Taking on new challenges and getting as much wide-ranging experience as I can – that's what I love!
I first came to KfW more than ten years ago, when I started my dual vocational studies after completing the school-leaving exam. During this time, I became familiar with the KfW Group's various divisions and learned the tools of the trade that would equip me for my professional life. My diploma thesis, which involved me living and working in Senegal for several months, was without doubt one highlight of my studies. Simply put, I was inspired by the international context.
All this was why I chose to join KfW IPEX-Bank after completing my vocational studies. I was won over by having the international aspect, direct contact with customers and interesting business trips. Because I like working with numbers, in the beginning I opted for Credit Management. In this function, I was responsible for what was at that time the buildup of credit management operations at the new KfW IPEX-Bank branch in London, plus payment processing for large international banking groups, to name but a few examples.
My thirst for knowledge still not quenched by this point, I decided to study for an MBA, which I completed while still holding down my job. It wasn't always easy juggling my job and my studies, but KfW IPEX-Bank was always very supportive and extremely understanding.
After my MBA, I switched to Contract Management for the "Basics Industries" sector department. In this post, I'm in charge of a broad range of financing – from bilateral export finance to complex project finance, where we manage banking consortia and coordinate direct contact with the various credit insurers from different countries. I'm also required to go on regular business trips to negotiate contracts, attend bilateral customer meetings and banking summits, or conduct site visits, where I'm often accompanied and supported by our technical experts. Working as a contract manager is very diverse and offers plenty of interesting tasks and challenges – day after day.
I really enjoy working for KfW IPEX-Bank, as it offers an interesting field of work in an international context which goes hand-in-hand with lots of exciting challenges.