Rainer Krause

Director of human resources | BÜFA in Oldenburg
Rainer Krause, Director of human resources at BÜFA in Oldenburg
Rainer Krause, Director of human resources at BÜFA in Oldenburg

Rainer Krause is the director of human resources at BÜFA, a chemical company in Oldenburg. He was born in Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt in eastern Germany.

The overall balance makes it for me…

What do you find particularly attractive about living and working in the Northwest?

I worked at Bahlsen in Hanover, but wanted a career change. So I applied for a job at BÜFA in Oldenburg. That was a long time ago and I've never regretted it.

Leben und arbeiten im Nordwesten: Wo liegt der Reiz für Sie?

I live in Oldenburg and the city is small enough to get to know a lot of people and to bump into them around town. So you know a lot of people and get to see them frequently. On the other hand, Oldenburg is also big enough to be able to form a professional network. There's an incredible range of businesses here. The region is quite compact and there are still lots of medium-sized, family businesses. Their workers tend to be very loyal to their employer. In my view, that speaks for itself. I know lots of people who've moved here and they all want to stay, as the region and the city of Oldenburg combine a high standard of living with affordable housing. I think that the most fascinating thing about Oldenburg is the way that the city is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan, while the city center with all its cafes is a great place to spend time and relax.

What gives the region its unique character?

For me, it's the finely struck balance between Oldenburg's metropolitan flair and the rural charm of the surrounding region, with so many places to explore. There are so many opportunities for leisure - the coast is close by and the Northwest really deserves its popularity as a vacation destination - and of course it's not just for holidaymakers!

Have you ever felt homesick?

I grew up in a mountainous region and at the start, I did miss the mountains a bit. But once I'd arrived in Oldenburg, I quickly realized that I have everything I need in the region. I've lived and worked in lots of cities and I've never been happier than I am in the Northwest.