Stuttgart – Applying online for a position at Bosch has now become easier: the global supplier of technology and services is offering greater convenience in the form of its internet application portal. Applicants no longer need to enter each piece of personal information by hand; instead, they can simply upload their entire curriculum vitae as a single file. With the help of a new kind of recognition technology, the application portal identifies individual segments of each CV such as personal details, education, or work experience, and automatically transfers this information to the relevant sections in the applicant's profile. Applicants still have the option of manually entering and editing the information they submit. The new function is currently available at Bosch in nine countries and in five languages: English, French, German, Polish, and Portuguese. There is now also a new mobile career website that makes it easier to access the application portal using smartphones or tablet PCs.
Faster application process Bosch is one of the first major companies in Germany to implement recognition technology as part of the application process. This technology is capable of identifying both text and picture information on a tabular or chronological CV and correlating that information with the relevant input field in Bosch's application portal. This is known as CV parsing and reduces the time it takes to fill out an application by up to 40 percent. In the case of subsequent applications, there is then no need for the applicant's information to be entered again as long as all the necessary documents and information have been provided. CV parsing technology can process files in common formats such as PDF, Microsoft Word or HTML.
Mobile career website: job hunting with a smartphone Every year in Germany, around 220,000 people apply online for a position at Bosch. In an effort to make this process simpler and more intuitive, Bosch is continuously making its application portal more user-friendly and recently also started offering candidates an updated user interface. Work has also been done to optimize the portal for mobile devices: smartphones make it easy to find and display available positions, and users can share news of job openings with friends and contacts over social networking sites. The mobile career website also provides details of entry programs, events, and the working world at Bosch.
“At Bosch, we're always looking to make improvements so that we can offer applicants greater convenience and simplify the process of applying online,” explains Karl-Heinz Schrödl, the director of human resources management at Robert Bosch GmbH. “With our new mobile career website, the opportunity to take the first step toward a career at Bosch will be available around the clock.”
April 1, 1913: apprentice workshop established by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart
More than 100,000 young men and women trained around the world
Christoph Kübel, director of industrial relations: “Occupational training is our social responsibility.”
International apprentices exchanges offer experience of life abroad
Stuttgart – 100 years of apprentice workshops at Bosch. On April 1, 1913, Robert Bosch founded his company’s first occupational training department. Since then, more than 100,000 young men and women have begun their professional lives with training programs at Bosch, the global supplier of technology and services. That is more people than Berlin’s Olympic Stadium can hold. Back then, it was the first time that apprentices had been trained in a workshop to ensure consistent quality standards. Today, more than 6,500 young people around the world are in occupational training programs at Bosch, roughly 4,500 of them in Germany. A concept that began in Stuttgart all those years ago has since been successfully exported: occupational training programs based on the Bosch model have been implemented in more than 20 countries, and interest in such programs is on the rise. For instance, new training centers are currently being established in Vietnam and Thailand.
Mechatronics technicians in high demand Bosch offers 30 occupational training programs in Germany alone. These include training for modern professions, among them computer specialists, microtechnologists, and organizational assistants. Mechatronics technicians are in especially high demand. This is because production increasingly calls for skills in both electronics and mechanics. At Bosch in Germany, the share of women per class currently stands at about 23 percent. Each year, the company receives more than 20,000 applications for its 1,500 training spots in Germany. Back in April 1913, company founder Robert Bosch kept just 40 apprentices busy in his apprentice workshop.
“We regard it as part of our social responsibility to offer apprenticeships, thus enabling many young people to get a head start in their careers,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. “Over the years, we have developed extensive expertise in the realm of occupational training. We now want to carry this expertise over into the training of specialists to our high standard of quality abroad.”
High interest in Bosch training programs in Asia Dual occupational training, which sees apprentices alternating between phases in the classroom and at work, is in demand abroad as well. At present, Bosch locations in many countries, among them China, India, and Brazil, offer training programs based on this tried and tested concept from Germany. The need for qualified specialists is especially high in Asia. Bosch is currently setting up an occupational training center in Vietnam. The center will initially offer training to 30 apprentices when it opens in 2013. A cooperative venture for occupational training is also being initiated in Thailand, where Bosch is about to start training the first six young associates as mechatronics technicians. Until now, this system of dual occupational training was unknown in the country.
Apprentice exchange programs promote intercultural skills Today’s apprentices develop problem-solving and social skills early on. The practical experience they acquire at Bosch from the very beginning helps them cultivate these skills, for instance when they build workpieces for production or engineering. Intercultural skills are another important aspect of the occupational training programs. For more than 50 years, Bosch has offered international exchange programs for apprentices. In each class, 20 percent of apprentices are offered opportunities to experience different cultures and approaches to work in other countries. The aim is to foster apprentices’ ability to act in an independent manner, take responsibility for their actions, and develop strong teamwork skills.
