My name is Tracy Xu. I’m 35 years old, and my position at Boehringer Ingelheim is Compliance Training Manager. I am based in Shanghai, China.
Last year, I recruited a training team for our regional offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu. One important aspect of my job is to maintain regular communication with this team, and to know about its work. In order to better carry out our work in China, it is important to have this communication. This is also consistent with our company value of teamwork: although physically we are not in the same office, we are a team, and our goal is the same. Even though we are geographically separated, our heart is together. I think the compliance team is very happy. There is close and smooth communication, and no hierarchy.
My way to Boehringer Ingelheim
Thirteen years ago, I started my career in a top global accounting firm, where I worked for five years. I then joined another consulting firm, and worked on risk and process control, internal fraud investigation and internal auditing of companies. Since I had worked in the consulting industry for many years, several headhunting firms approached me and recommended jobs. I had always had a very good impression of Germany, since the first time I went abroad was to Germany, and I had the impression it is a serious country. I liked the idea of working for a German company.
As well, Boehringer Ingelheim is a family-owned business, and family businesses tend to pay attention to the human needs of its employees. I remember when I was in the job interview for Boehringer Ingelheim, my current manager’s cheerful personality impressed me a lot. She told me that to know whether a company is a good place to work or not, you can easily find out from the faces of its staff: are they happy or unhappy? I looked at my boss's face, and I knew Boehringer Ingelheim was a company that would provide me with a pleasant working environment. Meanwhile, compliance was a new area for me, and a new challenge, so I took the job.
My typical working day at Boehringer Ingelheim
I start my workday at 9am with fresh tea. At 9:30 our team has a meeting to review the progress of our work, and decide how to proceed on next steps. It’s not always heavy; during the meetings, we make a point of sharing good news.