Career in China
Rheinmetall in China is seeking talent!
Reducing emissions is an important challenge of our time and one that vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are actively addressing. This not only increases the importance of new drive technologies, but also places new demands on the value chain. At Rheinmetall in China we have made it our goal to develop and manufacture high-quality components and systems that meet today's requirements. Furthermore, we are developing new technologies and components at our locations in China that will help shape the future of different technology areas. To strengthen our team in China, we are looking for qualified and motivated employees in various functions who are ready to drive change with us.
The future is waiting for you. So are we.
Who we are
Rheinmetall established its first facility in China in 1997 together with HASCO (SAIC Group) and is a trusted partner to well-known vehicle manufacturers. The technology group is currenlty present in China with 10 legal entities at 17 locations in Shanghai, Kunshan, Nanjing, Chongqing, Guangde, Wuhan and Yantai. In 2021 Rheinmetall re-positioned itself as a technology group with five divisions. In China, division Sensors and Actuators focuses on components for e-mobility and fuel cells, while Rheinmetall's Materials and Trade division is specialized in light weight components and the automotive aftermarket business. Furthermore, the company is developing new business areas beyond the automotive sector. These range from industrial applications to protective clothing and equipment to cooperations with the universitites of Tongji and Jiaotong in the field of digital transformation.
Rheinmetall (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Rheinmetall China, located in Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, is the Headquarters of Rheinmetall in China. The company was found in 2015 and is responsible for the central coordination of the China business.
Pierburg China Ltd.
Pierburg China Ltd. is a wholly foreign-owned enterprise of the Sensors and Actuators Division of Rheinmetall. Pierburg China is responsible for emission control systems for passenger cars and trucks as well as solenoid valves and actuators. The company is located in Kunshan and Shanghai Honggiao and was founded in 2009.
Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology (Shanghai) Corp.
Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology (Shanghai) Corp. is a Joint Venture between the Japanese pump manufacturer Mikuni and Rheinmetall. The company was founded in 2012 and is located in Pudong District, Shanghai. It develops and manufactures various types of innovative water pumps.
KSLP (China) Co., Ltd.
Kolbenschmidt Large Bore Pistons was found in 2012 and is part of Rheinmetall's Materials and Trade division. The company is located in Kunshan, where it manufactures large bore pistons with a diameter from 150 to 640 mm made of steel and aluminum, which are used in stationary, marine and locomotive engines. The large-diameter pistons are developed and produced for all renown manufacturers of large four-stroke engines worldwide.
MS Motorservice Asia Pacific Co., Ltd.
The Motorservice Group is the sales organisation for the global aftermarket activities of Rheinmetall. It is a leading supplier of engine components for the independent aftermarket. Motorservice offers its trade and repair shop customers a wide and comprehensive range of top-quality products. MS Motorservice Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. is one of the subsidiaries of Motorservice, located in Shanghai, China, estabilished in 2008.
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Working at Rheinmetall China
Meet our Team in China - Let our colleagues tell you about their experiences at Rheinmetall China in regards to career development, work-life balance, diversity and much more.
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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.
Get to know John Zhao, Quality Manager and find out why he thinks of an open and multicultural environment as an advantage and his role as a “firefighter”.
My superior and our senior management – my reasons not only to join, but also to stay!
My name is John Zhao and I am the Quality Manager at Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology, a joint venture within Rheinmetall Automotive. I joined the company in 2015. One of the reasons why I joined Rheinmetall Automotive was my future boss. During my interview, I not only gained a deeper understanding of Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology, but also got to know my superior. I was very pleased with both and that is why I accepted the offer. One of the reasons why I am still with the company is the senior management. By listening to the employees' challenges and showing strong commitment, they enable a work environment in which we can not only trust and respect each other, but everyone is encouraged to speak openly as well which creates a better workplace for all employees.
The benefits of working for Rheinmetall Automotive
Our company not only has a great management team, but also very passionate employees. Everyone takes his or her responsibilities very seriously, but at the same time, we manage to be humorous as well. The company also offers a certain flexibility, so that all employees can adjust their work schedule to their personal needs. Furthermore, our HR department will always try to accommodate individual situations, for example my paternity leave: Due to the particularity of my job, I was able to split my paternity leave and therefore did not have to take it all at once, but one day each week. I am very thankful for this, as therewith I was able to stay up to date in my job and be present for my team while enjoying increased family time every week, which is a very sensible and really a win-win situation for both, my family and my work.
