If you're asking yourself "Why Henkel?" the answer is simple: Because of our daring spirit. We are pioneers at heart for the good of generations. Together we strive to make an impact on the lives of billions through our products, services, and solutions. Meet some of your future colleagues and find out what makes Henkel unique to them.
#1 At Henkel, you can be a game changer.
Henkel has a substantial entrepreneurial heritage. To ensure we are constantly improving, our employees challenge the status quo and act as entrepreneurs, bringing in fresh ideas, accelerating our digital transformation, and changing markets, products, and services.
HOW DO WE HELP ESTABLISH A PROFOUND DIGITAL CULTURE?
We drive digital transformation from the inside as well as from the outside.
Our goal is to constantly develop our core asset: the Henkel products and technologies. Our ever-connected world is changing consumers’ needs as well as their purchase decisions. We go from providing a single product to offering well-integrated services which are easy to use via digital devices.
We make digital knowledge accessible for all of our teams.
Our worldwide Digital Upskilling initiative offers tailor-made training for about 50,000 Henkel employees, clustered by different job groups. Transformation won’t happen overnight – it’s a process that takes time. For us, intuitive and personalized training formats are great motivators and make sure that we are constantly learning and expanding. Through Digital Upskilling, Henkel sets its standard of digital knowledge throughout the company. We cannot transform unless we integrate every manager, every team member and every intern who works with us.
Meet Hao, Head of Mobile App Factory: “Have you heard of the Henkel dx innovation hub? With the development of this organization, they proved their innovative mindset. As Head of Development Factory Berlin, I love when people create from scratch. Being part of this digital transformation and the building of a platform is a great experience, and part of what I value most about my career Henkel.”
HOW DO WE DRIVE TRANSFORMATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING?
We foster our entrepreneurial spirit by diving into new technologies, experimenting with new business models, and establishing our digital ecosystem.
With Henkel dx, we are starting a brand-new chapter by uniting Digital, Business Process Management, and IT expertise to solve the most demanding business challenges. Our Innovation Hubs are driven by focusing on megatrends such as Platform Economy, Consumer & Customer gravitation shift, Outcome-based Servitization, and Lean-Fast-Simple.
We collaborate to innovate.
We connect start-ups with Henkel's operating business to drive the development of groundbreaking technologies. We believe that the best solutions are created when disruptive ideas meet the right resources. Henkel Tech Ventures set up a vast network spanning across all areas of the manufacturing industry.
We break new ground with our incubator teams.
To accelerate innovation and develop new business models, our business unit Consumer Brands has established internal idea factory and incubator teams – these think tanks combine agile work approaches with the scale and expertise of a global company.
Meet Esther, Founding Member & Head of Fritz Beauty Lab: “Since I started working at Henkel, I’ve had many roles within the company. In 2020, I founded the Fritz Beauty Lab, which exists within the corporate structures at Henkel, but is organized like a start-up and therefore is agile and fast. My job allows me to follow my passions to achieve greatness.”
#2 At Henkel, we play as a team.
With about 50,000 Henkel employees from across the world, we know that our global team consisting of different backgrounds, experiences, skills, knowledge, and approaches to creativity is the foundation for our success.
WHAT DO OUR LEADERSHIP COMMITMENTS MEAN TO US?
We believe leadership is everyone’s business.
Whether you lead a team or not, you can change things and improve collaboration, have innovation power, show full ownership in results but also the people around you and by that build a strong foundation to shape Henkel’s company culture. We support our employees to consider the Henkel values in their behavior and decisions and value feedback to learn and grow. It is on all of us at Henkel to bring the four Leadership Commitments to life.
1. We act as entrepreneurs
We dare to take risks to shape exciting business opportunities. We are committed to drive innovations and day-to-day improvements. We encourage a culture of timely and clear decision making.
2. We collaborate as strong teams
We always act as one team in the best interest of Henkel. We collaborate based on trust and transparency. We value diversity, curiosity and open-mindedness.
3. We develop people with passion
We take responsibility to build and develop the best team. We challenge and recognize our people. We give and take feedback and learn continuously.
4. We own our results
We create the best solutions for our customers. We take hands-on responsibility to achieve ambitious goals. We keep our promises and commitments.
Meet Kerstin, Director Innovation Packaging: “How to become a female leader and inspire others by doing so? Work at Henkel. On my way to leadership as Director Innovation Packaging at Adhesive Technologies, team collaboration and entrepreneurship resulted in great new innovations. My success empowers not just me but other women as well. I take Henkel’s Leadership Commitments very seriously and support my team to grow into their own power.”
HOW DO WE LIVE DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION?
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is deeply embedded in our company values.
For Henkel, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than buzzwords or a “nice to have”. To us, DEI is a “must have” and a business imperative, deeply embedded in our corporate strategy and company values. Our employees belong to different gender and generations, have different sexual and religious orientations, come from various ethnic and cultural origins, bring diverse skills, backgrounds and abilities and are diverse in many other dimensions. Our aspiration is to foster a culture of belonging and we strive for equity to release the full potential of our diversity. Therefore, we actively promote inclusive behaviors among our employees, raise awareness, and foster an environment that welcomes and embraces individual differences. Learn more about Henkel’s DEI approach and initiatives: Diversity , Equity & Inclusion (henkel.com)
HOW DO WE SUPPORT WORK-LIFE FLEXIBILITY?
We outline a new concept of Smart Work.
We acknowledge our employee’s need for flexibility and to have a more symbiotic work-life balance. By aiming for a combination of mobile and office work, offering high flexibility for individual needs, we lay the foundation for the productive work environment of the future. While some roles will always require working on-site, and others don’t require a physical presence in the office, many positions at Henkel are hybrids. We believe that mobile work can be possible for up to 40% of the work time for hybrid roles. It could also be one week per month. Our offices have, and always will, play a crucial role in our company culture – they enable collaboration, innovation, the exchange of knowledge, and are a place of belonging and community that shapes the Henkel spirit. We will continue to upgrade our work environments, offices, buildings and make them even more future-ready.
We believe having a career and a family should be possible for everyone.
An essential part of a good work-life-flexibility is giving parents more freedom and the chance to work from home or elsewhere, not just in the office. Infrastructure plays a significant role in this context. At our headquarters in Germany, we have three kindergartens for Henkel employees. In our different countries, we offer or facilitate childcare and other services to support our employees.
#3 At Henkel, you can craft your career.
We love to see our employees grow professionally and personally. We offer many opportunities to learn, receive feedback and guidance, and gain diverse and international experience. We believe that changing perspectives will make us by far more successful than acting and growing in silos. At a multinational company like Henkel, your next step is always right ahead.
#4 At Henkel, we offer more than jobs.
As sustainability leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. This ambition encompasses all our company’s activities – along the entire value chain.