You’re Head of IT. It sounds exciting. When did you join bonprix and what does your career path look like?
I’ve been part of the Otto Group for eighteen years and spent nine years at the Otto subsidiary itself. I worked in an area with a strong focus on IT theory. I designed IT projects and then passed them on. When I realised I was more interested in the technical side of things, I changed to the Otto Group’s IT team. I spent five years working on some major projects in Communication Management. With my degree in Business Informatics I was able to take over interface communication and fuse the two sides methodically and communicatively. I was the first point of call for any IT issues the international areas had. bonprix was one of my first main customers, and they were certainly one of the most exciting and challenging. Talks with bonprix were always enjoyable because even then it was an exceptionally fast-paced business. You could really feel the drive behind the brand. At the time, I was also responsible for architecture in Otto Group IT and was approached by bonprix and asked to pursue the subject of IT strategically. That was in late 2008 and I’ve been Head of IT here ever since. Initially I focused on IT strategy, but now I’m responsible for IT transformation in line with our decentralisation strategy.
What makes your work at bonprix so exciting?
I enjoy the interdisciplinary collaborations with other areas and I like the fact we all strive for a common goal. The diversity, the international outlook and celebrating our successes together are what makes every day at bonprix so rewarding.
What skills should applicants interested in the area have?
You must enjoy communication and networking, because it’s important to get to know other areas quickly. Candidates need be able to embrace change wholeheartedly. They should enjoy working with the latest technologies, facing new challenges and learning new things. Being persuasive and diplomatic, showing others how things could be improved and being able to compromise are also key strengths.
When it comes to their background, a Business Informatics degree is ideal. Prior knowledge of the business and IT in general are fundamental, especially for consultants who have to understand the area’s requirements as well as how to implement them – particularly when it comes to SAP.
We’re exceptionally pragmatic here at bonprix so that’s important too. But so is a certain degree of methodology to allow processes to be introduced, and sustainable projects and business structures to be created.
Why would you recommend bonprix as an employer?
The best thing about bonprix is our enthusiasm, something that candidates and new employees often pick up on. Despite the immense challenges we face, there’s always time for some fun. We achieve and celebrate our targets as a team – that’s what makes bonprix so special and motivates me every single day. There are so many different people, all from different countries with different backgrounds. I love the fact we all share a common goal and the successes when we get there!