Intern and Completing a Final Thesis at MAHLE

    Was with MAHLE from September 2013 till August 2014

    Amine Ghariani

    Intern and Completing a Final Thesis at MAHLE

    Was with MAHLE from September 2013 till August 2014

    From Tunisia to Baden-Wuerttemberg: It was a long journey. Geographically, professionally, personally. My time at MAHLE has been a huge help to me.

    I grew up in the Tunisian city of Sousse. After high school, I received a scholarship to study engineering in Germany. I learned German here, tried to understand the Swabian dialect, adjusted well and was accepted to the Aerospace Engineering program at the University of Stuttgart.

    My focus is on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics – also very important at MAHLE. This is why I wanted to do a year-long internship here and write my thesis.

    In my view, what speaks for MAHLE in particular: It is an innovation leader! Pioneering technologies are developed here. This is what I wanted to work on, to contribute my own ideas, to challenge myself with complex technical tasks. My expectations were high – and they were all fulfilled. My participation was explicitly encouraged, I was able to move challenging projects forward. I was able to directly apply the knowledge I gained from my studies, and deepen it. Almost every day I learned something new. In all respects, it was a very enriching time.

    In my thesis I am focusing on the numerical investigation of high thermal load-carrying exhaust gas heat exchangers. I often discussed possible solutions with my advisor Dr Ben Ahmed. Many brilliant ideas came out of those talks! From the start, all my colleagues at MAHLE showed me that they trust me and are open to my ideas. The supervisors, project managers and engineers here not only have excellent know-how: they share a passion for mastering technical challenges.

    My time at MAHLE has been the most instructive and exciting stage of my academic training. Here, I was able to make the most of the opportunity to solve engineering problems in the best possible environment. The year I spent at MAHLE benefits me every single day during my current doctoral work at the University of Stuttgart.

    Meanwhile, after seven years in Baden-Württemberg, I even understand the Swabian dialect. And I'm also proud of that.

  • Simone Klenk

    Controller

    At MAHLE since November 2012

    Simone Klenk

    Controller

    At MAHLE since November 2012

    I grew up where other people go on vacation: in Guarujá, on the Brazilian coast. After school, after my university preparatory course and my part-time job I was able to enjoy the long sandy beaches and the beautiful sea. But when I was 22 I wanted to go where the people who vacationed in Guarujá came from: to São Paulo. To pursue a business degree at the USP, one of the best universities in Latin America.

    To prepare for an exchange program at the University of Frankfurt, I learned German at the Goethe Institute in Sao Paulo. After my second degree in Brazil (MBA in Marketing and Sales), a trainee program and work experience at Daimler in São Bernardo do Campo, love ultimately drew me back to Germany.

    I already knew MAHLE from Brazil, partly through the wonderful social projects carried out there by the company. I was looking forward to a solid, international, financially strong company. And all these expectations were met. I especially like the international orientation at MAHLE. Not a surprise considering my biography.

    I really value the interaction with different cultures in my work, along with the technical aspects of my business field. I am also happy to be taking more and more responsibility in coordinating projects. MAHLE trusts my abilities in this area, which makes me proud. And I enjoy working with my colleagues very much. We benefit from one another professionally, and we support each other in our ambitions.

    Another important aspect is the freedom that MAHLE gives me. For example, to be able to contribute my own ideas and then implement them. And also through the flexibility in working hours. Because I also run a small family business. A normal day for me consists of about 18 hours – with a full-time job, as a mother of a toddler, and with the household to manage (of course, together with my husband). I feel that I get a great deal of support from MAHLE to be able to handle all of this. Among other things, with generous overtime regulations. That's something you don’t get in just any company, unfortunately.

    So I can very well imagine taking on management responsibilities sometime in the future. Because here at MAHLE, this is also possible if you have a family.

  • David Hughes

    Intern at MAHLE

    Was with MAHLE from March till August August 2014

    David Hughes

    Intern at MAHLE

    Was with MAHLE from March till August August 2014

    I come from Willimantic, Connecticut in the United States. For my mechanical engineering degree I wanted to do a year-long internship in Germany. German is my second major at the university. I mean, if you want to start a promising career in automotive engineering, or in engineering in general, you simply have to have spent some time working in Germany.

    MAHLE is a very good place for this. The positive impression I had during my interview was then confirmed as soon as I started: I was able to work directly and independently on many different things. My supervisor and my colleagues put a lot of trust in me. I like to think back to a particular experience: I met another intern in the laboratory. I helped him and learned that he would travel to Dresden to do more testing there. After a brief conversation with my supervisor, I was able to go along with him. Spontaneously, as an intern. That was great.

