Meet the Team
November 9, 2021


Maren, innovation manager, Resource Efficiency in Marl, talks about opportunities.

As a business chemist, you are not limited to a traditional job description, but can specialize in both business administration and natural sciences. After attending a guest lecture on open innovation given by Evonik during my studies, I knew this is an exciting topic and Evonik is the right employer for me! An international company with many opportunities for development that gives you the freedom to act on your own initiative and yet provides the security of a large corporation. After doing an internship and writing my Master’s thesis at Evonik, I started work in 2016 as project manager for crowdsourcing & digital innovation at Corporate Innovation. There, among other things, I organized an annual global ideas competition, helped establish the internal problem-solving platform Seek & Solve, and was involved in an open innovation initiative. So a lot of project work, a lot of coordination, but also high visibility in the company right from the start—this is naturally something that motivates you! It is important to be an excellent networker, because this is the only way to make the most of your own know-how with the numerous interfaces to other departments! Today I work in Innovation Management in the Resource Efficiency Segment and provide assistance to the business lines in the “Idea to Product” process. I like to make use of the diverse opportunities provided by the company for advancement—particularly our new digital learning library called “Lily” helps me to learn what and, above all, when I want. Development and change is not a one-time step, but a continuous process. This ability to change is therefore just as important to me as it is to the entire Group... and that is why I am here!