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Who we are
As an integrated technology group, Rheinmetall AG, publicly listed and based in Germany (Düsseldorf), is an intrinsically strong, internationally successful corporation with dynamic growth. Rheinmetall employs over 30,000 people worldwide. They generate annual sales of over €7 billion at 120 locations on every continent.
Rheinmetall in China
In China, Rheinmetall ‘s Automotive sector is present with currently 10 legal entities at 18 locations, such as Shanghai, Kunshan, Chongqing, Guangde, Wuhan and Yantai. The mobility company established its first facility in China in 1997 and is a trusted partner to the local auto industry. Its Kolbenschmidt and Pierburg brands are known for premium components in the segment light weight, exhaust gas recirculation, thermal management and turbocharging, as well as marine and industrial applications.
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Let’s work together to shape the issues that move people: mobility and security.
Working at Rheinmetall
Rheinmetall Automotive China Team
Today Yong Peng, Advanced Development Manager talks about the challenges for automotive suppliers in the field of future technologies.
My task: The future of mobility
My name is Yong Peng and I joined Rheinmetall Automotive China in April 2018 as advanced development manager. In this role, I am responsible for creating our future portfolio for the China market. My function here focuses on technology research in order to identify new opportunities and platforms for our company. Our research covers topics related to our current product portfolio and worldwide publications as well as policies and regulations, to foresee their consequences on the automotive industry.
It is important to understand which new products will be applied as well as the according requirements. We can then determine what will become a key component or key system in the future and make investment decisions respectively. My department is still very young but one day it will bring out new products and system modules.
My educational background is in mechanical engineering. In the past, I focused on the internal combustion engine. For me, the “electrical world”, such as radar, new sensors, electric components and related programming is quite new. Therefore, I am learning something new every day and grow more professionally.
Automotive and Defence – Two solid pillars
The strong product portfolio of Rheinmetall Automotive attracted me. The company is very well known through their product brands, Kolbenschmidt und Pierburg, among automotive experts. Meanwhile, the advantage of the knowhow of two different sectors – Automotive and Defence- in Rheinmetall Group was also decisive for me to join Rheinmetall Automotive. I had read in industry specified press that Rheinmetall Automotive is actively conducting research in future technology fields.
A company with tradition and future success
My perceptions of Rheinmetall Automotive China from the “outside” have all been confirmed after joining the team. The company has a history of over 100 years. People know that companies can only survive that long and foster a successful business if they adapt to evolving challenges and the dynamics in their markets. Obviously, Rheinmetall Group is very versatile and has successfully adapted and is always thinking about investments in future developments. Also, we are an internationally active company group with a good organizational structure, meaning that we do not only rely on the business in one market. Moreover, the unique business model of Rheinmetall Group across two completely different sectors guarantees a certain financial stability for the group and job security for me as employee.
*Editor’s comment: In 2016 KSPG has changed its name to Rheinmetall Automotive as a first step within an internal initiative called “ONE Rheinmetall” which was set up to strengthen the company by fostering internal synergies and identifying common innovation clusters.
Rheinmetall Automotive China Team
We proudly present to you Lucy Yu, Procurement Manager. Find out why Lucy Yu is passionate about working in international projects and what she likes about the “big” and “small” Rheinmetall family.
Process optimization – what I do best
My name is Lucy Yu and I am a procurement manager. Within this position I am in charge of procurement activities for the business unit large bore pistons at our plant in Kunshan and support the small bore piston business within global projects. Therefore I work together with colleagues from the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. Prior to joining Rheinmetall Automotive, the projects I was part of were limited by size and locations, e. g. only at one plant. Now I am working for projects across seven plants. The tasks for which I am responsible are demanding, but I see the strong cohesion of the global teams. Being able to share knowledge, information, and different ideas with colleagues around the world makes me enjoy my work a lot. The experience gained in the projects helped me to identify potential for process optimization with which we can make our business in China and worldwide even more efficient.
“Big” and “small” family
Thanks to being part of international projects, I feel like a part of the “big” global family while at the same time, I am a member of our “small” local unit in Kunshan. Therefore, the company feels very worldly to me but with the benefits of having an intimate local team and low administrative barriers. Our management team in Kunshan contributes to the family-like atmosphere by communicating openly about our business situation and explaining decisions to us employees. This openness makes me not only feel confident and safe, but also fosters my trust in our management team. Moreover, as a procurement manager, I also visit new suppliers and introduce our company to them, including our financial figures, which is why open communication is important for me to do a good job. Every time when I’m presenting the company, I really feel a strong sense of job safety and I am proud to contribute to our success through my work.
