BMW has started recruiting employees for its plant in Debrecen. Plans call for 1,000 positions to be filled in tax, media, accounting, process design, recruitment and environmental management, although this number could grow as the factory expands. New jobs are continuously being added to the company site’s career page, with a current focus on expert and managerial positions. Work in the actual construction of the factory will not start until spring 2020.
Communications manager András Salgó said that the first positions filled were in human resources and human resources marketing. Seven people are already working, while the company is presently promoting another 18 jobs for the Debrecen unit. The unit was officially established in September 2018 by BMW Manufacturing Hungary Kft., and those already contracted by the company are being trained in both Debrecen and Munich.
The new BMW plant is expected to produce 150,000 cars a year and feature the latest in flexible technology, enabling one assembly line to produce traditional combustion vehicles as well as hybrid and electric cars. This is the first new BMW plant within the European Union in the past two decades, and Hungary’s central budget will contribute HUF 130 billion (EUR 390 million) to putting the necessary infrastructure in place for the plant and a further HUF 35 billion on developing local education to ensure a continued workforce supply.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó has stated further investment in the domestic automotive industry will strengthen Hungary’s economy and that the Hungarian people deserve such a development in their country. Szijjártó also noted that Hungary’s economy is now world-class, with a talented workforce that invites such top companies to invest. BMW said the decision to build the new plant in Debrecen was based on the city’s good infrastructure and logistics base, as well as the already present network of BMW suppliers.
Hungary’s automotive sector accounted for almost 27 percent of the country’s industrial output in 2018, with a production value of over HUF 8 trillion and a production volume of 472,000 units.
The recruitment campaign by BMW for its Debrecen plant is expected to be extended to the whole territory of Hajdú-Bihar County this year. With future development and investment, the plant could support a workforce greater than the planned 1,000 headcount.