IT experts from industries as diverse as gaming and big data research will be hired to expand and develop the Group’s push into artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, smart production and connectivity.
Group board member Dr Karlheinz Blessing said the company intended to reinforce its existing IT team with “people who want to shape the future of mobility”.
Blessing added, “we are tackling the major challenges of the future with the best people – digitalisation, software development, E-mobility, autonomous driving and mobility services. For these fields, we are reinforcing our team with top-class experts.”
Over half of the new recruits will be based out of the Group’s Wolfsburg headquarters while others will be spread through the Group’s IT labs in Berlin and Munich.
Chief Information Officer of the Volkswagen Group, Dr Martin Hoffmann stated, “The tasks we face are more varied and interesting than ever before”.
“In the global mobility group Volkswagen, IT means: international cooperation, versatile working in fast, creative teams and the most advanced technology. In brief: nowhere is IT more exciting than at Volkswagen.”
The IT recruitment drive is already underway with the Group confirming highly-specialised IT professionals – including robotics experts, level designers, design thinking experts, and AI research workers – had joined the company over the last few months.
These experts are working across the Group in units such as the Virtual Engineering Lab, the Data Lab, the Smart Production Lab, the Ideation Hub or Group IT in Wolfsburg.
The Volkswagen Group confirmed earlier this month it was changing its official language from German to English, no doubt a relief for many of the IT experts from across the globe set to join the company in the coming years.