    The support I received otherwise was also very good. Dr Türpe trained me very well and gave me interesting assignments on a regular basis. Also with enough time to get everything done.

    My language skills were not very good when I first started at MAHLE. But everyone supported me, and explained things to me. I could talk to anyone, and I always felt welcome.

    Now, since my return to the US, I look back on my time at MAHLE with pride. I tackled complex technical tasks thousands of miles away from home and worked in a completely foreign language with numerous colleagues. This experience has made me stronger, and prepared me for my future path! On a professional level, the internship was of course also extremely enriching. I was able to apply the knowledge I acquired during my studies – and significantly expand it.

    MAHLE is unique because of the people who work there. I experienced everyone as helpful and friendly. Everyone who works at MAHLE will definitely confirm the positive atmosphere, which simply allows you to do your job well.

  • Lucas Bartsch

    Student in the Dual Studies

    At MAHLE since September 2013

    Lucas Bartsch

    Student in the Dual Studies

    At MAHLE since September 2013

    "Mechanical engineering was a childhood dream of mine. Already in preschool I was interested in cars and wanted to become an engineer, before I could even spell the word. When I was 17, I had an old moped that I completely restored. So it was almost a given that I would choose to study engineering, to gain a theoretical foundation that would complement my practical interest in mechanics.

    The decision to do a dual mechanical engineering degree at MAHLE was an obvious choice. Several friends of mine work at MAHLE. From them I knew that a perfect combination of theory and practice is taught here. And I did not want to just spend all my time cramming; I wanted the opportunity to do practical work, as well. After a guided tour, I knew immediately that this is where I can really get the right start.

    Everything I learn in theory is put into practice in test benches. The projects I work on take me through individual departments and allow me to deepen my new knowledge through hands-on experience. The work is varied and my colleagues are very helpful.

    Individual goals and wishes are also accommodated at MAHLE -– for example, getting to know a specific department or taking part in training. Training courses such as CAD workshops or English classes are always available to me. I also get financial support: MAHLE covers my tuition fee, the StudiTicket and gives me a book allowance. Here I have the ideal conditions for my educational and professional development.

    Each project is carried out in a team, and every member of the team gets his or her own specific task, which is crucial for the entire project. Contributing your own ideas is not only welcomed, but is even encouraged. The possibilities are so diverse at MAHLE – whether in Germany or any other location in Europe. If you demonstrate good performance, you will be rewarded for it at this company.

    I think it's cool that you don’t have to worry about getting a good job after completing the Dual Studies Program at MAHLE. Because this training provides me with the best foundation for future success. And the fact that MAHLE products can be found in virtually every car makes me proud. By working on the development of efficient products at MAHLE, I am also contributing a bit to technological progress."

  • Tobias Lade

    Product Developement

    At MAHLE since December 2012

    Tobias Lade

    Product Developement

    At MAHLE since December 2012

    I am always looking for variety. In my work at MAHLE just like in my spare time. When I climb a mountain, or forge a path across a frozen waterfall, I experience challenges very similar to product development. In both worlds technology, know-how, experience and an effective team count a lot.

    I started at MAHLE after studying environmental and process technology in Heilbronn. What appealed to me from the beginning was being part of a leading global company that offers a wide range of products – and can therefore also offer me numerous opportunities for development. There are also extensive job benefits and flexible working hours. These kinds of things also contribute to the "feel good factor".

    As a Young Professional, I attended a multifaceted training program. I had my own contact partner, who was there for me personally during the initial phase. This policy and the nice colleagues made my start at MAHLE very smooth. From the very first day I felt welcome and supported.

    I enjoy going to MAHLE, because there is not a single day like any other. As part of the product development team, we are at the center of things and get to work with many other departments. I really like this holistic way of developing products. I coordinate my work with colleagues and teams from the factory floor, the laboratory, the design and testing department.

    I have never wanted to stand still. Just the same way I always want to climb higher, I also want to further my personal and professional development at MAHLE. And that’s a good thing, because at this company taking initiative is expected. My ideas are encouraged for every project. My superiors trust me and give me a lot of freedom.

    What’s important for me is that I work with a good team. The mutual exchange of ideas and the motivational support of my colleagues not only helps me get further professionally – it also just does me good.

