Markus Schneider, Quality Assurance Manager in Bremen
How did you come to join Schnellecke?
“I already got to know Schnellecke during a school internship in the ninth grade. At that time I gained my first job experience in the CKD department in Fallersleben. I really liked it there, and that is why, when I passed my school leaving examinations (Abitur) in 2007, I started and eventually successfully completed an apprenticeship as a business management assistant for forwarding and logistics services at Schnellecke. After completing my apprenticeship, my alternative civil service was set to start, so I worked as a packager in Fallersleben to bridge the three month gap.
After my alternative civil service, I did a half-year internship in Quality Assurance at Volkswagen in South Africa and then studied Transport and Logistics Management. After completing my studies I then contacted Schnellecke again, and the International Trainee Program was recommended to me, which was very interesting to me because of the varied assignment opportunities. After my successful application and passing the assessment center, I was involved in various interesting projects at the sites in Wolfsburg, Dingolfing, Berlin, Tuscaloosa in Tennessee, and Soltau during the Trainee Program. While I was in the USA, I met Christian Löschen and became reacquainted with Carla Osteroth, who I had known from my apprenticeship, and we moved in together and shared an apartment. We are continuing this successful concept of working and living together at the Soltau site as well.”
How did you end up in the Quality Assurance department?
“As a native of Wolfsburg, I had my first points of contact with the automotive industry at a very early age, and I was practically born into the Quality Assurance department due to my family. Various internships, but also my assignment in Quality Management in Wolfsburg as a trainee, increased my interest in it, and therefore it was only logical to continue on this path.
Right after the end of my year as a trainee I took over the position of quality manager in Soltau and was thus responsible for seven employees. That was a challenge, of course, but I think it was great to see the trust that was placed in me. I gradually grew into the role, and when I moved to Bremen and set up the quality department there, new development opportunities arose. In addition to the role of Quality Manager, I also took on the role of Lean Expert and was able to learn about other topics and significantly expand my network.
I am very grateful that Schnellecke is also investing in my qualifications. After I was able to complete the training to become a quality management representative in 2018, I will continue with the advanced course to become a quality manager in 2021/2022. But no qualification can prepare you one hundred percent for what you experience in practice."
What is so special about Schnellecke?
“If you show the proper commitment then you can achieve a lot at Schnellecke. Personal initiative is of course necessary, but then you will be promoted accordingly. These are some of the things that I value about Schnellecke. And of course the sense of family. Schnellecke is a family-owned company, and we are also forming a little family here. In this sense it can truly be said that Schnellecke is something quite special.”