The journey with Frankfurt School of Finance and Management is never short of joys and surprises. On a freezing day in January, a company visit arranged by the Career Services as part of the Career Development Programme for MBA students brought us to the global headquarters of SCHOTT in the suburbs of Mainz, to witness the greatest glass and ceramics manufacturer in Europe, a typical Made-in-Germany family business with more than 130 years of outstanding development.
I came to know SCHOTT with an emotional attachment. Back in the days when I worked as financial auditor at EY Shanghai, SCHOTT China has been an important mandate for us. Being an admirer of German products, I grew massive interest in German manufacturing and the true representation of “Gründer-Geist”. Despite my rich experience in working on the financials of German companies, this was the first time I had the opportunity to get close to the headquarter of a leading German manufacturer.
The event was held by the HR director of SCHOTT group, who is responsible for global talent management within SCHOTT groups. During the tour in SCHOTT museum, we were amazed to see so many mind-blowing glass products being presented. From home appliances, pharmaceutical instruments, to office decoration, industrial light solutions and airplane windows, you never imagine glass could play such a critical role in industry and civilian life and be so awesome despite its humble presence. Unlike multinational conglomerates like Mercedes, BMW, Adidas, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc and other big names that came to our life with their class and glory, it should be hidden champions such as SCHOTT, who dedicated themselves to a specific area and excel in it, that shapes the backbone of German economy.
Through the sustainability of solid technology and manufacturing, German industry has withstood ups and downs of economic periods including the financial crisis in 2008. Facing a volatile yet dynamic globalized economy, German industry is proactively seeking change to embrace the global trend, and more importantly, the international talents that could bring German leadership in industry and technology to the world. That, in my opinion, is the true purpose of companies like Schott to be connected to excellent talent pools that Frankfurt School offers.