#FutureInYourHands – This motto properly describes how TÜV SÜD empowers its employees. It’s best to hear from TÜV SÜD executives and staff members what their personal experiences are working for TÜV SÜD.
Can you describe your role within the company?
I am the Contracts Manager for TÜV SÜD America. I support all the business units within the United States and Canada, as well as ARISE and Global Risk Consultants. I assist with the review and negotiation of customer agreements, as well as supplier and partner agreements. I also serve as the Local Data Protection Coordinator.
How did you choose this career path?
I had always preferred a well-structured and organized work environment, so I naturally gravitated towards the legal field. I knew early on that it was good fit for me because I enjoyed assisting others in understanding legal agreements and requirements. I have been with TÜV SÜD for just over a year now.
What do you enjoy most about your job and working at TÜV SÜD?
I like to draft agreement language, make improvements to forms and agreements, and help people during the contract negotiation process. It is gratifying to facilitate reaching a mutual agreement on terms and conditions with third parties that take into consideration the apprehensions and risk tolerance of each party. At TÜV SÜD, I have the unique ability to work with various personnel, departments, affiliates, customers, and suppliers, which provides me the opportunity to learn from others in many areas that I might not have otherwise been exposed to. Since the laws and the needs of the different industries that TÜV SÜD serves are always changing, there is never a dull moment.
Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
An important lesson I’ve learned is that if you don’t know the answer, research it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or admit that you don’t know something. The legal world is so broad; there are so many laws, so it’s not possible for anyone to know everything. It’s important to understand the matter at hand, ask relevant questions, and seek out solutions.
What advice do you have for young people entering this field?
Take feedback and constructive criticism and use that as a career building tool. It’s important to listen to your mentors and utilize various resources in order to learn as much as you can. I highly recommend staying educated on the different areas that affect your role.
When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
I spend time with my family. I have a 9-year-old daughter who’s active in gymnastics, soccer, and Girl Scouts. I also keep active through exercise.
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