Employees - February 2021

Apprenticeship, University, Manager

A Technician with a passion

Robin Mazanek completed his apprenticeship, took part in further training on a regular basis and now heads up production at the Austrian production plant in Pottenbrunn.

Robin Mazanek’s journey towards becoming a manager at Geberit was initially the result of an unfortunate coincidence. The company where he was taking his apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer closed down at the start of his second year. Geberit in Pottenbrunn stepped in and offered Robin a place so that he was able to continue and complete his apprenticeship.

“After completing my apprenticeship, I first worked as a machine fitter in special fabrication. While the tasks were interesting, the job left me unsatisfied. As a result, I decided to take my master craftsman’s certificate in metalworking soon afterwards.

However, I was also interested in finding out more about lean management – in other words, about process optimisation and leaner business processes. I then studied for my Master’s degree in Lean Operation Management at Danube University Krems. Luckily for me, process optimisation is one of the four strategic pillars at Geberit as permanent optimisation helps to reinforce the company’s competitiveness.

I think that my personal strategy for optimising my knowledge has really paid off. I am now responsible for our four production lines in my position as production manager at our plant in Pottenbrunn. Of course, this all needs a lot of dedication and the readiness to sacrifice your free time for your studies. I wouldn’t have been able to succeed on my journey otherwise. Above all, the supportive atmosphere and sense of togetherness at the company is extremely helpful.”

Robin Mazanek, Master craftsman Line 3, production manager

2007: Apprenticeship at Glanzstoff as mechanical engineer (1st year)
2008 – 2010: Apprenticeship continued and completed at Geberit
2010 – 2012: Fitter (special fabrication)
2012: Master craftsman in metalworking and deputy foreman
2014: Master craftsman, Line 3
2013 – 2017: Matura (work/study programme)
2017 – 2019: Master’s degree (MSc) in Lean Operation Management (Danube University Krems)