Dirk Große-Loheide was born in Hannover in 1964. Following an apprenticeship as a banker at Deutsche Bank AG, he began a course of study in economics at the University of Hannover, which he completed as a graduate economist. Following this, he began his career at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg in 1990 in machinery procurement.
From 1994 he held positions of responsibility, initially in general purchasing at SEAT in Martorell and from 2000 at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand in Hanover. Here, he assumed the position of Board Member for Procurement and Production in 2007.
In 2011 Große-Loheide was appointed Board Member for Procurement North America at Volkswagen de México in Puebla. As of 2014, he had been responsible for the procurement of services and systems for the Group.
Große-Loheide joined MAN Truck & Bus in 2017 as the Board Member for Procurement and simultaneously became Head of Procurement for the company that is known today as the TRATON GROUP, which comprises MAN as well as the Scania and Volkswagen Truck & Bus brands. He became Head of Group Operations Procurement in April 2019.
On October 1, 2019, he became a member of the Brand Board of Management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, overseeing Procurement functions. On April 1, 2020, he also assumed responsibility for the Board Procurement functions and IT at Audi.
Effective January 1, 2023, Dirk Große-Loheide became Head of Group Procurement on the Extended Executive Board and took over as Head of the Procurement Department for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. In his roles as the Board member responsible for Procurement at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand and as a member of the Extended Executive Committee, he also oversees the procurement organizations of the brands and regions.
At Audi, Große-Loheide continues to oversee the Board Procurement functions and IT on a temporary basis until his successor is appointed.