Sales Support & Assistant
Tell us about your career path, and what led you to your current role?
I started my apprenticeship at Hawle in 2003 as an office clerk, and in the following 3 years of training I was given the opportunity to get to know all areas of our company and be involved in the daily activities and tasks of each of these.
After completing my apprenticeship, my wish was to work in the Vöcklabruck dispatch department. Here, my tasks were very diverse and I really enjoyed doing them.In 2008, the central warehouse in Frankenmarkt was opened, which meant that the originally separate dispatch warehouses in Vöcklabruck and Frankenmarkt were united. After just under 6 years, I had the opportunity to switch to Internal Sales Austria with more new challenges ─ just the thing for me!
Another 10 years passed and in 2019 I seized the opportunity to work as Assistant Sales Manager Austria. In this role, I have daily cross-functional contact with all my colleagues and am responsible for the organization, administration and communication in the Sales Austria team.
What do you see as the most challenging aspect of working in the water industry?
I think we can make a big contribution to creating awareness of how important water supply is for our everyday lives. Water should never be taken for granted. Many people don't even know where their water comes from. Every day, we help our customers create the best possible solutions for their use.
What keeps you motivated in your career?
Being able to turn on the tap every morning as a matter of course to get top-quality Austrian drinking water. I think that is motivation enough.
What was the most memorable experience you have had at Hawle?
During my years at Hawle, I got to visit a number of water suppliers and municipalities. On one occasion, we had the opportunity to visit an elevated tank holding several 100,000 litres of water; that was a magical, awe-inspiring moment for me. Such clear, beautiful, healthy water behind tightly locked doors helping us to protect our most precious asset.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
Virtually everyone immediately thinks of philosophers, artists, heads of mega-corporations and celebrities. Why look so far afield? My personal role model is my mum because I owe my life to her.
If you had advice for your 18-year-old self, what would it be?
“Continue on the path you’ve chosen ─ it’s the right one”.
How do you personally define success?
For me, success, both professionally and privately means staying true to yourself and believing in what you do. That's why I can say that I work at Hawle out of conviction, and am happy to play my part in ensuring that we continue to stand for quality and "craftsmanship" for many years to come.