A job as high performance sport Dr. Roland Käfer joined VEM Sachsenwerk GmbH as new managing director for operations
Vigour, resolve and determination are perhaps the most evident personal traits of Franconian-born Dr. Roland Käfer. And Dresden has been the new working home of the experienced interim manager since March 2018. As managing director for operations, his task is to develop the necessary internal links between the production, design, assembly, purchasing and shipping departments. He is the third member of the management team at VEM’s Dresden location alongside Dr. Torsten Kuntze and Falk Lehmann. Against the background of growing international markets and expanding order books, it was deemed expedient to spread the demanding scope of management duties over more shoulders.
Dr. Käfer’s career began with time as a master toolmaker, which means that he can call on extensive personal experience of shop-floor processes. Anyone who has witnessed his boundless energy will not be surprised to learn that he later gained not only a first degree in business administration, but also further graduate qualifications and a doctorate – all parallel to his work duties. Over the years, he has served numerous internationally active enterprises from the most varied branches of industry, helping them to master changes or exceptional circumstances. “My speciality is the balancing act between an understanding for production processes and bare figures,” he says. That aptly characterises his invaluable combination of practical experience and extensive theoretical know-how.
For Dr. Käfer, the setting screws for corporate success are lean management and maximised value creation. Flow production is here an important tool: “You have to consider the path a product takes on its way through the factory. And that is not necessarily bound to series production.” His experience has also shown that, if the customer is convinced by the quality of a product and the framework conditions surrounding the delivery, then he will also be prepared to accept a different price. It is only natural that the individual employees must be informed, motivated and encouraged to follow this same path. There is thus plenty of work ahead. But that is precisely the kind of situation in which Dr. Käfer can play out his strengths.
* Dr. Roland Käfer is married and has three children. In his somewhat limited free time, he passes his experience on to university students as a visiting lecturer, and is always glad to learn himself from the next generation.