Category: Career, Company | | Created by Lea Pfingsten
Florian (30), procurement management at Loibl Förderanlagen GmbH:
„I like variety. I have that every day at Loibl. Because we offer customised solutions, every order is a new challenge. That makes my work incredibly exciting."
Opposites attract: Quite normal and yet very special
Florian (30) climbs out of his Audi S5 Quattro. A customised model with a unique interior and exterior. Why he chose this car? "I like its individuality," he says.
It's like with everything in life. If something has character, if it has rough edges, it becomes interesting. "I've never bought anything off the shelf." His first car was a VW Golf, likewise with customised equipment. He smiles cautiously, almost shyly, as he talks about it. Florian is a quiet guy, tall, unobtrusive. He likes to keep in the background and let others do the show. An unusual contrast to his love for unique vehicles. Asked about it, he says: "I've had a fascination for fast cars since I was a kid." Collecting old magazines, cutting out the cars contained and sticking them on his bedroom door. Dreaming about driving one of them himself later in life. These stories don't just bubble out of Florian. Even when something excites him, his voice remains calm. "The cars - I don't do this for an audience. I do it for myself. Because I like it and have fun with it."
Car tuning is one of Florian's hobbies. He regularly attends meetings all over Germany and is well networked in the scene. Performance improvement, original spare parts and styling are among his interests. "Three points catch my interest: Speed, good price and ordering the right quantity at best conditions." Really not that much difference to his work, as he himself realises. Florian is a purchaser. He has been working at Loibl for six years and, together with his colleagues, takes care of research, bid comparisons, cost estimates and much more. What the trained business administrator appreciates most about his work are the various requirements in addition to the opportunity to constantly grow. "At Loibl, no day is like the other. It's incredibly varied, especially because we have our own production site in Straubing." To make sure it doesn't get too stressful, the procurement team has his back. "I am really grateful for my colleagues," he says and means it.
Florian and his Audi S5 Quattro
Down-to-earth despite his fondness for special cars: "I don't do this for the public but for myself, because I enjoy it."
Florian has been one of Loibl's apprenticeship managers since 2022 and looks after the next generation of commercial staff. "I myself got into procurement management thanks to my apprenticeships." That's what motivated him to help the Loibl trainees find their way. "I want them to feel comfortable with us. That they learn to recognise their weaknesses and make the most of their strengths." The ability to grow beyond themselves. Is that something that comes easily with him? A short break. Florian has to think before he answers. "As long as I don't have to play the poser for it, I'm always happy to leave my comfort zone."
Florian used to play the guitar. For 8 years, in fact, until his music teachers could teach him nothing more. He wringed his hands a little uncertainly. "At the time, my teachers told me to join a band, but I didn't want to. I just wanted to play for myself and not impress anyone with it." Does he still play? "No. My taste in music has completely changed." He laughs. A real laugh this time. "I listen more to rap & R&B these days, a guitar solo is more of a minor thing."
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