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Bright prospects – job opportunities in the Wolfenbüttel district

Mehrere Gebäude der Mast-Jägermeister SE in Wolfenbüttel. (Copyright: C&S-group GmbH)

Situated in an idyllic location between the Harz Mountains and the Lüneburg Heath, the Wolfenbüttel district is a great place to live. And work. After all, the district in the hill country in the east of Braunschweig is home to a large number of successful companies. Start-ups, medium-sized family businesses or large corporations – the region offers many secure jobs and attracts entrepreneurs thanks to numerous subsidies. Here’s the proof:

Jägermeister takes on the world from Wolfenbüttel

Did you know that Germany’s most popular liqueur comes from Wolfenbüttel? It’s true! Jägermeister, the famous spirit prepared according to an old, secret recipe, has been local company Mast-Jägermeister SE’s main product for over 80 years. In 2015, it made about 600 million euros in sales; 80 percent of which came from exporting the green bottles abroad. Around 900 employees work for the successful spirits manufacturer worldwide – and yet Mast-Jägermeister has remained a family business deeply rooted in its homeland. More than 200 employees work in the new head office in Wolfenbüttel, which was opened in 2006, and the oak barrel yard there, in which the legendary Jägermeister raw material matures, also offers career opportunities. Have we sparked your curiosity?

herbal liqueur 'Jägermeister'
The famous herbal liqueur, whose (still) secret formula was created by Carl Mast almost 80 years ago (Photo: Mast-Jägermeister SE)

Recipe for success – industrial kitchen technology from MKN

Quality you can taste: for over 70 years MKN Maschinenfabrik Kurt Neubauer has been dedicated to the development, production and distribution of professional cooking technology – and ensures that ovens get hot enough to really do some cooking. The medium-sized company takes care of all the thermal processes in professional kitchens, and, with its more than 450 employees and 45 apprentices, is one of the leaders in the industry. The work carried out by employees is extremely varied, ranging from apprentices to skilled workers, from commercial to technical jobs. In-company training enables lifelong learning, and retaining employees over the long-term is the company’s express goal. It’s no wonder that the professional kitchen engineers at MKN see themselves as a big family!

A MKN Kitchen
A MKN Kitchen from Wolfenbüttel implemented in a school. (Photo: MKN Maschinenfabrik Kurt Neubauer GmbH & Co. KG)
MKN-Manager Georg Weber (Copyright: Holger Isermann)

"We have received numerous national and international awards for our products in the last years. Today we have arrived in the world's Champions League."

MKN-Manager Georg Weber

Never losing sight – vehicle mirrors from Wilke

Maintaining a good overview is everything. Since 1925, metal goods factory Wilke has mainly produced rearview mirrors for buses, trucks and commercial vehicles, but also other parts for vehicles. The company has now grown to become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mirrors for buses and tractors. Over 150 employees work for the company in Wolfenbüttel, which is now part of the Ficosa International GmbH group of companies. The dynamic, rapidly expanding automotive supplier is always looking for new employees.

Properly milled parts are paramount: Eder Maschinenbau

Milling, drilling, turning – with the highest degree of precision: at Eder Maschinenbau GmbH, 50 employees work on innovative equipment for the agricultural, forestry and timber industries. In addition, the company, which has been in business since 1970, also carries out custom manufacturing to meet customer requirements and places particular importance on quality. It goes without saying that only the best 3D measuring devices are used during production and that employees have the opportunity to develop themselves thanks to ongoing further training. And what about the next generation? Training its own apprentices is a point of pride at Eder. No wonder that large companies such as VW, Continental and Liebherr are among the mechanical engineering company’s satisfied customers.

 

Travel specialist: The Schmidt

The company's history began in 1961 in a shop in Langen Straße 14 in Wolfenbüttel. From here founder Josef Schmidt sent a ‚Büssing-bus‘ on journeys. Over the years ‚The Schmidt‘ developed from this small bus company to a large and diverse tour operator with six business units and more than 150 employees. The Schmidt now resides on a large site in Halchterschen Straße 33. The ‚SchmidtTerminal‘, which opened in 2010 by the two managing directors Wilhelm Schmidt and Philipp Cantauw, became a specialists for buses and city buses. The ‚SchmidtTerminal‘ is also causing a sensation as a modern partner for rail, bus, ship and even air travel.