  • Julia Stagakis

    Intern at MAHLE

    Was with MAHLE from Febuary to August 2014

    Julia Stagakis

    Intern at MAHLE

    Was with MAHLE from Febuary to August 2014

    To start working where your own father works – I had no problem with this. Through him, I have known for a long time that MAHLE is a very good employer on many levels. So it was obvious for me that I would also check out the openings on the MAHLE website when looking for a place to do an internship. As a business student, the many different training opportunities are particularly appealing to me, as well as the chance to take on real responsibility at flexible hours.

    From the beginning, the support for the students and the integration into the team was exactly what I had hoped for. At MAHLE, you immediately become a full-fledged team member, not just a helper of sorts. To be integrated into business operations straightaway seemed a bit difficult for me at first. But looking back now, I would not want to have missed out on it, because it enabled me to learn a lot in a short time. I participated in a special project on managing supply shortfall in an ongoing production series.

    The work on the project was very multi-faceted. From team meetings to business operations in logistics, from factory inspections to working with other students, trainees and interns, it was all in there. I was also allowed to look after my colleagues’ work while they were on vacation, which provided me with further interesting challenges.

    The interaction with other students working in the company was very positive and very well supported by MAHLE. We had a weekly informal interns’ meeting, visited other factories and training sessions.

    For me, this much is certain: After graduation, I want to join MAHLE full time. My internship has reinforced my decision. Along with my father’s opinion.

  • Guilherme Konopkinas Salvatore

    Quality Management

    At MAHLE since September 2011

    Guilherme Konopkinas Salvatore

    Quality Management

    At MAHLE since September 2011

    I joined MAHLE after working for a competitor. My new colleagues found this quite intriguing in the beginning – and I also wanted to know what the differences were between my old employer and my new one. MAHLE is a global player, but with flat hierarchies and an almost family-like atmosphere. There is a lot of interaction with the executive team; you’re working together as equals. I really like that!

    I am an expat from Brazil and have been working in quality management at MAHLE since 2011. This kind of job is perfect for someone who likes surprises. Every interaction with customers is different; every day brings new challenges. You never know in advance what challenges your customers will confront you with on any given day. In the communication with our customers and my colleagues, I always try and find new ways to keep our quality on the highest level and even improve it. Customer feedback and brainstorming with the team time and again lead to surprising new results to give our customers what they need.

    At MAHLE, there is a culture of real constructive feedback that I find motivating and rewarding. I keep getting good reactions to my work, from colleagues from all of our factories, all across the globe. I really appreciate these diverse contacts all over world.

    I have already familiarized myself with quite a few products, and gotten to know very different types of customers. I feel stronger and on the right path to take on management responsibility in my next career move and become the head of a team.

  • Yukihiro Kamimura

    Product Engineer

    At MAHLE since April 2013

    Yukihiro Kamimura

    Product Engineer

    At MAHLE since April 2013

    I have loved learning my entire life. I grew up in Japan. There, in Tokyo, I studied aerospace engineering and worked with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. How can technology help people lead an independent, mobile life? I wanted to know more about this. To learn more. Ideally in an industry in which we Japanese are really strong: the automotive industry.

    The job offer from MAHLE was therefore the best thing for me. Quite simply because I got the impression that this company had a real plan for my development – and really wanted me.

    As someone who grew up with the Japanese business culture, which is quite hierarchical, I was very impressed by the friendly reception. Whether you're a student assistant or engineer – everyone is treated fairly and on an equal footing.

    My training program began on the first day. In an international team. At MAHLE I work with colleagues from around the world. That helps all of us get ahead – and provides me with an added opportunity to learn. This time at MAHLE in Japan has been – and continues to be – very valuable to me. I benefit from it every day in my interaction with colleagues and clients.

    Research. Development. Design. Production. I am involved in all of it. The interaction with other departments adds variety to my work. Each project at MAHLE leads to new knowledge. About international markets and corresponding customer needs. The way I can contribute my know-how, and at the same time improve it is really great.

    In my cross-project activities, I would like to continue supporting Japanese and German colleagues at MAHLE in learning even more from one another, and working together even better. In the future, I see myself as someone who creates connections between colleagues and customers in Japan and Germany. As a bridge between cultures.

    In every respect, MAHLE offers me the greatest possible freedom: to develop innovative solutions, to have a lot of fun, to learn new things -– but also to have enough time for my personal life. The latter in particular is not always a given in Japan.

  • Markus Cramme

    Leiter Fachspezifische Gruppe für Elektronik und Software in der Konzernvorausentwicklung

    At MAHLE since April 2011

    Markus Cramme

    Leiter Fachspezifische Gruppe für Elektronik und Software in der Konzernvorausentwicklung

    At MAHLE since April 2011

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