Business analyst Valentin Krehl collects customers’ wishes and uses them to glean information for TRATON GROUP product developers. This process gives the Company an overview of the special demands customers have of vehicles.

Text: Silke Bauer

Valentin Krehl’s Scandinavian acquaintances say he’s the most Nordic German they know. Krehl was born in Bavaria in the alpine Allgäu region, but has lived in both Finland and Norway and been resident in Sweden for six years now. He came to TRATON AB in April 2021. As a business analyst, he gathers customers’ wishes in a database. His current project, which is relevant for the entire TRATON GROUP and involves all the Group brands, is the development of an electric axle. “The requirements of such an axle vary widely in different countries,” says the 30-year-old Krehl, who has a master’s degree in Production Engineering and Management. One example is Brazil. “The climate and road conditions there are completely different than in Germany, and an electric axle in Brazil has to meet very particular demands.” Krehl’s job is to collect information like this, organize it, and pass it along to the product developers.

Business analyst

Joint projects such as the electric axle are important for the TRATON GROUP, because they enable synergies within the Group to be fully exploited. Krehl talks every day to his colleagues at Scania, MAN, and the other brands. His team is international; all of the employees have engineering backgrounds. Krehl really likes the work atmosphere in his team: “It’s exciting and dynamic for me to work in the constellation of an international team. Our different backgrounds help us think outside the box more often.” It has been Krehl’s experience that there is truth in the popular belief that Germans tend to act cautiously and analytically whereas Americans are quick to roll up their sleeves and take action. “It’s good to have a mix. That keeps the team agile and means we make progress faster.” However, constant communication is necessary to avoid misunderstandings — or at least clear them up quickly. And Krehl adds: “It’s important for us as a team to have a clear and common goal and to review it at regular intervals.”

Goal-setter

Krehl sets goals for his leisure pursuits as well as his professional life. He is a passionate cyclist and is training for the Vätternrundan, the world’s largest recreational bike ride, which takes place every summer in southern Sweden. Cycling 340 kilometers around the Vätternsee lake: “That’s something every Swede should do once.” Whenever possible, Krehl ignores the subway and takes his bicycle. But despite his love for his bike, it’s simply too cold to cycle during the winter months: “During the winter, it’s minus 12 degrees Celsius here.” Sport is an important part of Krehl’s life. For instance, he competes in triathlons. “Swimming is my greatest challenge,” he says with a chuckle. “There, my goal is just to get through it.” When he wants to truly relax, he listens to music or goes sailing: “Coming from the Allgäu, sailing isn’t something I was familiar with, but here in Sweden I have really learned to appreciate the sport.”

Adventurer

Spending every summer vacation at the same hotel in Mallorca: that’s not for Krehl. “I’m curious by nature. I love to try new things.” Yet during his holidays, Krehl remains faithful to his bicycle; he simply takes it with him to faraway lands. He enjoys discovering lesser-known corners of the earth and has already cycled through Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. What particularly attracts him is the mountain bike route called The Great Divide that runs from Canada across the US and into Mexico. “It’s my dream to travel that route on my bike.”

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