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Female managers

Interviews with female employees in management positions

MOESCHTER Group is exemplary with regard to the staffing of female management positions. In addition to the administrative areas, production-related departments are also headed by a woman.

What does MOESCHTER Group do to fill female management positions?

" MOESCHTER Group promotes its female employees if performance and success can be proven. It does not matter whether this is achieved by a man or a woman. Neither age, religion nor gender counts, but competence and performance."  (Georgios Kabitoglou, CEO of MOESCHTER Group GmbH)

Interview

Sakeela Sathananthan - Head of human resources management

Why did you choose this job?

I chose this job because I am given a lot of freedom to take the HR department to the next level, both strategically and operationally. This freedom to make decisions and the trust placed in me convinced me.

What is particularly important to you when working together?

Several factors count for me here. These are honesty, transparency, trust and direct communication. In my opinion, these are the pillars of successful cooperation.

What has your experience been so far in terms of employee management? Are there any significant differences here between men and women?

My experience with leadership has shown me how important it is to meet people at eye level. In my opinion, it is important to lead with trust, honesty and transparency. There are no differences between men and women in this respect, because in the end it's all about people.

What motivates you?

For me, the position of Head of Human Resources is not a job, but a calling. I was lucky enough to realize early in my career what I wanted to do and this passion for HR motivates me to perform at my best every day. At the same time, I want to develop my team so that they too can reach their full potential.

What is your central message that you would like to pass on based on your own experience?

Stay the way you are. Life is too short to pretend. If you give your best every day and do everything for your goals, I think you can achieve anything.

Interview

Annika Scholz, Training Manager (industrial)

Why did you apply for an apprenticeship at the MOESCHTER Group?

I became aware of the training at MOESCHTER Group via the Internet. I found the different, yet rather unusual materials and products particularly interesting. Furthermore, I found the location and the size of the company very appealing.

 

What does your daily work routine look like?

My day-to-day work is very varied: not only do I produce a wide variety of components every day, I also have to adapt to new and old questions from the trainees every day. No day is like the other and no apprenticeship year or trainee is the same.

 

What do you like about your job?

That my job is demanding and varied. Working with the trainees and colleagues in production never gets boring. I always have new challenges.

 

You started out as an apprentice. What opportunities did you have to develop further?

After the apprenticeship, I had the option of completing the technician and starting in production control or taking the training certificate (AEVO) and starting in the training workshop as deputy training manager and cutting machine operator.

 

What is it like as a woman to compete in a male-dominated profession?

Quite normal - you have to convince with performance, like everyone else.

Interview

Vanessa F├Ârster, Head of Operations

You had an interesting career. Why did you decide to join MOESCHTER Group?

In recent years, I have worked as a consultant in an implementation consultancy in a wide variety of industries, where I was able to build up in-depth knowledge in a wide range of areas. In June 2021, I had my first contact with MOESCHTER Group as an external consultant. From the beginning, I was very impressed by the dynamics within the company and the cooperation with the employees. During the project, I built up a familiar relationship with the employees and had a lot of fun in the daily project work. When I was offered the position of Operations Manager, I realized that I was ready to take this next step with MOESCHTER Group. I am looking forward to the new challenge and to bring MOESCHTER Group to success together with the team.

 

What does a typical day in your working life look like?

Every day is different. We deliberately go through a big change and face new challenges every day, which I master together with the department heads and the team. Every day, I get an update on the current situation in day-to-day business in the regular meetings with the department heads. In addition to the day-to-day business, the focus is on the strategic and operational development of the departments. In addition, I am available to my managers as a coach for their personal and professional development.

 

Are there challenges for you as a woman that your male predecessors didn't have?

Certainly there are challenges in this field and especially in this role as a woman, but since my first day at MOESCHTER Group I have never felt disadvantaged because of my gender or that I had to prove myself for the time being.

 

What message would you like to give to young women who are interested in a similar career?

My message is, "If you have a goal, don't let it stop you. At the end of the day, it's how you perform that matters, not your gender. You have to have bite and break through a glass ceiling or two..."

