DR JENS GOENNEMANN
Managing Director
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd

Dr Jens Goennemann joined AMGC Ltd in 2016 where he brings extensive experience managing large manufacturing operations in Australia and Europe. In previous roles, he served as Managing Director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Airbus Helicopters. Before his seven-year appointment to Australia, Jens spent six years in Germany with the former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), today known as Airbus Group. He was Head of the CEO’s office in Germany, and before that was in charge of Soldier and Parafoil Systems within the Defence Division. Previously, he spent two years in Athens, where he established and managed the Eurofighter Office of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, one of the three founding partner companies of EADS. He began his career with Daimler-Benz AG in January 1996.

Dr Goennenmann has a PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and a Bachelor of Business from Hamburg School of Business Administration. He is a board member of the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce to foster the business relationships between both countries. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As an avid skydiver, Jens enjoys jumping out of perfectly good aeroplanes which earned him multiple national skydiving titles in Germany and Australia as well as a world record. He is a triple Australian skydiving champion and was among 213 German skydivers who leapt into history 18,000ft above the Arizona desert to break a world record in October 2014.

Session Outline
Building resilience in Australian manufacturing
 
The Australian manufacturing industry is proving robust and demonstrating its capacity to compete on the world stage. It is also moving up the value chain. In fact, analysis by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre shows the industry could add $36 billion more to Australia’s GDP than currently projected in the year 2026 if companies make the right changes – starting today. This presentation will focus on the skills Australia must develop and the characteristics needed to make our manufacturers globally competitive. These include ensuring firms have the resilience to survive the industry’s unique volatility.