automation in a new dimension

Roland Althammer

Logistician on the ball

Roland is a true futronic home-grown. He came to us in September 2016 at the age of 19, forever with a mischievous grin on his face, his head full of ideas and dreaming of football. He embarked on a two-and-a-half- year traineeship as an Industrial Business Management Assistant with a higher-level qualification in “International Management with Foreign Languages”. A native of Tettnang, he started off in Logistics and Materials Management. That evidently made a lasting impression on him.

Although he subsequently did the rounds of various other departments as part of his compulsory curriculum – including Purchasing, Human Resource Management, Order Processing and finally Accounts and Controlling – he’s really more of a hands-on person, always on the move, as he says. Sitting still in the office is “not for me”. It was clear very early on that he would stay with us on after completing his training. And also that he was keen to get back into material logistics and shipping. He feels he’s in the right place there: he constantly gets to deal with people throughout the company – a wanderer between worlds, so to speak – and especially appreciates the diverse nature of his work.

He’s currently back in the class- room, qualifying part-time as a certified foreman in logistics services. In future, our former apprentice will be in a position to train apprentices himself. Roland, 25 years old in the meantime, is more mature today and a great colleague, absolutely reliable and always up for a joke. He still dreams of football but in a different role. As a player, you can watch him every now and then in the district league. As a referee, however, he wants to aim higher: “Tier four or five would be quite something”, he admits. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for him and we’re confident he’ll make the grade.