Interview

Annika Scholz, Training Manager (industrial)

Why did you apply for an apprenticeship at the MOESCHTER Group?

I became aware of the training at MOESCHTER Group via the Internet. I found the different, yet rather unusual materials and products particularly interesting. Furthermore, I found the location and the size of the company very appealing.

 

What does your daily work routine look like?

My day-to-day work is very varied: not only do I produce a wide variety of components every day, I also have to adapt to new and old questions from the trainees every day. No day is like the other and no apprenticeship year or trainee is the same.

 

What do you like about your job?

That my job is demanding and varied. Working with the trainees and colleagues in production never gets boring. I always have new challenges.

 

You started out as an apprentice. What opportunities did you have to develop further?

After the apprenticeship, I had the option of completing the technician and starting in production control or taking the training certificate (AEVO) and starting in the training workshop as deputy training manager and cutting machine operator.

 

What is it like as a woman to compete in a male-dominated profession?

Quite normal - you have to convince with performance, like everyone else.

Interview

Mareike Gerbe, Head of Account Management

Why did you decide to join MOESCHTER Group?

I liked the professional Internet presence. MOESCHTER Group is a company with strong product solutions and is well positioned for the future. I was positively struck by the fact that (potential) customers and interested parties always have a picture of the respective contact person in front of their eyes and can thus get to know the people in MOESCHTER Group. During my own meeting I noticed that a good human cooperation and the achievement of ambitious economic goals do not contradict each other, this is lived and exemplified by the management of MOESCHTER Group. From the very beginning, I had a good feeling about choosing MOESCHTER Group.

 

What does your daily work routine look like?

In sales, there are always new topics and tasks, so my day-to-day work is very varied. With my team, I deal with the support of our customers, also beyond the daily business.  We work out projects together with the customer, revise contracts and set the framework for a professional customer-supplier relationship. In addition, we hold regular interdepartmental meetings, for example with Purchasing, R&D and Operations, to discuss the needs and technical requirements of our customers and offer the best possible solutions. Last but not least, I take care of sales controlling with the head of Order Management.

 

What aspect of your job do you like best?

Contact with a wide variety of people and characters.

 

What motivates you?

I am motivated by supporting customers with competent advice and the resulting provision of solutions to problems. The feedback that the customer is satisfied with our product spurs me on to meet these requirements in future inquiries as well.

 

What message would you pass on based on your own experience?

Be authentic and a team player.

 

Interview

Anja Schnettger, Quality Management Representative

Why did you join MOESCHTER Group?

Through various jobs in the field of quality management, I was at home all over Germany. But my home was always in Dortmund and that's where I was drawn back to. That's how I became aware of MOESCHTER Group and the dental division of the group, which still existed at that time. I first found out about the homepage on the Internet and applied on my own initiative. After three months, I was part of MOESCHTER Group. In the meantime, I had changed employers and was given the opportunity to return - and I took it. I am happy to be part of the team again.

 

How is MOESCHTER Group as an employer?

MOESCHTER Group is an excellent company in the truest sense of the word. I very much appreciate the flat hierarchies and the associated short decision-making paths. Everyone is allowed to/and should address everyone and this is also lived in this way: No matter whether I need information from the colleague in the next office, from production or from the managing director. Thanks to the flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home, I can combine my private life well with my job.

 

What is your scope of work?

As a quality management representative, I am responsible for ensuring that we comply with the normative requirements placed on our company. For example, I conduct internal audits in the various departments and support my colleagues in implementing improvement measures. This gives me an insight into the entire company and allows me to play an active role.  

All in all, my work is very varied and, most importantly, I enjoy it and it is appreciated!

 

What motivates you?

What motivates me is that I can make a difference with my work. Quality management is a very dry subject for most people, but for me it is an exciting field and offers many opportunities to play an active role in shaping the company.

 

What would you tell a friend who wants to join MOESCHTER Group?

At MOESCHTER Group you can expect a great team and an exciting task in every area.