Hyundai Motorsport GmbH has evolved substantially since our company was established back in December 2012. Starting out of an empty facility on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, we are now a thriving motorsport team with WRC-winning credentials.
The work of our General Affairs department has been integral in managing our rapid growth. As we have increased in size, our GA colleagues ensured our entire infrastructure evolved with it, to allow us to continue operating at the optimum level. As the department titles suggests, their duties cover a broad scope.
Facility management is a key area, particularly when we have added new departments, such as Customer Racing in 2016 or a second engine dyno in early 2017. The responsibility for these facility upgrades rests with our GA team.
Staff support is another important aspect of the job to ensure work safety is respected at all times. There is also a focus on workplace ergonomics to guarantee that our employees are well equipped: from supply of desks, chairs, phones and office supplies all the way through to keeping the coffee supplies stocked up! They are even responsible for security and reception, making sure calls get put through and post is delivered in a timely manner.
For an international rally team, the demand to provide an effective fleet of vehicles is high. Our GA team manages around 100 cars to cover team vehicles for tests and rallies, VIP guest shuttle cars with special design, management and pool cars, as well as staff leasing opportunities. They make sure all cars are kept within contracted mileage, and not forgetting important details such as exchange of winter and summer tyres.
It is also their role to register all our fleet vehicles with the authorities. All cars carry the number plate ALZ – H, which is the sign of any Hyundai Motorsport vehicle. The ALZ is even present on our WRC cars. So, whenever you see this during a rally weekend, you know our GA team back in Alzenau has registered that car.
The word ‘general’ itself relates to anything and everything we do, so the widespread responsibilities of our General Affairs colleagues really impact the work of our entire organisation.