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.

  • Robert Okretič

    Electrical Maintenance Specialist

    Since 1984 with MAHLE Letrika

    Robert Okretič

    Electrical Maintenance Specialist

    Since 1984 with MAHLE Letrika

    I began working at the company immediately after finishing school, as an apprentice for 6 months, since apprenticeship was still required at that time. I had an excellent mentor who explained my future work to me in detail. Before arriving, I wasn't really sure what my work would be like and whether it would suit me, but today I know it was the right decision.

    I really appreciate my work, because it is exciting and represents a daily professional and personal challenge. I am especially proud of the successful transfer and start-up of the alternator production lines in the company. This project has given me a lot of expertise in the field of process automation and programming of PLC controllers, as well as broader knowledge and experience regarding cooperation and communication with people from other cultural backgrounds. Although we were faced with a great deal of complications − the lines only had software in French, a language of which I had no knowledge − I had 3 translation programmes installed on the computer initially and grappled with French technical terminology. A particular challenge was the fact that we received almost no technical support from the professional associates of the company from whom we had obtained the lines.

    Today, I am especially happy with the diversity of work and continuous learning, especially in the field of process automation, where we follow modern global trends. The majority of work regards Siemens controllers, so I have attended special programming training, through which I acquired basic skills. Since novelties are continuous, education never ends. I self-educate often, due to my keen interest in the area. In addition, I attend annually organised special seminars and presentations regarding innovations at the company − presentations of devices to be installed, new programming tools, etc. In doing so, I receive a lot of praise-worthy support from management and my superiors. In addition to knowledge in the programming and electronics fields, knowledge of tires, hydraulics and electrical engineering is also a necessity for work to enable easier and quicker determination of locations of disruption and to reduce repair time and congestion on the lines. This is especially important because these are assembly lines, and failures lead to disruptions for many of those working along the line.

  • Dr. Vid Krušič

    PD engineer

    Since 1985 with MAHLE Letrika

    Dr. Vid Krušič

    PD engineer

    Since 1985 with MAHLE Letrika

    My cooperation with the company began with a scholarship to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering for the acquisition of a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. During my traineeship, I became acquainted with the technology of cold forming, which the company uses for the purpose of starters and alternators. I later prepared a thesis in this field. I began work in the development department in the field of tool construction, which posed a big challenge for me. My experienced colleagues proved to be of a particularly great help to me in designing new products using cold forging technology. I especially remember my first testing of a five-speed gear for the final formation of a claw pole on a 1000-ton press in 1986, waiting for everything to go as planned. At that time, virtual tools were not yet available, whereas now, we can plan technological processes and control critical elements of tool elements with respect to the loads. Notwithstanding this, the test of forging the claw pole was successfully implemented. The company still produces millions of claw poles for the needs of alternators in the same way. During my many years of work, I continued my education, obtaining a PhD in the field of material science and have received numerous awards for successful realization in new product development. I have been a member of the international organization ICFG (International Cold Forging Group) since 1992, which enables participation at annual conferences where experts in cold forging can meet. The main themes include the presentation of novelties, exchange of knowledge and experience, and tours of companies or development laboratories in universities involved in this field that are otherwise relatively closed to the public and would otherwise be difficult to enter.

    What I most appreciate about my work is the fact that I can do the work that I enjoy. I hope that development in the field of cold forging continues with the purpose of providing support to cold forged parts for key company products and external sale.

  • Suzana Zavrtanik

    Components purchasing

    Since 1994 with MAHLE Letrika

    Suzana Zavrtanik

    Components purchasing

    Since 1994 with MAHLE Letrika

    I joined the company because it was export-oriented and invested heavily in the development of new products. The management and my colleagues guided my work and introduced me to the procedures and rules I required for successful implementation of my work. I was pleasantly surprised by the high employee allegiance to the company, something I find very important.

