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Interview with Swantje Hepke
  • Swantje Hepke
  • project manager, graduated from FIEGE with a dual degree in business administration with focus on logistics
  • with FIEGE since 2001, currently in Greven

HOW DID YOU COME TO FIEGE?

I graduated from high school in 2000 and wanted to orientate myself first to see which career direction would be suitable for me in the future. My father worked for FIEGE in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland at that time. He suggested me to do an internship at FIEGE in the operative area. I enjoyed that very much and I also learned a little Italian. Afterwards I was allowed to support the commercial area for a few months in a newly opened warehouse in France.

WHAT WAS NEXT AFTER THE INTERNSHIPS AT FIEGE?

I then heard that FIEGE offers a dual study programme. In 2001 this was offered for the first time in co-operation with the Duale Hochschule in Lörrach, Baden Württemberg. To work in a branch office in addition to my business administration studies was the perfect opportunity for me to combine theory with practice. I completed the practical part of my studies at the branch office in Ibbenbüren. The study and practical phases alternated in a 3-month rhythm.

AND AFTER GRADUATION?

After that I stayed in Ibbenbüren for a year, in the controlling department. I enjoyed that too, but I already noticed that project work gave me the desired higher operational relevance. Organizing, planning and then implementing things. Then FIEGE offered me to go to Belgium in order to support the establishment of a new logistics warehouse. That was super exciting. I was the assistant to the project manager there and thus gained a lot of experience – from the construction planning and the internal warehouse process design to the relocation of customer goods and the start of operations.

AND WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE END OF THE PROJECT?

At that time, the Implementation Team was formed at the system headquarters in Greven, which was responsible for the entire project organization of customer implementations. As project manager in this team, I was responsible for controlling the various project topics so that all processes in the warehouses were running on the desired date. That was exactly what I wanted to do at that moment. After that I moved again to the branch office in Ibbenbüren and was department manager there. I wanted to travel less. After two years I had my first child and went on maternity leave. In the meantime I have four children. I also enjoyed going to work again and again during parental leave in order not to lose contact with FIEGE and my job.

 

 

HOW DID THE ORGANISATION OF THE MATERNITY LEAVE PROCEED?

That went really well. I now work part-time as a project manager in the engineering department. FIEGE has always maintained personal contact with me even during my parental leave. The uncomplicated re-entry signals to me a real appreciation of the company.

WHAT MAKES YOUR WORK AT FIEGE FUN?

Working at FIEGE means fun and a lot of variety. The entire team feels like one big family and is a good mix of long-standing companions and always a breath of fresh air from new colleagues. It is never one project like another, and yet I can always bring in my experience.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I have a horse. I have been riding since I was a child and I still find time with the horse somehow. That’s really nice.

IS THERE ONE THING YOU WILL REMEMBER AS A PERSONAL SUCCESS?

Yes, there is. For the opening of the warehouse in Belgium a celebration was organized and the managing director of our customer gave a speech. He listed the people he would like to thank especially for their work on the project. He started with my name. In the middle of the list he read my name again and at the end he read it for the third time. At that moment I thought he had made a mistake. But later he came to me and told me that he had read my name several times on purpose, because he wanted to acknowledge my work on the project. To get so much recognition for my work was just great.