More than just "pushing boxes around"! Logistics planer for engines

Coordinating the supply of components to the plants – this is the task of an inbound logistics planner. The supply chain ranges from the global suppliers to the production and delivery of finished vehicles. Inbound logistics plans and supports the logistics processes from the outgoing goods of the suppliers to the incoming goods at Daimler. Friedemann Schwarze (24) is coordinator for the engine series at Mercedes-Benz Cars and responsible for planning these logistics processes.

Please introduce yourself briefly.

I started working in logistics planning for engines straight after my degree (cooperative study program in International Business) in 2016.

Following some exciting tasks in logistics planning, I am now model series coordinator and responsible for the inbound logistics of diverse engine series.

In particular, you are responsible for the module and cost planning.What exactly does this involve?

Module planning deals with planning our suppliers' optimal processes for the global Daimler plants. In so doing, we also observe the end-to-end thought process, which means that the processes must be optimally planned for the entire supply chain. This means that we are responsible for both logistics questions from the module teams and component suppliers as well as for the supply streams and cost compliance of inbound logistics.

What is a typical working day like for you?

Among my tasks, I am responsible for awarding components for purchased parts for assembly. Following coordination with the teams involved, I put together all the requirements from a logistics point of view.Together with purchasing, we then check which supplier offers the best mix of price and logistics costs. My working day is thus characterized above all else by exchange and coordination with external and internal partners. This also happens away from my desk - for example taking a look at processes in our halls or on-site at suppliers.

What do you like best about your role?

I find the diversity and international aspect of my projects the most exciting. Both our suppliers and our production sites are located around the world. At the same time, I am very close to the actual production process and thus to our great products. If you think about all the material that is transported globally, I am quite proud that my planning contributes to smooth and efficient processes in this respect. This gives my daily tasks a very concrete edge.

Please tell us a bit more about your team and your work.

Our team is very mixed. This applies to both the mix of employees as well as their professional backgrounds. I find this extremely valuable. We have a lot of expertise in the team and can apply ourselves to new topics quickly. We also work closely with colleagues from India and Hungary, who work in the so-called planning hubs.

What profiles are increasingly sought after in your unit? What do applicants need to demonstrate?

New colleagues should demonstrate a good understanding of logistics contexts and they should be assertive. In our team, we work very independently and each person thus has a high level of responsibility. In general, those who are responsible, independent and dynamic fit the bill because they can successfully support logistics in the long-term.

Why did you choose Daimler as your employer?

It was especially important for me to work in a large international corporation after I had finished high-school and decided to embark on a cooperative study program in the tranquil region of Ostwestfalen. When I got the chance to combine a more general business administration degree with such really exciting products, I made up my mind very quickly.

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