Why did you choose engineering?
Just to clarify, I chose a career in science, not specifically engineering. After an attempt at studying civil Engineering, which I didn’t like much, I got a degree in Nutritional Science. I’ve always enjoyed analytical work and initially worked as laboratory leader at Bernburg before being offered a bigger opportunity as production manager. I now deal with people every day in very diverse situations. I love the challenge and know that through my work I can make a sustainable contribution to the plant’s performance as well as improve the quality of life for people working there.
What advice would you offer women considering a career in engineering?
I think everybody should decide for themselves what they are good at and pursue that with passion, whether it is engineering or any other subject. For me, working in science was what I felt good at. My advice is to take challenges head-on and see them as opportunities to improve your skillset. Today it is important to keep your professional skillset as broad and up-to-date as possible. You never know what could be around the corner. Of course, challenges are not only technical, scientific or analytical, but often require good interpersonal skills as well.
What makes KI special?
Knauf Insulation provides amazing opportunities to progress and grow, no matter who you are. I have found my 10 years in the Bernburg plant very challenging and this has contributed greatly to who I am today. The people, the products and the way we work (challenge.create.care), coupled with Knauf values all provide an environment in which I feel at home.
What has been a career highlight?
Every step in my career to date has had its highlights, the most recent was the move to take on the role of production manager, where I am responsible for four shifts with more than 80 people in total. The diversity of this means getting to know everybody’s strengths and weaknesses. Helping them progress is very fulfilling. On top of this are the essential daily jobs to ensure safe working practices, continuous improvement and making sure our customers get what they want. In my current role I know that I can make a major contribution to these important areas every day. Around the clock, if necessary.