    Today, I’m responsible for components purchasing, which encompasses dynamic, varied and responsible work, due to the necessity to adhere to required deadlines and quality, while ensuring optimal prices. What I like most is that we create new products, meaning that there is always something new dictating the continuous learning of new skills. Professional development surpassed my initial expectations. In all these years, I have gained a lot of knowledge in the technical field, and in the fields of materials, teamwork and group leading. The most important thing I have learnt in my work is the importance of teamwork and openness for new ideas. This is confirmed in practice, as all major work achievements, such as successful acquisition of new product families of starters, alternators, etc. are conditioned by groups acting with positive attitudes. This all led to successful work that was completed in a timely manner. Another very positive working experience has been the management of the MCIP Starters team. For 4 years now we have managed to ensure required savings and reductions in the cost of producing starters, because we truly work as a team. At the same time, my knowledge of price analysis is broadening.

    The company contributes to the development of the local and wider environments, for in developing new products, suppliers are forced to undertake development, too. At the same time, this enables a higher rate of employment and hence, development of the local environment.

  • Surname and name: Humar Aleš

    Quality engineer

    Since 2013 with MAHLE Letrika

    Surname and name: Humar Aleš

    Quality engineer

    Since 2013 with MAHLE Letrika

    My cooperation with MAHLE Letrika started with my practical training within the studies of commercial engineering, continued with student work and writing my diploma and later master thesis in the field of supplier and material management. Work in the company meets all my expectations as it perfectly completes my studies that are explicitly multidisciplinary. My job is to inform the management about important information on suppliers and quality of the supplied material, which is of help in taking decisions required for the necessary measures and activities in improving the workflow. I like having the freedom in creating and communicating my ideas and introducing changes that lead to continuous improvements. I appreciate that my superiors are including me in the teamwork processes. In the future I would like to deal with even more demanding tasks and have more responsibility in the field of supplier quality. This mostly includes improvements in reporting and implementation of corrective measures to the suppliers.

  • Jernej Škvarč

    PD engineer

    Since 2008 with MAHLE Letrika

    Jernej Škvarč

    PD engineer

    Since 2008 with MAHLE Letrika

    I joined the company immediately after graduation. In the beginning, I helped various colleagues implement simple tasks, thus gaining experience and learning about different technologies and products. Later, the scope of my work became focused on the development and design of software for the drive controller, especially at the level of application architecture and regulation of asynchronous motors. It means a lot to me that I can work on modern software development technologies and methodologies, which poses a welcome challenge. It also helps that I work in a pleasant group in which we all get along very well.

    At work I can be creative and I do what I know I do well, namely writing software that is as effective as possible, and above all, reliable. The work is extremely varied, combining the fields of electronics, system theories, controls and modern programming methods. The development of reliable software requires planning and automated tests and software, which in turn, requires knowledge of various programming languages. During product development, communication and cooperation with the client is also important, which provide independent opinions helpful for further work. Conquering the standards of software development required in the automotive industry allows me to progress both in terms of writing higher quality and more reliable software codes, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of systems.

    As a development engineer I need to be able to seek the information required for my work and to always keep in step with advancements in the profession. Training is available at the company itself for specific skills that are difficult to obtain from the general literature.

  • Elka Kavčič

    Purchasing support

    Since 1987 with MAHLE Letrika

    Elka Kavčič

    Purchasing support

    Since 1987 with MAHLE Letrika

    My work at the company started in production and progressed to logistics procurement. I understood this promotion as recognition of my good work and that my efforts were being noticed and rewarded by my superiors. I enjoy the diversity of the work itself most and the support and encouragement of creativity and autonomy by my superiors. I receive instant feedback in both praise and constructive criticism regarding how to react or what approach to take in a given case. The annual appraisal is also very useful to me, as I receive even clearer objectives for my work as well as answers from the management about what is expected of me in the future. My personal aim is to improve my work, increase the breadth of my work and thus, advance both personally and professionally.

    Our company is a locally significant employer, providing jobs and thereby reducing unemployment. Working conditions are good; we have flexible working hours, warm meals and the option of using holiday facilities and organized recreation within the Sports Club.

