Site Manager in Global Construction Management
"If someone had told me previously where I would be at just 50 years old, I probably wouldn't have been surprised. Because construction has always fascinated me. thyssenkrupp offers me not only a rich variety of work, but also continues to provide new opportunities for development."
My role: on the road and on site
I completed training to become a skilled construction worker, followed by my university studies to become a qualified engineer in civil engineering. As we know, we grow along with the duties, daily challenges and – above all – responsibility that we are allowed to, able to or are required to take on every day. Even my first day was promising: It was March 19, 2007, and I'd started in my role at thyssenkrupp Uhde GmbH. I was told that I was to take the place of another colleague as site supervisor on a refinery construction site in Schwechat (Austria). No sooner said than done. After 27 months, there was seamless transition to the next construction site in the Netherlands... And now I'm in Louisiana in the US.
Personally, I always thought of thyssenkrupp as a German company, with a long history shaped by highs and lows – and the crucial structural transformation for it to become a technological Group will not change that. Because thyssenkrupp is much more than "just" a company name: We're a globally-recognized brand! Within individual roles, no two days are the same. I continue to always see it as a personal challenge to be part of a team and make a contribution, to shape this team and achieve first-rate results together.
My typical working day
Actually, there's no such thing as a typical working day. But I can say one thing with certainty: I can't remember a single working day during which nothing exciting happened! Some days are highlights and there are others that are sometimes lowlights. That's life!
Our tagline is "engineering. tomorrow. together.". For me, "together" means...
...simply different cultures and departments growing together. This is something I'm currently seeing in my project in Donaldsonville in the US, with my colleagues from Egypt, India, the US and Germany, and it's such a positive experience.
Realizing your potential, having fun and being happy
A role like mine, where you're always on the road, is the most enjoyable when you have an employer that's as reliable as thyssenkrupp. Its very broad product range caters to an unbelievably wide range of applications, and the company also offers outstanding opportunities for development, both for young people and for "old hands". If a friend were to ask my advice about whether to start working here, my answer would be a very clear: "Yes – what are you waiting for?"!