Working at Girsberger

Our company group offers career opportunities in the fields of craftsmanship and high-tech. 

We offer a wide variety of tasks at our sites. Our work is a combination of challenging craftsmanship and highly industrialized production processes.
Design, development, marketing and communication jobs are located at our head office, while our sales activities are taken care of by subsidiaries in several countries. Our work ethos is characterized by teamwork and a sense of responsibility. Trust, appreciation and a respectful tone are important to us and are a key part of our business culture. 

Michael Girsberger
CEO
Girsberger Holding AG

„Compared to the relatively small size of our company, we offer an extraordinarily broad range of highly demanding tasks and interesting areas of responsibility across multiple locations. Our strength is that, as an SME, we can act independently and autonomously on the international market. As an owner-run company, we will continue to pursue this goal.“

We are Girsberger

Our tasks are varied, our requirements demanding and our jobs diverse. Employees from different sites, fields of work and companies talk about their personal experiences, what motivates them, and what makes working at Girsberger special. 

Henning Schweizer
Managing Director Girsberger GmbH
Petra Crnoja
Deputy Head of Custom Manufacturing and Upholstery Development
Abdirahman Abdullah Yusuf
Warehouse Specialist
Melina Strub
Work Preparation Customized Furniture and Remanufacturing
Nora Loesch
Head of Finance and Accounting
Raffael Fürst
Joiner, training as a project manager
Anita Johner
Head of Sales Office Home
Mathias Seiler
Head of Design and Marketing
Danielle Quaile
Managing Director Girsberger AG
Jelena Bošković
Production Manager
Lars Baeriswyl
Project Manager Customized Furnitur
Markus Hammer
Branch Manager Austria
Urs Aegerter
Sales, Girsberger Solid Wood
Walter van Esch
Service Technician Benelux
Francesca Fischer
Online Marketing Manager
Patrice Seifriz
Head of Development
Ursula von Bergen
Logistics employee and driver
Mariano Curto
IT Administrator

Henning Schweizer
Managing Director 
Girsberger GmbH, Endingen, Germany

In 2008, when the economy wasn't in great shape, I left Hessen and headed south to Kaiserstuhl – a gorgeous region. At the time, this marked a real turning point for me personally. All these years, the Girsberger family has always placed a huge amount of trust in me, and I've been able to work very independently from the outset. That trust has always meant a great deal to me. In the intervening period, we have developed the site, which was founded in 1963, into a centre of excellence for chair manufacture and customized solutions. A wealth of expertise has been established there over a very short period. Plus, almost all exports are managed from Endingen and we've had our own employees representing us in the Netherlands and Austria for many years.

I pass on the trust placed in me to my staff: our success depends very much on individual personalities. It is a privilege to be a managing director. I’m conscious that, at the end of the day, success is always a joint effort. That's why it's good to sometimes do things in my role that aren't part of my routine tasks. We all spend so much time together each day and are dedicated to the company as if it were our own business.

Personally, I really enjoy working with people, both internally and externally, and guiding and developing employees. I can safely say that we're a well-oiled team and can count on each other – and the same is true of our colleagues at the other sites.

Over the next few years, ushering in the new generation of the workforce while also consolidating the site and expanding Girsberger as an employer brand locally will be two of my key tasks. Needless to say, we are not unaffected by the changes on the job market, but I see this development as more of an opportunity and a challenge for us.

Somebody once said to me that we are a “sleeping giant”. That's an incentive for me.

One thing that has really struck me throughout is that the Girsberger family has a keen interest in the individual too, and sees the bigger picture when it comes to employee well-being.

Petra Crnoja
Deputy Head of Custom Manufacturing and Upholstery Development 
Girsberger GmbH, Endingen, Germany

My main task is developing the cutting patterns for all the upholstery covers in CAD, for all the serial products as well as for development projects. We use the design drawings as a starting point; we combine various foam qualities to create our upholstery. For commercial settings, we also have to incorporate fire prevention properties. We’re guided by the customer's requirements and always produce several prototypes. Because of this, it usually takes several attempts until the final templates are created.
I originally studied forestry, with a focus on wood engineering. In 2020 I applied to Girsberger for my current role and was given this opportunity as a career changer. I've done a lot more training since then and learned the ropes in what for me is a new area. The varied requirements we handle are what appeal to me. You have to be very creative and you can really use your imagination to come up with the right construction and upholstery solutions. I find it particularly satisfying when we develop products from scratch. When wood is involved, my original profession also comes into play. Customer focus is paramount, as we produce highly customized furniture. We're also in regular contact with the designers and get direct feedback. I find it fascinating to be able to learn so much every day!

