Brad Bernhardt: From the Beginning

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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