  • Denis Winkler

    Toolmaker

    Since 1991 with MAHLE Letrika

    Denis Winkler

    Toolmaker

    Since 1991 with MAHLE Letrika

    Since I have always enjoyed practical manual work and have worked on model airplanes in my free time, I had to choose between carpentry and metal work after finishing my elementary school. Ultimately, I choose to become a toolmaker. I obtained a scholarship from the company and performed practical work there each year. In this way I became acquainted with practical work so the transition into employment was quite easy. I was given a mentor who introduced me to the practical side of the work, but since all of us in the tool making department worked as a team, I was able to draw on knowledge not only from my mentor, but also from other colleagues, which was supplemented from year to year. In the tool making field, experience is invaluable. Through the years of practice, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience, and I now also pass on my knowledge to younger colleagues.

    I particularly enjoy diversity of my work; its dynamism and the breadth of knowledge that are required to finish a project. This is knowledge you cannot obtain at school, but acquire gradually in an organized and efficient working environment. The success of projects is most evident when a customer returns to order a new product. I have also participated in on-site projects at the customers' premises several times. What I remember most is the testing of my stator and rotor blade tool at a client's company, where we were also shown around the client's production technology and equipment, which in many ways differed from ours.

    The new company owner is bringing new business opportunities, and as a toolmaker, I hope for the enlargement of tool development in the MAHLE Group.

  • Mirjam Tonkli

    Production worker

    Since 2006 with MAHLE Letrika

    Mirjam Tonkli

    Production worker

    Since 2006 with MAHLE Letrika

    Prior to my arrival, I had no idea of what work in production was, so I was very surprised at the level of discipline and orderliness required in the Product Segment Electrically Driven Auxiliaries due to the requirements of the automotive industry being so high. I was very well received by my colleagues and by management. I learnt one operation after the other and became acquainted with work on various machines. I learnt about operations, with special emphasis placed on the quality of products, what I need to be vigilant about and how to implement control to avoid errors in the product itself. I like my job because I get to operate all the machines on the line, which gives my job variety. In addition, I am pleased that my work and that of my colleagues is appreciated by the company.

    The company provides various forms of training for production workers, particularly in the fields of quality, ecology and occupational safety. I have also completed a national vocational qualification and obtained a certificate of competence as a machine operator, about which I am extremely pleased. This has enabled me to gain additional knowledge regarding materials, the functioning of various machines, technical documentation and technical processes, which I now use in my work.

  • Martina Čermelj

    HR specialist

    Since 2008 with MAHLE Letrika

    Martina Čermelj

    HR specialist

    Since 2008 with MAHLE Letrika

    In spite of the vast amount of administration work, my job allows me constant contact with employees. Many people turn to me for help and advice. Upon joining the company, I was expecting a narrower scope of work than I actually have, since my responsibilities have expanded considerably, both due to legislative changes related to my work as well as other changes in the company. Recently, management assigned me new tasks and responsibilities as an HR Reporting Expert for the Mahle Group. I understand this as management's confidence in me.

    Conversation and communication among all employees in the company is very important in my work, since without relevant information, one can't perform well. My work is dynamic and diverse, often unpredictable and sometimes stressful.

    It is important to me that the company offers opportunities for education and training, which I can use in my work. For example, I found the training on decision theories, which I was referred to by my superior very useful to my work. It has brought me new skills I can now use in my advisory work and personal life. I was also happy to participate in the training for occupational health advisors, which I see as an upgrade to my already acquired secondary school skills. Both provide me with a better understanding of employees with health problems and limitations. Besides, I have more opportunities to successfully solve problems people encounter in their work and find more suitable jobs for them.