Abdirahman Abdullah Yusuf
Warehouse Specialist
Girsberger GmbH, Endingen, Germany

It's my job in the warehouse to assemble the individual parts needed to make a chair. I take the details from the order lists, then take the prepared units in containers on trolleys to my colleagues in manufacturing. The weekly schedule tells me exactly what I will be doing. Sometimes I also support colleagues in incoming goods.
Because I came alone and unaccompanied from Somalia, the support workers in a home for young people helped me find a training position. That’s how I ended up at Girsberger, and I've fitted in very well. I really like it here in Endingen – even though life is of course very different to back home. Girsberger have been very supportive and have really taken me by the hand. To start with, I had real trouble understanding and had to learn to speak German, but now I’ve made lots of friends at the company. Without the help I received, I would never have been able to train, or settle down in the country. I was given a job after completing the two-year training.

Melina Strub
Work Preparation Customized Furniture and Remanufacturing 
Girsberger GmbH, Endingen, Germany

After qualifying as an industrial management assistant in 2020, I worked first in purchasing, before moving to the work preparation area, which is part of the Production, Planning and Controlling department. My job is to record orders from the Customized Furniture and Remanufacturing divisions and coordinate the projects up to completion. The wide variety of the projects that come in, from an individual chair to a complete auditorium or a hotel lounge, is what really makes my job so great. I’m proud to be part of the team and am very much in my element here. I really enjoy planning and organizing in general, and I like being in regular contact with all my colleagues from the different divisions. Of course, the particular challenge is always to schedule the projects in such a way that the lead times can be met. Otherwise I have to communicate with the project managers to revise the timings. On a general level, what strikes you when you work at Girsberger is how cohesive the teams are. Team events and flexible working hours also make it particularly attractive as a company. Career-wise, I will have the opportunity to develop professionally in project management. 

Nora Loesch
Head of Finance and Accounting
Girsberger GmbH, Endingen, Germany

Since training as an industrial management assistant at Girsberger, I've worked in accounts and qualified as an accountant. I was given the opportunity to manage Girsberger GmbH's financial accounts. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance. To start with it was a big leap taking on this responsibility with all that it entails, but you just get on with it and learn as you go.
New requirements due to changes to the law are particularly challenging. However, it's the annual financial statements that are the biggest milestone in my everyday work.
I've been at Girsberger for quite a while – since 2007 in fact – and what I like about Girsberger as an employer is its compact size as a medium-sized company and the product portfolio, which I feel is very attractive. As employees, we all have a good grasp of processes and how our products are developed. It's all made tangible and real for us. While training, for instance, everyone can make, and keep their own chair, from start to finish, giving them a thorough understanding of what the company does. As colleagues, we all pull together. We understand each other well, there are team events, and the company is particularly committed to occupational health.

Raffael Fürst
Joiner, training as a project manager
Girsberger AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

Making things from solid wood has always fascinated me and when a job was advertised at Girsberger, I immediately applied. Working with solid wood is where Girsberger's appeal lies, and in our profession this is now unusual! Wood is a wonderful material and each piece of furniture or object is as unique as the tree itself. These days, hardly anyone makes tabletops as individual as ours, involving so much craftsmanship. To develop my skills, I’m attending training as a project manager: ultimately, I want to be planning, drawing and handling special projects involving new requirements. We work very well as a team, and one of the key aspects of our work is that everything dovetails.

Anita Johner
Head of Sales Office Home
Girsberger AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

I’ve been working in the Home division since 2015. I really enjoy the responsibility of managing my team and have plenty of creative scope. For me, joining Girsberger was like getting back to my roots. Having grown up in a sawmill and timber outlet, I've always had an affinity for wood. I share my enthusiasm for Girsberger’s products and the company’s skills with our dealers and end customers on a daily basis. Customers also greatly appreciate the personal, professional advice they get in the showroom, and our “live service”, which allows them to design their own tabletop in the joinery, together with our specialists. Doing this forms a close bond between the person and the table. Just as every person is unique, each Girsberger table is one-of-a-kind, with its own character.