Inspiring work environment
For me, it is important that I can continue to learn from my colleagues and here, I am surrounded by many inspiring and talented people. Furthermore, my colleagues are always supportive and therefore the company is an attractive employer to me. The good work atmosphere is very visible during our “Family Days”. I like them very much because I can show to my family, especially to my daughters, where I work and who my colleagues are. That convinces them that I am very happy with my job and the company I work for. I also highly value the flexible working hours, in particular when traffic is bad. In addition, we have an annual health check and receive small gifts on special occasions, such as national holidays or our birthdays, which make me feel very appreciated as an employee.
Meet Kiki Qiao – Commodity Purchaser
Today Kiki Qiao, Commodity Purchaser, talks about her first month working with Rheinmetall Automotive in China, her tasks, her team and the work atmosphere.
Diversified tasks in an international environment
I am Kiki Qiao and I joined Rheinmetall Automotive in November 2018 as Commodity Purchaser. In this function, I am responsible for price inquiries, identifying cost reduction potentials with our suppliers and reaching the optimal price through negotiations. Furthermore, I am developing new suppliers. My work requires sourcing information, both from inside and outside of China. This provides me with a perfect opportunity to improve my English skills.
Openness, trust and respect – no empty phrases at Rheinmetall Automotive
As I had been working for another foreign company before, working at Rheinmetall Automotive gives me the possibility to learn about the culture of a German enterprise, what made the job even more appealing to me. The corporate values of openness, trust and respect are lived by every single employee, which creates a very pleasant work atmosphere. We encourage and support each other. This manner of teamwork helped me very much during my first weeks in the new job. I am still grateful to my team for supporting me like this!
I am proud to make my contribution
The teamwork and the fact that I enjoy a relatively high degree of freedom in how I manage my workload and my supplier network helped me to get familiar with my tasks and the new work environment quickly. I am very proud that within the first month I can already contribute to the success of our whole department.
Fubo Chang, Quality Team Lead at Rheinmetall Automotive, talks about his passion for engineering and machinery and why he has been with the company for many years.
The company and I formed a solid bond
I am Fubo Chang, the Quality Team Lead at Rheinmetall Automotive’s Large Bore Piston plant in Kunshan. I am responsible for quality assurance of finished components, as well as order and delivery management. Driven by my great passion for engineering and machines, I joined the company after graduating from the vocational training center in Shanghai when our Kunshan plant was still under construction. Proudly speaking I was the first employee on our shop floor. It is the great work atmosphere of the company that has made me stay for over seven years. The company is like a child to me. Through growing with the company step by step a solid emotional bond has been formed.
A prosperous development in a promising field
Rheinmetall Automotive, as an international company originating from Germany, offers many advantages, e. g. an advanced management concept, an excellent corporate culture, clean environment and flexible work hours. More important, our robust technology foundation and financial stability stand by our prosperous development in a promising field.
Great atmosphere makes me stay
At Rheinmetall Automotive, career development and training opportunities are equally available to everyone. Being a part of the production team, I have received external and internal training, including a technician workshop in Germany. My hard work and contribution is highly valued by our senior management. They recognize our contribution, are very friendly and actively listen to employees’ suggestions regarding work and personal life challenges. That’s why we have a strong team and colleagues get along with each other very well.
Today, Bright Yin, Director of Research and Development (R&D), talks about the challenges the R&D team faces, what makes the team different from other teams he has worked with, and why his goal is to come to work with a smile, every day.
Research and Development – a daily challenge
My name is Bright Yin and I am the Director of Research and Development at Pierburg in Kunshan. I am responsible for a cross divisional team of project management, design, application as well as simulation and testing. We are confronted with different challenges every day, from new products, projects and applications to new requirements from our customers. However, with our expertise, confidence and passion for our products, we always find a solution. With our latest testing techniques, introduced from Germany, we are able to offer our Chinese customers faster feedback. In the past, it took us about four to six weeks, as we had to return the samples to Germany for testing. Now it will only take us one or two weeks to do the pre-check and give customers initial feedback. That has been a very positive signal, not only for my team and for our employees here in Kunshan, but also for our customers.
Rheinmetall Automotive – a growing business in China
When I first joined in 2012, Rheinmetall Automotive had only started local production at the Kunshan plant. I have very exciting memories of that time because the team grew a lot, in parallel to our site: Now we have equipped over 16 production lines and we successfully established our business.
