“I always need a challenge” - Wacker Chemie AG


“I always need a challenge”

When you meet her for the first time, you find it hard to believe that she’s been working for WACKER for more then 30 years. “But you look much younger!” people frequently exclaim. Then Sonia Miranda laughs and replies: “It’s the silicone!” Her answer is a punning allusion to the cosmetic products in which the polymer is used. Or on a more serious note, referring to Miranda’s job at WACKER SILICONES – work that is fun keeps you young. Who would know this better than Sonia Miranda?

A member of the WACKER team for more than 30 years and not a single bit tired: Sonia Miranda from Wacker Química do Brasil.

Her career reflects the rise of the WACKER subsidiary Wacker Química do Brasil, founded in 1977. As a 17-year-old, Miranda presented herself on the recommendation of a friend at the small sales office in Jandira, where in those days they didn’t have a single computer. Jandira is located 35 kilometers northwest of São Paulo, today the largest city in Brazil with more than eleven million inhabitants.

When she started two weeks later, to her surprise she replaced the very same friend, who had just left WACKER again, in the position of secretary. Miranda, however, stayed on, rose quickly from her entry-level job to an administrative assistant and switched to the invoicing and local purchasing departments.

As WACKER grew, Miranda developed professionally, learning English in order to be able to support the sales team. It wasn’t easy, but “where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she says. As one of the best course participants she was rewarded with a trip to Germany, her first trip beyond the borders of Brazil. She still loves talking about it today.

In 2006 WACKER expanded the subsidiary with a technical center, later adding laboratories and an independent logistics department. Again, Miranda kept pace, went to college to study foreign trade administration and started an MBA in supply chain and business logistics.

Today, in her fifties, she is head of Foreign Trade & Procurement. Far from looking to wind down her career, the keen hobby cook (favorite dish: pasta in all its variations) is forging plans for the future: she would like a chance to work for WACKER abroad, preferably in Europe.

“I always need a challenge,” says the curly-haired woman. If you are willing to learn, you can cope with almost any new task, she believes. Thus, she derives a very personal message from WACKER’s centenary: “The company’s success is also my own. I hope that many generations to come will have this experience, too.”