Bosch plans to recruit some 12,000 associates worldwide, over 1,000 in Southeast Asia


Bosch logoIn 2015, Bosch plans to recruit 12,000 trained graduates worldwide, with over 1,000 in Southeast Asia. In addition to a number of prospects for mechanical and electrical engineers, the chances for graduates with an IT background are especially favorable.

“We are increasing the number of associates hired for software design and development. As connectivity expands in every business sector, from Mobility Solutions to Industrial Technology, the importance of software does too,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH.

The number of associates needed for software design and development will continue to rise in the future. Three out of every four new associates will be in the field of engineering. The prospects are also favorable for people just starting their professional careers. Almost every third position is open to potential associates with no previous professional experience.

“We are expanding in the rapidly developing markets in Southeast Asia and the increase in hiring is in line with our planned business growth. We have always tapped on local talent as part of our strategy and hiring from this pool enables us to secure our long-term target.” says Martin Hayes, president of Bosch in Southeast Asia.

Ramp-up and expansion is creating jobs for graduates, and this is part of a long term vision for Southeast Asia.

Growing demand for software developers Bosch is already busy connecting entire cities and bringing cars online, creating access to heating control systems via an app, and automatically integrating its suppliers into the supply chain. It has also connected electric stoves and other household appliances to the internet. As a result, the amount of software and its complexity − in terms of product development and manufacturing as well as for the products and systems themselves − is growing. Consider emergency braking systems for vehicles, for example. Using a radar or video sensor, the emergency braking function is able to detect whether there is an obstacle in the lane ahead.

The system’s software evaluates the information in just fractions of a second and then triggers full emergency braking, if necessary.

Wide range of career opportunities − room for creativity

Start-up fan or corporate enthusiast? They do not have to be at odds with each other because Bosch offers both. The company supports proprietary start-ups as a means of quickly translating research findings into new business fields. Bosch also taps entirely new business fields with small, powerful units. One example of this is Bosch eBike Systems, which has evolved from a start-up into a global player and the European market leader in just five years. Bosch not only facilitates the shift between corporate and start-up structures, but also the move between specialist, project, or leadership career paths.

In addition to a wide range of career opportunities and working environments, Bosch attaches great importance to ensuring room for creativity. As a result, many associates have the option to spend some of their working time on other software projects within the Bosch Group as part of an open-source approach. Associates are able to suggest their own ideas, such as for new products on the internet of things, on Bosch’s internal social business platform known as Bosch Connect. One project that grew out of this aims to make the search for parking spots in big cities easier.

Equal opportunities for women

By 2020, Bosch wants to increase the share of women in leadership positions to 20 percent worldwide. That figure for the company as a whole has already reached more than twelve percent, with certain countries, such as China, having already exceeded the target. “We want more female executives because mixed leadership teams are more successful,” Kübel says. For this reason, Bosch is pursuing a policy of diversity management worldwide, encouraging respect for heterogeneity and non-standard career paths. To provide women with assistance and support on their career paths, Bosch offers special mentoring programs, networks, seminars, and training courses. In total, Bosch invests some 190 million euros each year in the further training and development of associates.

Family-friendly employer

To help reconcile the demands of associates’ professional and private lives, Bosch offers some 100 working-time models − from working from home to part time employment and job sharing. The technology and service company believes this is one key to its innovative strength, and its guidelines for a flexible and family-friendly working culture apply worldwide and contribute to the satisfaction, productivity, and creativity of associates. In addition to family and child care options, the recognition of family time as a career stepping stone also promotes a family-friendly working culture at Bosch.

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