Katrin Poestges has been working at SMS group in Mönchengladbach since 2011. In 2013 she changed to her current post in Affiliated Company Controlling and now supports affiliated companies worldwide in all commercial aspects. It was above all the growing internationalization and the commercial trainee program that convinced her to embark on a career at SMS.
Talking to career ambassador Katrin Poestges.
As a career ambassador, Katrin Poestges is ready to answer all your questions about starting a career in the commercial area.
The job: What’s it like to work in the commercial area at SMS group?
In Affiliated Company Controlling, we monitor our subsidiaries. That includes verifying their monthly reporting. We also advise them when it comes to strategic decisions. Another task is supporting our foreign companies with their six-monthly corporate planning. Basically, we’re the link between the affiliates’ local management and our management at corporate headquarters. Then there are various special areas. They include support in preparing board meetings and internal audits. So my daily work is very varied and I’m constantly in touch with international partners.
Career: Why did I choose SMS group?
My parents already worked at SMS in Mönchengladbach. At first, I couldn’t imagine joining the same company. Then I did some internships and student jobs here. During this time, I realized SMS group was right for me after all. What finally won me over was the growing international outlook with flat hierarchies. During an assignment in the U.S. as a trainee, I was given responsibility relatively early on. Yet I never felt left on my own. At SMS you’re challenged and supported. All my colleagues are open and cooperative.