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Quality Control, Raw Materials
U.S. Army Reserve - Sergeant Major, Director of Instruction/Quality Assurance Officer

I’ve been at Bayer over 20 years, and it’s a great place to work. The relationships I’ve developed here, the diversity of our workforce, and the opportunity to work on products that really make a difference for people, make my daily 170 mile round trip commute worth it to me. I also appreciate how supportive the company has been during my tours of active duty, including one that lasted 3.5 years.

My group checks all the raw material for Bayer’s hemophilia products to ensure consistency and quality. We work to ensure that our products are safe and won’t harm our patients.

In the military I learned how to work with and get along with people from all different walks of life, which has helped me as I’ve moved up in my career at Bayer. The military develops soldiers into leaders early on, and the skills in patience, discipline and focus that I acquired as a drill sergeant and in other roles have served me well as a supervisor. I can work effectively with people with different personalities, work ethics and interpersonal skills so we become a team that produces great results.


This might seem obvious, but corporate leadership is different from military leadership. In corporate life, no one has to obey you or follow your orders. So it’s important to refine and polish your interpersonal skills, cultivate a sense of humor, and be patient and resilient. You need to approach people from different professional backgrounds differently. And remember—continue your personal and professional growth no matter where you are. There’s always a chance to learn something new.

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