  • Jaka Vidmar

    Head of Production Assembly

    Since 2010 with MAHLE Letrika

    Jaka Vidmar

    Head of Production Assembly

    Since 2010 with MAHLE Letrika

    Before I joined the company, I was already somewhat familiar with production , so I basically already knew how the work would be carried out. I began in maintenance and having gradually gained the necessary knowledge, I was promoted to the foreman in maintenance. This was followed by work as the head of the line, after which I was promoted to the post I hold now, i.e. head of production assembly. I am happier than I expected, since in a short time I have made considerable progress in terms of responsible work, which also requires support from my superiors, for whom I can say that are always helpful, using their experience in overcoming obstacles and pursuing objectives. There was practical training for each job position, where employees acquired necessary skills with the aid of a mentor. Of course I also learnt a lot from experience and daily obstacles. The most important thing I learnt at work I would like to point out is to pay respect to colleagues and importance of working well with people.

    What I like about my work is a greater level of responsibility, working with people and flexible working hours. Of course, the work is varied and dynamic, and is not only administrative but also involves an overview of the entire production. It is both individual and collective as we cooperate with the supporting services in the company (logistics, control, technology, etc.). Changes are continuously present; the production halls are adapted to different lines due to abolition of the existing ones and introduction of new ones. Each well-realized month is a success resulting in satisfaction of the whole team and we always strive to make the results even better. I enjoy those moments when for increased sales we need to bring in new employees.

  • Nejc Volk

    PD engineer

    Since 2014 with MAHLE Letrika

    Nejc Volk

    PD engineer

    Since 2014 with MAHLE Letrika

    I joined the company immediately after the completion of my master's degree in mechanical engineering, having received a staff scholarship. Before that, I completed my practical training with the company and continued working for them as a student, where I had the opportunity to model vibrational analysis of a product, which the client was pleased with, and through which I learnt a lot. I successfully completed my studies with my master's thesis, entitled Analiza in karakterizacija vibracijskih predpisov za alternatorje in zaganjalnike gospodarskih vozil (Analysis and Characterisation of Vibrational Regulations for Alternators and Starter Motors for Commercial Vehicles), which was born as a result of my practical work in the field of vibration.

    In my job, I appreciate the opportunity to work in all stages of product development, from conceptualisation to single measurement properties of the final product. As an employee, it is important to gain experience and knowledge in a wide range of activities in the profession. What I enjoy most is putting theory into practice, whereby a new innovative product is gradually created from abstract mathematical models. In doing so, I appreciate the help of my colleagues who take the time to acquaint me with all the activities of the department. I realize that complex details often hide in seemingly simple problems, while extremely complex problems can sometimes be simplified considerably, which is a fact that I find interesting. Even before beginning work at the company, I imagined that I would come in contact with many areas of mechanical engineering due to its large size and the usefulness of interdisciplinary knowledge. The company provides these opportunities, since they represent the foundation of engineering and technological knowledge. I wanted to be present in an environment that is responsible for on-going development and implementation of new skills and encourages professional growth.

    With the production of high-quality electrical machinery, the company is focused on the electric future, the general trend of electrification and the most eco-friendly solutions for various drives. In the local environment, it is particularly important that as a large employer, the company also provides internship to pupils and students, thereby ensuring the acquisition of experience for the future staff. The company is also known for several benefits it offers to the employees that are rare in the Slovenian companies today. The flexible schedule is definitely a positive thing, allowing me to arrange my work time in a freer manner as development work is not a job that can always stay within the structure of regular working hours.

  • Klavdij Čehovin

    Head of plant Komen

    Since 1998 with MAHLE Letrika

    Klavdij Čehovin

    Head of plant Komen

    Since 1998 with MAHLE Letrika

    Managing the die casting foundry with 100 employees represents a challenge to me from the perspective of working with employees, autonomous management of all business processes, managing the specific local environment of Slovenia and simultaneous correlation of international trends in the automotive industry. The interesting tasks that have arisen in recent years stem from the fact that it was necessary to modernize the plant Komen from a technological point of view, and to an even greater extent, from the aspect of processes (lean production, SMED, etc.) and employee motivation. This is by all means an on-going process; working with people and renewal of processes represent a perpetual challenge tied to constant changes in markets, customers and the world. Drawing on my sales experience, I know that the long-term priority of the company can only lie in additional and new sales, resulting from developments and technologies that follow the market quickly enough to provide new families of products. Therefore I always challenge myself to keep increasing sales and developing new projects. I am proud of the fact that I have always been ready to face new challenges, even when the current position would be more favourable or predictable.

