Our new series: What does the family of companies with flat hierarchies actually mean at AB Elektronik?
We love success and a breath of fresh air in our company. This is the opportunity for your career.
In the leading role:
A screwdriver workshop in the Ruhr area: Matthias Knoche (right in the picture) likes to be there himself when motorcycles or cars are being repaired. Initially as a high school graduate, but later also during his basic military service. Already during this time his interest for technical connections and for a study in the field of mechanical engineering grows.
In everything he does, it is important to him to look “at the big picture”. Thinking in drawers, royal knowledge and “that doesn’t work because it has never been possible” is not his thing. Even during his 12-month stay abroad, which he spent in the USA during his high school studies, he realized that his professional advancement should be characterized above all by versatility.
Matthias: “Even when I started my studies in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University in October 2005, I worked as an assistant in the engine development department of a well-known automotive supplier. Primarily to earn something in addition, but there I also got a lot of experience of working in project teams. I was fascinated by the opportunities that arose when many bright minds wanted to advance a cause and everyone offered their support exactly where it was needed. The focus was not on the responsibility for a topic, but on the technical knowledge and its coordination for the possible solution. That was really cool, and it impressed me how many good ideas were implemented there. That’s how I imagined my future professional life.
Young professionals are right at AB Elektronik: if they are curious and good at their job and are eager to bring our customers’ projects to a successful conclusion. Because we also focus on solutions. New approaches and fresh ideas help us further. We see this as a rejuvenating cure for our company. At AB Elektronik, young professionals have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge, satisfy their curiosity and shape the next career steps through targeted mentoring.
Matthias: “With this insight for my future in mind, I wrote my student research project at Voith AG, the key point being versatility. It was about the “Life Cycle Costing” analysis of a paper machine. I completed my diploma thesis at Siemens Infrastructure & Cities in Krefeld on the analysis and prognosis of wheel wear development of rail vehicle wheels using the example of a regional traction vehicle.
I wanted to use this time and gain further experience. Therefore, my practical semester at RWE IT GmbH led me to the Consulting & Processing division before I earned my diploma in March 2013.
I felt well positioned, and now the fun was just about to begin!
From my first job in a small start-up, which is very successful today by the way, I expected interesting projects and processes with little bureaucracy. In this phase, however, there was a lack of mentoring capacities in this newly emerging company, and I didn’t really make any progress. As you can imagine: That wasn’t what I wanted, and so I was happy to hear a hint from a friend who drew my attention to an open position as project manager at AB Elektronik.”
Mentoring – so that professional potential can mature into excellence: A professional career is based on goals you set yourself and on opportunities that develop. We have experts at our company who will support you in developing your skills in a targeted manner. We are happy to benefit from this by combining your progressive professional maturity with career steps within the company. Together we ensure that the AB Elektronik brand is not only qualified by an outstanding history, but is also secured by our young talents through the particularly future-oriented orientation of our products and technologies.
Matthias: “With my application to AB Elektronik, I hoped to be able to get off to a good start, and it got off to a good start. The application process was uncomplicated. We not only talked about the requirements for this job, but also included my ideas for a professional career. The tour of the plant made it clear to me that there was a lot of internal capacity in the plant for development, prototyping and laboratory work, as well as for ultra-modern production. So it promised to be interesting.
Taking over the project management for the development of customer-specific sensors in the automotive environment was a welcome challenge for me. Since I saw myself in the long run rather in technical sales, this position offered a perfect start in this direction. Given the company’s existing expertise, I seized my opportunity and from October 2014 managed complex development projects for renowned automobile manufacturers. This includes coordinating technical milestones and deadlines. Even today, I particularly like the cooperation with all specialist departments. We often have discussions in which my versatile technical background leads me to see challenges from a new, different perspective. Very exciting. And also instructive.
These tasks are exactly my thing. I gathered experience and proved that the trust placed in me was well invested. The desire to go more in the direction of sales and to broaden my view of the big picture did not let go of me in spite of everything.
AB Elektronik: We offer space for your career.
Our global structure, flat hierarchies and the dynamic market of the automotive supplier industry offer a framework that fascinates and motivates us again and again.
New team members like Matthias bring a breath of fresh air to the company, and we are happy to be there for our customers together in the future!
I am looking forward to this new opportunity … and would like to encourage other young professionals! It runs … and is really fun!
Soon AB Elektronik offered me a chance for this next step in my career.
Since July 2018 I have been responsible for the speed sensor product line as Product Application Manager (PAM).
The focus here is not exclusively on the implementation of existing projects, but also on market development, trends, technologies and above all: I am in even more direct dialogue with our customers. Technical presentations, development of designs and also commercial topics are today, in close cooperation with sales and development, among my tasks!”