Experience At Home

We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

Partners in Education

Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the [...]

Hard at Work in America

When we opened our first location in the United States in 1955, we offered just one model — the enduring cultural icon affectionately known as the Beetle. While the fun-loving Beetle and the “Bus” were capturing American hearts, Audi was quickening pulses with quality, performance and technological innovation. Audi joined the Volkswagen Group in 1965. And [...]

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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Greetings! I would like to begin my blog with a brief introduction and an overview of some of the topics I will be covering in the coming months.

My name is Kyle Groothuis, and I am a Parts Logistics Analyst in Volkswagen Group of America’s Graduate Program. I graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. in May 2011 with a double major in Transportation and Logistics and Business Management.

As a Chattanooga, Tenn. native, I was very excited when Volkswagen Group of America brought production back to America – and picked my hometown as the location! After following the company closely over the past several years, I developed a great respect for the commitment it demonstrates to the community, environment, and innovation. I am extremely excited to be on the team.

On June 1, 2011, I started with the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program, and already I’ve had some pretty incredible experiences. In just two, short months, I’ve attended orientation at corporate headquarters in Herndon, Va., met my program mentor at a Volkswagen Group Parts Distribution Center in Jacksonville, Fla., and was introduced to a variety of corporate functions that make up parts logistics at the company in Auburn Hills, Mich. I’m off to a running start and can’t wait to continue gaining new experiences. I’m confident the Graduate Analyst Program will provide the opportunities necessary for me to help drive Volkswagen Group of America into the future.

Currently, I’m serving on the operational side of Parts Logistics at a Parts Distribution Center in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., ­where I’ll work as an analyst for the remainder of the year. In the coming months I will be sharing my experiences and hope to provide a glimpse into a “day in the life” of a Parts Distribution Center employee. I will be discussing a number of topics ranging from the logic behind a single part number, the computer systems that support our operations, to how we measure quality and how it impacts our customers. I’m excited to share a little piece of my Volkswagen Group of America world with you. Buckle up for the ride, it’s gonna be a good one!

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Michaela GonzalezHello Everyone! My name is Michaela Gonzalez. I am a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Key West. I’ve traveled up the Atlantic coast, completing my undergrad degree at the University of Georgia, working in Atlanta in the hospitality industry and earning my master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In July 2010, I began working as a Human Resources Analyst with the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program. For the past year, I’ve called the DC area home.

The Graduate Program at Volkswagen Group of America was designed to provide an opportunity for recent Bachelor and Master’s graduates to start their careers in the automotive industry. The program’s 24 months of rotational assignments gives analysts entry-level exposure to the different functions of the business unit they are working in. The analysts span across the organization’s business units including Volkswagen and Audi of America. Through training, networking, mentoring, and exposure to all levels within the organization, the analyst’s likelihood of full-time placement aligning with the business needs and personal career interests is enhanced.

I joined the Volkswagen Group of America team because regardless of where you are from, people relate to the culture of Volkswagen, Audi, and our other brands. I wanted to be part of that. In a little over one year, I’ve learned about the various aspects of the company’s Human Resources department and networked with individuals in other functional areas.

One of my proudest accomplishments thus far has been managing the Graduate Program planning and recruiting process this year. I look forward to keeping you informed of what’s going on and what’s to come with the Graduate Program through this blog. But you won’t just hear from me. Several analysts from the 2010 and 2011 Graduate Program classes will be writing each week, sharing individual perspectives from their Experience At Home.

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We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

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Hundreds of National Urban League Conference attendees, along with employees of State Street Corporation and Volkswagen Group of America, weeded gardens, read to preschoolers and assembled care packages throughout Boston as part of a Volunteer Day of Service.

“Boston has been incredibly welcoming and hospitable though our Conference and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to show our gratitude,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “As I like to say, we are not a think tank, we’re not a talk tank – we are a do tank, and were happy to partner with State Street and Volkswagen Group of America to put our energy to work in service in Boston’s neighborhoods.”

Working with Boston Cares, volunteers fanned out to a dozen sites, including the Dimmock Center for health and human services, the Shirley Eustace House, American Red Cross, and Elizabeth Stone House for women and children in crisis.

“We believe it’s important to not only be known as a car company, but to be known as a company that cares about the communities where we live and do business,” said Machelle D. Williams, General Manager for Diversity and Organizational Development at Volkswagen. “We value our partnership with the National Urban League and the opportunity it gives us to make an impact in the community.”

George Russell, Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Citizenship at State Street Corporation, said, “Being active in the community is part of who we are, which is why we are so proud to support the National Urban League’s volunteer day of service in Boston -a community we’ve been part of for more than 200 years.”

This is the second year Volkswagen has sponsored the Volunteer Day of Service.  State Street Corporation also is a title sponsor of the Conference.

Taken from National Urban League press release.

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Fifty members of Volkswagen Group of America’s (VWGoA) Parts Logistics team recently spent two days giving a local senior citizen facility a much-needed facelift. Team members made several improvements to the interior and exterior of the Meadow Creek Senior Facility on June 8th and 9th in Auburn Hills, Mich., including washing windows, painting, lawn maintenance and grounds cleanup.

Meadow Creek is a non-profit, low-income senior housing facility located just a few miles from VWGoA in Auburn Hills.

“Giving back to the local community and doing so as a team is important to Parts Logistics,” said Mary Jo Farley, RED Order Specialist. “It gives the entire team an opportunity to participate, and it provides a sense of team accomplishment as well as an opportunity to interact with team members you may not deal with daily.” Read more »

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