Welcome back to our feature “Meet our Team”. Get to know John Zhao, Quality Manager and find out why he thinks of an open and multicultural environment as an advantage and his role as a “firefighter”.
My name is John Zhao and I am the Quality Manager at Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology, a joint venture within Rheinmetall Automotive. I joined the company in 2015. One of the reasons why I joined Rheinmetall Automotive was my future boss. During my interview, I not only gained a deeper understanding of Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology, but also got to know my superior. I was very pleased with both and that is why I accepted the offer. One of the reasons why I am still with the company is the senior management. By listening to the employees' challenges and showing strong commitment, they enable a work environment in which we can not only trust and respect each other, but everyone is encouraged to speak openly as well which creates a better workplace for all employees.
Our company not only has a great management team, but also very passionate employees. Everyone takes his or her responsibilities very seriously, but at the same time, we manage to be humorous as well. The company also offers a certain flexibility, so that all employees can adjust their work schedule to their personal needs. Furthermore, our HR department will always try to accommodate individual situations, for example my paternity leave: Due to the particularity of my job, I was able to split my paternity leave and therefore did not have to take it all at once, but one day each week. I am very thankful for this, as therewith I was able to stay up to date in my job and be present for my team while enjoying increased family time every week, which is a very sensible and really a win-win situation for both, my family and my work.
My responsibilities not only include product quality, but also customer quality, process as well as supplier quality and our internal quality system, ensuring we achieve the related IATF certifications and operate under its regulations. Wherever a problem occurs, my team and I handle it. Therefore, I like to describe us as “firefighters”. Rather than extinguishing “fires”, we prefer to prevent them, though. That is why we strive to foresee problems well in advance and strive to eliminate them before they can arise in our operative business processes.
I have worked for Italian, German as well as Japanese companies before, which was the perfect preparation to start working at Rheinmetall Automotive’s Joint Venture with a Japanese company here in China, led by an Italian Executive as well as a Japanese General Manager. As Rheinmetall Automotive’s origin is Germany, this adds 4 different cultures into the mix. Of course, that is sometimes a challenge, but it is definitely also one of our biggest strengths! Working in this environment provides an excellent chance to grow personally and gain new experiences that you cannot gain anywhere else. Knowing how to work in such a specific environment gives every employee a unique edge on the job market.