Over 1,000 new employees – Porsche expands workforce in Leipzig

Countdown for the Macan: A few months before the first customer vehicle of the new model range will roll off the assembly line, the starting shot for the hiring of more than 1,000 production workers for permanent jobs at the Porsche plant in Leipzig will be set today. As of now, the jobs can be viewed online at: (www.porsche-leipzig.com/personal). “We have a new addition to our model family – now we’re looking for qualified and highly motivated people in production for the realisation of our ambitious goals. We want employees with petrol in their blood,” said Dr. Oliver Blume, Member of the Executive Board Production and Logistics of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, before media representatives in the new Leipzig body shop today.

Porsche is looking for skilled employees with professional qualifications in body construction, painting, assembly and quality assurance – to include operators, staff for ultrasonic testing, staff for metal sheet forming (and others). Alongside the 1,000 production workers, the location in Saxony is hiring a total of 400 engineers for the planning of the new sections, of which 220 are already on board.

“The interest in a job with Porsche is enormous. We have received 16,500 applications already, even though the big search for staff starts officially only today. The facts speak their own language: attractive environment and a emotional product. Moreover, the jobs here are future-proof, because in Leipzig all signs point to growth,” Siegfried Bülow, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH, emphasised in his speech. Porsche AG is investing around 500 million euro in the conversion of the location into a fully-fledged plant with its own paint shop and body assembly hall. It’s the biggest construction project in the history of the sports car maker. Siegfried Bülow on the status of the construction: “The buildings are ready and are water-proof, and the machines are being installed. The first test body was made a few days ago. In the summer, we will commission the new paint shop, so the first customer vehicle will roll off the assembly line at the end of the year. The schedule is a challenge, and the plant extension a truly mammoth task. But we are going all out for it.”

Afterwards, Dr. Blume states: “New plant, new vehicle – and a new team, to boot. Alongside the completion of the building, our greatest task will be integrating our new colleagues into the existing plant team and qualifying them for their work at Porsche.” The staff build-out will continue up through 2014 – then the new Macan will hit the road.

Porsche employs a staff of 1,150 in Leipzig at present – with the production of the Macan, the workforce will be more than doubled. More information on the Porsche plant extension and the jobs being advertised are available online at: www.porsche-leipzig.com.