Personnel of the Automotive Business Segment
The number of employees in the Automotive Business Segment grew by 138 employees in 2013. At the end of 2013, EB employed 1 138 professionals in Germany, Austria, France, Romania, United States, China and Japan in the Automotive Business Segment (EB total 1 648 employees at the end of 2013). The average age of the personnel was 36. Design engineers constituted clearly the largest proportion of the personnel.
Part of the personnel growth took place in Brasov, Romania, where EB established a new site, to satisfy the increasing demand of automotive software development and testing. Until end of 2013 more than 80 employees started in Brasov. EB plans to grow the Brasov team to more than 100 software developers over time.
EBīs core competences in the Automotive Business Segment are automotive-grade embedded software in Electronic Control Units (ECU), Human Machine Interface (HMI), infotainment solutions, navigation, driver assistance, Functional Safety, and software integration.
In 2013, EB continued to its invest in the development of its processes as well as in training of its staff in order to provide state-of-the-art software to the customers. Training of suppervisors was one of the focus areas and several development measures for supervisors were started.
The initiative to further strengthen the project management capabilities was introduced in 2013 through the Lean Development Model. It consists of agile elements and lean principles and focuses on “quality firstī to minimize rework and to achieve more stable processes. The main goal for the whole initiative is to achieve better quality and higher productivity but also higher motivation within the employees. In the automotive industry the common development principle is based on the V-model. Applying lean and agile concepts to the development of automotive software is new. EB has been succesfully and with excellent customer feedback resulting in better project predictability, better quality and higher customer satisfaction. The rollout of the Lean Development Model has been started in 2013 and will be continued in 2014.