On my very first day at Jungheinrich, I was asked whether I would be interested in executing a procurement project within the controlling department of our Austrian subsidiary starting three months after my entry. I would handle the tender preparation and the execution of the tender up to the contract drawing. In addition, I would be able to live in the beautiful city of Vienna for three months.
I quickly found an apartment in the 7th district, just next to the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. As the colleagues in Vienna would work from 7:30 until 16:30, I had plenty of time during the afternoons to roam the city and experience the Vienna attitude. As I had old friends living in Vienna, it was easy to settle.
As for my project, I reported to both the head of controlling and the managing director. In the beginning, the tasks were mainly focusing on setting up quantity structures, establishing a documentation of requirements and preparing required data models for an e-procurement. Later on, after receiving the offers of the different suppliers, I had to analyze the tenders and start negotiations.
An amazing and quite educational experience was having personal negotiations with the managers of the biding suppliers. I spent hours debating costs, delivery times and service levels. At the end, the managing director of Jungheinrich Austria and a chosen deliverer were happy to sign a service agreement for the upcoming years.
The three months went by quite fast. It was a very good opportunity to see a world outside the headquarters and to get to know new people. Even though Austria was not a completely different environment, executing a project and debating the details with representatives of different management levels gave me numerous opportunities to learn and improve.
I have to thank all the colleagues that supported me throughout that time for an unforgettable assignment at Jungheinrich Austria! And thanks for both the farewell dinner and the truck driving experience – it was superb.
Ferdinand von Podewils