Quality Management – the challenges of a “firefighter”
My responsibilities not only include product quality, but also customer quality, process as well as supplier quality and our internal quality system, ensuring we achieve the related IT certifications and operate under its regulations. Wherever a problem occurs, my team and I handle it. Therefore, I like to describe us as “firefighters”. Rather than extinguishing “fires”, we prefer to prevent them, though. That is why we strive to foresee problems well in advance and strive to eliminate them before they can arise in our operative business processes.
Multiculturalism as a chance to grow
I have worked for Italian, German as well as Japanese companies before, which was the perfect preparation to start working at Rheinmetall Automotive’s Joint Venture with a Japanese company here in China, led by an Italian Executive as well as a Japanese General Manager. As Rheinmetall Automotive’s origin is Germany, this adds 4 different cultures into the mix. Of course, that is sometimes a challenge, but it is definitely also one of our biggest strengths! Working in this environment provides an excellent chance to grow personally and gain new experiences that you cannot gain anywhere else. Knowing how to work in such a specific environment gives every employee a unique edge on the job market.
Today, we would like to introduce to you Ferdinand Yuan, Sales Manager at Rheinmetall Automotive in China. He will tell about his career in sales, how he manages between different cultures and the advantage of a small team within a large company.
The face to our customers
My name is Ferdinand Yuan and I started at Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology (PMP) over four years ago, where I work as sales manager. In this position, my responsibility is to handle the global account for foreign and local OEMs (vehicle manufacturers). In particular for local customers, it is a real advantage to have a contact person in China, and of course it also is an advantage for our company. As a salesperson, I am the face to our customers and in this role, I try to satisfy our customers and coordinate with our internal team, at the same time. Our long company history and good reputation are attractive to our customers. However, the main reason why customers buy from us is the very high quality of our products. This makes it easier for me to reach the customers and access new business opportunities.
The advantages of a big company and a small team
In my job, it is important to get the full support of the team. We have a big global sales team and are part of a large international company. There are many globally shared functions which we benefit from and we have the advantage to share experiences across the globe. On the other hand, PMP in China is still a small team. In this way we can directly contact the senior managers to discuss and find solutions. I have the backup of the team. We have the same focus and work together to find solutions. Everyone takes their duty very seriously and that’s what I am proud of. In our comparatively small team, I can take over more responsibility and fully demonstrate my value to the company. Dealing with the different business cultures of my local and global key accounts also helps me grow professionally. I am proud to work for a company with a long history and products with a strong reputation in the market.
Working in a global team and managing different cultures
Working in a global team and company of course also means to overcome cultural boundaries and consider global budget decisions, which we need to leverage. On a global level, we have our processes and regular meetings to report about progress and exchange ideas. In short term, I found it is hard to change the decisions of the top management of our European clients. Since everything is evolving very quickly in China, our local Chinese customers also want to carry out projects at a fast pace. Their requirement to us is to do things in a completely different way, not only using a different business mode, but also with a different project mode, in comparison to e. g. Europe. My role therefore also includes building a bridge between cultures.
Get to know Neal Gong, Production Manager, and learn about his personal development and success story at Rheinmetall Automotive.
Setting up a shop floor – a once-in-a-lifetime experience
My name is Neal Gong and I joined Rheinmetall Automotive’s large bore piston plant in Kunshan as a production supervisor in 2013. Back then, I did not know anything about piston production. That is why I was sent to our plant in Germany and received an intensive training for two months. When I came back to Kunshan, my first task was to set up our shop floor here together with two colleagues from Germany: We laid the foundation, installed the machines, and trained the operators.
Growing together with the company – my professional development
I have grown professionally along with the company for over 8 years and I have already been promoted twice. Now I am a production manager. During my promotion period, I received various kinds of trainings. I could attend a management course and I received a very detailed plan for technical management and technology training. The plant manager in Neckarsulm, Germany trained me. I often travel to Germany to get to know new technology and products. The international training opportunities in Germany and working together with international colleagues are definitely a bonus for me. Our transparent promotion strategy is beneficial for every employee in production. That’s also why we have a very stable team who trusts and relies on one another. Moreover, that is how we can guarantee a high quality product.
Transparency and respect – important company values
I really appreciate the communication style of our management. Our plant managers are always open for discussions and this is very important to me. I am also in touch with Germany a lot and I have always received support. At Rheinmetall Automotive China we trust each other and treat each other with respect, which is also very important to me.I really appreciate the communication style of our management. Our plant managers are always open for discussions and this is very important to me. I am also in touch with Germany a lot and I have always received support. At Rheinmetall Automotive China we trust each other and treat each other with respect, which is also very important to me.
