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Interview with Amaury, CEMS Students

Which important tasks we are distracting you from with this interview?
Basically, from my job in international supply chain management. I coordinate projects and people to ensure an integrated information flow. Communication is key in my field of work. At the end of the day, everyone has to be on the same page. Right now, we are preparing a plant transfer from Paris to Lyon, which involves many conference calls, planning, and of course Excel sheets.

Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
I was seriously surprised by the amount of direct responsibility I got from day one. However, I think this might also depend on the mentor. My boss demanded leadership qualities from an early stage and rewarded me with a lot of freedom in how to do my work. In the end, only results count. The involvement and the openness of the people at Henkel were also surprising.

What is the first thing that comes to mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?
Above all, the intern culture comes to mind. Even outside of Henkel, we hang out together. We often have parties Friday nights at my place, which I share with another Henkel intern.
I appreciate the diversity at Henkel. The Henkel interns come from all around the world, and I enjoy meeting and getting to know them at Henkel.

Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
Since I am a CEMS student, I appreciate the close contact between Henkel and CEMS.
I went to the CEMS Career Forum in Budapest last year to represent Henkel. I think it is great that my involvement is valued and supported at Henkel. Plus, I had a super nice hotel room with a Jacuzzi, which was cool.
Furthermore, I enjoy the intern lunches twice a week. It is nice to get in touch with Henkel’s large intern community, meeting interns from other areas and functions that I am usually not directly involved with is an opportunity to learn about other departments and areas.

How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
Actually I got the offer to do an internship at one of the CEMS events in which Henkel participated. There I met my current boss Ralf Heumann at the CEMS Career Forum. We had a long talk and at the end he said: “I like you, when do you want to start?” This was all it took for me to get hired by Henkel. And this is how I got here.
I definitely learned to be more direct, to take the initiative and to be less shy. My tasks involve talking to other managers and employees. Some of them have 30 years of experience and I have to ask them to do something for me. I had to learn how to properly communicate, but at the same time make a name for myself, in order to be a respectable co-worker and to get my tasks done.