From Intern to Director of Quality Management
For over a decade, Director of Quality Management Antonia has been evolving her career at Brainlab. Antonia’s trajectory took her through many areas of the company, from her beginnings as an intern in Integrated O.R. Solutions to finding her ideal environment in Quality Management. Read her full interview below for more on her career highlights and advice on internal advancement.
What has been your career path at Brainlab?I started working at Brainlab as an intern in Integrated O.R. Solutions over a decade ago in 2006. I supported the division with various projects and tasks. I liked Brainlab so much that I continued on as a working student in the same department. The company, colleagues and challenges that I found here motivated me, so I applied for a Junior Technical Consultant position that opened up after I completed my studies. I worked in that position for around a year taking care of project management and planning of O.R. construction projects. Since my start at Brainlab, I had always taken care of Quality Management tasks, such as documentation, audit findings, etc. and that is how I got involved with my current field of Quality Management (QM). I always liked QM. Everything was logical and structured, which speaks to the way I work. I liked the QM Team a lot, so I decided to approach new challenges and internally applied for a QM Associate position. I worked in that position for around three years. In 2012, I was promoted to Quality System Manager, responsible for a small team. A couple of years later, my team had grown to eight people and I was responsible not only for the Quality System but also for the Project Support Office and the Design Controls process team. Two years later, I was offered the position of Director of Quality Management, which I hold today.
Can you describe the role of Quality Management at Brainlab?
Medical devices are subject to very strict rules and regulations. These restrictions serve the safety of both the patient and the user and demand that medical products truly improve patient care. The QM team makes sure that Brainlab employees adhere to these rules and that our products meet prescribed standards. Our goal is to ensure that no patient or user is hurt or endangered by our products. At the same time, we work with regulatory bodies for the registration of our products, so that our colleagues in Sales can offer our innovative medical technology to patients and doctors around the world.
What have been some of your career highlights?
In general, I have to say that working at Brainlab is always diverse and positively challenging. One of my career highlights was the project management of Novalis Certified. I worked directly with our President & CEO as well as renowned medical physicists and neurosurgeons to provide a service to our radiotherapy customers that supports patient safety. From a QM perspective, my highlights are external quality audits by authorities during which we must demonstrate compliance. Passing audits with good results is confirmation of a job well done.
How would you rate the possibility to grow and develop at Brainlab?
Just look around and you’ll see the great people and careers that have been made at Brainlab. There are lots of opportunities to use your potential to grow and develop. You just need to want it and stay focused on what you want to achieve.
What inspires you at Brainlab every day?
I love the great teamwork within QM and with the rest of the company. My most thrilling and satisfying responsibility, however, is leading the QM team. I strive to enable everyone in the department to achieve the best results in their field of expertise.
If you could give some advice to new Brainlab employees, what would it be?
Stay persistent, be “can do”, learn from experienced colleagues and don’t be too shy to ask questions.
Who inspires you?
Katrin, the former Director of Quality Management, who has now moved on to lead another department at Brainlab, really helped develop my career in Quality Management. She was my superior for seven years and is my biggest inspiration as a leader in the technology business. In my private life, my mom inspires me with her constant support and mentorship.