In 2015, I started at LANXESS as production manager in Bitterfeld, Germany, and after a relatively short time I took over as plant manager. From university to operations – that was a huge change and a challenge for me at first. Also for the experienced colleagues, who had had the same boss for decades, and now found themselves confronted with a young woman without any practical experience in the chemical industry.
For me the big step into practice proved to be just right. I have learned an incredible amount, and I am grateful for the support I have received in the company and especially in the production plant.
I have not experienced any prejudices because of my gender, neither in the Bitterfeld plant nor in the corporate environment. One reason for this can certainly be that many women in the new federal states of Germany have traditionally worked in addition to having a family and have often taken up technical professions.
Recently, I have decided to take the plunge and start into another profession. As global business manager for the insect repellent Saltidin®, I can once again experience a completely different facet of working in a globally active chemical company. It is important for me to be able to constantly develop myself and broaden my horizons.