From engineering and sales to product management and marketing, Jen Rindt has dabbled in several industries. But being a “Jill of all trades” has not slowed down her career. In fact, it’s had the opposite effect.
“When I started at Kohler Co. 15 years ago, I’d never have believed I’d one day be leading the marketing efforts for an entire product division,” said Jen. “I was an engineer, after all.”
Jen’s journey did indeed begin as a project engineer in our Global Faucets division, and she moved on to become a program manager for our decorative products brand Kallista. From there, she made a leap into sales as an operations and channel manager before moving up the ranks in product management and marketing in our Power group.
“It can be scary to switch career paths, but there’s always something new and challenging to find if you’re willing to take the chance,” explained Jen. “I’ve worked in multiple business units and industries, and I think it’s made me a better businesswoman and leader.”
Her secret to success? Listen to your advisors.
“I’ve had some really great mentors and coaches,” she said. “I wanted to grow my career, so when they said I needed more end-customer experience or management training, I listened and committed to it.”
And now the student has become the master, so to speak. As the new Director – Marketing, Diesel Engines Americas, Jen has become a mentor for others looking to follow in her footsteps. She’s active as the co-chair for the KOHLER Power Women@Work business resource group, which works to cultivate an inclusive environment that supports and encourages the professional development of women.
“I’m a great example of how support from your leaders can make all the difference in your career,” added Jen. “I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to explore different roles and become so well-rounded, and I’d like to pay it forward to other women at Kohler.”