"If you like constant challenges with true opportunities to be innovative, (…) this is the right company to apply for a job."
An Interview with Ricardo Peres, Procurement Manager at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies.
In about five sentences, please give us an overview of your job at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies?
As a purchasing manager, I’m responsible for all suppliers related to direct and indirect materials that keep the production plant running and also services suppliers.
Myself and my team are typically meeting with our current supplier base to understand improvements in services and materials supplied to us and also meeting with new suppliers to understand how our services and materials are related to others in the market.
What makes working with Freudenberg Sealing Technologies different from other companies or teams you’ve worked with?
In my point of view, the global connections between teams is greater and different from all other companies I have ever worked for. At Freudenberg , we really exchange information, best practices, and define strategies on a global basis, which makes us a stronger supplier in all markets we serve.
Why did you decide you wanted to work here?
Freudenberg was my first job after I started at engineering college . At that time, the opportunity to work here was the door I was looking to enter; to be inside the automotive market and know better processes related to mass production.
Can you tell us about the culture at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies?
It’s a culture of open doors where we can propose our ideas and see them being put into practice. In general, a culture of innovation can be found in every corner of our company.
What does Freudenberg Sealing Technologies have to offer regarding career / talent development?
At Freudenberg I have already served in the positions of: Engineering Trainee, Process Technician, Account Manager, and Purchasing Manager. Based on this, I can conclude that Freudenberg really cares about our career development; but not only planning. We really have opportunities here.
Do you have recommendations for potential future colleagues when applying for a job with Freudenberg?
If you like constant challenges with true opportunities to be innovative, present results, and also participate in global interaction with different projects, this is the right company to apply for a job.
How is your team organized or what does it look like?
I have a young team with less than two years of time with the company. It is comprised of an Indirect Buyer, a Direct Buyer , an SQE , and a Trainee..