At a new address
Project Manager G3K – PL Car Body Midsize/MEB
A road leads from Mladá Boleslav to Marc’s hometown of Bernburg
Experiences from Slovakia and Africa
hen I received the offer to work for ŠKODA AUTO, it took only a few seconds for me to make up my mind. Previously, I’d only been involved in the development of Volkswagen cars (e.g. the e-Golf, Touareg and models for the Chinese market), so I wanted to gain experiences with another Group brand. However, I have experience working outside my native Germany: In the past, I’ve also worked at the Volkswagen plants in South Africa and Slovakia. That is where I met my wife, so now we’re much closer to her parents. My beginnings in the Czech Republic were great; everyone accepted me very well, and I immediately fell in love with my work here. I think the Czechs are more pragmatic than the Germans and make decisions more quickly, which suits me. The only negative for me were the COVID-19 issues. I didn’t meet many of my colleagues “face-to-face” for a long time. I’m much happier being in direct contact at work, so I welcomed the improved situation when I could approach my colleagues in Mladá Boleslav in person and say: “Hi Guys, I’m Marc from G3K. Nice to meet you now, not only on-screen.”
In Mladá Boleslav, I’m in charge of the exterior parts of the BETA+ project, which involves the joint development of the new ŠKODA SUPERB and Volkswagen Passat models.
Discovering the beautiful local sites
We made use of our time during the pandemic to explore the Czech Republic. We love hiking and mountain climbing, so we spent a lot of weekends there. We went, for example, to the Sněžka Mountain, Bohemian Paradise, the Pravčická Archway and Harrachov.
I’m learning Czech
I’m an open-minded person, and I get used to new conditions quickly. Although Czech is challenging for me, I try to get better at it every week. I have a huge advantage that my wife speaks Slovak and Czech and can help me anytime. I was also impressed by how many of my colleagues here speak excellent German and English, which makes the situation much easier for me. Even so, I hope that I will speak Czech soon.
Grandfather’s ‘MB Car’
I was already a fan of ŠKODA cars before coming to Mladá Boleslav. I had the third-generation SUPERB COMBI, which is a really great car. My father, brother and I started renovating our 1000 MB car that had been in the garage for 30 years without moving. ŠKODA cars are close to my heart.
Life in Prague
We live in the capital, so we also got to know Prague well. There is an endless number of excellent restaurants, and my wife and I are constantly trying to get to know new businesses. I must say that I haven’t eaten any bad food in 10 months.
My wife and I are enthusiastic tennis players, so if we have free time and the weather is right, you’ll probably find us on the court. I’m currently looking for a club to join the tennis league.