My name is Antje Voelker and I work in the Law, Patents and Compliance department at Bayer CropScience in Monheim. I’ve worked as a lawyer at Bayer for 15 years.
In my job I‘m in close contact with colleagues in the business units and involved in their strategy right from the very beginning. This allows me to give my input at an early stage and not just at the end, when it’s difficult to change project plans. What I’ve always liked about being a lawyer is that people listen to you and value your opinion. On the other hand, an innovation company like Bayer is not the place for delivering academic legal analyses. Our clients are interested in knowing how they can legally achieve their business goals; they don’t want a legal discourse.
Another special feature of working as a lawyer for Bayer is that you get to work in cross-functional teams. Normally you are the only lawyer in these teams, which means that you have to express your opinion in a very clear and understandable way. At the same time, you need to learn and understand what motivates the other functions and what their goals and concerns are so that you can help find the best possible solution. It’s really fascinating to get immersed in the scientific, regulatory, manufacturing or accounting aspects.
Working for Bayer also means that you work in a truly international environment – the company has employees from 150 different nations. As well as personal exchange and on-site meetings with colleagues of various nationalities at my site in Monheim, we have a lot of e-mails, phone calls and phone and video conferences with many other countries around the world every day. There are days when I talk to colleagues in Japan in the morning and to colleagues in Argentina in the afternoon. If you’re looking to work in an international environment, Bayer is the place for you.
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