Specialist in HR Learning and Organizational Development
My name is Ahmed, I am 27 years old and I have been with LEONI since September 2019. I started my training as industrial business manager at LEONI in 2019. During my training, I was able to work in a variety of departments, such as Sales, Controlling, Procurement, Prototype Construction, Quality Management, Financial Accounting and Accounting. Because I changed departments regularly it was never boring, I was able to get to know many new colleagues and so build up a good network within the company. During my training, I also worked as CEO in the junior company, the New Talents Company. The junior company is an independent project of LEONI’s trainees and work-study students. All told, I liked the work in the Human Resources department best, and so it was an easy decision to choose HR as the department to work in after my training came to an end. To my great fortune, a vacancy arose at the time, and so I have been able to work in the HR Learning and Development department on a full-time basis since February 2022.
What does your typical working day as a Learning and Organizational Development specialist look like?
My normal working day at LEONI traditionally starts with emails. I filter them to see which emails relate to HR development and applicant management because my role covers both these areas. Once everything has been categorized, I start by coordinating and organizing our interviews. Thereafter I often have a fixed day, for example with my colleagues from HR Development. Here we discuss upcoming trainings and provide each other with an overview of our current tasks.
Shortly before the lunch break, I reply to emails that have landed in our shared HR Development mailbox. They are mostly general questions from employees, for example about our Learning Management System (LMS), about registrations for external seminars or general training issues. After the lunch break, I take care of the external seminar registrations in LMS.
Then the end of the working day is not far. Yet before that, I draw up the list of participants for upcoming seminars and send it to the responsible instructors.
Why did you opt for LEONI as your employer?
I chose LEONI because the company enjoys a very good reputation in the region and is one of the biggest employers here. Moreover, I have always been interested in the automotive industry, particularly in the suppliers and their role in the industry’s system. But a private element certainly also helped: some of my friends have been working for LEONI for several years and they said many good things about the company.
What is the work culture at LEONI like?
The atmosphere in the team is very pleasant! We all get along well, and, alongside job topics, we also often chat about our personal lives. This for me makes the atmosphere even more harmonious. Trust and believing that others are capable are top priorities here, and you can sense it: from the trainee up to the executive, we all give our best at all times and thereby can cover a good deal of distance together.
What has been your best / most exciting moment at LEONI to date?
My most exciting moment at LEONI to date probably speaks volumes about my professional orientation: it was when I was able to attend an interview in person for the first time and was able to ask the applicant some questions. I thought it was great to have the opportunity for the first time to get a taste of what the application process was like from the other side. I even felt briefly that I was back at my own interview.
What advice would you give to someone starting at LEONI?
Always ask questions if anything is unclear or if you tackle a new task for the first time. In my experience, all colleagues are very open, understanding, and happy to support you. You may pass on your new knowledge to someone else very soon – ultimately, we achieve all goals better and faster together.
What three words would you use to describe LEONI briefly and succinctly?