Engineering companies are regarded as a classic male domain. Alexandra Muszal has not allowed herself to be deterred by this. After completing her MBA at EISENMANN, the 32-year-old was promoted to Head of Finance & Controlling in Shanghai and is now head of functional controlling in the Door Systems Division at Brose Fahrzeugteile.
Alexandra Muszal's MBA studies at ISM were a springboard for her career. After four years in investment controlling at EISENMANN in Böblingen, she was sent to Shanghai by her employer after graduating. In the Chinese megametropolis she was commissioned to set up the financial and project controlling, to accompany the long-term business planning and to support the management in corporate management.
The two years in Shanghai, known as a trading center and multicultural metropolis, have influenced Alexandra Muszal. "Living apart from family and friends and filling a position that was interesting but also challenging certainly left a lasting impression on me. During this time, I personally gave a lot to make the project abroad a success - an experience I wouldn't want to miss". The successful handover of a well-structured and strong controlling team in Shanghai was important to Muszal before she returned to Germany in early 2014.
The next professional challenge awaited Brose Fahrzeugteile in Hallstadt near Bamberg in Franconia. Born in Poland, she had once again chosen a global player in the technology sector. Brose is the world's fifth largest family-owned automotive supplier. The company develops and produces innovative mechatronic systems for vehicle doors and seats as well as electric motors. Around 23,000 employees in 23 countries generate sales of around 5 billion euros. "The greatest challenge is to reduce complexity in a company that has grown extremely rapidly. In addition to interfaces to the division managers, product controllers and central controlling, more than 40 locations need to be combined with controllers and commercial managers”.
What drives them professionally is the topic of sustainability. "Price pressure and the rapid growth of automotive suppliers present the industry with major challenges," explains Alexandra Muszal. "My task is to create transparency and support the management with recommendations for action in corporate management so that the right course is set in the long term". "My studies at ISM gave me the opportunity to get to know interesting people and further develop my methodological skills. The insights of lecturers, who also maneuvered companies through crisis situations, were also exciting".
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