Talent Management

Qualification for the Center

Talented scientists and outstanding staff are elemental to the success of ­Helmholtz Zentrum München. Excellent researchers and competent staff in science management and in the administration and technical infrastructure require a strategic human resources management. This includes human ­resources development which is systematically oriented on the needs of ­various target groups and on the Center’s strategy. 

The focus of Human Resources Development at Helmholtz Zentrum München is on the promotion of young scientists and high potentials, especially in the areas of professional, methodological, social and leadership skills. It is complemented by a wide range of continuing education and training courses. Both levels take into account the increasing complexity of today’s research, which takes place in an international environment in cross-linked infrastructures.

In 2012 and 2013, human resources development activities at the Center increased dynamically due to the consistent orientation towards needs and demand. More than 150 internal training events are held per year. Besides scientific topics, language and computer courses and training in management and social skills are predominant.

Furthermore, in the past two years, more than 70 moderated team workshops were held under supervision of Human Resources Development. The workshops mainly focused on leadership and cooperation topics as well as changes in processes, structures, roles and responsibilities. The team approach was also applied to specific training topics that have to be implemented in and adjusted to particular organizational units, such as project and time management or system­atic personnel selection. Individual training courses and support for managers and potential executives were also expanded. In this context the implementation of an internal developmental program for managers and management trainees plays an important role.

Based on individual advisory consultations, external training programs are also offered and arranged. For the qualification of science managers and administrators the training program of the Center for Science Management (ZWM) in Speyer and the Helmholtz Management Academy are especially suitable.

Coaching and differentiated mentoring programs supplement the portfolio of effective development measures. These include – in addition to the individual support provided by Human Resources Development – offers of the Helmholtz Association such as the mentoring program for young women in science, the shadowing program for employees in the administrative-technical area and a cross-company mentoring program in the Munich region.