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Working at Grünenthal

Working at Grünenthal

About

Grünenthal

We are driven to seek life-changing medicines and solutions for patients and our purpose is to change patients’ lives for the better. Every day, our dedicated people around the world join forces to move us closer towards our vision of a world free of pain. This vision underpins everything we do. It’s what makes us different from other companies. We’re proud of it. It inspires us. And we bring it to life through our passion for innovation.

As a privately-owned and science-driven pharmaceutical company, we have 4,700 employees working in labs, offices, factories and customer-facing field roles in 29 countries. Guided by our Values & Behaviours, every individual is encouraged to innovate in every possible way. Our people are empowered to make an impact on what we achieve as a company – and this has a positive impact on the lives of patients. We’re a mid-sized company, but we cover the full value chain. Together, we supply medicines to patients in more than 100 countries worldwide.

This year, we are celebrating our 75-year anniversary and we will continue bringing medicines to patients and working on truly novel pain treatment options.

opportunities to learn and grow, while demonstrating integrity in everything we do. Together, we create a unique place to work. Our company’s Values & Behaviours provide clear guidance for how we behave as a company and as individuals – at all times and everywhere.

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Our culture

We believe in empowering individuals, embracing teamwork and exploring innovations. That’s what makes Grünenthal an inspiring place to work. And that’s what is driving our efforts to reach even more patients with life-changing treatments in the future in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

Our people work hard and demonstrate agility every day. We support and challenge each other, and are encouraged to innovate and take ownership. We roll up our sleeves and shine in rich and varied roles across our company. We drive performance and seek opportunities to learn and grow, while demonstrating integrity in everything we do. Together, we create a unique place to work.

Our company’s Values & Behaviours provide clear guidance for how we behave as a company and as individuals – at all times and everywhere.

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Our culture

We believe in empowering individuals, embracing teamwork and exploring innovations. That’s what makes Grünenthal an inspiring place to work. And that’s what is driving our efforts to reach even more patients with life-changing treatments in the future in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

Our people work hard and demonstrate agility every day. We support and challenge each other, and are encouraged to innovate and take ownership. We roll up our sleeves and shine in rich and varied roles across our company. We drive performance and seek opportunities to learn and grow, while demonstrating integrity in everything we do. Together, we create a unique place to work. Our company’s Values & Behaviours provide clear guidance for how we behave as a company and as individuals – at all times and everywhere.

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“Guided by our Values & Behaviours, we continuously strive to strengthen our Grünenthal culture. We create an environment where people can thrive, join forces and have real impact on our shared success, their own development and our vision. Together, we work towards a world free of pain.” 

Leen Hofkens

Head Global HR

“Guided by our Values & Behaviours, we continuously strive to strengthen our Grünenthal culture. We create an environment where people can thrive, join forces and have real impact on our shared success, their own development and our vision. Together, we work towards a world free of pain.”


Leen Hofkens

Head Global HR

Our company is constantly evolving, which opens up new paths and opportunities for people and requires flexibility at all levels.  

We value input and feedback from our people. We use employee satisfaction surveys to monitor the engagement of our workforce and the progress we’ve made on key development areas that we need to strengthen further.  

Working at Grünenthal means working in a vibrant environment where outstanding results are recognised and rewarded. It means putting patients first and doing things differently. We are Grünenthal. And we’d love to welcome you to our team. 

Working here

At Grünenthal, you’ll join forces with colleagues from across our teams, functions and international locations. You’ll always have exciting opportunities to learn new skills and keep growing – as a person and a professional.

We’re on a journey towards our vision of a world free of pain – and we empower every individual to make an impact on our progress. We offer rich and varied roles that attract entrepreneurial thinkers. We roll up our sleeves and get things done. If you join us, you’ll be working as part of a company that wants its people to try new things and take smart risks in their daily work.

Our company is constantly evolving, which opens up new paths and opportunities for people and requires flexibility at all levels.  

We value input and feedback from our people. We use employee satisfaction surveys to monitor the engagement of our workforce and the progress we’ve made on key development areas that we need to strengthen further.  

Working at Grünenthal means working in a vibrant environment where outstanding results are recognised and rewarded. It means putting patients first and doing things differently. We are Grünenthal. And we’d love to welcome you to our team. 

Appreciating diversity

   As an international company with presence in 29 countries
   around the world, we at Grünenthal appreciate cultural
   diversity and multilingualism.