Balancing work and family
Rheinmetall Automotive offers flexible working hours, which is an advantage for me because I live in Suzhou, which is about 60 km from Kunshan. When there is a lot of traffic, I sometimes need two hours to get to work. The flexible working hours allow me to avoid the biggest traffic jams by coming to work earlier or leaving earlier. This way, I can spend more time with my family and children.
Proud to be part of the Rheinmetall family
Rheinmetall Automotive is an economically very stable company. I feel very save as an employee – I never fear that I could lose my job and I know that I will always receive my salary on time.
Moreover, I feel honored to work here and be a part of the Rheinmetall family. The brand Rheinmetall is known all over the world and the Kolbenschmidt brand is famous for high quality pistons. We have a great product!
Wenkun Shi, Production Team Lead, talks about his growth path at Rheinmetall from a junior operator to a production team lead.
A remarkable career
My name is Wenkun Shi. I am a Production Team Lead at Rheinmetall’s large bore piston plant in Kunshan. My main responsibility is the technical operation of the second and third production phases. Furthermore, I also take care of the product quality control, together with my colleagues in procedure optimization and the quality team. Seven years ago, I joined Rheinmetall as a junior operator and have learned the relevant technical basics from my mentor. Now, as a team lead, I take on the same responsibility and mentor junior colleagues, what makes me feel very proud. I highly appreciate the fair and transparent promotion policy in the company, which ensures that my further development is perceived and recognized.
Achieving high customer satisfaction by meticulous quality checks
I feel a strong sense of achievement when our quality team identifies a tiny flaw on our product. Although, this is a meticulous workload, it ensures consistent quality profession and customer satisfaction. Whenever there is a quality flaw, the whole team will get together for a workshop and lessons learnt, and therewith make further improvements. This is a great training opportunity for everyone on our shop floor.
Various benefits and activities
I really want to highlight our employee benefits: Our employer provides us with a very competitive welfare package. We can also enjoy special gifts for birthdays and public holidays. All employees are involved in our Family Day organized by the company. This underlines our positive corporate culture and work atmosphere.
Today Vincent Si, Director Controlling at Rheinmetall, will talk about why he joined Rheinmetall and his experiences with good mentoring and a work culture that enables open communication and collaboration.
My name is Vincent Si and about five years ago, I joined Pierburg China, which is part of Rheinmetall’s Division Sensors and Actuators, as controlling manager. Since 2021, I work as controlling director, and in this role, have the lead over the daily controlling business and the coordination with other Rheinmetall entities in China. The daily work for my team and me includes business analysis, report preparation, assistance regarding local tax regulations and project budget calculation.
I consider controlling the heart of a company as this department offers insights in all key figures such as cash flow – the heartbeat of a company. Even though the automotive market is in a transition period and facing many uncertainties, I am still confident in our business and various products. I believe that customers are very satisfied with our products and we have a strong team. Therefore, I think that growth will become stable and our business increase over the next years.
The importance of mentoring
One reason why I joined Rheinmetall is my former boss who interviewed me for my previous role as controlling manager. He offered me a lot of help especially at the beginning, and with his support and mentoring, I successfully went through my probation period. Particularly for new employees mentoring is very important and I therefore think what my mentor did for the company is very contributive. He also set up a data documentation system, which allowed a smooth onboarding for me and other colleagues.
I have been following his good example and further developing the documentation system. Therewith I can offer the same level of internal training to the people I recruit as my superior did to me during my onboarding. For me, this meant that at the same time I took over more responsibility and a next career development step. As a manager, I pay attention to the career growth of my team members, supporting and developing them, as otherwise they might leave the team in the future. I believe that our investment in employees is one of the reasons, which makes us better than other companies.
Work culture, which thrives open communication and collaboration
Another reason why I joined Rheinmetall is that we are an international company, which encourages open communication. This is very important especially for people who work in controlling and often have to say “No”. As a controlling manager or director, it is my responsibility to advise our top management based on the evaluation of our performance and data. This means that I need to be transparent and feel encouraged to speak up. However, it is not easy to receive good data and to get it we have to cooperate with colleagues working in other areas such as sales, quality and operations. Having a cooperative atmosphere across departments is very helpful, as without the support of my colleagues, I could not do a good job.
At Pierburg China we really appreciate everyone’s hard work and respect and trust each other. This shows in being supportive without asking for a reward and offering advice to one another in difficult work situations. I think that our common activities outside of work, such as ping-pong, basketball and team dinners, highly contribute to the good relationship and bring us closer together. While at work I am a “boss” in front of my team members, I talk to them about my family and am a good friend outside of work. With our joint efforts, we believe that what we are doing now is very meaningful and worthy. We want to see the future.