How I perceived the assessment center and my first days as an account manager: Great people help you grow!

2 years ago, Schweiz

Assessment center & starting from scratch…

When the day of the assessment center arrived I immediately felt what people said about Hilti. Apart from the performance that was of course required to pass, the assessors were truly interested in us, our personality and diverse backgrounds. I was really astonished how many managers from different market organisations came in to evaluate you and how much effort Hilti put into the whole recruiting process. Everyone of the candidates – regardless of passed or not passed – received a thorough feedback on each of the tasks. This gave me a true and important insight how feedback and individual learning is valued at Hilti. And honestly, the assessment center was fun. Apart from all competition and despite the diversity among the candidates, all seemed to have something in common that fitted which made these days a unique experience.

So what happened thereafter? A couple of months later, I joined Hilti as an account manager in Basel/Switzerland and dived deep into the core of Hilti’s DNA and its direct sales model. Although the first days were challenging, I could truly see myself develop within a completely new role. Retrospectively: quite impressive how fast you can actually grow and learn even in uncharted waters. In sales you get immediate response from the market, trail and error brought me forward day by day. What I really liked was the close and authentic customer relationship that I could build over time…Go and try it out!

After one year in sales, I was ready to jump into a completely new project field...and enjoy my first global summit in Liechtenstein

1 year ago, Schweiz

From Sales to HR

In my first project after the sales rotation I was responsible for the HR topic “flexible working arrangements” in Switzerland. Turning from an external customer perspective to a more internal one, was like a 360 degree move for me. I quickly learned how important it is to set up a change process and involve employees in projects affecting the corporate culture.

Well, the first global summit in Schaan brought us trainees altogether. We worked on great projects, received top-notch trainings and got to know the CEO and CFO of the Hilti Group…the week was full with new and interesting insights and fun!

One week full of trainings, presentations, discussions, fun...learning from the best @ IMD in Lausanne!

1 year ago, Schweiz

Next stop: Product management in Kaufering

12 months ago, Deutschland

Back to my roots in Bavaria

And then a couple of months later, I moved to the European headquarters in Kaufering and took on responsibility for new product introductions for the central European market. Soon after, in mid March 2017, the first train-the-trainer presentation of the launch and demo concept took place. The tool was ready for launch and the marketing materials followed in due time. Enriching for me were especially the insights on the local markets and the close collaboration between the product managers. What I like in the role of a product manager is the combination between analytical (e.g. business case calculations) and operational work (e.g. tool testing).

And by the way: Don’t forget to sign up for football on Mondays 17:00!

When I entered the Hilti office building on the 23rd floor of Torres de las Americas in Panama City for the first time,...

9 months ago, Provinz Panamá

Finance project with a view

…I was not only amazed by the view (which is indeed gorgeous), but in particular by the great people that helped me adapt quickly to the new environment! The project content has been very enriching for me so far.

Performing the international "art of football" with Hilti GMs and leaders...Vamos!

9 months ago, Provinz Panamá

What an experience - we built 4 houses for people in need, affected by the war in Srebrenica/Bosnia. Thank you @ Hilti Foundation!

8 months ago, Republika Srpska

And suddenly, the trainee program was over: Two years full of exciting moments, fruitful learnings, real project ownerships, top-notch trainings, amazing encounters, diverse perspectives, new cultural insights,... passed by so fast.

6 months ago, Frankreich

Landing Position Paris

 

When I was picked up from Paris Gare de l’Est and passing by the Seine and Eiffel Tower on my first day, I felt for the first time that a new chapter at Hilti had just begun. My new team welcomed me with a typical French breakfast with croissants in the morning.  Looking back now on the first weeks in my landing position, I can definitely say: Hilti in Paris is a great place to work. The people are very dynamic and have plentiful ideas to enrich the business. Very much looking forward to what is coming next in all the new digital opportunities related to my new position as a marketing project manager for asset management in Western Europe … What about my French? It will be a big challenge, but let’s get out of the comfort zone again and go for it 🙂

 

 

Snow in Paris - a slippery slope!

4 months ago, Frankreich

Snow in Paris

When I looked out of the window at the office, I saw that snow was beginning to cover the streets and trees. That point in time I completely underestimated what impact these tiny white flakes could have on the infrastructure of a city like Paris and surroundings. As a Bavarian I am used to snow in winter. But once the winter tires were attached to the cars that “bit” of snow was never a problem…in Bavaria. But what if basically no car, bus, truck has any winter tires, no winter road clearance exists, no emergency plans are set, mhhh. Literally, the whole mobility system (public and private) collapsed. No logistic system was basically functioning. Some colleagues took more than 12 hours getting back from work, slept in the cars,… I really wonder how often such incidences appear ? What is the financial impact on companies and society?  How could they be handled in former times without any remote working possibilities in companies :)?

Was interesting to experience working in a 100% digital team the next day. We had fun!

 

Jonas

Commercial Track, Alumni