Not only a company, but a family
I am still surprised by our people’s great passion for their work and dedication to our company. Once we had an urgent case for testing with a tight deadline from our customer, which meant that one of our test engineers had to work overtime if we did not want to hire an outside testing agency at extra costs. To my surprise, the test engineer volunteered to do the overtime to save the additional costs. That showed to me that our employees really think of our company as their own and treat it like their family business.
Our employees are the heart of the company
Our teamwork is very good. Colleagues share their knowledge and this way the whole team can work more efficiently. Everybody is very open-minded, task-oriented and takes on their responsibilities. At the same time, we are a very humorous bunch. All my employees know our products very well and their communication skills are very good. The most important thing when they face the customer, though, is that they are not alone. The whole team backs them up, not only counting our Chinese colleagues, but also our German colleagues. Outside of work, we also maintain personal contact. My family lives close to some of my colleagues’ families, and we can help each other to take care of our children. I am very proud of this unique team atmosphere and it is my goal that everyone comes to work with a smile. Because we spend the whole day together, a positive work environment is essential to make our employees feel comfortable during working hours.
We proudly present to you Lihua Guo, Production Team Leader. Find out how she grew professionally together with our large bore piston plant in Kunshan and how Rheinmetall Automotive China supports not only her work-, but also her personal life.
Growing together with the company from the first day
I am Lihua Guo and I am a Production Team Leader at the Rheinmetall Automotive large bore piston plant in Kunshan. I joined the company as a fresh graduate of the vocational training center in Shanghai in 2012 in the role of junior operator. That was about the same time the new plant in Kunshan was founded. I still remember the machines coming into our production site and being installed one by one. Since then I have witnessed every step of the development – and grew professionally together with our business. With time I steadily grew from junior operator to intermediate and finally senior operator. After my maternity leave, I started to work as a leader of my own production team. Now I also supervise and help younger employees with less experience to improve their work and handle their mistakes. Due to the long shared history, I feel a deep emotional connection with Rheinmetall Automotive and our pant in Kunshan. The company feels like family to me.
Our company culture makes us a great place to work
The General Manager of our plant visits the shop floor every day. He is a warm and friendly person, paying great attention to the shop floor safety and cleanliness, which also has a great impact on the company's culture. This is also the reason why our plant is a good place to work for women in production. Moreover, the colleagues in my team get along with each other really well. On “Family Day” we even get to bring our children to the plant to show them where we work. I like these kinds of employee activities very much.
Employee benefits – a big advantage
I value highly that Rheinmetall Automotive takes the welfare of its employees very seriously. The company not only offers a competitive salary but also takes care of reliable insurance services, to just name one of the additional employee benefits. This makes me feel save and respected.
All in all, I feel very lucky that I found an employer who supports both, my work- and personal life.
Today, get to know Xin Liu, Senior Operations Manager, and learn why his duties and his colleagues are the main reasons for him to work at Rheinmetall Automotive.
Colleagues at work and teammates on the soccer field
I am Xin Liu and I am the Senior Operations Manager at MS Motorservice Asia Pacific, the aftermarket division of Rheinmetall Automotive. I have been working for the company for over 10 years in Germany, before returning to China in 2018. What made me stay with the company for so long are not only interesting and challenging tasks, but foremost the people: From management to employees, colleagues at Rheinmetall Automotive are highly committed and enthusiastic about their work, just like me. One of my goals always is to inspire a positive atmosphere and I have achieved this when my colleagues say “Today, I am looking forward to going to the office and work with my colleagues” instead of “I have to go to office and work today.” For example, every week a group of colleagues meets for an after-work soccer practice, which I organize and I am excited to see that we are equally passionate on the soccer field, where all of us become teammates.
My career development from product manager in Germany to senior operations manager in China
For about 10 years, I was working as product manager in our different subsidiaries in Germany, BF Germany and MS Motorservice International. When I was still in Germany, I learned a lot about our business in China. Since I am back, I have handled and enjoyed many projects together with my colleagues here. My current role includes the coordination between Germany and China and therefore knowing the German language and culture is definitely one of my strengths that qualify me for the current tasks. My current position includes strategic planning for our business in Asia and requires management skills. During my time in Germany, I attended the „Talent Campus” program at the Rheinmetall Academy where I learned new skills across different areas and I got the chance to develop my professional network, as employees from all over the world participated in the training.
