Tier one automotive supplier and power tools and home appliances company Robert Bosch GmbH is setting up a recruitment drive for 12,000 trained graduates worldwide in 2015 to help re-align the company for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Two of the attributes the company is looking for are software skills and youth—almost one third of the positions will be open to applicants with no previous professional experience, the company says in a statement.
Bosch (Stuttgart, Germany) says it is looking to hire in Europe and in growth markets such as India and China. Many of the jobs will be software-related as systems and software engineering will be a key competence for the future.
Bosch is one of the most successful privately held companies in the world. The firm is 92% owned by a charitable foundation known for its promotion of natural and social sciences, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH. The company's 290,000 employees generated sales of €48.9 billion (about $53.4 billion) in 2014, according to preliminary figures.
Founded in 1886, Bosch started out as a mechanical and electrical engineering firm and is part of a German tradition of engineering. However, it has proven adaptable and is now the world's leading supplier of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) components, according to IHS.
The company is continuing to adapt and says that in addition to offering positions for mechanical and electrical engineers, the chances for graduates with an IT background are especially favorable. "We are increasing the number associates hired for software design and development. As connectivity expands in every business sector, from mobility solutions to industrial technology, the importance of software does, too," says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Bosch, in a statement.
In 2015, Bosch plans to recruit about 3,200 trained graduates in India; 2,600 in China and 1,200 in Germany.
Bosch is engaging heavily with such ideas as connected vehicles, smart cities and smart homes creating access to heating control systems via an app and connecting electric cookers and other household appliances to the Internet. In December 2013 Bosch set up a subsidiary company, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany), to focus on the creation of systems and platforms based on sensors, software and services that extend from leaf-node clients to the cloud.
The company points out that, under the holding company, it offers a mix of subsidiaries from large groups to start-ups and also the opportunity to shift between specialist engineering, project and management career paths.
Bosch says that by 2020 it wants to increase the share of women in leadership positions to 20% worldwide. The figure for the company as a whole has already reached more than 12%, with certain countries, such as China, having already exceeded the target. “We want more female executives because mixed leadership teams are more successful,” Kübel says.
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