   In our Headquarter offices in Aachen, Germany, alone
   almost 20 mother languages are spoken!

   It doesn’t matter which language we speak or where we are
   located – #WeAreGrünenthal.

 

As an international company with presence in 29 countries around the world, we at Grünenthal appreciate cultural diversity and multilingualism.

In our Headquarter offices in Aachen, Germany, alone almost 20 mother languages are spoken!

It doesn’t matter which language we speak or where we are located – #WeAreGrünenthal.

Appreciating diversity

As an international company with presence in 29 countries around the world, we at Grünenthal appreciate cultural diversity and multilingualism.

In our Headquarter offices in Aachen, Germany, alone almost 20 mother languages are spoken!

It doesn’t matter which language we speak or where we are located – #WeAreGrünenthal.

digital tools to be productive, as well as support and guidance to stay healthy and motivated. Employees who need to work at one of our sites – like our production teams – are required to follow strict hygiene rules including physical distancing, compulsory masks and several other measures that protect their health and curb the spread of the virus.

On top of this, our employees have stepped up their support for healthcare systems, communities and individuals during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Ensuring safety during the Covid-19 outbreak

The outbreak of Covid-19 has caused massive changes to our professional and private lives. At Grünenthal, our top priority is to keep our people safe – and to make sure patients can rely on an uninterrupted supply of our medicines. We implemented strict precautionary measures at an early point in the outbreak, and we closely monitor the latest developments to adapt our measures accordingly.

All of our office-based employees worldwide are encouraged to work from home. We give them digital tools to be productive, as well as support and guidance to stay healthy and motivated. Employees who need to work at one of our sites – like our production teams – are required to follow strict hygiene rules including physical distancing, compulsory masks and several other measures that protect their health and curb the spread of the virus.

On top of this, our employees have stepped up their support for healthcare systems, communities and individuals during the Covid-19 outbreak.

to maximise our productivity and support our focus on continuous improvement.

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to maximise our productivity and support our focus on continuous improvement.

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Transforming digital

Our passion for innovation and our entrepreneurial spirit give us a strong focus on accelerating digitalisation in the healthcare industry. We’ve launched a global Business Intelligence Portal, for example, that creates a shared foundation for effective planning, decision-making and operational activities across our business. We’ve also equipped our Commercial team with a fully integrated range of cloud-based, best-in-class digital platforms that are transforming the way we interact with customers around the globe. And our Global Operations team is implementing smart innovations inspired by Industry 4.0 to maximise our productivity and support our focus on continuous improvement.

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Transforming digital

Our passion for innovation and our entrepreneurial spirit give us a strong focus on accelerating digitalisation in the healthcare industry. We’ve launched a global Business Intelligence Portal, for example, that creates a shared foundation for effective planning, decision-making and operational activities across our business. We’ve also equipped our Commercial team with a fully integrated range of cloud-based, best-in-class digital platforms that are transforming the way we interact with customers around the globe. And our Global Operations team is implementing smart innovations inspired by Industry 4.0 to maximise our productivity and support our focus on continuous improvement.

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Benefits

We care about our people and offer a wide range of benefits, from rewards and recognition through to supporting wellbeing and helping to manage the unique needs of various stages of personal and professional life. 

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Benefits

We care about our people and offer a wide range of benefits, from rewards and recognition through to supporting wellbeing and helping to manage the unique needs of various stages of personal and professional life.

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Flexible working

Flexible work for flexible lives

At Grünenthal, we support every employee in finding the best way to fit their work and personal life together. From looking after your family through to volunteering in your community, we offer a range of different working time models that can support you in finding the right solution for your needs.

The exact range of available options varies from location to location, but we are focused on enabling our people to balance their professional and personal priorities

projects that challenge you to learn on the job.

As a mid-sized organisation, our structures are relatively flat and our roles are rich and varied. This gives our employees great opportunities to work closely with our senior leaders, as well as providing them with broader experience more quickly. Our people need to have a good level of learning agility, while also taking accountability and pushing themselves to keep learning and growing.

Put simply, we’re at our best when you’re at your best. We’ll always strive to give you the opportunities and support you need to contribute to our company’s future.

