Women in STEM professions - diversity, the key to success


In many companies, the proportion of women in STEM professions is well below the average proportion of women in all employees.(1) In the European Union only 22% of STEM positions are filled by women.(2) At schülke, ­50% of employees in STEM professions are women.

This shows us that we are on the right track to promote equality and equal opportunities in the workplace in general and in areas where women are still underrepresented. We are convinced that diverse teams are the key to innovative solutions and sustainable success - not just in STEM, but in all areas.

Three female colleagues from different STEM professions at schülke told us what sparked their passion for this professional field and what they particularly appreciate about their work at schülke.

Dr. Maren Vollmer-Hünniger, Head of Quality Control-Process Assurance

Dr. Maren Vollmer-Hünniger 

Head of Quality Control-Process Assurance

My interest in food, ingredients and edible additives led me to study food chemistry. I particularly enjoy analyzing chemical additives. In my current role, I am happy to be able to apply my previously acquired knowledge to the further development of our products.

At schülke, we all share the mission of protecting lives worldwide. This motivates me to tackle new professional challenges every day and solve tasks together with my team. By exchanging ideas with colleagues from other areas, I also gain exciting insights into the entire process chain.

This goes out to all the young women who want to pursue a career in STEM: be courageous, believe in yourselves and take on challenges that enable you to grow.

Beata Chudzinska, Head of Quality & Compliance, schülke Poland

Beata Chudzinska

Head of Quality & Compliance, schülke Poland

I decided to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical sector because it is a field that provides many opportunities to help people: before coming to schülke I already worked in pharmacies and hospitals. I believe that my choices truly paid off by leading me to my current position.

schülke offers me many opportunities for personal growth. I started my career in this company as a pharmacist and gradually expanded my skills. Now I am responsible for our pharmaceutical wholesaler, customer service and logistics department. I am also a member of the cluster management team that oversees projects for schülke Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Overseeing so many important tasks motivate me to give one hundred percent every day.

Girls, if you like challenges and exciting tasks, schülke is the right place for you!

Havva Ceylan, Intern Quality Control-Process Assurance

Havva Ceylan

Intern Quality Control-Process Assurance

Science has always been my strength. I am particularly fascinated by chemistry and topics that require complex analytical skills.

schülke embodies its corporate values of trust, quality, innovation and passion and contributes to improving the safety of people. I highly value these qualities and our mission to protect lives worldwide. I also appreciate the spirit of my team and the positive attitude of everyone in the office.

To young women I would like to say: Yes, there is a lot of male competition for jobs in the STEM field, but don’t let that discourage you! More and more companies like schülke focus on diversity and want to provide equal opportunities for every gender. You will find your place.


(1) acatech & Joachim Herz Stiftung (2022): MINT Nachwuchsbarometer 2022, München/Hamburg 2022
(2) https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/women-in-tech-the-best-bet-to-solve-europes-talent-shortage (24.01.2023)

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