There actually hasn’t been a single day at Airbus where I’ve only interacted with “local” people. Because we are a European company, most colleagues come from all over Europe and are redistributed all over Europe. In addition to our production sites and suppliers located all over the world, we work daily with people from Germany, France, the UK, Spain, China, Korea, Austria, Italy, the US, the Czech Republic and more. In my job, I interface the external supply chain and have the chance to meet people across different manufacturing locations.
It’s an enriching experience to work with different cultures than my own. When people do things in a way I find unexpected, I stay aware of cultural differences, not assuming that I know all there is to know about a certain culture-coupling. I work in multifunctional teams on projects like NEO industrialization, for example, where colleagues with backgrounds in engineering, finance, manufacturing and business management all come together.
It’s not always easy to understand everyone’s point of view, but in the end there’s always something to be learned from one another, and we can be sure the decisions we come to in the end are thought through and balanced.