Developing with the HOMAG
The HOMAG is a global business. The people that work for us are just as diverse as the customers and markets that we deal with across the various regions of the globe. These four examples demonstrate the various ways in which a career can develop at the HOMAG.
Chris Balzer works in an interface area which is crucially important for the HOMAG Group products. In central purchasing he is responsible for achieving the target costs for newly developed products. It is a demanding job for the 26-year-old, at the interface between suppliers, technicians and salespeople. "At the HOMAG Group I was able to take on responsibility right away," says Balzer. This is something he values about the company. The mechanical engineer was introduced to the HOMAG Group during his dual study program, which combined theoretical and practical elements. He realized early on that he did not want a career as a developer. "I was looking for a job with variety and a coordinative aspect." Strategic purchasing offered him the opportunity. "I have the chance to involve suppliers in the search for technical solutions and to contribute to the development of a product in a supporting capacity."HOMAG as an employer
Sometimes things happen very quickly. In July 2016, his boss asked him if he would like to lead the production plant of the HOMAG Group in the USA. Two months later, Alexander Trinzen packed his furniture into a moving container and bought a one-way ticket to Michigan with his wife and two sons. Now, he leads a 40 person team from the only production location for the HOMAG Group in the USA. Two machine models from the group go from here to the North American market, totaling 250 units in the past year. He has new experiences every day. "I had to learn to think much more in the short term than I did in Germany," he says. For example, employees in the USA are happy to switch companies at short notice, which makes personnel planning more difficult. Trinzen joined the HOMAG Group in Lemgo after completing his dual studies in production technology. He worked as a technical expert, led strategic purchasing and was later responsible for supply chains. He finds the work in Michigan fun. At this point, he can't imagine going back to Germany. He doesn't have to, either. His contract continues for three years, with an optional Extension.HOMAG as an employer
When Michael Zetzsche received the offer from the HOMAG Group, he did not hesitate for long. "The job fascinated me," says the 42-year-old. Now a department head in charge of a team of 40, he develops software to use in control systems for machines. He has the programs tested in the HOMAG Group's technical center for development. For Zetzsche the position is the next logical step in his career. After leaving school he trained as an electronics engineer for energy systems, building switch cabinets. He gained his university entrance qualifications and studied electrical engineering. He honed his programming skills at various medium- sized machine construction and systems engineering companies. Just before the move to Schopfloch, he was a department head at a company that supplied production lines for the automotive industry. His management experience and thorough knowledge of control technology are useful assets when he implements his first big project for the HOMAG Group - the introduction of a simulation that allows developers to test software on machines that only exist in the virtual realm. A success, which he and his team have worked hard to achieve. Zetzsche says: "We are pretty proud of it."HOMAG as an employer
What does she like best about the Black Forest? "The landscape, but also the air is much better than in a lot of Chinese cities," says Anqi Lv with a laugh. The 29-year-old engineer has completed a 15-month trainee program in Schopfloch. The HOMAG Group consciously promotes young talent from China, as the Asian country is becoming into the key market for wood processing machines. "The combination of mechanics and electronics fascinates me," says Anqi Lv. That was already the case while studying for her Bachelors in mechanical engineering in the Chinese city of Xian. Then she improved her German language skills and completed her Masters at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). After discovering the HOMAG Group at a career fair, she joined as a trainee. This meant she could gradually get to know the whole company. Today, she develops the control systems for format motors in the Development and Control department of the Edge Technology business unit.HOMAG as an employer