Women's Careers at Sartorius

At Sartorius, the percentage of women in management positions has already reached 30%, and the trend is rising. Three power women at Sartorius report on their work and provide career tips.

Jennifer Drucker

Head of Marketing & Communications, Bioprocess Solutions, North America

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Dr. Alexandra Krasnikova 

Head of Product Management, Lab Essentials, Germany

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Yi Lam

Head of Training, China and South East Asia

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Jennifer Drucker, Head of Marketing & Communications, Bioprocess Solutions, North America

What are your responsibilities in your current role at Sartorius and how did you get there?

I am currently Head of Marketing Communications for the Bioprocessing Division in North America. I have been with Sartorius for almost three years. I started as the Manager of the Marketing Communications team for both the Lab Products & Services Division and the Bioprocess Solutions Division and, after Sartorius' transformation last year, I am now Head of the Bioprocessing MarCom team. This team executes the many tactics required to deliver our over-arching marketing strategy to our customers.  Included in these tactics are digital marketing (email/social/SEA, etc.) and offline marketing (print/media planning, etc.). We are also responsible for the coordination and design of our trade shows and exhibits within North America.

What motivates you?

I really enjoy solving problems and working within teams to find simple and elegant solutions. Many times, in the beginning, challenges seem complicated and insurmountable, but as you keep bouncing ideas off of other people, the defined solution becomes clearer and more focused until you find the best result benefitting the people, the product and the organization.

Which tips do you have for young colleagues who would like to become a manager?

Find a mentor. Someone whom you admire both professionally and personally and then learn as much as you can from them. Great leaders love to teach, and people who aspire to be great leaders love to learn. It benefits both parties and, ultimately, the companies they work for.

How difficult is it to manage a career and your family?

Managing a career and children is challenging. I have three children and, with the exception of taking a couple of years off when my third child was born, I have always had a career. When they are younger, it is more challenging, but you can definitely do it! I was lucky to have great family support and an early understanding that you need to create a work-life balance that doesn't leave you exhausted. Choosing to work for a company like Sartorius that understands the challenges that come with balancing this is critical.

How do you relax after a hard day’s work?

I'm an early riser. I go to the gym five days a week in the morning before work. When I get home from the gym, I make myself a cup of tea and spend quiet time alone before work begins. This time is very important to me. It allows me to contemplate the day and organize my thoughts so I can face it with a positive outlook and address any challenges it may present with optimism and grace. To decompress after work, I spend time with my children. They are all teenagers now and just being with them, hearing about their days, their challenges and giving them advice bring me great joy.

Please describe Sartorius in three words.

Open, enjoyable, dynamic.

Dr. Alexandra Krasnikova, Head of Product Management, Lab Essentials, Germany

What are your responsibilities in your current role at Sartorius?

Currently, I lead the Product Management team for our Lab Essentials product portfolio. This is a really important role in a group of companies such as ours, which provides innovative solutions to customers and is constantly looking for ways to make the lives of scientists easier while getting results faster and with full traceability of the processes, whether it is biopharma research, beverage quality control or diamond quality laboratories. Together with my team, we are working on the product and solution roadmap up until 2025, and beyond, based on the trends in the market and the upcoming innovative technologies, with input from our Sales and Segment Marketing teams. The major partners of this process are our Product Development and Operations teams, who are embodying our ideas and make newly launched products available to our customers.

What would you do differently if you could start over?

I do not think that I would do anything differently – I am happy with the way it has all gone. I enjoy seeing the successes of my former Russian team, and look forward to growing together with the Product Management team. The only thing I would do earlier – start to learn German as fast as possible because it is always not easy to find free time to do it now :-).

Do you think that it is more challenging for women to be in leadership positions than men?

I do not think that there is a difference. You need to reach the targets, you need to respect and lead the team, you need to understand your customers, and you need to be open and strategic when building your plans on how to develop teams, products or sales. In any case, the most important thing is to be yourself, know what you are doing and challenge the current status of things in order to make progress.

How would you appeal to young applicants to join Sartorius?

This is the best company if you want to be challenged, learn about the entire innovative world in biopharma, become involved in cross-functional projects and see the whole world. You will need to invest your efforts into learning and following new processes as staying on top of new products and tools. As soon as you have gained this knowledge, you can enjoy the success of seeing your customers opening plants with solutions you suggested, lab tests becoming the standard in helping to find the best therapies for severely sick patients based on product workflows you created, and many more other practical implementations of Sartorius innovations.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” Peter Pan.

Please describe Sartorius in three words

Global, challenging and ambitious.

Yi Lam, Head of Training for China and South East Asia

What are your responsibilities in your current role at Sartorius and how did you get there?

I am currently Head of Training for China and South East Asia and have been with Sartorius for over six years. I started as a training director at our Chinese site and gradually expanded my responsibilities into South East Asia. Together with my team, we are mainly responsible for organizing and providing technical training to both customers and internal staff. Given the rapid expansion of our Asian business, we design and conduct a welcome workshop several times a year to onboard new hires. Utilizing external trainers, we also offer training in soft skills, such as courses in selling techniques, presentation skills and leadership training.

When did you realize that this role is the right one for you?

When my trainees told me how useful their training course has been for their daily work and how much they have improved after training. I travel with sales representatives to see them apply selling skill concepts during their customer visits. I also enjoy seeing young leaders make a smooth transition from individual contributors to people managers who use the leadership skills they obtained by attending our courses.

Do you think it is more difficult for women to assert themselves in a corporate environment?

No, especially not in China since it is common for women to hold very powerful positions in the corporate environment. What is important is your skills, knowledge, passion for work, and leadership capabilities. You just have to be confident about who you are – and never use gender as a barrier or an excuse for not achieving what you want.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

When you train people, you get instant feedback on how good a job you are doing. Audience response will tell you how successful your training course is. Also, training is never boring even when you hold the same course over and over again because the audience will teach you something new every time. As a trainer, you learn as much as do the trainees themselves since they have many different perspectives and stories to share.

What would you say is your biggest success so far?

When I joined Sartorius, there were no systematic training offerings for our customers or for our staff. Now we have established a training program that includes catalogs of 12 customer-training courses and over 20 internal training courses. We also developed online application, tracking and record-keeping tools to simplify this process. Customers and staff members will ask us for training calendars for the coming year as soon as the end of a year approaches.

How difficult is it to manage a career and your family?

As my career requires me to travel frequently, it was important to obtain my family’s support and understanding first before I made the commitment to join Sartorius. And when I do spend time at home with my family, I try not to be distracted by work and focus solely on my private life.

Please describe Sartorius in three words

International, quality-minded, open

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