January 1989, I had recently graduated from college and moved back to my hometown unsure of my next steps. I had a young family and needed to make decisions quickly. I went in search of a job, l was determined, but was only interested in a short 6-12 month job. Something to pay the bills until I could decide what was next.
A friend introduced me to an HR manager with Hoechst Celanese. I convinced him to give me an interview. That first job as a lab technician in the Bishop West Lab was tough; shift work, long commute, surely I would not last long.
A year passed, I began looking for other opportunities both within and outside of the company. I found my next job as a purchasing agent still with Hoechst Celanese. I watched as Hoechst divested. We were now Celanese! What does this mean? How did it impact me? I kept thinking “Don’t worry; this is only a short term gig” I absorbed as much knowledge as possible, convinced I would need it when I left.
Wow, 10 years goes by fast. I am convinced and had been for several years that Celanese was the place for me to grow professionally. This was no short term gig, but rather a nice career.
I then move to IT for the opportunity to lead the implementation of an SAP module. SAP’s footprint continued to grow and before long I was in Dallas working to consolidate the entire company onto a single SAP instance. I learned the basics of how Celanese is structured and helped to simplify processes.
My role transformed from technical into a project management role and business relationship management. I now had the chance to help direct and manage the role of IT within Celanese. I was able see our facilities and functions across the world. I begin to appreciate how BIG the company was and how it operated on a much larger scale.
January will be 25 years, and I am still here. My wife says I bleed Orange. Celanese has provided me with an amazing career and friendships around the world. Much has changed since I first started, and I am grateful for all the opportunities. I am excited to be in my current role and wonder where it might lead next. Stay tuned!
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