We.OHB - Career as a space pioneer

It’s fascinating to see all the things that have been achieved at this company over the last 37 years

A career in space does not have to be a dream. OHB is constantly looking for new pioneers around the entire would and in all corporate segments.
Once a month on Wednesday OHB employees describe their own personal impressions of their “dream job” in space in our “We.OHB” series and under the hashtag #weohbwednesday.   

Part 4 with Procurement Manager Anna-Maria Kollenbrandt: “It’s fascinating to see all the things that have been achieved at this company over the last 37 years”

When Anna-Maria Kollenbrandt entered the foyer of OHB’s headquarters in Bremen on the day of her job interview and saw the various exhibits, her enthusiasm was immediately aroused. Between the 1:1 SAR-Lupe and Galileo models, she was immediately infected by space fever. That was five years ago and the 33-year-old has been working at OHB in the Procurement Management department for various satellite missions ever since.

After studying industrial engineering at the University of Bremen, Anna-Maria Kollenbrandt initially completed a trainee program in the purchasing department of a major games manufacturer before joining OHB. As a procurement manager, one of her tasks is to reconcile the technical aspects of a project with the budget. “In a nutshell, our parameters are quality, time and cost,” she says. In her day-to-day business, she therefore has many technical clarification meetings and on-site appointments with suppliers. The job as procurement manager also requires a willingness to travel because many of the OHB subsidiaries involved in projects are located in different parts of Europe.

The mother of a four-year-old daughter also rates the space company’s family-friendliness particularly highly. “Thanks to the flexible allocation of working hours, it was no problem at all to start off flexibly with 30 hours after parental leave and to achieve the right balance between work and child care. In addition, OHB helps employees to find a place in a crèche or kindergarten.” Anna-Maria Kollenbrandt is now working full-time again and also appreciates other benefits offered at OHB. "There is a summer party to which the whole family is invited, complete with a bouncy castle and games for kids. It’s completely family-friendly.” 


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