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.

  • Ian Webb
    Senior Process Engineer in Telford
    Joined MAHLE in 1996

    Ian Webb
    Senior Process Engineer in Telford
    Joined MAHLE in 1996

    I began my employment with the company in March 1996 following an advertisement for operators with experience of injection moulding machines. My work had centred on injection moulding since leaving school so the opportunity to progress through to technician level arrived very quickly for me.
    I have been very lucky to have had received help and mentoring from many people throughout my career so far, I was given the opportunity to attend a polymer specialised college on day release. The support within the company enabled me to complete my studies with good grades, attaining HNC, HND and ultimately ending with an Honours Degree in Polymer Science even though I was still working full time.

    Throughout my career I have held a number of roles within the business; these have covered differing areas from operator to manufacturing & process engineering positions.

    I am currently responsible for the technician team within our plant. Our role is to support all injection moulding and plastic joining requirements for production and engineering functions.
    The work of our team has led to me joining the management team here in Telford and subsequently I have been enrolled onto the MAHLE management development programme. The programme is aimed at supporting the development of managers at all levels to ultimately achieve a level of consistency within teams globally.

    The most satisfying part of being a member of the team at MAHLE is the wide variety of tasks and the opportunity to undertake new challenges; these are monitored and mentored in a way to enable me to improve and develop with the company as the business moves forward.

  • James Purdie
    Tool Fitter in Kilmarnock
    Joined MAHLE in 1995

    James Purdie
    Tool Fitter in Kilmarnock
    Joined MAHLE in 1995

    I started working as a Tool Fitter within the High Volume Bearings Department in April 1995. Since then I have continued to develop my skills and I am now able to work in most areas of the factory in my role. MAHLE gave me the opportunity to be part of a machine transfer project which involved visiting the Chavanod Plant.

    What I enjoy most about my job is that there is a wide variety of tasks and no two days are the same. I hope to continue to work for MAHLE until I retire and I would relish the opportunity to work abroad again and share knowledge with counterparts in other plants.

  • Paul Taylor
    Team Leader in Worcester
    Joined MAHLE in 1999

    Paul Taylor
    Team Leader in Worcester
    Joined MAHLE in 1999

    I started at Cosworth Technology in November 1999 as a production operative, became Leading Production Operator in June 2000 then in 2003 became Teamleader. With the takeover of Cosworth Technology by MAHLE in 2005 I became Teamleader at MAHLE Powertain foundry in Worcester.

    I like the day to day challenge of meeting the customer’s production and quality requirements in a timely and effective manner and the opportunity to develop myself personally and technically through training. I also facilitate the development of others in the team. I am keen to achieve Production Manager level.

  • Binay Kapoor
    Picker & Packer in Bilston
    Joined MAHLE in 2009

    Binay Kapoor
    Picker & Packer in Bilston
    Joined MAHLE in 2009

    My daily tasks are picking orders in the warehouse from a pick list and then pack them ready for distribution.
    This job gives me great stability and satisfaction and I enjoy working for MAHLE very much. The people and environment here are very pleasant, helpful and we have always worked very well as a team.

    When I first started working for MAHLE I had training for Health and Safety and Manual Handling. Training like this ensures that I have the knowledge to work safely in a warehouse environment.

    All warehouse employees here are given the opportunity to advance their skills by doing an NVQ in warehousing and computing. I will certainly take on this challenge in the near future.

  • Sarah Catherall
    PA/Office Supervisor in Rugby
    Joined MAHLE in 1988

    Sarah Catherall
    PA/Office Supervisor in Rugby
    Joined MAHLE in 1988

    During my time with MAHLE, I have provided secretarial support to senior management and currently manage the administration support systems at Rugby.

    Working in MAHLE has provided me with opportunities to develop my career through both natural progression and targeted training. In 2011, I achieved an Institute of Leadership & Management qualification in Management and have benefitted tremendously from this experience.

    My latest assignment is to be part of a team which administers and manages product development projects globally. This has provided me with one of my personal highlights when I visited Brazil for a face-to-face collaborative workshop.

  • James Wallace
    Design and Verification Engineer in Northampton
    Joined MAHLE in 2011

    James Wallace
    Design and Verification Engineer in Northampton
    Joined MAHLE in 2011

    I joined MAHLE Powertrain in September 2011 as a Graduate Engineer on the Engineering Graduate Training Programme. This meant I spent my first year with the company doing placements in each of the engineering departments at MAHLE Powertrain before choosing one of them in which to specialise and spend a second year of on-the-job graduate training. The first year of placements gave me an excellent overview of the company and the different aspects of work that goes on here. It revealed which elements of engine design and development I have greatest aptitude in and enjoy most, allowing me to make a well-informed decision about where to specialise.

