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Swapping Ideas with Henkel

Master's students meet Henkel management team

by Sophia Elena Camilli and Sven Rottner

Since mid-2020, students in the MSc programmes International Business Development and International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation have been supporting various teams at Henkel. They are working in the areas of controlling, investor relations and digital transformation. As part of their internship, six students swapped ideas with management board member Jan-Dirk Auris, who is responsible for Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies sector, in December 2020.

In a relaxed round of talks online, Jan-Dirk Auris shared valuable experiences from his own career and described the daily challenges of a board member. He also talked to the students about the internship process, about making the right career choice, and about a manager’s the most important qualities.

Back in November, the Financial & Business Controlling team at Henkel Adhesive Technologies presented its "Strategic Portfolio Management" concept in an online lecture. This was followed by a case study on the company lasting several weeks. In this extra-curricular project, the students worked in small groups to develop their own innovative strategies for different parts of the company. The results which they presented were well-received by the board.

Mr Auris also took the opportunity here to engage in a brief exchange with the students and to present the Adhesive Technologies strategic agenda. Then Anne Erkens, Financial Director of Henkel Adhesive Technologies, gave the students an insight into the corporate culture at Henkel and outlined career prospects with the Henkel Group. “The project gave the students an opportunity to gain first-hand insights into how we run our business, especially in challenging times. We would definitely be happy to see them again for the start of their careers at Henkel,” said Erkens.

Through dialogue and joint projects with well-known companies, ESB Business School supports students' personal and professional development. Close cooperation with companies also ensures that the degree programmes have a very practical orientation.