What made you choose the Life Science & Chemicals division?

“My” industry was determined early on: In my day, it was the chemicals industry that offered a dual training program made up of vocational training and a university degree, the so-called “training for high-school grads”. As a result, I only applied to chemical companies as I started my professional career. That is how I ended up staying in the industry as well, for many years as a line manager in the chemical industry and then changing to consulting with a focus on chemistry and pharmaceuticals. I am now familiar with so many chemical and pharmaceutical companies in one role or another that I cannot imagine working in any other industry. Nor does any other industry seem as enticing, exciting or versatile.

What key properties should a successful consultant have?

Stay curious, be courageous when tackling new tasks and have a good feel for what is moving customers in the current moment. After all, the world moves quickly and will probably get even faster, and a consultant is characterized by their ability to keep up, never shying away from developments, changes and new topics. We can move with it, help shape it and make innovation usable. In doing so, it is important to never lose sight of your customers. Remember to walk in their shoes – and take them along for the ride! Sometimes, however, you have to be willing to take a step back if they need to hit pause. To sum it up: Trailblazer and travel companion.

Are you more of a home office or in-the-office person?

I like being outside. Not just at the office, but especially when working at a customer location. Even I have noticed that I am much more efficient when I work from home. I get more done, use my time better. But one thing is still very important to me: personal exchanges, the conversations that connect us. Back when I started working as a consultant, it was still “5 days a week at the customer’s office”. Fortunately, that is different now. However, a healthy balance between constructive work from home and the valuable personal exchanges that happen in workshops, conversations and on site is something I welcome.