Winner HIC 2
International Marketing Manager at Henkel Germany (Laundry & Home Care)
I would advise the participants to keep in touch with Henkel after the HIC and discuss the possibilities of an internship. This would provide them with an invaluable experience and a possible stepping stone for a first job. Henkel is really supportive and encouraging HIC alumni to join the company.
How did you start your career at Henkel?
I first got in touch with Henkel through the HIC, which left a great impression on me. The organization of the competition was excellent, and we got to meet - and work together with - top management and students from all over the world. During my interviews it was confirmed that Henkel would offer me great opportunities in Brand Management, an international career and a diverse team. This was exactly the combination that I was looking for, and fit perfectly with my studies. On top of all this, Henkel is one of the leading partners of my Master's program CEMS, which is a great plus for me.
What are your current responsibilities?
After moving from Holland to Belgium to work on Persil and Le Chat, I currently work at the German headquarters in Düsseldorf. I'm part of the International Marketing Unit for Laundry Care, working on Leading Premium brands. Our team focuses on the emerging markets, which provides me with a lot of new and interesting insights. Besides steering regions such as Latin America and Middle East North Africa, we develop global laundry projects which will afterward be rolled out in the countries. Compared to my job as a local Brand Manager, I now have a stronger focus on the strategic aspects of marketing and am involved in market research a lot more.
What is the best thing working for Henkel?
Working for Henkel has a lot of benefits, so it is hard to pick just one. If I had to, I would name the international diversity and mobility. Having studied International Management, my passion lies in working for an international company, within an international team. Not only is working in an international team way more fun, I also believe that it is the only way to successfully steer a multinational company like Henkel. In my experience, Henkel really walks the talk and actually stimulates and enables people to have international assignments. I only joined the company two years ago, but have already worked in Benelux and Germany!
Do you have any advice for the HIC participants to be successful in their career development?
My advice would be threefold. First, the students should try to speak to as many Henkel employees as possible. Top management is there, HR is there, each team has a mentor: they should learn as much as they can from them and ask as many questions as possible. This way, they can get a better idea of Henkel and the job opportunities the company offers. This will help them in deciding what they want to do after they graduate. Second, I would advise the participants to keep in touch with Henkel after the HIC and discuss the possibilities of an internship. This would provide them with an invaluable experience and a possible stepping stone for a first job. In my experience, Henkel is really supportive and encouraging HIC alumni to join the company. Last but not least, I would tell all HIC participants to enjoy the experience to the fullest and have as much fun as they possibly can!