“It was an excellent chance to learn about how people live and work in another country,” says Eike Kennel from Homburg. In the second year of his training program, he worked at Bosch’s Beijing location for two months. “My language skills also improved in the few weeks I spent in China. I now find speaking English much easier.”
Dr. Rolf Bulander has been president of the Bosch Gasoline Systems division since July 2010. Effective July 1, 2013, he will be appointed to the Bosch board of management, where he will then bear corporate responsibility for quality and divisional responsibility for the Gasoline Systems, Diesel Systems, and Starter Motors and Generators divisions, as well as Bosch Engineering GmbH.
Rolf Bulander was born in Stuttgart in 1958. He is married and has two daughters. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, graduating in 1984. Following this, he wrote a PhD on tool deformation during extrusion.
Career stages in the Bosch Group
1988 Management Trainee in Operations Scheduling, Bühl
1990 Section Head, Industrial Engineering, Bühl
1992 Head of Quality Assurance, K4 Division and Bühl Plant
1995 Head of Manufacturing Operations and Engineering, Positioning Systems, Bühl
1999 Plant Manager, Power Tools Division, Scintilla AG (Switzerland)
2003 Member of the Board of Management responsible for Passenger-car Steering Systems, ZF Lenksysteme GmbH
2007 Executive Vice President Manufacturing, Gasoline Systems Division
2010 President, Gasoline Systems Division
From July 2013 Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer to be new deputy chairman of the board of management
After a successful career spanning 30 years at Bosch, including 10 years as chairman of the Automotive Group, Dr. Bernd Bohr is to retire for personal reasons on June 30, 2013.
Effective July 1, 2013, Dr. Rolf Bulander is to be appointed to the Bosch board of management, where he will be responsible for the Gasoline Systems, Diesel Systems, and Starter Motors and Generators divisions, as well as for Bosch Engineering GmbH.
Wolf-Henning Scheider will in the future coordinate the activities of the Automotive Technology business sector, and be responsible for the Electrical Drives, Automotive Aftermarket, and Steering Systems divisions.
Effective July 1, 2013, Peter Tyroller will be responsible for Asia Pacific, and based in Shanghai.
Stuttgart – As proposed by the shareholders, the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH has appointed Dr. Rolf Bulander (54) to the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH effective July 1, 2013. Effective the same date, Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer (56) will be appointed the new deputy chairman of the Bosch board of management. Since 2010, Asenkerschbaumer has been the board of management member responsible for finance, purchasing and logistics, and information technology. He has worked for the Bosch Group since 1987.
After 30 years with Bosch, including 10 years of successful work for Automotive Technology, the Bosch Group's largest business sector, Dr. Bernd Bohr (56) is to retire for personal reasons. In the future, he will perform advisory and supervisory-board activities and devote more time to his family and personal interests. The shareholders and the supervisory board underscored Bohr's outstanding work in the numerous functions he held during his many years with Bosch. They thanked him for his great dedication, most recently on the Bosch board of management.
Dr. Rolf Bulander (54), who joined Bosch in 1988, will in the future be the Bosch board of management member responsible for quality, for the Gasoline Systems, Diesel Systems, and Starter Motors and Generators divisions, and for Bosch Engineering GmbH. A mechanical engineering graduate, Bulander has also had a successful Bosch career outside automotive technology. He has been president of the Gasoline Systems division since 2010.
Effective July 1, 2013, Wolf-Henning Scheider (50) will coordinate the activities of the Automotive Technology business sector. He will be responsible for marketing and sales as well as original equipment sales, and will thus be the most important contact person for automotive customers from around the world. In addition, he will be responsible for the Automotive Aftermarket, Electrical Drives, and Steering Systems divisions. Sharing responsibility for the Automotive Technology business sector alongside Scheider and Bulander effective July 1, 2013, Dr. Dirk Hoheisel (54) will be responsible for the Car Multimedia, Chassis Systems Control, and Automotive Electronics divisions. Within the same sector, he will also be responsible for systems integration.
Effective July 1, 2013, Peter Tyroller (55) will take over two new responsibilities. From Uwe Raschke (55), he will assume responsibility for Asia Pacific, and be based in Shanghai. From Bernd Bohr, he will assume responsibility for India. Tyroller has been a member of the Bosch board of management since 2006. Up to now, he has been responsible for marketing and sales, original equipment sales, and the Automotive Aftermarket division.
At the end of June, Uwe Raschke will hand over the responsibility for Asia Pacific he has held since 2008. Since January 1, 2013, he has been responsible for Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as for the Consumer Goods business sector, which comprises the Power Tools division and the BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte joint venture. In addition, he bears group-wide responsibility for user experience.
The shareholders and supervisory board wished Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, Dr. Rolf Bulander, Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, Uwe Raschke, Wolf-Henning Scheider, and Peter Tyroller every success in their new functions.