Ardian gives you a clear view of your potential career path, so that you understand how you can progress and what you need to do to move to the next stage. It is very empowering.”
I joined Ardian Growth in 2012 as an intern after a business school scholarship. Over the past ten years I have worked at most levels in the Growth team: from Analyst to Managing Director. I am involved in every stage of the investment process and work alongside the entrepreneurs, all the way through to exit. I also work with Ardian Growth’s entrepreneur network, from where we often identify experienced founders to join the board of our portfolio companies and support their growth plans.
I feel I have achieved a lot and that Ardian has helped me to progress. From the beginning, there was personal support and training in key areas like financial skills, negotiating and communications. Ardian believes in mentoring, which was very important for me. Nowadays I mentor new joiners from other teams, so I am carrying on that effort to help people feel part of our community.
In 2019, I joined the Millennial Executive Committee, which is made up of people under 35. It encourages collaboration and helps the company keep pace with a world that is constantly evolving. Ardian encourages young people to take responsibility very early on – I remember going in front of the Investment Committee soon after I joined. It gave me confidence and made me feel a trusted member of the team.
I really enjoy managing the team and our business keeps growing, so I have opportunities to develop and learn new topics.”
I joined Ardian in 2011 as a Financial Controller and now I am a Finance Senior Manager running a team of four. We are responsible for all cash management, reporting and handling questions for German and Latin American clients of Ardian Customized Solutions. I always wanted to move into management, and Ardian has done a lot to support me in achieving my goal.
As part of my career development, I was given a coach. I also had a lot of training, but the personal support I got from my coach was incredibly important. She really helped me to think about things in a different way and I am still benefiting from it.
I have also been involved in developing Ardian Women’s Club here in Germany, which is having a very positive impact. We are putting together training sessions, helping to create a network within Ardian and we are organizing more Women in Private Equity workshops with women finalizing their studies. The first one led to someone joining our Expansion team in Germany after they found out more about Ardian at the event.
I was very proud when I became a manager because I had worked really hard for it. But if you have the drive and ambition to develop, the company will do a lot to help you. There is so much opportunity here.