Meet Jennifer...

 
Year of Birth:

Current Position:

1984

Assistentin Geschäftsbereich Parfümerien, Douglas Holding AG, Hagen

Degree Program: PhD program, graduate in 2011
University: TU Dortmund, Germany
Previous Internships: L’Oréal, Bertelsmann, Engel & Völkers, Freudenberg and Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts
Interests: Professional Interests at Bertelsmann: yet undecided but I enjoyed what I have seen from Random House and RTL so far.
Personal Interetst: exploring foreign countries and places, reading, sailing, meeting friends and making new ones, arts and history.

Student Challenger from 2006 to 2011

Describe your educational background. Where did / do you study, what degrees did / will you receive?
I earned a business degree (Master equivalent) in 2007 at WHU, Vallendar and spent two semesters abroad at EDHEC in Nice, France and at the Leuven School of Business and Economics in Leuven, Belgium. I am currently working on my thesis covering family businesses in order to get my PhD degree at the TU Dortmund and plan to graduate by 2010.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
I did my first internship at a Holiday Inn resort (Front Desk and Accounting) and have worked for Freudenberg in France where I was responsible for the classification of key figures at their production site. I have also worked for the marketing department of Engel & Völkers in Spain, a real estate company in the luxury segment. I wrote my diploma thesis for L’Oréal, in which I strategically analyzed the German professional hair care market. Next to my PhD studies I now work part-time for a former politician and Minister of Economics.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is / was your favorite aspect about your job?
I always wanted the internships during my studies to help me extend my international experiences. I was so curious about Asia and as a business student I thought that I would eventually have to see this trading place of the future. Bertelsmann gave me the great opportunity to work for 21st century, a joint venture between Bertelsmann Direct Group and a Chinese company in Shanghai. I spent three months in Shanghai working on their Supply Chain Management and had a wonderful mentor and team.

What have been your former roles and responsibilities?
I was basically looking at the entire Supply Chain from the book publisher over warehouses to bookstores and finally the consumer. China is a huge country and this was a great opportunity to see how challenging it is to get certain books into a book store by a certain deadline given the Chinese infrastructure and weather conditions. We had to talk to all departments in order to understand the system and then to find “room for improvement” (as the CEO back then loved to say).

What has been your most memorable moment (so far) during your internship?
The team event we had with the company. In China it is normal that each department of most companies gets the time to go on a sort of “field trip” together. I will never forget the week that we got to spend with Chinese colleagues leaving Shanghai in order to see different cultural sights. The team took care of us and fully integrated us; a good feeling especially considering the short amount of time that I had worked with them.

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far?
The most challenging task was to present our project at the Board of Director’s meeting. But they fully supported us and appreciated our ideas of implementing a control chart and forecasting system. As soon as we finished certain projects, they were directly implemented and already used in day-to-day business. We were even allowed to hire our own computer programmer so I gained first experiences in staff responsibility.

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it be?
I would like to meet my great-grandparents just because I think they could tell interesting stories about who I am, where I am from and generally about the time they lived in.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
I think you need to be willing to learn (new things) and also the willingness to contribute, to be part of a team. It’s always good to know to be working with people that support each other and that can look forward – together!

If you had one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
Integrity

 
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