Milena Beyene-Kuehnl, Senior Consultant and Project Manager, Bad Homburg, Germany

Milena Beyene-Kuehnl, Senior Consultant and Project Manager, Bad Homburg, Germany

 An important experience of working with EPOS was the trust that was placed in me to learn by doing, to come up with innovative and creative solutions to challenges where they arose, allowing me to build up know-how as well as management and technical experience in a practical manner and supported by colleagues. 

What is the scope of your responsibilities and how did you join EPOS?

I am a project manager and consultant at EPOS, and joined the company in 2000. Having started as a Project Assistant, I continually took on additional responsibilities while specializing in equipment procurement management as well as the management of projects involving rehabilitation and construction of health care facilities. I was introduced to EPOS through a former employee who recommended me to EPOS management.

What has been your most important experience while working at EPOS?

An important experience of working with EPOS was the trust that was placed in me to learn by doing, to come up with innovative and creative challenges when they arose, allowing me to build up know-how as well as management and technical experience in a practical manner and supported by colleagues.

How would you describe working as part of the EPOS team?

While every team that is put together for varying ends is different, a uniform characteristic has been the mutual support that is always available at EPOS, the unusual dedication that is apparent in responding to the sometimes radically varying challenges, deadlines and expectations of clients and partners. Team-work has always been a key ingredient in our ability to provide consistent quality and almost round-the-clock project management; our success results from the effective, well-coordinated and smooth execution of responsibilities through well-integrated teams.

What information would you like to share with people interested in working with EPOS?

If an atmosphere of excellence, quality and professionalism is what you are looking for and you value personal growth, honest feedback and challenging work, then this is the place for you. An unflagging team spirit, a desire to go the extra mile and a sincere belief in the importance of collaborative team work are prerequisites. An ability to sincerely and competently interact with a variety of partners, from high-ranking executives of financing institutions to administrative staff of the counterpart/beneficiary is essential, as is cross-cultural sensitivity and an acute sense of propriety.

What positive effects have you seen in relation to the work you do?

By the nature of the work that we do – making health systems more effective – and especially in the context of Health Facilities and Services, the positive effects of assisting to erect a health facility or smarten up a dilapidated hospital or equip a mother-and-child clinic are apparent the moment one walks into a completed facility; improvements are always gladly seen by patients and staff and it is of course hoped that clinical outcomes are improved to some degree by our work.

What keeps you motivated to remain with EPOS?

The day-to-day challenges of project management and contract execution are so varied and unpredictable that there is almost never a ‘boring day at work’ feeling. The opportunities to interact with renowned experts, dedicated colleagues, demanding clients and financing institutions keeps me on my toes, and the results of effective work are acknowledged and appreciated.

Please describe your EPOS working experience in four words:

Challenging, unpredictable, international, rewarding.