Inside REVEN – Interview with COO Oliver Schäfer

Oliver Schäfer is currently training as a production engineer and will be set up as COO (Chief Operating Officer) at REVEN. He is currently managing the in-house REVEN ERP project together with Sven Rentschler. One of the most important projects at REVEN in the past decades and an important milestone for the consistent internal and external digitization at REVEN. Through the ERP software project and the very detailed preparation of it, Oliver Schäfer became acquainted with every single internal and external business process without exception, by analyzing, optimizing and documenting every process in detail.

In the future, as REVEN COO and ERP Manager, Oli Schäfer will manage, and monitor all these processes and our new ERP software.

Exactly these are then by definition the tasks of a COO, just the management, control and organization of the entire operating processes and the operational services. That’s exactly what Oli Schäfer is building up step by step at REVEN, and the first important step in this direction has already been taken in connection with the ERP project.

In the spirit of our “Inside REVEN” project, we will now introduce Oliver Schäfer through an interview, as a further piece of introduce these persons who make REVEN and who are REVEN.

Oliver if you could meet a famous personality – whether alive or dead – who would it be and why?

I would like to meet many famous people, mainly musicians. But I like Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. He is actually my idol musically since I had a guitar in my hands for the first time. For me, he did not just make music, but also embodied and lived the whole thing. Admirable is that he remained native until the very end and was not lifted off or overbearing.

For which three things in your life are you most thankful?

For my family, friends and people who are important to me.

Which was the best decision in your career?

The best decision was to make the mechanical engineering technician at the evening school. In addition to the extensive technical training, one learns automatically by the enormous expenditure of time, with 4 times weekly school beside the work, to set priorities. I think that experience can also be used later on both professionally and privately.

If you were a food, what would it be?

I think a special South German dumpling.

Which question have you had no answer lately and could you find them?

For what I need in life polynomials and higher order rational functions. No, so far I have not found an answer with which I can make friends.

How often do you watch daily on your mobile phone?

Unfortunately too often.

What profession did your parents imagine for you?

I believe they had no special profession in mind for me. At least they left everything open for me. But you probably assumed that I would learn a crafting profession. I’ve been making, tinkering and crafting for as long as I can remember and still enjoy it today.

What will be your next project?

My next or current project is a solid pool in the garden. After all, the project is a bit time-consuming, as it is not possible to get into the garden with an excavator. I thought it could not be that bad to dig a 5m diameter round hole 1.5m deep. But I was probably wrong, so the gym I could save myself for the last 4 weeks.

What would you like to do without in your life?

On horror movies and seafood.

And what could you not do without in your life?

Breaded schnitzel, music and a cold beer on a hot summer evening.

What was your favorite school subject in the past?

Previously English and engineering. At the engineering school now it is production engineering and construction.

If your life were being made into a movie: Which actor would you play?

Jack Black, in my eyes a great actor and musician. 

If you could choose a country: In which one would you like to live?

I really like living here in Germany. However, I would like also Canada, Finland or Norway, not only scenic, but also culturally.

What would you get up for in the middle of the night?

To let my cat (Bilbo Beutlin) to the balcony door, otherwise he would wake up with his screaming the entire neighborhood.

Which decision in your life would you like to reverse in retrospect?

That I sold my old BMW e36.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

In any case, the varied everyday life. Every day I can learn new tasks and problems and I never get bored. In addition, the working atmosphere here at REVEN.

What should never be missing in your holiday suitcase?

My Bluetooth speakers or headphones. Lately the school things are added to the learning.

If you had three wishes, what would it be?

That all I know stay healthy and happy. The REVEN as a company and team continues to develop positively and that my cat let me sleep one night through.

What are your hobbies and do you have a nice snapshot of one of your hobbies?

My current favorite hobby is riding a motorcycle. In addition, I am a musician, playing bass and guitar and have had some performances with my band in Germany all the way to France and Spain. Other hobbies of mine are downhill mountain biking and longboarding. I also like to take pictures. And of course to work at home, be it in the garden or elsewhere, I can always think of doing something.

Oliver and his YAMAHA R1

Finally, one more question: What is your favorite song, if you also take into account the message of the song?

Difficult question, I actually have a lot of favorite songs… currently I hear a lot from the band Avenged Sevenfold. I think if I had to limit myself to one song, then it would be one of them.

Below is a video showing Oliver & colleagues preparing and building up a REVEN air purifier conference.

REVEN conference build up