In talk with HR Director Bernd Schwendinger

In a short conversation, Bernd Schwendinger reveals his role model from his childhood days, where his favourite place on earth is and which strategies he pursues professionally as a global Human Resources Director.


How would you describe your professional activity to a child?

Day after day I create an environment in which our employees are happy to move and, above all, develop themselves.


What do you like most about your job?

The contact and exchange with many different people. Furthermore, through my travels to the Hirschmann plants I get to know the most diverse cultures, which I find incredibly inspiring.


Who was your role model when you were a kid?

Soccer god Diego Armando Maradona, in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately, I can no longer say that today.


What does a typical working day look like for you?

This sounds quite unspectacular, but mainly I hold meetings with colleagues from all over the world, optimise processes and process e-mails. I usually spend my lunch breaks in the in-house canteen.


What is your biggest success so far?

My family.


Where’s your favorite place on Earth?

At our little chalet in the mountains.


What are the biggest challenges as Human Resources Director?

I see the greatest challenge in finding qualified employees who fit in with the company, our strategy and our philosophy and then to bind them to us in the long term.


How has your strategy changed in recent years and what are the developments in the future?

In recent years, the so-called “war for talents” has developed and of course the HR business has also been greatly changed by digitalization, which means more and more new process and software optimizations for us. For the future, I see our main task as offering our employees vocations rather than professions.



Hirschmann Automotive GmbH
Oberer Paspelsweg 6-8
6830 Rankweil, Austria
Phone: +43 (0)5522 307-0

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