Katrin Schröder

Career level: Graduate
Discipline: Natural Sciences
Function: Junior Project Manager Quality Assurance
Department: Global Operations Generic Drugs & Standard Solutions
Division: Fresenius Kabi
Location: Oberursel

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About me:

One of the things I do in my work is manage new quality projects with Global Operations (GO) Generic Drugs & Standard Solutions. The primary task here is to develop, optimize and harmonize good manufacturing practices (GMP) and quality processes for pharmaceutical products. Beyond that, I support and consult with the production facilities of the GO.

Since I spend about half of my time at our plants, there is not a “typical” day for me. The first thing I do every day is turn on my computer and review my emails. What happens after that may be anything from consultation and development meetings, visits to production and the labs, or straightforward deskwork. I am a kind of communicator, intermediary and consultant between our sites and the global management, which makes my work very interesting and challenging. I assist in implementing new projects locally, but I also analyze processes for management and try to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience among the sites.

I studied biosciences (BSc) and biotechnology (MSc) in Münster and gained initial experience by doing an internship and my master’s thesis in research about cosmetic active ingredients at a chemical company. My sense of curiosity and love of travel also took me to faraway places for internships (Egypt, USA) and a semester abroad (Sweden). From early on, it was clear to me that I wanted a job in the industry that would let me travel a lot, if possible in a dynamic setting like the pharmaceutical production field. The job profile for the international trainee program at Fresenius Kabi was exactly what I was looking for. In December 2014 I started as a trainee in Quality Management in the Pharmaceuticals Division. During this period I got to know five sites and several processes in the GMP environment. I’ve been at my current position since June 2016.
You can learn more about my time as a trainee in the interview I gave on the career blog.

My greatest motivation is the constant flow of challenging projects I can become familiar with and the many changes in the international teams I can work with. Since I spend so much time in our plants around the world, I learn something new every day about new processes, technologies, approaches to work and other cultures – it never gets boring!

Backpacking and diving – preferably combined with trips to foreign countries ;-)

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