Crailsheim-based packaging machine manufacturer Schubert is known for its innovative strength and technical expertise far beyond Europe’s borders. Over the past decades, these qualities have made the company the largest employer in Crailsheim and a global market leader in the packaging industry since it was founded by Gerhard Schubert in 1966. Only with state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge concepts and non-stop new approaches is it possible to stay ahead of the market, and to understand and meet the demands of today’s and, perhaps even more importantly, tomorrow’s customers.
Not to be underestimated: Purchasing management and qualified personnel
In addition to these criteria for success, two further areas have emerged as increasingly important in recent years: Purchasing and Human Resources.
Almost daily, topics such as material shortages and availability, rising raw material prices and related news are prevalent. A look at the figures at Gerhard Schubert GmbH reveals how significant the impact of successful purchasing management is in the company. In 2022, for example, the average delivery time for the procurement of machine parts was 20 working days despite the challenging procurement market situation. Long-standing partnerships with local key suppliers, very flexible parts production and a high level of redundancy in manufacturing processes are key success factors for the supply of machine and service assemblies. 92 per cent of the parts required for these operations are sourced in Germany, 34 per cent of which come from within a radius of less than 75 kilometres of Crailsheim. In fact, 80 per cent of the manufacturing processes in Sourcing can be carried out within the Schubert Group.
Employee growth calls for an expanded management team
Schubert also deals with the shortage of skilled workers on a daily basis. Some 150 additional jobs were created at Gerhard Schubert GmbH in 2022/2023, and further growth is planned for the coming years. This can only be achieved with suitably qualified and motivated employees. The logical consequence of employee growth is an extended management team.
A woman joins the management team for the first time
Schubert aims to successfully meet these challenges and is therefore positioning itself accordingly at an early stage. As of January 2023, the company is strengthening its management and the extended management team: Oliver Palmert, who has been with Schubert since February 2019, is being given authorised signatory power in his function as Director Supply Chain Management as of 1 January 2023 and will be included in the extended management team. Jenny Wacker, who has been managing Schubert’s human resources since March 2022, is also being granted authorised signatory power as of January 2023 and is the first woman to join the extended management team. This sets the course for the company’s continued success in the future.
A strong team: Oliver Palmert, Director Supply Chain Management, and Jenny Wacker, Director HR, were granted authorised signatory power at Schubert in January 2023.