Bernd Martens was born on May 11, 1966 in Viersen.
After obtaining his Abitur (high-school diploma), he studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, graduating as Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (Univ.) in 1992.
He started his career in the Industrial Science and Labor Organization department at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart.
In 1995, Martens joined management consultancy Roland Berger in Stuttgart as Project Manager.
In 1997, he moved to Volkswagen do Brasil Ltda. as Head of Product Planning. He was appointed Director of Product Management in 1999, before moving to the role of Director of Procurement in 2002.
In 1998, he completed his doctorate, obtaining the title Dr. rer. pol.
In 2005, Dr. Martens was appointed Head of Procurement – New Product Launches at Volkswagen AG.
On September 1, 2012 Dr. Martens became Member of the Board of Management for Procurement at AUDI AG.