Experience At Home

This summer, I arrived in Herndon, Va. at Volkswagen Group of America’s corporate headquarters. The striking black, modern building was just what you would expect from a company that produces such incredible automobiles. As I walked into the lobby, I was greeted by a bright orange Lamborghini Murciélago.

It stopped me in my tracks.

I stood in awe, not just because of that vehicle, but for many others in the Volkswagen showroom to my left, and Audi showroom to my right.  ”What an awesome way to start my career,” I thought to myself.

I traveled to Herndon to attend a Graduate Program orientation for the newly formed College Graduate Program where we were to receive an overview of the company. A month or so prior, I had been offered a position as a Graduate in Parts Logistics which I accepted without hesitation. After orientation ended, I set off for Auburn Hills, Mich. to begin the first of many rotations in the Parts Logistics.

By now, I suppose you may be asking yourself, “What is Parts Logistics?” The department is responsible for the distribution of Service Parts to all Volkswagen and Audi dealers throughout North America via a network of Parts Distribution Centers (PDC).  Since I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain & Operations Management, the department is a great fit for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far.

In the coming weeks, I will provide insight on what it is like to work at Volkswagen Group of America, my experience working in Parts Logistics, and why I am passionately pursuing a career at Volkswagen Group of America.

Stay tuned.
Brad

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I recently began a three-month rotation with Parts Logistics Procurement. I’m looking forward to shadowing various Procurement Analysts and learning how they manage their purchasing groups. As you can imagine, there are significant differences in ways that Audi parts are managed versus parts coming from Mexico and Brazil. The lead time to receive the parts are different, the order sizes are different, modes of transportation are not the same, and the parts are not even shipped to the same location. I have been learning a lot, which is good news considering I will be given a purchasing group to manage very soon!

I can’t wait to expand my horizons with this experience. As a Purchasing and Supply Chain major in college, Procurement is right up my alley. This week I joined the Team Building Committee and took on the role of planning the monthly “Parts Night Out.”  It will be a great way to build relationships with co-workers, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity!

Until next time!
Steffani

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My name is Steve Kuzemchak. As you may have already guessed, I work for the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program. Since this is my first blog post, I’d like to introduce myself and provide a little background information for you.

In May, I graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. I also completed a minor in Leadership and Social Change and lived in the Residential Leadership Community as a freshman. (I swear it wasn’t because that was the only dorm with AC… well, at least that’s not entirely why).

The best experience I had at Virginia Tech was the time I spent as a Sports Marketing Intern with the University Athletic Department. I was immediately granted major responsibilities, like coordinating the NFL Flashback program, where I contacted and booked former Hokies in the NFL to come back to campus for recognition at every home football game. I also developed comprehensive marketing plans for the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams and the Women’s Tennis team (setting a promotional schedule, advertising through local media and managing the team’s marketing and promotions budget). Needless to say, I am a huge Virginia Tech sports fan and can’t wait for football season to start back up. During my free time, I also enjoy running, traveling and going to concerts.

As a Marketing Analyst for the Graduate Program, over the next two years I will have the opportunity to work with six different groups within the Marketing Department. My first rotation is with Retail Marketing. The next time you hear from me, I will let you know exactly what kind of projects I am working on as well as an exciting trip I have coming up!

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My name is Ade Adekanye, one of the proud members of the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program – class of 2011!

You can find me in the ITPO Program. Information technology originally sparked my interest because it presented an opportunity to build on my prior knowledge of the subject and expand my skill set in a fast-paced, competitive environment. So far, I have not been disappointed.

Lately, I’ve primarily focused on building a KPI Dashboard for the department and developing standard reporting templates for our Affiliates. That said, it’s likely that before I can finish this sentence, I’ll be moving on to the next challenge. I told you it was fast-paced! The variety in workflow changes keeps me motivated. There’s no such thing as a boring, uneventful day in my world at Volkswagen Group of America.

Stay tuned, because in the coming months I’ll be sharing my observations, surprises and overall experience of being a Volkswagen Group of America IT Analyst. You won’t want to miss it.

So watch this space for the ride of your life – Vroom Vroom!

Oh, what did you expect? This is a car company right? Enjoy the RIDE!

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Hi! My name is Scott Reynolds. I’m the Operations Analyst for Audi of America in the Western Region.

In my current role I provide daily support for our Operations Manager. This consists of completing various projects and compiling and analyzing data. Big picture, I help plan and execute major training and marketing events, provide ongoing support for our area teams, and assist in managing departmental and dealership projects.

I’ve been passionate about cars since birth, and a Volkswagen Group of America devotee since purchasing my first car, a 2001 VW GTI. To this day I still own and adore that car. As far as working for Audi, well, that’s been a dream of mine for years.

As soon as I learned about the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program, I immediately met and began networking with outstanding, helpful, and encouraging employees of the company. At the same time, I kept my eyes peeled for new opportunities on the careers website. After earning my MBA in December 2010, I applied and gladly accepted a position with Audi of America.

For me, this experience as part of the Graduate Program can be summed up in one word: Acceleration. How much will I learn, and how quickly? At the end of the program, what position will be the best fit for me? Will I be able to achieve what I’ve set out to do: leverage my passion for the brand and the industry into a meaningful contribution?

With these questions and more in mind, I’ve created goals for this experience and hope to walk away at the end with answers. I invite you to follow me as I learn the ropes and track my progress through this blog.

 

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Hello everyone! I will be chronicling my journey with Volkswagen Group of America over the next several months through this blog. Since this is my first post, I’d like to introduce myself.

I’m Steffani Brubaker, a 22-year-old midwestern gal from Midland, Mich. After graduating high school, I moved an hour away from the place I’d called home my entire life to pursue a business degree at Central Michigan University. During my first two years in college, I knew I wanted to go into business, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t decide on a major. During my junior year, it clicked.

After taking a compelling Supply Chain Management class, I saw career path potential for the first time. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. Could I have really discovered a career where my organized, proactive nature would actually be helpful instead of driving people crazy? It almost seemed too good to be true. Excited for the future, I chose my major and never looked back.

Soon after, I started seeking opportunities to apply my major to the real world. I became heavily involved in the Supply Chain Management Association, where I was in charge of creating awareness, recruiting underclassmen to the program, and recruiting corporations to speak to our group. After one semester, the chair of the group invited me to interview for Logistics Management Council Honors Society (the only honors organization in the country that gets paid for logistics consulting work). It was a great opportunity for me to gain experience with multiple corporations without actually “working there.” I rounded out my college internship experience the summer before I graduated at Bayer HealthCare, located in South Bend, Indiana. As a Customer Logistics Representative there, I managed Vendor Managed Inventory accounts for multiple grocery chains. In May, I graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. I couldn’t wait to begin the career I’d set my sights on for so long.

My family and me immediately following my graduation ceremony

Fast forward to today, I am proud to say I am part of the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program in Auburn Hills, Mich., where I began my role as an analyst in Parts Logistics on June 1, 2011. As a part of the program, I will rotate into nine different positions in two years or less. These rotations include: Material Information Technology, Inventory Cycle Management, Procurement, Dealer Support, Transportation, and others. I will even be given the opportunity to work at a Parts Distribution Center in March for about six months!

As a Michigan native, the automotive industry has had a huge influence on my life. My father has worked for the automotive industry my entire life, I’ve grown up around cars, and I have seen how fast paced the auto world truly is. I have always hoped to work in this industry. Needless to say, I am thrilled to be working for a company that has bold sales goals and products that I know can get us to where we want to be–the top!

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