Rheinmetall Automotive – a Tier-1 supplier of the automotive industry, both in China and worldwide
Rheinmetall Automotive is a big international company in the automotive supplier sector with many subsidiaries all over the world. The company has entered the Chinese market over 20 years ago and currently is very successful. As a Tier-1 supplier of automotive components, we both serve famous international as well as local Chinese vehicle manufacturers. Via Motorservice, Rheinmetall Automotive supplies components and spare parts to the worldwide aftermarket. With increasing intensity, the company strives to answer the big questions about tomorrow’s mobility by focusing on the development of ever more electrical parts and components, which help to reduce emissions and increase the efficiency of engines. I am very excited to be a part of these interesting developments at Rheinmetall Automotive.
Get to know Daniel Shi, Application Engineer, and follow his career development, starting as an international trainee.
How I started my professional career
My name is Daniel Shi and I joined Rheinmetall Automotive China through the International Trainee Program in 2017. My major at university was Automotive Engineering and I always wanted to specialize in the powertrain area. That’s why I was attracted by the International Trainee Program. I was sent to Germany for a 6-months training period and then came back to China, where I switched from product design engineer to application engineer. I am responsible for customer communication, identify their requests and coordinate them with our internal teams to find solutions. These tasks align perfectly with my strengths. The International Trainee Program was also an excellent opportunity to expand my experience abroad and my global career network, which I still pays off for me.
Creating my own career path
What I value very much is that I am given the opportunity to actively shape my own career at Rheinmetall Automotive China. I can openly discuss my career development plans with my line manager and Human Resources and we decide together what my next career step will be. That is why I am not only passionate for my work, but also for my company.
Rheinmetall Group is a very strong group with robust business foundations, which enable young talents to plan a brighter professional future and grow along with the company. In the currently dynamic and rapidly changing automotive industry, we at Rheinmetall Automotive are actively immersing ourselves in new areas of mobility. I am proud of working for a company that is shaping our future.
Working with friends and growing confidence
At Rheinmetall Automotive China, employees have a very good work-life balance supported by many policies, such as flexible working hours. We also have a very harmonic company culture. Colleagues work together just like friends and support you whenever you need them. For example, my line manager treats me more like a friend than his employee. I feel appreciated, challenged and supported by him.He enables me to develop my own work style.This way he does not only support me, but our whole team to grow stronger and fulfill our tasks more successfully. With the support from my line manager and my team members, I am more confident when standing in front of our customers. I enjoy this excellent work atmosphere very much.
Editor’s note: Daniel Shi has recently taken on a managerial role in application engineering. We congratulate our colleague on the new position and wish him all the best in his new job as supervisor application engineering.
Let us introduce Benita Bian, Assistant to General Management at Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology and learn what is important to her in an employer, besides her job.
I enjoy the variety of tasks
My name is Benita Bian and I am the Assistant to the General Management of Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology (Shanghai) Corp. (PMP), one of 6 Joint Ventures of Rheinmetall Automotive in China. What I particularly like at my work are the variety of tasks and responsibilities: I do not only have administrational duties for the management, but also support the EHS (Environment, Health, Safety) function, take on administrative tasks for our shop floor workers, and take care of our premises.
Aspiration and work ethic – shared values by employees and management
I joined Rheinmetall Automotive in 2017 with the perspective to work in a multinational and highly diverse environment. Working with European, Japanese and Chinese colleagues on a daily basis was an appealing sell to me as an English major. I soon realized how young and energetic the team is. Sharing some important values and aspirations, every team member works very hard to get the job done, especially the managers. That kind of passion is influencing and inspires all of us.
How Top-Management shapes a positive company culture
I believe the most important role in the development of our company culture is our top management. Our Management cares the well-being of employees and values the significance of team spirit. This, in return, awards the company with great people not only in management, but also on the operational level. A comfortable and positive working relationship is what I see shining and worth cherishing here.
A great place to work, also for line operators
Our work environment is definitely a competitive benefit! Our new production facilities are highly modernized. Assembly lines are automatized to ease the physical workload of manpower to the maximum extent.The shop floor is maintained to a strict cleanliness standard. These are why we are a very attractive employer for people who are looking for a position in production, compared to other factories in the manufacturing industry.
Career opportunities at a global employer
In our team, we are at similar age and strive to make a professional career. We are still a growing company so I am sure that there will be interesting development opportunities for me within Rheinmetall Automotive. Thanks to the diverse cultural backgrounds and languages in our company, I can learn a lot about other cultures and improve my interpersonal skills with different nationalities. Only a global company like ours can offer these benefits to employees.