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All doors are open… You just need to push them.
How long have you worked for Kingspan?
I have worked for Kingspan since 2011
How do you view Kingspan as an employer?
When I had just started my current role, the Managing Director pulled me aside and said: “Look, all doors are open… You just need to push them.” I thought this was a very accurate way to describe Kingspan! We are very entrepreneurial even though we are now a big global business, growing at a rapid speed. This means that there are always opportunities around every corner. We also have a very flat hierarchy, with great collaboration across different departments.
What one piece of advice would you give to a new starter at any level entering the organisation today?
I had just joined Kingspan when one of my mentors gave me very simple advice that stayed with me: ‘It’s all about the people’. Since that day, I have heard and said that statement so many times! I understand the meaning of this a little better every day.
Kingspan prides itself on its ability to take inspiration and innovation from other sectors how do you think your career helps to demonstrate this?
In my role, it is essential to stay abreast of the latest developments in the marketplace, especially on the technology side. For example, we are experimenting with virtual reality and interactive digital tools to allow our customers and partners to really ‘experience’ Kingspan. We are taking ideas and inspiration from other sectors and B2C businesses such as car or even vacuum cleaner manufacturers! We distill best practice, then improve and tweak it to apply it to our marketing.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
It is like climbing the different peaks of Mount Everest! Every time I think that this must have been THE highlight of my career there is another peak and opportunity to embrace! I get excited about being able to empower my team to deliver tremendous projects that exceed expectations and have a strategic impact on the whole business.
How has Kingspan helped you to develop as a person?
I have had international assignments from the very start. In fact, being from Germany means working at Kingspan in Northern Ireland was my first international challenge! I worked with people from many different cultures; I lived and worked in multiple countries. This requires a very unique set of skills. Mastering communication skills, but also adapting to different workplace cultures. It made me more assertive, agile and proactive.
My Kingspan career in three words:
International, ambitious and impactful.
"Be prepared to work hard."
"A leading cross-cultural business."