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Stefanie Birkeneder Specialist project manager purchasing

Stefanie Birkeneder on the future of e-mobility and the important role of purchasing. 

What is your job at DRÄXLMAIER?
I am a specialist project manager in purchasing and the connection between the vehicle project and commodity purchasing. I am responsible for the material costs of the purchased parts of a project from acquisition to SOP.

What fascinates you about purchasing and Battery Systems & Components in particular?
In purchasing, I always have an eye on the costs of the purchased parts and thus also of the end product. Through intensive coordination with my project colleagues, especially in development from acquisition onwards, I can positively influence the profitability of a project. In the Battery Systems and Components area, I find the broad product range from charging sockets and electronic components to complete battery systems particularly exciting.

What are the biggest challenges at the moment?
There are currently many challenges that keep the day-to-day routine from becoming monotonous. These include internal system changes, such as the rollout of synapsis, or the current situation on the raw materials and semiconductor market.

What does the future of e-mobility look like for you at DRÄXLMAIER?
DRÄXLMAIER has been involved in the topic of e-mobility for more than ten years now and can already boast considerable know-how in this area, both in development and in series production. The company will assert itself as an innovative and sustainable supplier in this very challenging competitive environment and help shape e-mobility with key components.

What role does purchasing play in this? 
Purchasing ensures competitiveness through an optimal material cost level. On the one hand, this requires a good instinct for identifying new technologies and innovative suppliers. On the other hand, Purchasing must have an excellent internal network in order to integrate innovations in the end product and to be aware of new developments at an early stage and to build up an appropriate supplier network.