2019 / Integrated mobility technologies

How the transformation opens up new opportunities

    The entire automotive sector is experiencing profound change. Correspondingly new capabilities and competences are also needed in the development of vehicles. Whoever wants to help develop vehicles in the future must already be building up the competences necessary for this. Keyword: “Transformation”.

    In the interview the human resources manager Matthias Bauer and consultant Stefanie Wierl speak about the necessity of transformation and the opportunities this will give to each individual.

    The term “transformation” is currently very fashionable. What does transformation actually mean for PSW?

    Stefanie Wierl: In the personnel area the term “transformation“ describes the shift from core competences in the sense of employee skills. For instance today someone will design volumes in the exterior, tomorrow they will work on technologies in vehicle safety. Additional skills are needed for the respective tasks building on the already available knowledge.

    Here we come into play. In personnel development it is our task to take colleagues by the hand during the transformation, to support and empower them.

    Matthias Bauer: In principle it can be said that the transformation not only affects PSW but the entire industry at large. The automotive industry is greatly affected by this. It is going through the greatest change in its history. Correspondingly, skills which were previously essential and still play a role, are no longer as important. I can absolutely understand that one or the other can lead to insecurity. But I can accept this insecurity since my experience shows time and time again that curiosity pays off.

    In what way?

    Matthias Bauer: The transformation opens many new opportunities for each employee. The strategy shows us we are already moving through exciting future areas: alternative drives, prototype free development and electronics, to name just a few. And we will forge ahead with our competences in future technologies, building on our strengths. The transformation necessary for this makes it possible for each person to take advantage of these topics to develop professionally. Through this, previously hidden talents and abilities can be revealed.

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    The transformation is therefore necessary. How does it run exactly?

    Stefanie Wierl: In a first step the communication is established between the corresponding colleagues and the managers. Firstly, it should be imagined whether the new task is actually possible and learn about the task and work environment. Afterwards the colleague officially applies for the post and if the application is successful the colleague will be introduced little by little to their new occupation. On the one hand this happens by learning on the job, and on the other hand through individually tailored qualification formats. In particular learning on the job is very important. Some skills are so specialised that there could not be a better provider of knowledge than an experienced colleague. Therefore the colleagues organise the internal exchange themselves and share their knowledge and experiences among each other. I find this really impressive.

    The qualification and further training of our colleagues is close to our hearts and is very important for the company. Therefore, we will introduce the corresponding competences into the company when developing the concept

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    What are the next steps during the transformation?

    Matthias Bauer: We would like to create a uniform springboard over the next months while we develop a competences matrix for the whole company together with the relevant stakeholders. This is one of the topics which Stefanie currently deals with.


    Stefanie Wierl: On the one hand we would like to record the currently available competencies, skills and potentials in the companies. On the other hand we will compare these already available competences to the skills which we will need in future. Together with the managers and employees we will derive specific measures from this to support the employees. The fact that the transformation works is shown by many examples.

    You just never stop learning. This applies to work as well as to private life

    Stefanie Wierl Consultant

    Can you name a few?

    Matthias Bauer: Yes, of course. Over the past year numerous colleagues have developed successfully in the technical as well as support areas. Whether inter-departmentally, such as the equipment design for vehicle safety, or within the area such as specialist to instructor, many of these colleagues have successfully completed the transformation. With dedication and a high level of motivation.


    Stefanie Wierl: That is an important point. The will for personal development must come from the employee themselves. And also when the transformation is formally concluded it cannot be said: That’s all for now. It is never too late to learn This applies to the professional as well as the private sphere.

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