Christopher Meyer tells us what he has experienced during his internship and intern Lukas Dörrig brings us along for a day of project work. Read on to find out what challenges he faces.
Christopher Meyer tells us about his experiences
INVERTO’s focus on implementation really sets it apart from other companies. Projects are not just about creating concepts, but also implementing identified potential for improvement. Something I found particularly interesting was co-sourcing, a fundamental part of most projects. Through the co-sourcing approach, we actively support the client through implementing all of the necessary measures. We work closely with the client’s own departments to achieve the desired results. The ability to work autonomously and independently was also important to me.
Before long, I was able to support a project team on-site with the client, which enabled me to learn first-hand about the consultant’s role and how to work on a project. In addition, I was given responsibility early on and was able to quickly get involved in the project.
It is this early assumption of responsibility that allowed me to experience a very steep learning curve, and not a day passed without learning something new. For me, learning and strengthening skills are essential elements of an internship, and INVERTO certainly exceeded my expectations.
A day of project work with Luke Dörrig
On a typical day at INVERTO, I would travel to the client’s office with one of my colleagues, a senior consultant. At around 9am, after a short chat with some of the client’s team, who we always work closely with, I set about preparing for a 10 o’clock meeting with the client’s logistics manager, which was lead by my colleague.
The meeting revealed that some of the client’s data was inaccurate, so I amended it in an Excel file to ensure transparency. There was still plenty of time before lunch to update the e-contor tender and bring my colleagues up to speed.
At around 1pm, I started to make calls to suppliers to check the status of their offers or remind them to submit their offers in time. This involved speaking with Eastern European, Indian, Spanish and French contacts and leaving messages on answering machines – an amusing endeavour at times.
By 4pm, I had a presentation for the steering committee to prepare and revise. Then, at 5.30pm, a supplier search needed to be created for the following day. At 7pm, I travelled back to the hotel with my colleague, where we ate dinner together and talked through the coming days.
My days at INVERTO looked fairly similar, but there was always variety due to the many different tasks waiting for me. I see this as a very positive aspect of my internship and this is exactly what working as a consultant means to me.