    After having these two years completed, I have been appointed to the position of Design and Verification Engineer. In this role most of my time is spent designing engine components and systems, from early concepts to production-level drawings. The 'Verification' part of my job title means I also contribute to the analysis of the components I am involved in designing. It is very rewarding seeing a component that I have designed in reality for the first time.

    The nature of the work at MAHLE Powertrain means that I am involved in a variety of projects and am given a variety of tasks. This presents continual learning opportunities and I feel I am developing quickly as an engineer. I am working towards becoming a Chartered Engineer, which the company encourages and supports. My colleagues are supportive, approachabel and willing to help with any technical queries I have, which helps accelerate my learning and technical development.

  • Lee McCartney
    Maintenance Electrician in Kilmarnock
    Joined MAHLE in 2007

    Lee McCartney
    Maintenance Electrician in Kilmarnock
    Joined MAHLE in 2007

    At MAHLE I have not only received excellent vocational training from a highly respected company, but I have also been exposed to a wide variety of processes and machinery which has enabled me to develop my skills as a Maintenance Electrician. As well as maintaining a wide variety of equipment and machinery, MAHLE has also given me the opportunity to get involved in projects such as installing and commissioning of new equipment.

    The highlight of my time in MAHLE so far is the completion of my apprenticeship and gaining full-time employment with the Company. As a very hands-on person I enjoy the challenge of fault finding and problem solving gaining a satisfaction from fixing machinery and helping to resolve production downtime.

  • Sally Higgs
    Purchasing Manager UK Indirect Material in Rugby
    Joined MAHLE in 1996

    Sally Higgs
    Purchasing Manager UK Indirect Material in Rugby
    Joined MAHLE in 1996

    I joined Cosworth Engineering in 1996 as a non production buyer and have progressed through the business in a number of purchasing roles.
    Opportunities have also included involvement with European / global tenders and strategies for oils and technical gas.
    In 2009, upon return from maternity leave, I took the lead for the UK Central Purchasing office, and with the help of my team we amalgamated non production purchasing into one office for the UK; bringing together the purchasing for 4 business unites / 7 sites.
    This was an exciting project and continues to offer opportunities to work with all business units to both reduce costs and improve process

    Why MAHLE? As a business it welcomes you into its team and everyone's input is valued. As a working mother I find MAHLE both flexible and supportive; working in MAHLE could be described as a partnership.

  • James George
    Head of Product Technology
    Global Product Expert for Bearings
    and Bushes in Rugby
    Joined MAHLE in 2007

    James George
    Head of Product Technology
    Global Product Expert for Bearings
    and Bushes in Rugby
    Joined MAHLE in 2007

    I initially joined MAHLE as a Product Engineer with European responsibilities for Routine Simulation and Damage Analysis after I graduated with a BEng Motor Sport Engineering and Design Degree. MAHLE had recently taken over the business and following this the Product Engineering Department in Rugby was created. During this time many great opportunities arose for me to contribute to establishing the department.

    MAHLE has supported my career development and generated opportunities to grow. In 2011 I took over the responsibility for Innovation and in 2013 I was appointed to Head of Product Technology and Global Product Expert for Bearings and Bushes. MAHLE is one of the leading Automotive component suppliers and has the ability to react to the ever changing market place. In my opinion it is essential to bring Innovative products to the market and solve the challenges of tomorrow today. My vision is to be able to facilitate ideas/projects that translate into products that will technically differentiate MAHLE from its competitors. This will reinforce our excellence within the market place and as a Global corporate organisation.

  • Mick Wheeler
    Production Supervisor JCB Area & Ryle Drive in Wellingborough
    Since 1998 at MAHLE

    Mick Wheeler
    Production Supervisor JCB Area & Ryle Drive in Wellingborough
    Since 1998 at MAHLE

    I started working for MAHLE as a CNC Operator. After one year I became a Team Leader in the Aston Martin Line as the volume of engines increased I became a Project Leader in this area and was responsible for managing 3 shifts. When the contract came to an end I then managed the JCB Area in the same role as Project Leader. I have been managing this area for the past seven years as Production Supervisor and I am responsbile for managing the production lines which currently run 3 shift rotation pattern. In managing the prdouction lines I am responsibe for meeting the requirements from our customer, man management, KPI figures and reporting data, maintenance, welfare and making sure production line is running smoothly.

    I have always strived to complete my job to the best of my ability and take full responsibility for the whole site and I always enjoy showing visitors around my site.

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