What has inspired me from the beginning is the diversity and people-culture across all hierarchical levels.

Helen.

Interior Designer.

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GET TO KNOW HELEN.

After studying interior design and working as a freelance interior designer for a short time, I joined the BMW Group a few years ago. I started as an interior designer for office planning with a focus on planning special areas such as high-quality conference rooms, as well as executive and board level offices. In the course of this I was able to get to know a lot of different company areas. What has inspired me from the beginning is the diversity and people-culture across all hierarchical levels. I really enjoyed the task at the time.

After about three years I switched to Corporate and Brand Identity. In the following three years I was able to deal with the BMW brand and BMW Group CI. My main task was to define and further develop the BMW brand in architecture and furniture design: at trade fairs, in retail and for special formats. Further, defining the BMW Group in architecture (administration and factory buildings, interior design / office design and furniture standards) was also part of my job.

Since March 2018 I’ve been in the internal construction department which is responsible for office and retail planning. Here I work as a design manager for large construction projects, as a design expert for architecture and as an expert for office planning and concept development. In addition, I’m responsible for and look after the office furniture framework contract for Europe and advise my colleagues worldwide on the tender for office furniture – with a focus on design, CI conformity and quality. It’s very important to keep up with the times and to continuously develop the standards. The challenge here is convergence in the furniture and design industry, but also the internal interfaces, e.g. for purchasing and controlling. In general, it’s very exciting to work with colleagues worldwide, to exchange ideas, to get to know new cultures and working methods and to be able to make a valuable contribution to our company.

I really appreciate the diversity, independence and freedom of choice in my job. In addition, I can – up to a certain degree – be creative and therefore live up to my original job as an interior designer. My job here is very varied and personally enriching. I'm already looking forward to my next projects! But above all, I'm looking forward to more exciting encounters in the company and beyond!