A Mexican in rural Germany

Edgar Robles, Six Sigma Black Belt Project Leader Fresenius Medical Care, Schweinfurt, Germany

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics in 2005 in Guadalajara, in my home country of Mexico. I then began my career in Mexico, but I couldn’t forget how much I’d enjoyed the semesters I spent abroad in Esslingen as a student. So I moved back to Germany in 2006 to start a master’s degree in biomedical engineering in Aachen.

I first came into contact with the health care sector through a part-time job I took for a manufacturer of medical equipment. It was then that I realized I wanted to work in health care. I completed my master’s degree at Fresenius Medical Care in Schweinfurt, in the R&D department. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and team spirit there, and I decided I wanted to continue working there in the future. My application was successful and Fresenius offered me a position in project management at the Schweinfurt site, where company processes are organized in line with Six Sigma and are highly customer-oriented. Six Sigma project managers uphold these principles using stringent project management processes and a wide range of activities.

My work is a lot of fun. To do something well, you have to be enthusiastic about it.

As well as technical abilities, my Six Sigma training also covered soft skills like team leadership and facilitation. With Six Sigma, our aims are twofold: to ensure high quality products and to continuously improve processes. We work toward these goals at our own sites and those of our customers and suppliers. Employee participation and motivation play a major role in this – when it comes to new procedures, we try to encourage everyone to play their part.

I see Six Sigma as an excellent springboard for the rest of my career. One of my goals is to be more active in company strategy on an international level. As someone with international experience, this will allow me to play to my strengths!