Three questions for…

Kristin Beutner, Trainee Operations

How did you start at Rheinmetall?

Having already gained valuable experience as an intern at another company during my studies, I wanted to develop my skills and learn something new. I wanted to get even more practical experience with the aim of finding out which job suits me, what I enjoy and where the future will take me.

The working student position at Rheinmetall was an excellent opportunity, because it not only offered a secure job, but also prospects. I was also impressed by the site’s proximity to production. Following my working student position, I then applied here as a trainee.

It’s a real privilege to be able to work in a position where I can get to know all areas of the site while I’m still studying for my master’s degree. Balancing my studies and work has never been a problem; I’ve always experienced a high degree of flexibility.

In which area do you work, and what are your daily tasks?

I’m currently employed as a trainee in the Operations department. Since I’m getting to know various departments related to production and production management, my range of tasks is broad and could hardly be more varied. I do pretty much everything, from helping with the day-to-day operations of the individual departments, to ad-hoc analyses for production management, to longer‑term projects such as a new personnel plan for production.

The most important thing in my everyday life is time management. Not losing track of different tasks, but working through everything in a coordinated and prioritised manner is crucial to really being able to add value. With the responsibility you are given as a trainee, you also have to face these challenges. Independence and personal responsibility play a major role, as does the flexibility you need due to the variety of tasks. But above all, you should never lose the desire to get to know new people and new areas of responsibility and thus broaden your horizons.

Why is Rheinmetall a good employer in your view?

At Rheinmetall, recent graduates are given great opportunities to experience a wide variety of areas and identify their own strengths. Rheinmetall also offers a secure workplace and high flexibility with regard to working hours. So it was never a problem for me to reconcile my studies and my full-time job. If there were ever any problems, we were always able to find a solution together without any issues. Employees are encouraged and supported at all times and, of course, the collective wage agreement also offers a great deal of security.

Christian Kook, Project Lead Operations

How did your path lead you to Rheinmetall?

After training as a mechatronics engineer, I continued my education to become a state-certified mechanical engineering technician. At the same time as my work as a production equipment designer, I completed a technical business administration degree at night school. I was subsequently able to gain experience working in project management at a European company. However, after my path there ended due to a serious illness, I again became active in applying for jobs – Rheinmetall was one of them. Looking back, this turned out to be a lucky moment, despite all the circumstances.

By maintaining my network, contacting recruiters and attending a career fair (German Armed Forces Day), I was successful and joined Rheinmetall at very short notice via an external service provider. My contract was signed on a Friday and the following Monday I started my first working day in Kassel.

Why did you decide to work at Rheinmetall?

Even as a teenager, I was very involved in vehicle technology. For example, I restored vintage tractors with my friends. Even now, vehicle technology is still one of my hobbies. Through my basic military service, I became interested in the German Armed Forces. This continues to this day, as I am an active reservist in my spare time. A tour of the plant in Unterlüss with the reservists many years ago confirmed my interest in Rheinmetall.

It was for this reason that I wanted to do something professionally related to it. It is important to me to identify completely with the products and the employer. Added to this are career prospects, personal development opportunities, security during a crisis and, last but not least, Rheinmetall’s heritage and high profile. I have found my dream employer!

What excites you in your day-to-day work?

I want to meet customer requirements, both internally and externally. For me, it is very valuable to work with colleagues and achieve good results together. This is also what makes the Kassel site so special. There is a healthy mix of both very experienced and new employees. Willingness to help is very important here. There is also a high level of diversity from the portfolio that is processed at the site in terms of vehicles and components. The size of the plant and the number of employees here are extremely impressive.

The typical working day for me combines a high level of communication with interdisciplinary interfaces as well as quiet work. I plan many topics with project management tools, adjust the planning and coordinate them. In this context, interaction with my colleagues is essential, as they all have a wealth of experience and expertise.

Rheinmetall recently proved to be crisis-proof during the coronavirus period. There was no need to fear any job losses. On the contrary, capacity utilisation is high and the outlook is good.

The Corona Action Teams reacted at an early stage, and employees were provided with small “care packages” containing masks, etc. I found that to be very thoughtful and a great example of what to do. In addition, as an employee with a long commute, it was particularly valuable for me that flexible solutions were offered with regard to mobile working.

Mehmet Kutlu, Welding technician

How did you start at Rheinmetall?

Before I applied for a job at Rheinmetall, I had already gained a lot of different experience in manual jobs. I always enjoyed the various tasks and was able to put my skills to good use. In 2002, I worked at a Rheinmetall location for the first time for an external company. At the time, I was working on the Transrapid.

I liked the working atmosphere, and the processes and the activities appealed to me. In addition, my military service, which I completed by 1995, had already piqued my interest in the metal and steel construction industry. That’s why I applied for a job as a welding technician at Rheinmetall in 2005. I wanted a new challenge, and Rheinmetall offered me this opportunity as a career changer. I initially worked in another division, but I have now been with Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH since 2007.

Why do you like going to work, what motivates you and what do you find fun?

Every new day is different at Rheinmetall – there is always something new and exciting to do. I particularly like the fact that we can be involved in the various projects from start to finish and actually work on every single vehicle that is part of the contract we have signed.

Further development and also personal advancement are really important here. For example, as part of a major project order, I was given the opportunity to help set up a new production line abroad. My work was highly valued and I was able to make a key contribution. I also had the opportunity to get to know various locations in Germany and to gain new experience here.

What distinguishes Rheinmetall as an employer in your view?

I have already been able to gain many different experiences on my career path. At Rheinmetall I have definitely found the most varied workplace. My broad knowledge as well as my experience are valued here and the results we deliver every day are not taken for granted.

I also really like the opportunity to get to know our international locations. Here I can use my knowledge flexibly and pass it on to new and younger colleagues.

I really enjoy working with other people, as well as the team spirit on site here. I also appreciate the job security, of course, and the collective wage agreements also ensure good pay and always offer attractive deals.

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