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Christian Gründler jun. (30), Production Supervisor, St. Johann in Tirol plant / Austria

Highest educational level attained: Completed EGGER apprenticeship for wood and mill technician.

    With EGGER since 2005:
  • Apprenticeship for wood and mill technician (1999 to 2002)
  • Trainee raw chipboard (2002 to 2008)
  • Deputy Production Supervisor 
(2008 to 2009)
  • Production Supervisor (2009 to present)
Development programme:
  • Six Sigma (2013)

Please describe briefly your professional development:

After completing secondary school and the Polytechnic Specialisation, I started my apprenticeship for wood and mill technician with EGGER in 1999. During a 3-year training programme, I became familiar with a variety of activities and departments. Upon completing the apprenticeship in 2002, I started as a trainee in the raw chipboard segment. I went through areas such as glueing, press, and shift management. Six years later, I became deputy Production Supervisor in 2008, and the following year I became managing Production Supervisor at EGGER.

How did your EGGER apprenticeship prepare you for your future tasks?

My EGGER apprenticeship was incredibly diverse. I worked in various departments – from impregnation to the element plant – which gave me a very good overall understanding of the workflows within the company. I still benefit from these experiences to this day. Due to my diverse activities, during my apprenticeship I always interacted with new people, and was able to greatly develop further.

What are your tasks as Production Supervisor?

I am in charge of the production process of our chipboard. This covers quality management, maintenance and repair works, through to personnel planning. In addition, I coordinate the interplay with other production facilities, and, as project leader, I am responsible for building our new auxiliary building. In my work, every day brings something new, it is never boring or monotonous. This is something I value greatly.

Which characteristics are particularly important when it comes to your work?

As Production Supervisor for EGGER, it is important to take on responsibility, but communication and coordination skills are also necessary. There are three things you need to get far here: heart, brain, and common sense. Of course, enjoying your work is also very important.

What is it that you like in particular when it comes to your current work?

What I like the most about my work is that no day is like the other. At the intersection between different facilities and employees, I am often entrusted with unexpected and out-of-ordinary tasks - these activities provide me with great variety.

Why did you decide for EGGER as your employer?

I had long known EGGER, not only thanks to where I lived in Kössen, but also because my father has already been working for EGGER for a long time. Given that I've been interested in wood since I was a child, the wood and mill technician apprenticeship, which was new at the time, attracted me greatly. Following personal research and discussions, I became interested in EGGER and its products.

What do you especially value about EGGER?

One thing that is special about EGGER is its constant orientation towards the future. Promoting innovations and the willingness to keep up with the times are central strategic directions at EGGER. In addition, not only products are developed further, but the development of employees is also always in focus. From quality management training, through family days and numerous social services, and all the way to EGGER health management - EGGER does a lot that makes one feel good here.

What do you like in particular about the St. Johann location?

I have two children, so I particularly value the family-friendly environment in St. Johann. The sports and free time offer is very large, you are quickly in the middle of nature, and can easily play football, hike, ski, or simply take a walk.