Go directly to
      You Reap What You Sow
      May 24, 2018

      You Reap What You Sow

      Jens Mund is the key account manager for agricultural tire original equipment at Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST). The thoroughbred farmer grew up on his parents’ farm, where he was already sitting on his father’s tractor at the tender age of three or four and used to spend the whole summer helping with the harvest on a combine harvesters or a tractor. He studied for a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in agricultural science before making a career out of his passion for the business of agriculture, initially working in sales and product management at John Deere. In 2016, Mund joined Continental CST, and we spoke to him to find out what attracted him to the job and what a normal working day looks like for him.

      Jens, you have swapped a tractor cab for an office. What was behind your decision?

      That’s not entirely correct. In my position in key account management, I spend most of my time visiting agricultural machinery manufacturers and persuading them of the merits of our new agricultural tires. Naturally, my previous experience working for my parents and at John Deere is a lot of help with that, as is the ability it has given me to look at the entire vehicle. I know the criteria that farmers and contractors consider when they are looking for a tractor. I also talk to a lot of product managers at agricultural machinery manufacturers, many of whom have a farming background themselves, and my own experience in the field is of course useful there as well. That’s why I like to spend some spare time here and there driving a tractor and helping out on a friend’s farm.

      What is a typical working day like for you?

      When I’m not visiting OEMs, I work closely with our researchers and developers. Our R&D colleagues use the feedback that I get from manufacturers of agricultural machinery to develop and introduce new tires and to optimize existing products. That’s what makes working at Continental CST so varied. It is a small team with flat hierarchies and an intense exchange of ideas. My knowledge, opinions on current trends and experience are appreciated and taken into account. The fact that the new combine harvester tires can be produced right at the start of this year’s harvest season and therefore be tested by the OEMs is one example of the great teamwork that goes on between colleagues here.

      If you had to name three things that make your work at Continental CST what it is, what would they be?

      As well as how varied my work is, I would definitely say the trust that people place in me. I have a lot of freedom to work the way I want to, as well as to put my experience and knowledge to good use. After all, getting there is half the fun. Or, to stick with farming jargon, you reap what you sow. There is also the fact that I just enjoy my work. It’s cool to see the things you sell ending up on the agricultural machinery, and to hear that farmers are satisfied with them as well.


      This article was written by our employee.

      Jens Mund

      Account manager for agricultural tire original equipment

      Cookie Policy

      We use cookies to provide you with the best experience on our website. Click on "Accept all" to allow all cookies or "Change cookie settings" to decide individually.

      Note: If you consent to the use of performance cookies, you also consent to the transfer of your personal data to insecure third countries (e.g. to the USA). These insecure third countries do not provide a level of data protection comparable to EU standards. In the case of certain third party providers, such as Google and Mouseflow, no other guarantees are offered to compensate for this deficit. There is therefore a risk that the transmission of your personal data may result in state authorities accessing your personal data without you having effective legal protection options.

      For more information on performance technologies and the transfer of data to third countries, please refer to the privacy policy.

      By clicking the "Accept all" button, you explicitly consent to this. Consent can be revoked at any time by changing the cookie settings. The further processing of data already collected before revocation by the third-party provider cannot be excluded.

      A cookie is a small data file that is stored on your device. We use cookies to provide basic and convenience functionalities, measure website performance and analyze user behavior on the website. 

      Required cookies are always activated because they are indispensable for the operation of the website and to store your cookie consent. Functional and performance cookies are optional. All optional cookies are deactivated by default.

      You can change your cookie settings at any time by visiting our Cookie Policy or by clearing the cache in your browser. 

      Show more Show less
      Required cookies Required

      These cookies are required to provide you with key functions.

      Functional cookies

      These cookies are used to provide certain functionalities to you.

      Performance cookies

      These cookies are used to measure website performance and user behavior. All collected data are analyzed anonymously.