Something’s always afoot at the SHARKGROUP! Roles and responsibilities change a lot over time, along with the employees.
We are so proud so many employees have been part of our group for so many years. It has shown how different and varied careers can be. What all these different stories have in common is their flexibility, team spirit and huge commitment.
We are proactive in helping our employees develop their careers and themselves and work with them to find the most suitable path for them and the SHARKGROUP.
We are delighted to show you some success stories here. Maybe you’ll have a similar story to tell one day?
An all-all-all-rounder – Rahel Bachmann
Rahel’s success story, which hopefully is not over yet! Her 360° knowledge of all aspects of internal sales, purchasing and our ERP system makes her one of our most stable and flexible pillars in the Group. No other Sharky has had so many different jobs or been in so many places as she has. Starting in the sales office as a commercial all-rounder for Direct Handling, she took care of accounts payable and receivable in addition to handling customer service, quotations and entering orders. If that wasn’t enough, she also helped out in marketing. It was during her special project – moving Direct Handling stock to Tuggen – that she definitely discovered her “love” for profiles and skirting boards. For more than a month she had to sort out every single profile across the entire, completely chaotically run, warehouse and send it to Tuggen in adapted pallets – a horrendous task that surely would have scared off anyone else. But it was this tough experience that ultimately brought Rahel into quality control and purchasing. She took over the department, which had not existed until then, and built it up bit by bit. At the same time, she completed her training and passed her exams to become a purchasing specialist. At the end of 2018, she returned to sales as head of sales in-house for the companies Direct Handling and enia. It didn’t take us very long to realise there was just one candidate suitable for this role: Rahel. She has been involved right from the start in implementing the ERP system, knows all the processes in the internal sales department and, thanks to the purchasing department, has the expertise needed to calculate pricing. She has quickly developed into a very efficient and knowledgeable contact person and has optimised all processes together with her new team in the sales office.
From carpenter to team leader for sales in-house – Thomas Gut
Thomas Gut joined Profloor AG as a member of the office sales team in March 2017. As a trained carpenter, former workshop manager and project manager, he impressed us not only with his technical understanding but also his entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional commitment. Over the years, he has borne this out in challenging projects such as converting the warehouse, bringing out a completely new Profloor catalogue and implementing the ERP system. Demonstrating how dedicated he is to his job, he has dutifully taken care of the implementation on top of his very busy daily workload.
Even in his spare time, Thomas is a craftsman through and through. He runs a small carpentry workshop as a hobby and has converted the family farm himself, which means he’s always in close contact with the market in his free time, testing new products and performing quality testing in the field. He makes good use of this experience and knowledge every day for tasks such as consulting or product range design.
Because of his experience as an apprentice supervisor and his additional training as a technical salesman, but especially due to his tireless and successful commitment, he is a perfect fit for the role of team leader for sales in-house. Since the end of 2019, he has been leading the young Profloor team in an exemplary manner and therefore making a significant contribution to the company’s success.
IT specialist – Karin Schmidt
Karin has cross-departmental, sound company knowledge that can only be built up over many years. She is another flexible Sharky who has already proven her extraordinary commitment in many different areas. She has found her vocation in the SHARKGROUP’s IT department. Karin started at Direct Handling AG as a commercial all-rounder back in 2011 and, as she says herself, she stumbled into the SHARKGROUP. With customer service, quotations, order entry, accounts payable and receivable and marketing tasks under her belt, Karin quit the office and built up comprehensive, cross-departmental knowledge. In 2012, she carried out her first IT project, which she had actively supported during the programming. At that time she had no idea what the main focus of her future IT work would be. In 2013, Karin was able to start at enia in parallel with her existing activities. Here too, she was responsible for dealing with customers, quotations and order processing, as well as purchasing and shop maintenance. She also represented enia at trade fairs and road shows in Switzerland and Germany. At some point, she found she was unable to carry all this out under one hat or in a “normal” working day so she joined enia and was able to dedicate herself more and more to IT projects and issues. Thanks to her prior knowledge from previous roles, her affinity for IT together with her extensive knowledge of the company, she has built up her own IT department step by step and has already successfully completed a string of monster projects.
A managing director with a passion – Janine Heberle
Janine probably holds the distinction of having one of the longest careers at SHARKGROUP. Over the years, she has developed a huge amount of passion for the business as well as being highly knowledgeable, and today she is an important member of the management team.
Janine joined the SHARKGROUP as executive board assistant back in 2007 and also provided support for projects, marketing and personnel. At the beginning it was not quite clear what work Janine would be doing. But that was probably quickly forgotten because then, as now, there was always a lot to do! Showing grit and determination, she had to fight her way through her first main task: filing all the brands and patents. But even then she knew that she wanted to grow with the company and build something big!
Janine was involved in Profloor’s and Direct Handling’s day-to-day business and, soon after, exciting projects such as the creating a new Profloor homepage, realising the CAVUM profile for a US customer and organising international trade fairs. At the same time, she successfully completed numerous training courses over the years: social security, personnel management, photography, graphics, marketing, image processing and, most recently, leadership.
Janine has always been involved in team building and management decisions. In 2017, this was made official when she took on the role of deputy managing director of the companies Direct Handling, Profloor Technology and Proverum, as well as managing the group of companies. It probably had a lot to do with Janine’s achievements that the offices, which were very generously enlarged in 2009 and 2019, have filled up more and more and this is a perfect metaphor of her career.
Import/export specialist – Michelle Stellmacher
Michelle has also worked in a lot of different areas, as is par for the course with the SHARKGROUP. Thanks to this diversity, along with her educational background and all-out commitment, she has become our import/export specialist and our purchasing standby.
Michelle joined the SHARKGROUP in 2017 as an office employee and managed all processes at enia from the placing of orders at the manufacturer to the sending of customer invoices. After the Group continued to grow, creating the need for separate purchasing and sales departments, she focused on sales. After a while she came to the realisation that she was lacking variety and not able to make use of her interest in foreign trade. This was also fortuitous for the company and Michelle was transferred to the newly founded Import/Logistics department at the beginning of 2019, which she is building up across the company. Because of her time in-house when she first joined the company, Michelle supports the purchasing department as a standby if necessary. She also works on a number of exciting projects: sea freight logistics comparison study, new floor covering collections and tools, and improvements to the complaints system.
Trainee programme – Romana Bruhin
We had long been mulling over the idea of running a programme to train up promising junior staff so they can take on demanding areas of responsibility within the SHARKGROUP. This immediately became reality after an exciting job interview. In September 2019, Romana Bruhin subsequently became the first trainee to join the SHARKGROUP. Over the course of a year, she will spend some time in all the departments: marketing, purchasing, internal sales, IT and project management. The 12-month rotation will offer her a unique opportunity to build up a comprehensive knowledge of processes, procedures, products and systems and to understand the interrelationships and networks. Likewise, the insights she gains into the various companies and divisions of the SHARKGROUP, the changing activities and direct contact with internal and external customers will help her discover her own strengths and areas of development. In completing the programme she will lay the foundation for the next step in her career. Based on the needs of the SHARKGROUP and Romana’s interests and talents, both sides will agree on the next stage. The aim of the programme is to develop curious and creative graduates into specialists, project managers or managers who will continue to enrich and successfully advance the SHARKGROUP with innovative ideas.