Career development

We actively promote a growth-based mindset when it comes to developing and growing our people. We encourage our employees to take ownership of their development and support their growth through on-the job experience, coaching and mentoring, as well as through a variety of training and learning opportunities. We give our people the chance to develop new skills and gain valuable experience at every stage in their career.

You will be assigned a dedicated buddy to provide you with guidance and support from day one of your onboarding, and you will get involved in cross-functional projects that challenge you to learn on the job.

As a mid-sized organisation, our structures are relatively flat and our roles are rich and varied. This gives our employees great opportunities to work closely with our senior leaders, as well as providing them with broader experience more quickly. Our people need to have a good level of learning agility, while also taking accountability and pushing themselves to keep learning and growing.

Put simply, we’re at our best when you’re at your best. We’ll always strive to give you the opportunities and support you need to contribute to our company’s future.

 

 

Christopher from Global Communications

Christopher from Global Communications

aged 5 to 16. The winter kits included a waterproof poncho, rubber boots and an umbrella to help the children make the hour-long journey to school during the difficult winter months.

In the same year, our team in Spain conducted a special fundraising activity to make young patients a little more comfortable during hospital stays. Our team organised a quiz where employees competed against each other to win points – and these points were then transformed into donations to two hospitals.

For many years, the Grünenthal Foundation for Thalidomide-affected People has been running support projects for people affected by a Thalidomide-containing product from Grünenthal or its licensees. The foundation aims to permanently improve their lives in a pragmatic way by providing specific, needs-based support. Since it was established, the foundation has provided support for more than 2,000 individual cases – ranging from barrier-free bathrooms and kitchens through to specially adapted wheelchairs and cars, voice-controlled software for the remote use of computers and other devices, as well as investments in adapted hospital rooms.

On top of our various activities to support social progress around the world, we also place a strong focus on driving progress towards environmental protection. Alongside concrete goals that anchor sustainability into our operations, we are constantly seeking new opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint. In February 2020, for example, we committed to including electric and hybrid engines among our fleet of company cars in Aachen, Germany.

Grünenthal employees around the world have stepped up their strong support for healthcare systems, communities and individuals during the Covid-19 outbreak. Our teams have donated tens of thousands of protective masks, as well as disinfectant gel, digital thermometers and pulse oximeters. We’ve donated money to hospitals, charities and social initiatives around the world, while also donating time and medical expertise by actively participating in a wide range of projects related to managing the global pandemic. You can find more information about our social responsibility activities related to the Covid-19 outbreak here.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Grünenthal has a long tradition of supporting projects that have a positive impact on people and communities, from palliative care and charity activities through to environmental protection. Caring for the world around us is a key part of our culture. That’s why we embrace opportunities to engage in initiatives that increase quality of life for people around the globe. You can find more information about our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility on our website here

In 2020, for example, our team in Ecuador donated school backpacks and winter kits to children aged 5 to 16. The winter kits included a waterproof poncho, rubber boots and an umbrella to help the children make the hour-long journey to school during the difficult winter months.  

In the same year, our team in Spain conducted a special fundraising activity to make young patients a little more comfortable during hospital stays. Our team organised a quiz where employees competed against each other to win points – and these points were then transformed into donations to two hospitals. 

For many years, the Grünenthal Foundation for Thalidomide-affected People has been running support projects for people affected by a Thalidomide-containing product from Grünenthal or its licensees. The foundation aims to permanently improve their lives in a pragmatic way by providing specific, needs-based support. Since it was established, the foundation has provided support for more than 2,000 individual cases – ranging from barrier-free bathrooms and kitchens through to specially adapted wheelchairs and cars, voice-controlled software for the remote use of computers and other devices, as well as investments in adapted hospital rooms. 

On top of our various activities to support social progress around the world, we also place a strong focus on driving progress towards environmental protection. Alongside concrete goals that anchor sustainability into our operations, we are constantly seeking new opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint. In February 2020, for example, we committed to including electric and hybrid engines among our fleet of company cars in Aachen, Germany. 

Grünenthal employees around the world have stepped up their strong support for healthcare systems, communities and individuals during the Covid-19 outbreak. Our teams have donated tens of thousands of protective masks, as well as disinfectant gel, digital thermometers and pulse oximeters. We’ve donated money to hospitals, charities and social initiatives around the world, while also donating time and medical expertise by actively participating in a wide range of projects related to managing the global pandemic. You can find more information about our social responsibility activities related to the Covid-19 outbreak here

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