More Attractive Than Just Figures: HHL Alumni’s Careers in Finance

HHL Alumni’s Careers in Finance

By 2008, a good 30 percent of HHL’s M.Sc. alumni started a career in consulting and/ or banking following their graduation. It is striking that due to the financial crisis, fewer HHLers tend to go into banking but more into the area of finance in industrial enterprises. The industry of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) offers HHL students attractive opportunities to launch their careers as shown by the last two M.Sc. classes.

Elisabeth Hilbrich (left) works as a financial analyst at Procter&Gamble. The 27-year-old says, “I already considered to go into Finance during my studies but was always rather looking for an industry position than starting a career in banking. Procter&Gamble was especially attractive because they offered me the position as financial analyst for Gillette & Venus DACH were I would be closely connected to the business and be the single point of finance contact for a multifunctional team consisting of Marketing, Sales and Demand Planning. Early on in my career I had the opportunity to discuss promotional activities, assess pricing strategies and to observe the corresponding in-market reactions. In addition, working for such an important brand in the Procter&Gamble portfolio provides the opportunity to frequently present in front of the executive board,” explains the HHL alumna.

Christoph Oettle (right) is closely connected to the executive board of the company he works for as well. The 28-year-old is currently completing the European Finance Development Program Traineeship at food manufacturer Mars. “Particularly in the field of FMCG you can accompany the implementation of a project and also make a lot of the decisions yourself. That was very important to me. I can also continue to use my financial expertise for this task. I chose Mars because I was able to assume a high level of responsibility from the very beginning. The company offers great opportunities for development: if all goes well, you can be a manager after three years and CFO for a country after a little more than five years.” Elisabeth Hilbrich and Christoph Oettle both felt very well prepared for their work today. He comments, “I appreciate the broad foundation of the education at HHL and the close practical relevance of what we were taught for my job. I work in a cross-functional team and the Leipzig business school prepared me in a fantastic way for that.”