Employee Spotlight: Brian Grunst



Brian Grunst Lab Supervisorbrian grunst

lab supervisor at TÜV SÜD America

#FutureInYourHands – This motto properly describes how TÜV SÜD empowers its employees. It’s best to hear from TÜV SÜD executives and staff members what their personal experiences are working for TÜV SÜD.

Can you describe your role within the company?
I am the Lab Supervisor for the Holland, Michigan location. I oversee the daily operations of the lab and my teammates. My responsibilities also include project management work, but I primarily focus on keeping the lab running accordingly. I’ve been with TÜV SÜD for 13 years and have been in my current role for almost 5 years.

How did you choose this career path?
I would say this career path chose me; I was approached by TÜV SÜD awhile back for a sales position opportunity. Over time, that position then turned into a Project Management role, which eventually led me to a career working as a Supervisor. I have taken advantage of the opportunities presented to me throughout my career, which has brought me to where I am today.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working at TÜV SÜD?
We have a great team in the Holland lab. I always try to lend a helping hand to them whenever possible; I do my best to provide them with the necessary resources to successfully complete their work. I also try to support a flexible work environment in the lab, so I believe it’s important to accommodate fluctuating employee schedules. Lastly, I like being able to tackle new challenges, whether it’s formulating a new testing method or making myself think outside the box to resolve an issue.

Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
I am in a leadership position, so, for me, it’s really important to lead by example. When I accepted the role of Lab Supervisor, I noticed I had become a lot more diligent in my role and more conscientious about how I present myself. I’m always learning and fine-tuning things, though.

What do you think the industry will look like 20 years from now?
I’m mostly involved in the automotive industry and I think the big trend right now is seeing a shift towards the use of electric vehicles. Generally speaking, and based off of some research I have done, I believe electric vehicles are on track to become the most common mode of transportation. I also think in the future, ride-sharing apps in urban areas will make the switch to autonomous vehicles.

When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
I spend most of my time with my family, as well as fishing. It’s fun to take my kids out and enjoy the outdoors.

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