Arthur Besseau, who is responsible for Procurement in the Americas region, ensures the successful implementation of the global procurement strategy in the Americas region with his team.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I most enjoy strategic thinking. It is a pleasure and a focus for me to consider what capabilities and what partnerships DRÄXLMAIER will need in one to five years from now in the region. This is one of my top priorities. Within Procurement, our success depends heavily on cooperation with others: Internally building a solid network with my peers is key to setting our commodity strategies and preparing the future. Externally, sourcing and partnering with the right supplier is also one of our main responsibilities. Bringing my experience to build great collaboration in the region with other organizations and other functions also gives me great satisfaction.
Your highlight at DRÄXLMAIER so far?
Our team success stories presentation was a highlight so far. Listening to the presentations gave me the opportunity to reflect on the hard work of everyone on my team. The automotive sector is a very fast paced environment and rarely do we have the time to reflect upon our successes. As an industry, we focus on lessons learned and audits, but once in a while, it is good to stop and look positively at everything we have achieved as a team.
What do you appreciate about your team?
The amount of flexibility the Procurement team in the Americas has shown is, simply put, best in class. This team has the potential and the attitude to achieve all the goals set and to build the future in collaboration with other departments. I truly appreciate the dialogue with my segment colleagues, who provide a different insight and constructive challenges. It allows us all to reflect on our visions as leaders within the DRÄXLMAIER Group.
The DRÄXLMAIER Group supplies premium automobile manufacturers worldwide with complex wiring harness systems, central electrical and electronic components, exclusive interiors, and battery systems for electromobility. The combination of core competencies in the interior, electrical, electronic and battery systems areas makes DRÄXLMAIER unique in the industry. The company thereby covers the entire process chain, from the initial idea, through the development and production process, and up to precisely in-sequence delivery of the products to the assembly lines of premium automobile manufacturers. The inventor of the customer-specific wiring harness, the DRÄXLMAIER Group develops pioneering wiring harness technology as well as electrical and electronic components, all directly in-house. These include multi-voltage and high-voltage wiring harness systems, battery management systems and intelligent power distributors. DRÄXLMAIER is working on the future of emission-free mobility with its solution for low-voltage and high-voltage battery systems. As a market leader for interior systems in premium automobiles, the DRÄXLMAIER Group also supplies premium automobile manufacturers with ambient lighting, center consoles, door panels and instrument panels, as well as complete door and cockpit modules.
The DRÄXLMAIER Group is an international automotive supplier with about 65 sites in over 20 countries. Founded in Germany in 1958, the company employs about 75,000 employees throughout the world. For the DRÄXLMAIER Group as an owner-managed business, responsible and long-range thinking has always been the basis for economic success. It is therefore a core element of its strategy to design its business and production processes, as well as its products, in a more sustainable manner and in that way to increase the competitiveness of the company on a long-term basis.
In 2020, the DRÄXLMAIER Group generated sales of 4.2 billion euro. Customers of this member of the Top 100 Automotive Suppliers include Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche and Volkswagen, as well as Californian automotive manufacturers.