Meet Florian

Date of Birth: 27th December 1990
Degree Program: Master in Finance & Accounting
University: University of Economics Prague
Previous Internships: Deutsche Bank, zeb/, Horváth & Partner
Student Challenger since: December 2016

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
During my bachelor studies of Business Administration at the University of Münster I both gained a sound understanding of various business disciplines and specialized in business cooperation. Furthermore, I completed a semester abroad in Warsaw at Kozminski University.
Currently, I am pursuing my master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Economics in Prague. My decision in favor of this program was driven by the desire to expand my international mindset while fostering my professional interests.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
I started off with a two-year lasting career training at Deutsche Bank. In the course of that I worked in various departments such as Banking & Securities, Construction
Financing, and Corporate Financing.
I gained first strategy-related practical insights during my internship at Horváth & Partner where I helped to develop the concept for a plant-profitability analysis. At zeb/ in Austria I further expanded these insights while collaborating to develop risk strategies for financial institutions.
Also, during my bachelor studies, I worked as a student assistant in the research department of zeb/. Currently, I am supporting the Management Accounting department of the University of Economics in Prague in a two-year lasting research project.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
Bertelsmann, as a multinational enterprise, excites me the most with its variety of business divisions covering the fields of media, services, as well as education. This offers a wide range of career opportunities where almost anything is possible.
Also, the industry Bertelsmann operates in is affected by extensive structural changes. One of the most prevailing challenges to cope with is digitalization. From a strategic point of view such structural changes are particularly interesting and from great importance for a sustainable business success.
The internship within the Corporate Controlling and Strategy department allowed me to gain an optimal overview of all business divisions. Moreover, the chance of collaborating directly with the strategy team on certain strategic initiatives was especially attractive for me.    

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
For me the most rewarding project was about the development, communication, and implementation of the new framework strategy of the Arvato SCM business division. I helped to create communication and coordination tools for the executive management which was the basis for inspiring 14,000 employees about the new strategic alignment.  From the very beginning I was involved as a fully-fledged team member in the Project Management Office. This allowed me to contribute own ideas and suggestions to the project while assuming responsibility of own work streams. This made the project truly rewarding for me.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
I believe that for a global company from the size of Bertelsmann it is especially important to stay in motion and to continuously reinvent yourself. Openness to new ideas and thoughts as well as to associated changes is an essential quality employees should bring.  This, combined with creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, and a unique team spirit reflects the overall corporate culture of Bertelsmann.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
I can truly say that the projects I was engaged in were so diverse that no day was like any other. One day, I was involved in conducting and evaluating interviews with key executives of one of the company’s business divisions. The next day, I analyzed market dynamics and long-term growth assumptions.
Nonetheless, one hour per day was reserved for the same appointment – a lunch date. From the first to the last day, I met different colleagues from my department but also from other departments across Bertelsmann to get to know each other during lunch. It was the perfect opportunity to gain interesting insights while building up an own network.

What are your professional goals? Any others?

After finishing my master’s I plan to work in a strategy-driven function where I can help solving problems concerning the company’s future positioning. Also I’m looking for an environment which encourages team work and stimulates a personal and professional development.

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