Hi everyone, my name is Kay Gerten. I was born in Karlsruhe in 1965 and still very much enjoy living there. After leaving school, I trained as a social insurance specialist with the Barmer Ersatzkasse health insurance company. During my apprenticeship, I was already spending more time on the road than at the office, so you could say sales has been in my DNA from a very early stage.
On completing my apprenticeship, I spent 15 months with the Bundeswehr and then returned to the place where I had trained. I worked in a few different locations and embarked on further training to become a consultant and auditor.
I met my wife Petra at the tender age of 18. We celebrated our silver wedding anniversary this year and our children are now just about independent. It was planning our family that prompted me to become a pharmacy sales rep for generic drugs.
Back then, Bayer was already the top pharmaceutical company for sales reps
In 1988, a colleague pointed out a job ad from Bayer in the FAZ newspaper. They were looking for a pharmacy sales rep for my local area. I immediately knew I wanted to work for the company. Back then, Bayer was already the top pharmaceutical company for sales reps. I submitted my application, was subsequently summoned to an assessment center and started work as District Manager at Bayer on July 1, 1998.
Looking back, that was the big milestone in my professional life. I still feel very much at home at Bayer and go to work each day feeling cheerful and motivated. There’s nothing better than winning over customers, convincing them of the quality of products and ensuring good pharmacy sales.
On June 1, 2018, I was appointed Pharmacy Key Account Manager and I welcome this new challenge. Although the job comes with greater responsibility, it’s also more interesting. There are new, major customers waiting for me, pharmacy cooperation arrangements to be concluded and annual agreements to be reached. I manage the entire operation myself and I’m relishing the challenge of getting pharmacies on board with the new concept. I can now do all the things I like best about this profession.
I made the right move 20 years ago and I’m happy. Thanks to a good work-life balance, I can combine time with my family and hobbies such as traveling and playing golf perfectly with my work. I certainly have no complaints about my employer. I have to travel about a great deal, but I know what I have with Bayer – an employer that expects a lot but also gives a lot back. You should never forget what it means to drive a company car, receive a good pension and be given the opportunity each year to buy shares at a reduced rate.
Anyone who gets the chance to work at Bayer should grab it as it opens up a world of opportunities.
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