A big corporation like Bayer offers many interesting employment opportunities. At the start of my career, I was unsure which direction to take. That’s why I decided to apply for a job in internal auditing. My name is Paul Walprecht and I joined the Internal Audit department at Bayer AG in summer 2015. In this blog I’d like to tell you what I find so interesting about my work.
Learning about Bayer and the world
Not so long ago, I was in the Philippines auditing the Finance & Accounting unit there. And soon I’ll be off to India for an audit of the Crop Science Division. I’m really looking forward to that and hope that alongside my work I’ll have enough time to see something of the country and its people.
As you can imagine, potential audits cover all areas of the Bayer Group and all sites around the world. An auditor therefore has the opportunity to view the Bayer Group and its business processes from a wide range of perspectives and to work on many different topics. Alongside conventional sales activities, audits cover many other areas including research, finance and IT. And that’s exactly what I wanted. Building on the theoretical knowledge and initial insights I gained during my combined degree course and vocational training at Bayer, I am now able to see how the processes I heard about in lectures are actually put in to practice. Every audit brings new and challenging tasks, so I’m always learning something new and gaining valuable experience. In past audits my tasks have ranged from checking compensation structures in the HR department to analyzing sales to business customers and evaluating marketing campaigns.
Alongside the varied professional challenges we face in every audit, the places we are sent to often have a charm of their own. My work therefore gives me the opportunity to experience many different countries and cultures. Although there is little time for anything except work during the week, the weekends are normally free, so we are able to gain interesting and often fascinating insights into the local culture and way of life.
What an audit involves
Audits are normally conducted by multicultural teams of between two and five auditors. Every member of the team has their own strengths and weaknesses and different experience gained in previous audits. For me as a newbie, it was particularly fascinating to discover how I could best integrate myself into a team. During an audit we question the status quo in all the areas covered. Thanks to the motivation and specialist knowledge of our colleagues and the support of the Board of Management, we also have the scope to change things. It is important to work with the units being audited to find sustainable and value-creating solutions.
The team works together very closely during an audit, which generally involves about three weeks on-site work, plus a week in the office beforehand and afterwards to prepare and review the audit. Of course, that’s a new challenge every time, but working together so closely allows us to actively share knowledge and experience. As a new member of the department, I’ve therefore been able to benefit from my colleagues’ knowledge and always find the right experts to answer my questions. The young and dynamic Internal Audit team is especially fascinating. All my colleagues are highly motivated, helpful and open-minded, which made it very pleasant and easy for me to find my place in the department.
Auditing – the right job for me!
If you’re interested in gaining a broad insight into an international company, enjoy traveling and are open-minded and interested in other cultures, auditing is an ideal first step to a career at Bayer. You’ll experience a wide range of areas and processes and get to know many countries and cultures.
We’re constantly looking for suitable candidates who have already taken the first career steps and would like an opportunity for development. We also offer direct entry routes for university graduates and, since 2015, a trainee program, which is the ideal basis to prepare for a position as an auditor when you graduate from university.
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