With 53,000 employees globally, diversity is a priority for Henkel, and an issue that is championed by senior management throughout the organisation.
At Henkel, we believe diversity makes our company stronger – that’s why 35% of our managers are female and we continue to strive for gender balance at all levels and to recruit and retain women who will become leaders within our business in the future.
Henkel is a proud and active participating member of the WISE campaign, which advocates for gender balance in science, technology and engineering, from the classroom to the boardroom. The initiative is being spearheaded by Patricia Cullen, Director AG Global Product Development, and Lorna Dunne, HR Business Partner.
I’ve been working at Henkel since 2017 after completing my PhD in Chemistry and I love it. I also have a BSc in Industrial Engineering with a major in Chemical engineering, so I get to put that to good use in my current role.
At Henkel, I get to work in industry-driven research, but I also get to rekindle my love of teaching as we facilitate open days for Transition Year students and do a lot of youth outreach, helping to inspire the next generation of minds to pursue a career in science and engineering.
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
I’ve heard it said before that engineering is a boys’ club, but I have been an engineer with Henkel for 22 years and I disagree. Although engineering is a male-dominated industry, I have never felt that being a woman has hindered me during my career.
Diversity is important in every industry and we are now seeing more young women take up engineering as a career, which is very encouraging.
Global Product Development Lead, 3D Printing
I have been working with Henkel for more than a decade. I started as a chemist in the lab but now combine my technical and business skills in an Innovation Leadership role. I completed my Executive MBA and now lead our 3D Printing Development team.
My role has great variety and involves working with customers to understand what new products are needed. I also work with our marketing and business development team to better understand industry and development trends to build our innovation pipeline.
Safety, Health and Environmental Manager
After studying Science at Trinity College Dublin, I began my career with Henkel on a Graduate Programme at Henkel’s Environment, Health & Safety department in Tallaght, 19 years ago. My colleagues are great, and I have learned so much from them over the years.
Working in an environment where you are valued is very important and I have never once felt at a disadvantage as a woman at Henkel.