I’m proud to be part of Girsberger.

Mathias Seiler
Head of Design and Marketing
Girsberger Holding AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

In my view, Girsberger is one of the most likeable and best brands in our industry. When I took charge of the “Design and Marketing” division in 2010, a former employee said to me: “I’ll always be a ‘Girsberger’, even though I now work for another company.” It’s nice when somebody says something like that about a company. Our department's particular appeal stems from the variety of the tasks involved: we handle almost every aspect of design and communication ourselves. Product design, photography, brochures, website, public relations etc. So we have a major influence on how the Girsberger brand is perceived. Working on the design is what I enjoy most of all, without a doubt. That moment when the paper is still blank and all the options are open. This work is always high subjective and is closely bound up with your own personality.

Danielle Quaile
Managing Director 
Girsberger AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

Girsberger is close to my heart. Having been family-owned for more than 130 years, the company conveys a great sense of security. The owners have confidence in me as Managing Director, and are exceptionally supportive of what I do. I can rest easy in the knowledge that we will always have that entrepreneurial freedom and independence. We achieve great things by working together, which is why I set great store by involving all the staff, giving input, prioritizing and defining goals. My aim is to generate enthusiasm, identify talents and offer development opportunities in all kinds of areas. With our high-quality furniture and services, our values and modern working conditions, it is important to us to be an attractive and innovative employer.

Jelena Bošković
Production Manager
Boreal Doo, Ruma

Here in Serbia, the opportunity to work with solid wood is extremely rare. But it is precisely this work that fascinates me, because I studied at the Faculty of Forestry, Wood Science and Technology in Belgrade. When I heard about the opportunities here through acquaintances who already work at Boreal, I applied for the position as project manager. I am very well trained in technology, management and the technical implementation of the design of furniture and wood products. I am fascinated by the diversity and the holistic nature of the tasks and the opportunities to bring my know-how and technical knowledge to bear in working out the best possible production methods. I’ve now been given responsibility for the whole of manufacturing - so I can develop myself further. Our company is continually developing and expanding, and I benefit greatly from the constant dialogue with colleagues in our international group of companies. I take particular pride in how I and the whole team keep delivering lots of new and challenging projects on time.

Lars Baeriswyl
Project Manager Customized Furnitur
Girsberger AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

I find it exciting getting my head around each project in a short space of time and developing the project based on the client's specifications. As soon as the order is received, I always deal directly with the customers. It's very varied and every task is completely different. The appearance of a piece of furniture is largely dictated by the design, but the approach to constructing it, the technical inner workings, are left to us as project managers. We do our own calculations to stay within budget. The work and the projects we get to deliver here at Girsberger are very special. I am allowed to work very independently and get the best possible support from the team and from my managers whenever I need it.

Markus Hammer
Branch Manager Austria
Girsberger GmbH

For me, Girsberger is a company where mutual respect is writ large. I have been supporting the company's growth and progress since 2011 and have managed the Austrian subsidiary since 2015. With our outstanding range and individual solutions, we can perform well beyond what is standard and respond flexibly. It’s important to me that our market presence is authentic and honest so, as well as my expertise, I also bring my personality to bear and am able to act independently. I greatly value this opportunity, and the strong feedback culture along with the trust placed in me and my individual responsibility. I’m therefore very proud of our ability to stand out from the market as a brand in Austria and of how we keep working to develop and expand our structures. Liaising closely with our cooperation partners within the group, we get very good support with short channels of communication. The work of our small team is very varied and wide-ranging and as multi-faceted as our customers, partners and dealers from all the regions of Austria, with their differing requirements and mindsets.

Urs Aegerter
Sales, Girsberger Solid Wood
Girsberger AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

Having previously worked as a joiner, in furniture sales and in interior design consulting, I joined Girsberger in 2000 where, to start with, I worked in sales for the Home collection. A few years ago, because of my affinity for wood, I was asked to help establish the new solid wood business. It was a fascinating task. Today, we’ve reached a level at which it's very enjoyable handling the most unusual of requests. Acquiring and winning over new customers is my passion. We have exceptionally strong expertise, but the requirements we have to meet these days are also huge. Which makes it all the more rewarding when I’m able to fulfil unusual requests. Besides the variety, the company also offers us security, and we're all very informal with each other. It's great.

