Program Manager FLOW
Hello, my name is Heinrich. I have been with LEONI since July 1991, and I am therefore counting myself as part of the increasing rare bedrock. From Day 1 I worked in Group IT, and during this time I was privileged to assist its development into an organizational unit with global operations. This also included the establishment of IT service centers in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and the NAFTA region. I have also been responsible for our ERP system environment with a team of more than 200 employees the world over. In 2018, I switched to IT program management, where I have been in charge of FLOW as program manager since 2020. FLOW is LEONI's transformation program with a focus on harmonizing and standardizing processes and master data while at the same time implementing an SAP S/4HANA platform globally.
What does a typical working day as FLOW program manager look like?
As FLOW program manager, together with a business colleague I am jointly responsible for successfully implementing FLOW in terms of time, scope, budget and quality. This includes, in particular, managing an international team from the department, IT and external implementation partners; regular reporting to the Executive Board; and communication and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. Implementation takes place based on a global template that is currently being piloted in Egypt and will subsequently be industrialized and rolled out globally at LEONI’s production facilities.
Why did you opt for LEONI as your employer?
LEONI caught my attention in the early 1990s through the then initiative LEONI GOES EAST, when there were attractive job offers in the IT sector. Back in 1991, LEONI was still a rather small SME with several production facilities in Germany and did not have any major foreign operations, something which is difficult to imagine today. At the time, LEONI was already working with the latest SAP technologies. As a university graduate, I was given the opportunity to take on project responsibility rapidly, with the additional prospect of assuming line responsibility.
What is the work culture at LEONI like?
At LEONI you are given responsibility quickly, which requires you to undertake responsibility for independent working. At the same time, teamwork is valued, and you always get the opportunity and scope to contribute your own ideas. Trust is high on the agenda at LEONI, as shown for example in the provision of attractive working-from-home rules and trust-based working time.
What has been your best / most exciting moment at LEONI to date?
During my time at LEONI, I have been able to gather many memories that have left their mark. For example, in 1992 I was given my first managerial responsibilities at LEONI. I also have very good memories of the piloting of SAP R/3 at LEONI in Ireland in 1999, as well as of the major challenge in the years 2008 and thereafter when I was given responsibility for internationalization of our group IT through the establishment of IT service centers in Africa, Asia, the NAFTA region, and Eastern Europe. In 2020, I switched to the FLOW program, and I have been its IT program manager since then.
What three words would you use to describe LEONI briefly and succinctly?
- In a global transformation