Benjamin Stolz – “What I like most about my job is working on my own initiative on a wide range of tasks in a good working atmosphere, with flexible working hours and great colleagues.”

Joined in 2000 as trainee (Operations Machinist for Plastics and Rubber Technology)

Current Position: Head of Design & Production of the wezi-lit Business Unit

Describe your career at Weber and your current job and position.<br/> I started my apprenticeship as an operations machinist for plastics and rubber technology on 1 September 2000. This turned out to be a very instructive and exciting time, during which my instructor and many kind, skilled colleagues gave me the knowledge I would need later on in my work as an operations machinist. However, it also became clear during my apprenticeship that I should take the chance to switch to the wezi-lit business unit after my apprenticeship. Due to an enormous increase in production quantities, the production manager at the time was looking for an additional employee who could assume his position later down the line. I had the chance to help out in this area several times during my apprenticeship and was fascinated by the unique challenges it presented, so I accepted the position offered to me. Right after my apprenticeship in summer 2003, I began work as a machine operator. My colleagues in the department taught me the specialised craft of manufacturing high-temperature lutes from the ground up. It took five years until I succeeded in producing the various types of putty on my own. From this point on, the rest of the work became easy for me to handle. In the meantime, I had been offered the position of group leader, which I gratefully accepted as a token of appreciation for my work. Over time I took on other responsibilities such as personnel management, organisation of raw materials and finished goods, initial customer and supplier visits and much more. Numerous training courses on various topics followed every year, in areas such as situational leadership, and a training industrial supervision, all of which were financed by Weber. Having continuously expanded my knowledge and skills, in 2014 I took the next step to the position of deputy production manager and thus faced a new, extensive range of responsibilities. In the course of my new responsibilities I was constantly challenged and supported by my supervisor - tasks included customer support, developing new sealants and distributing them independently, providing technical advice, and training and evaluating employees. I also completed various training courses, some advanced, that are required before becoming a manager. I was finally ready and well prepared for the position of design and production manager, which was entrusted to me on 1 October 2017. Since then, thanks to the Managing Partner Dr Thomas Zipp, who places his utmost trust in me, and also thanks to my highly committed employees, I have been able to further expand the success of the business unit, which has been in existence since 1949. New customers signed on, and we worked on completing their requests for new sealants on short notice.

What do you appreciate about your work?<br/> I appreciate the variety and continuously new challenges, as well as handling individual tasks skilfully thanks to the cohesion and involvement of various employees.

How did you hear about Weber?<br/> As a native and local Dillenburger, you grow up with the name Weber. This company is a part of the fabric of Dillenburg, much like the landmark of the city, the Wilhelmsturm.

What made you choose Weber?<br/> Even when I was at school, I knew I wanted to do an internship at Weber. Even back then, I was able to get a taste of different areas in the company. The friendly staff made my internship a pleasant and instructive time. The company's high-tech machines and their operation fascinated me, so I applied for an apprenticeship as an operations machinist for plastics and rubber technology.

Who trained you for your work, and how?<br/> During my apprenticeship, I gathered skills and knowledge from the many skilled operations machinists working for the company. After that, I learned the craft of sealant production from the bottom up from highly experienced workers in the department. Weber also features an extensive personnel development system, which has given me the opportunity to participate in countless training courses. This included training to become an industrial foreman, which the company also paid for.

What is special about Weber for you? Why would you recommend Weber as an employer?<br/> As an ambitious family-owned company, Weber focuses on growth and the long-term future of the site. Its technical expertise and state-of-the-art technology have made it a leading automotive supplier in the plastics sector, a position it’s constantly advancing through continuous innovation. As a determined employee, you can achieve a lot because everyone’s ideas are recognised and appreciated, and you can make a lasting mark on the success of the company.

What would you like to achieve in the future in and with the company?<br/> My aim is to successfully continue and expand the long-standing wezi-lit High-Temperature Lutes business unit, which has existed since 1949 and was the founding core of Weber. The goal is to ensure that in the future, 95% of oil boilers in Europe continue to be sealed with a Weber product from Dillenburg – also so that wezi-lit workers’ jobs are secure over the long-term. In addition, at wezi-lit we would like to continue to contribute to Weber’s positive trading figures.

What tips would you give an applicant?<br/> Having the courage to make the switch and pursue a new path in their professional life at Weber. After a very short time, she or he will see that it was the right decision for her or him.