Walter van Esch
Service Technician Benelux
Girsberger GmbH

I've always worked in the furniture industry and I've been a service technician at Girsberger since 2000. What I especially value is the freedom I’m given to organize my own routes and daily schedule in the way that works best for me. I live pretty much in the centre of the Benelux region that I cover, which makes it easy to plan my journeys over the week radiating out from home. My car is my office and my (self-built) workshop, equipped with all the tools and accessories I need. I keep a large stock of spare parts at home so I can respond quite quickly and promptly. I do all the necessary repairs myself and often give advice to colleagues in other countries. Basically, I bring all my skills and knowledge to bear in our small team. Since I attend all the training sessions for new products, I look after the distribution network and I really value the interaction. This is what makes Girsberger unique, the fact that we provide our own customer service. It's an important after-sales service and we stand by our quality promise. This sets us very much apart from our competitors in the market! My philosophy is that I always treat the customer as I would want to be treated myself, which includes giving them advice on location. This makes us an extremely reliable partner to our dealers.

Francesca Fischer
Online Marketing Manager
Girsberger GmbH, Endingen, Germany

Coming from an agency, it was my goal to join a company that supplies products with which I can identify. With its values, I felt Girsberger was very credible. The design-led products really appeal to me. Crucially, its sustainable credentials also impressed me. I am allowed a great deal of freedom in my job and am able to make my mark. The measures I take are quantifiable, so it is immediately obvious whether and in what ways I've succeeded. Plus there are the creative aspects of my role as webmaster. It's a great combination! Working independently, the ability to organize myself and prioritize are essential to the role, and I like that. Despite Girsberger being an international company, its internal structure is very straightforward and informal and very much built on cooperation. This makes Girsberger very appealing.

Patrice Seifriz
Head of Development
Girsberger Holding AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

Even before completing my Master's at university, studying alongside my first job as a design engineer, the groundwork was laid at the company for my responsibility in the Product Development division.

What's fascinating about what we do is that, from product idea right through to market launch, you're involved in the whole development process. New products rapidly emerge, in short cycles, from visual prototypes and functional models to production-ready. You're responsible for complete products and see them evolve. We have to deal with every conceivable issue and we work with other departments in an interdisciplinary way.

Life is about give and take, an attitude that is wholeheartedly embraced at Girsberger. As an employee, you're not a number. Everyone knows who everybody is. There's a real family feel.

Ursula von Bergen
Logistics employee and driver
Girsberger AG, Bützberg, Switzerland

What makes my current role so appealing is that I can organize things, plan routes on the computer, and drive a truck myself. It's a great combination, and quite rare. When I saw a job vacancy at Girsberger that was the perfect fit for me, I instantly applied. Girsberger has always been a familiar name to me, because I come from around here. The motivation for me is knowing that I've got everything done by the evening and that the customers are happy. I have to confess I am a perfectionist, which isn't always a good thing. I also try to treat all my work colleagues and customers as I would like to be treated myself. Respect and appreciation for others are very important and I find Girsberger to be a very socially responsible employer.

Mariano Curto
IT Administrator
Girsberger GmbH, Endingen, Germany

As an IT specialist focusing on system integration, I've worked in a variety of roles at several companies. In 2019 I was offered the job of handling the technical administration of Girsberger GmbH’s IT infrastructure. As part of the group's IT team, I love the fact that we can offer solutions and the associated support internally to all our sites, working closely together. I particularly enjoy being able to set myself new technical challenges and work with state-of-the-art solutions, as I’m a real technophile and I enjoy getting my teeth into really complex IT stuff. I am inquisitive, efficient and proactive by nature. Being involved in designing the IT landscape makes my job interesting, as I can develop and contribute ideas. I've always had a lot of contact with customers throughout my career, and I also derive a lot of enjoyment from providing technical support for the workforce. Good work and commitment are very much applauded here.
You don't immediately realize just how big Girsberger is, but my team works with people in different countries. I love this and am in regular contact with my team, which makes it all very varied and interesting. As I can access all our systems remotely, I like working from home sometimes. For me, the proximity to where I live, and the short commute, is ideal and works brilliantly with my young family.