Teamwork is of great importance to Fabian Heuter (left). In his position as GPS Project Engineer International, he puts his know-how of process optimisation to good use at various plants.
“After completing my degree in mechanical engineering and an international MBA, I wanted to work abroad. With 29 plants around the world, Geberit offers ideal opportunities here. Getting to know different plants, manufacturing processes, people and cultures is an attractive prospect.
GPS stands for Geberit Production System and deals with established methods for process optimisation. GPS projects are usually kicked off by the managing directors at the plants. All levels are then represented in the team, from the area manager all the way through to the production employees. Existing processes are examined together in order to identify potential improvements. The goal of the projects is to increase productivity, prevent unnecessary material consumption and use the space available at the plants optimally – in short, to avoid waste in all its forms. Ideas are often already in place that give valuable food for thought. Based on these ideas, we then develop new plans for the work organisation in the project group.
When I am on assignment at a plant, I always consciously avoid sitting in an office and instead become part of the on-site GPS team. Openness, steadfastness and a keen interest in other cultures are basic prerequisites for this job. It is always my personal goal to learn a few sentences in the local language. This is a question of respect, and it also breaks the ice quicker.”