My way to Boehringer Ingelheim
When I started as a Corporate Auditor at Boehringer Ingelheim in April 2013, I had moved from another major pharmaceutical company where I had also worked as a global, internal auditor. Before then, I had worked for a large international company in different roles, one of which was to manage the financial integration of a newly acquired subsidiary. I came into contact with Boehringer Ingelheim through a recruitment agency.
My typical working day at Boehringer Ingelheim
What I really like about this job is the fact that there is no 'normal day'.
We generally spend half our time on audits, which means we're not in our offices in Ingelheim but instead in our subsidiaries somewhere around the world. As we usually spend only two weeks there, the days are filled with meetings with local employees in order to evaluate how certain tasks are being handled in the relevant companies. This process has given me the chance to familiarise myself with the working cultures of various countries such as China, Brazil, Vietnam and Austria. But I've also had the opportunity of working with the company's senior managers.
We spend the weeks between audits in the office in Ingelheim, where we prepare the next audits and finalise documentation for the preceding audits. We also use the time to get updated on things by talking to the audit team or external colleagues.
For me, this is the perfect balance of my international role and the chance to see friends and family regularly.