Headquater
Building of the headquater. (Photo: Der Schmidt)

Perfectly coupled: Schmidt-Kupplung

Things that belong together have to be brought together first. It sounds like a TV dating show, but Schmidt-Kupplung GmbH doesn’t need one to know what fits together. Its precision couplings and coupling systems, which are developed in-house, do the trick nicely. From wood processing, to the plastics industry, to packaging or tooling machines – the company guarantees maximum functionality for a wide variety of applications. In the papermaking sector, Schmidt couplings are used, for example, in the drives of screen rolls and paper cutters thanks to their precision and compact size. But the company doesn’t just offer finished lines of products, of course, but also tailor-made coupling systems to meet customer requirements. And who ensures outstanding quality at Schmidt-Kupplung? That comes thanks to its nearly 50 employees, who meet the highest requirements in terms of engineering, precision work and customer care – as they have for over 50 years now!

A wall of sound – Pan Acoustics

What does Wolfenbüttel sound like? Not sure? Then go and ask Udo Borgmann. The music lover and dedicated audio engineer founded Pan Acoustics GmbH in 2002 and has since been manufacturing loudspeakers, sound systems and digital audio solutions of the highest technical level. He put his extensive knowledge of electronics and microprocessor technology into building the company and today works with a highly professional team. His approximately 15 employees generally have a background in technology and the sciences, and are not only familiar with microprocessors, circuit diagrams and PCB layouts, but also have a mastery of complex hardware and software. Pan Acoustics not only values quality, design and sound, but also corporate social responsibility; in other words, business activities that are responsible and value-oriented. The company therefore continuously invests in the training of its workforce, and prefers to work with suppliers from the region – which helps to protect local jobs. Sounds good, right?

Getting the right connection – telecommunications from Auerswald

Successful communication makes life easier in both personal and professional life! This is also the motto at Auerswald GmbH & Co. KG KG, a leading manufacturer of telephone systems for modern Internet telephony applications. The family-owned company based in Cremlingen has been successfully doing business since 1960 and attaches great importance to developing new technologies. To this end, it has also maintained a long-standing cooperation with Braunschweig University of Technology – and in 2016, Auerswald was awarded the ‘Innovation through Research’ seal by the Donors’ Association. What’s truly remarkable is that the company’s entire production process takes place in the small community in the district of Wolfenbüttel with 170 employees, who appreciate its non-bureaucratic structures, flat hierarchies and their employer’s openness to creative ideas. That’s how future-oriented employment looks in the countryside!

Companies Headquater
Building of the company Auerswald. (Photo: Auerswald GmbH & Co. KG)

Flour from the Okermühle mill

Not every company can look back on such a long-standing tradition. The first mention of the Fährmühle mill in Hedwigsburg on the Oker River dates back to the year 1318. The mill is still standing today – and it is not only an impressive architectural monument, but also serves as the head office of the highly modern Hedwigsburger Okermühle GmbH, an important flour manufacturer for the food industry. The traditional company mills classic flours as well as special flours for soups, sauces and waffles. Okermühle uses only raw wheat from its own contracted farmers in the region and sees itself not only as a business, but as a home for people. To this end, it also provides regular training opportunities – for process technologists in the milling and feed industry. That’s right: if you want to become a miller, you can do it here.

Self and employed – the place to be for entrepreneurs

Have ideas of your own? Then why not work for yourself! The district of Wolfenbüttel offers ideal conditions for successful start-ups. Start-up support for your business dreams can be obtained, for example, from Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) or the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, which operate various support programmes. For example, the ‘Micro-enterprises for basic supplies’ programme aims to provide support for small companies in rural areas in order to attract new retailers, bakers and butchers. But there isn’t just top-down help – the people of Wolfenbüttel themselves work to support start-up businesses. For example, successful computer entrepreneur Sebastian Bluhm from Profihost AG provides free server space for up to 18 months to students, alumni and university staff who want to start their own businesses in cooperation with the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and the Braunschweig University of Technology. Anyone who is interested can easily register at the Entrepreneurship Center on the Ostfalia campus, where office space and coaching services are also available. Protecting what’s great about Wolfenbüttel – rooted in tradition and looking ahead to the future. See for yourself!

Entrepreneurship Center
Entry of the Entrepreneurship Center in Wolfenbüttel. (Photo: Holger Isermann)
Prof. Dr. Reza Asghari vor dem Eingang des hellgelben Entrepreneurship Centers in Wolfenbüttel. (Copyright: Holger Isermann)

"To incorporate, you need an entrepreneurial Mindset. Other curricula focus on business plans during the start-up process - founding personalities are more important for us."

Prof. Dr. Reza Asghari,Owner of the professorship for Entrepreneurship at the TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia Hochschule

The region offers many secure jobs and attracts entrepreneurs thanks to numerous subsidies.

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