My name is Kristin Grieshammer. I am 39 years old and work as an Internal Control System Manager (ICS) in the Risk Management department of Bayer in Mexico. I love the perfect mix of tension and relaxation which yoga offers. It requires a balance of concentration with a certain level of ease – these are also attributes I need in my daily job.
I am responsible for the communication and implementation of Bayer’s ICS standards in Mexico and ensuring that all the processes with an impact on financial reporting (not only in Accounting, but also in the business and Human Resources) have the necessary controls. Accomplishing my tasks gives me a great feeling of ease. I like the image of the ‘peaceful warrior’, which is also a yoga posture. This means that I like to get things done, but in a calm way.
“A structured and calm high performer” – this is how my supervisor in Mexico kindly describes me. I have had the opportunity to experience a lot of new things abroad. One of the things I learned about myself is that I can deal well with challenges. During my studies in Business Administration and Spanish, I made my way from Germany to Spain and finally to Mexico as part of an internship. And how did I end up where I am in Mexico? I came here to get to know the country, the culture and the people – and I liked it. So I decided to stay a little longer. That was 18 years ago!
When I finished my studies, I first worked for another company, but I soon found my way to Bayer. After holding various positions at Bayer in Mexico, including working as the assistant to the Bayer Material Science Country Head and in Controlling, I was made ICS Manager in 2014. I thought this would be an interesting challenge. At Bayer I have learned that you grow with your tasks and responsibilities.
The advice I would give to new employees would be to talk to your supervisor and manager – there are many possibilities for development at Bayer. Performance will always be recognized. It’s just important to be bold and always go that little bit further.
That’s what I did last year before I moved to France for a short-term assignment in the Legal Entity Controlling department in Lyon. It was a very valuable experience to see the different approaches and work routines in another country.
In my spare time, I still really enjoy travelling. I like learning new languages and exploring new countries. To prepare myself for my travels, I watch movies and read books in the relevant language. Friends describe me as a calm, analytical, trustworthy and loyal person – sometimes they say I am a little enigmatic, too. And I also have clear priorities. I like to visit my relatives in Germany, meet up with friends and exercise. This is the best way for me to keep my job and private life in perfect balance.