22nd January 2018

Humans of ŠKODA: Roman Vaněk, Executive Assistant to the Board Member, The Future in Development is an everyday reality

It is everyone’s dream to successfully accomplish their life goals. We talked about how a child’s hobby can become a desired job position with Roman Vaněk, the Executive Assistant to the Board Member for Technical Development at ŠKODA AUTO. He is not afraid to face new challenges and overcomes complicated circumstances with ease. What is he working on? What would he like to accomplish and how does he see the future of car development?

How did you find your way to ŠKODA and how long have you been working here?

My first contact with the company was during my studies at the ŠKODA Vocational School. Also, while studying at the Technical university of Liberec I had the opportunity to work closely with ŠKODA AUTO on my final thesis on the subject of Optimization of production systems. After my foreign internship in Braunschweig, Germany, I received free college scholarship for one year and thanks to the “ŠKODA DAY” event for college students I also visited the Technical Development department, which is where I launched my career in 2009.

What does your work consist of?

The job of the Executive Assistant to the Board Member for Technical Development can be diverse. I prepare technical promotional materials in the morning, then the meeting of employees from the Technical Development department and in the afternoon I prepare materials for the ŠKODA AUTO Managing board meetings. I also plan the Supervisory Board meeting, or give interviews for the ŠKODA AUTO career website (smile). Every day truly is different.

What do you like best about your job at ŠKODA AUTO?

I am very fond of cars and modern technologies. I drove a car for the first time when I was 10 years old and ever since that moment cars have been a big part of my life. When I was a little boy, I used to take apart all my toys to understand how they work. Unfortunately, most of the toys ended up in the trash.

What are some of your personal challenges?

During my interview for the Executive Assistant to the Board Member for Technical Development my boss asked me what I would like to achieve in my career. I told him I wanted to be the Board Member for Technical Development at ŠKODA AUTO and I was being completely serious even back then.

In your position you often know about news and future plans, which are kept secret from the public for the time being. How does that feel?

When you work in an environment like this one, the future becomes your everyday reality. Today I drive the same ŠKODA KAROQ that was one of the first ones to leave the production line. It is the same feeling as when a child receives a long-desired toy.

How long does it take to develop a new car?

Each new car has its milestones and deadlines precisely determined. A lot of time will pass from the initial idea to the preparation of production of the developed car. However, today’s trends and digitalisation help shorten each development phase. Virtual techniques and state-of-the-art simulation methods are increasingly being used in all areas of development. In a few years, the time needed to develop a brand new car will be cut in half and thus the production cycle of new cars will be shortened, too.

What makes the job in Technical Development appealing?

There are so many reasons! An international team is involved in the development of future cars on truly interesting projects. For some people it could also be the benefits provided by the company, a business car ... I could continue to list the pros, however, it is very important to me to have a job I enjoy doing and that fulfils me.

Nowadays, many companies are looking for employees with technical education. What attributes do you think those interested in working in Technical Development should have?

We are looking for experts for all of our departments of Technical Development. It is extremely important to have the will to further develop and learn new things. The company offers opportunities for further development ranging from language education and technical training to the development of managerial skills. We are driven by desire...

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