Sabine Schillinger

We invite you all backstage and introduce the people behind our microplate readers. Today: Sabine has been managing our office since 1998. Get to know this aspiring dressmaker and trained decorator.

My name is Sabine and I am the Office Manager at headquarters. I joined BMG LABTECH in 1998, as a trained foreign expert. Originally, my profession was decorator. I learned this job in a big furniture store.  I never thought to be suited for a commercial job or that I could enjoy it. Instead, this job suits me very well!

What did you do before working for BMG LABTECH?

I completed a 2-year occupational training as commercial clerk with specialisation on foreign trade in May 1998. Half a year later I joined BMG LABTECH.

What does your job entail?

In my position I have a lot of contact with people, mainly by phone and by email: with customers, suppliers, shipping companies, customs offices, tax consultants, banks and many more.  I am responsible for several activities, so sometimes I have to switch from one field to another very quickly…and multitask!

What is a typical day like? 

I get up, take a short walk with my dog, eat a small breakfast, drive to work. Start my PC, check my emails, then take a coffee from our wonderful coffee machine….! Typical duties include arranging or picking up shipments and also common administration activities like statistics and matters of human resources.  At lunch time, I enjoy a tasty meal in our company restaurant Culinarium.

What do you like most about your job?

I can work self-reliantly, and I have contact with people and companies all over the world. And it’s never boring!

What are 3 words to describe BMG LABTECH?

Unique, human, successful

What do you like most about BMG LABTECH?


What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Walking my dog, indoor cycling, reading, watching TV series on Netflix and Amazon, sewing my own outfits.

What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?

Even if I am not really superstitious, I think it brings bad luck to turn a calendar page in advance…so I would never adjust the date on the calendar a day before…never!!

What are the values that drive you?

Trust in yourself, always look forward.

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

In my bed…

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day? 

With an actor or an actress or a singer, just to see how it is like to be famous

Which individual, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

With my grandfathers, because I never met them, they both died long time before I was born.

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably be….  

A costume designer or a dressmaker

When I was a kid, I was pretty sure I'd be a….. when I grew up

A kindergarten teacher

What drives you every day? 

To successfully manage family, home and work

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?  

Always stay true to yourself  

If you could choose, how would you decide… either/or questions

  • Beer or wine? Sparkling wine
  • Hip Hop or Metal?   Metal, if it’s not too heavy
  • Comedy or drama?   Comedy
  • Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla 
  • Silver or gold?   Silver
  • Rural or urban?  Rural 
  •  Call or text? Text
  • Book or eBook? eBook
  • Dancing or singing? Dancing
  • Juice or water?  Water, medium sparkling
Sabine Schilling on the phone
Sabine Schilling in front of her desk
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