My name is Valter Lopes. I grew up in Brazil and moved to Germany to work for Bayer Business Consulting in 2017. In my role as Senior Project Manager Business Transformation & Change I am part of a big and supportive team.
I have always had a fascination for different cultures. As a teenager, I imagined myself in a career that would allow me to travel the world and get to know different people. And actually, the fact that I became a business analyst after graduating in economics isn’t as far away from this picture as it might seem. My first job at an international consulting company allowed me to get in touch with different people from all around the world, working with them on projects, in meetings and in training courses. Another important goal for me, for both my personal and professional development, was to have a positive impact on society. In my first consulting project I supported the second biggest state in Brazil (Minas Gerais) in improving the quality of education for students in their initial years in school.
Targeting the main client needs
My motivation for applying to Bayer in 2017, and more specifically for Business Consulting, was to find a place where I could work on strategic projects and challenges similar to the ones I have worked on in external consulting. After many years working in internal and external consulting I can leverage all my expertise in terms of project structure, stakeholder management and communication to bring some shortcuts that enable projects to go faster and better target the main client needs. My past experiences also brought me some knowledge about a range of business areas and functions. This makes it easier to understand the different project contexts. The other reason for changing to Bayer was definitely the opportunity to have a decent work life balance that allows me to enjoy my family: my wife and my now two-year-old twins.
What most excites me about the everyday changes I am facing in my job and in my life as a whole is the opportunity to learn. Learning about new topics, connecting with different people and changing my perspectives – both personally and professionally – bring me a step further every day. These new experiences help me consider aspects in my decision-making that were neglected before, like the time I can spend with my family, whether my work can really contribute to a better society. Fortunately, Bayer really supports me in accommodating these needs. My leadership team even encourages my way of being a successful professional and a devoted father at the same time.
Being part of a big team
This open-mindedness among leaders and colleagues is one thing I really appreciate. Teamwork at Bayer really means that people help each other in every need. At Business Consulting you are always part of changing teams which are different for each project. That gives you the opportunity to interact with lots of people during your journey and learn from each of them. I think at Bayer there is a feeling that we are all a part of a big team and each of us is willing and able to support any of our colleagues. I also like to be involved in the major strategic topics for the company and in doing so to have a good overview of the big picture. Additionally, it is a really special privilege to interact daily with the company’s top leadership and learn from their experiences. As usual when interacting with high profile leaders, the biggest challenge is finding time in their agenda.
Changes will happen
If you asked me what I would recommend to young people who want to join Bayer, I would say make every effort to connect with as many people as possible during your Bayer journey. The most important learnings come from sharing experiences with other people and at Bayer there are lots of brilliant professionals you can benefit from. Don’t limit your learning to specialist expertise –take as much as you can from working for a global company made up of people from all over the world and different cultures. And challenge your pre-defined assumptions every day. Finally, as young people have this high energy and are full of new ideas, always challenge the status quo and remember – change takes time, but it will happen if you keep trying.
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