    The greatest success and prerequisite for continued successful work is always successful work with colleagues, a strategic approach, acquisition of relevant information to enable correct decisions and, of course, the constant accumulation of new knowledge and experiences that are not always associated with the content of the job itself at that time. In my current position of the head of the foundry, experience in leadership and motivation of employees and management of a company do matter. Understanding of the dynamics of specific industries and markets and mechanisms in the industry is also of extreme importance. To ensure stable operations, communication with the local publics is of utmost importance, since most of the employees who are key to the company's success come from the local environment.

    Inclusion in the MAHLE Group represents an opportunity to broaden my personal and professional development and a possibility to acquire complex skills and experience. The greatest challenge should always lie ahead.

  • Boštjan Vodopivec

    Account manager

    Since 1997 with MAHLE Letrika

    Boštjan Vodopivec

    Account manager

    Since 1997 with MAHLE Letrika

    Working in a company that follows global trends in the automotive and HD industries brings professional and personal growth along without saying. This is something I really appreciate.

    I began my work in the Purchasing Division, where I met and managed supply chains. Then I continued work in the sales office. There I was able to use my knowledge and experience from procurement and upgrade it with sales and marketing skills, as well as commercial knowledge as a whole. As a account manager, I also coordinated internal departments (development, technology, quality, production) with the aim of harmonising all activities to the end customers. Since 2012, I have been working at the subsidiary in Komen, where I perform purchasing and sales tasks at the commercial office.

    Because the company is small, this allows a more direct and high-quality communication, leading to greater flexibility and responsiveness in implementing activities. By education I am a mechanical technician and secondly, an economist therefore I enjoy tasks that bring together technology and sales. The technologies of die-casting and mechanical processing of aluminium products are crucial for the company. I find the management and integration of this area with the sales department to be very interesting. In my work, I have learnt that ideas, pro-activeness, cooperation and a positive working climate ensure success in the long term. I appreciate working with people, customers and suppliers on the one hand, and colleagues from different departments on the other. I also appreciate a lot the praise regarding approaches, knowledge, experience, cooperation and teamwork, which we have received from several customers on numerous occasions. I take it as a tribute to the work of the entire team of people involved, to their knowledge, experience and energy.

  • Valentina Leban

    Quality Technician

    Since 1995 with MAHLE Letrika

    Valentina Leban

    Quality Technician

    Since 1995 with MAHLE Letrika

    For me it is important that the company has good standing in the market, which gives me a sense of security for the future. Cooperation is a prerequisite for the proper performance of work, because it enables me to obtain additional pieces of information from colleagues, which are forwarded to me by the head of the line and the rest of my colleagues. The realisation that mutual relations are very important and that we need to respect each other is precious; in life we can always learn something new.

    I obtained a higher level of education and the title of mechanical technician through the part time studies while working, which allowed me to move forward, initially to the post of acceptance controller, and later to my current position as a quality technician. I enjoy my work because of its variety. Technologically, we are in step with the time, with many new challenges and new products appearing, which one must first be well acquainted with in order to perform quality controls in accordance with the regulatory requirements.

  • Irena Gregorič

    Secretary

    Since 1984 with MAHLE Letrika

    Irena Gregorič

    Secretary

    Since 1984 with MAHLE Letrika

    The responsibility of being a company secretary enables work with colleagues and external parties, which I enjoy, as I appreciate the dynamism and genuine relationships between employees and organised working environment. The nature of the work is such that prompt and clear information from superiors as well as colleagues is required to achieve goals and implement tasks. Relationships among co-workers, who are one of the foundations for successful work and achievement of common goals, are very important factors for ensuring that my working day passes quickly and successfully. Over the years, I have discovered that the real soul of a company is actually the people who comprise it.

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