Dr Thorsten Gerkensmeier
As an internationally positioned, ambitious company in the sector of medical products, VOCO offers many different career perspectives for young professionals. This also applied to the year 2000, when I newly left university with my doctorate and was looking for an interesting, yet challenging and responsible job as a chemist. I got a chance at VOCO and started as product developer in the division Research and Development, being part of a powerful team consisting of “old hands” as well as “rookies”. Flat hierarchies and the cooperative working climate allowed me to quickly familiarize with the projects. Hence, I benefitted from the experience of the senior colleagues and, at the same time, was able to develop and bring new ideas to our work. Of course, product developers must always remain up to date with the latest technology and observe new trends. This aspect is covered by talks with dentists, the participation in trainings, congresses and trade fairs as well as by regular literature review.
VOCO offers career opportunities for young professionals and experienced professionals. As a family business, the company is also repeatedly engaged in social and community projects. Furthermore, VOCO supports the employees: During the whole year, there are several events such as the summer festival, Christmas party, soccer tournaments or the participation in running events and beach sport competitions. In addition, different company sports groups are supported. The offer is steadily updated and currently comprises soccer, badminton, table tennis and small groups of runners. Besides the regular sports groups, there are limited time offers such as wakeboarding, Tae Bo, self-defence training and Pilates.
Dr Gerrit Lübbe
Assistant to the Head of Production
In 2010, I made my first experiences as a developer/chemist respectively as a product manager for composite materials as well as for cleaning/remineralising pastes. The range of tasks comprised the entire spectrum of research and development; starting with the generation of ideas, the first basic formulations and basic research work to the upscaling of the finished formulations to the production scale and the servicing of the products on the market.
After seven years in research and development, I was offered the opportunity within the company to develop professionally towards production. Due to the fact, that I already got many insights into production processes during my activity as a developer, I was excited by that new challenge. Since 2018, I am Assistant to the Head of Production and jointly responsible for the planning and organisation of the complete production processes of our product range. In this context, I have the possibility to cooperate interdisciplinarily with lots of different people and departments and to be actively involved in the effective design of the individual processes. Here, the entire work benefits from the medium-sized structure of the company, in which short communication channels and flat hierarchies still prevail.
Many think that the training as an industrial manager is a boring office job – on the contrary!
During the training, one passes through the various departments and thus, comprehends step by step the processes of an industrial company. You get the chance to discover and further develop your own strengths. VOCO is always on your side and supports you. The training is a wonderful and important time, which prepares you very well for your future professional life. After my training as industrial manager, I became an employee and today, I am product manager in the marketing department. VOCO never stopped to promote my professional training and I was offered the opportunity to complete a correspondence course besides my professional work.
Foreign language correspondent
VOCO GmbH is a globally operating and constantly growing family company. It offers young professionals the opportunity to start a career with the perspective of personal and professional development within the internal company structure at the Cuxhaven location.
At the end of 1997, I came to VOCO as a qualified foreign language correspondent and European secretary. Since then, I work in the export department as assistant to different area managers. At first, I mostly handled work orders, today, I am the direct contact for customers and sales representatives in my area of responsibility: I handle their requests independently and act as central interface between the different departments and the customers respectively the field sales force.