We are only strong when we are a team.
Sabine Dittrich is something of a model team player. And not only because, as a team leader, she is responsible for two teams, but also because she knows how valuable and essential a good team can be for every success. She has always recognised this in life: starting in the team sport of football, in which she reached the regional level, all the way to her career and daily work at Bertrandt. “As a manager, you must never forget that you would be nothing and achieve nothing without your colleagues and without teamwork,” she emphasises.
And this is even more important because scarcely a single day can be planned or goes by without a surprise or a new challenge. “We have a very wide-ranging set of tasks with the most varied demands. It starts theoretically, at the drawing-board, and goes on to laboratory implementation, in the climate chamber or crash testing.” That is why both her teams, displaying a colourful range of skills and talents, nationalities and experiences, ages and perspectives, are perfectly suited to the task. “I am constantly amazed that such a heterogeneous group can achieve such positive results together.”
This is the case for both teams of 15 to 18 workers each that are led by Sabine Dittrich: one of them focused on the climate and environment, the other on the safety of passengers and other road users. In both, her long years of experience with technical tasks at Bertrandt show through. She came to Bertrandt in 2006 as a test engineer after completing a work-study programme in mechanical engineering – testing had always interested her more than construction.
Alongside the broad range of professional challenges, she particularly values the almost limitless possibilities for personal and specialist development in the firm. “Naturally you have to get out there and raise your hand: but after that you have many opportunities to realise your ideas, help shape new topics and drive them forwards. It works here – despite the size of the company – exceptionally well, across all locations and subsidiaries.”
Both Sabine Dittrich’s team organisation and her network make it clear that she is very conscious of the value of the people she interacts with. So it’s no surprise that she likes to go out with friends after work: to the cinema, concerts or just for a simple get-together. And sometimes she also has time for sport, jogging or bouldering – this time, for a change, without a large team alongside her.