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Camilo Quiñones Rozo

Leadership Development Program, MBA

Camilo integrates his background in engineering and passion for strategy as part of BASF’s Leadership Development Program (LDP).

Tell us about your journey to BASF.

As someone with an engineering background, I have always been passionate about exploring ways to make life better through science and technology. While I was pursuing my MBA, I knew I wanted to join a company where science and innovation were critical, a company committed to pursuing bold ideas. Not only did BASF offer this, but it also provided the LDP, a structured program to help me explore different businesses, functions, and regions while gaining valuable exposure to BASF’s key decision makers. In conversations I had during campus recruitment, I could immediately see all that the program could offer for someone with high aspirations – that was exciting.

What do you love most about your job?

BASF is an organization that empowers its employees to take action. Whether it is an initiative to improve a customer’s products through our chemistry, or a plan to enhance processes so that we can better deliver on our promises – if you have a well-supported idea to enrich the customer’s experience, it will be well received. When you add this level of empowerment into the workplace, you end up with a culture of people who are genuinely excited about pursuing a larger purpose alongside a team of incredibly talented peers.

Can you describe the LDP in more detail?

The LDP is a 2-year program that includes 4 rotations across business units and international borders. You’re exposed to customers from around the globe, and a diversity of projects and challenges. The management skills I’ve developed are invaluable, but more importantly, the LDP has shaped the kind of leader I aspire to be.

How does BASF put its customers first?

At the end of the day, what matters is that we create strong and sustainable relationships with our customers. This challenges me to be creative in finding ways to refine our focus and keep the client at the forefront of each project. For example, in my third LDP rotation, I was involved in a project that redefined the way one of our divisions approached customers in target international markets. By modifying our sales process, we strengthened our position with key influencers along the value chain. Our efforts resulted in a solution that broadened the portfolio of products offered, and empowered our sales representatives to have more successful interactions with customers.

Any advice for recent graduates or young professionals entering the workforce?

My advice is that people coming from a wide variety of backgrounds can succeed at a company like BASF. Whether you have a technical background or come from public policy, retail, or banking, success comes through passion. BASF’s culture is about building opportunities for you to grow. These opportunities don’t always appear in the way you expected, but if you focus on developing skills – not titles – this will maximize your opportunities and the impact that you make.

BASF Universum Awards

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Some interesting facts about BASF

For the second consecutive year, BASF ranked in Forbes Magazine’s America’s 500 Best Employers list (#84 in 2016).

BASF ranked #24 on DiversityInc’s 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, making the competitive list for the fourth year in a row.

BASF generated sales of $17.4 billion in 2015 in North America alone.