A day with Ann-Kathrin
Project Manager at SYSKRON
Ann-Kathrin started as a business consultant at SYSKRON in Wackersdorf three years ago and is now project manager in the industrial park in Regensburg. She tells us in an interview what makes her job so exciting.
Anni, tell us a little bit about yourself. How old are you and where do you come from?
I am 29 years old and was born in Upper Palatinate.
What did you do before coming to SYSKRON?
I studied physics and history of science at the university of Regensburg.
What attracted you to SYSKRON?
I wanted a career in an international environment in which I could develop myself fully.
What does your job entail?
I manage IT projects across the world, from China through Saudi Arabia, Europe, the USA and South America. I'm particularly involved in ensuring quality, time and resource requirements.
Ann-Kathrin is responsible for many projects simultaneously, which requires concentration.
How would you describe a typical working day?
There isn't a typical working day, but I always write a lot of emails, hold digital meetings, have to make a lot of phone calls and basically organise my projects.
What is the most exciting thing about your job?
The most exciting thing for me is the international environment and the daily challenges in terms of organisation and communication.
What do you like best here?
The inexhaustible supply of coffee and water.
How do you spend your lunchbreak? Do you buy food or bring your own?
Both. If there's something left from the evening before, I'll take that, otherwise I'm happy enough to eat a "Leberkässemmel".
Your desk: messy or methodical?
Messy, and I don't mean the soccer player.
What has been your most exciting project so far at SYSKRON?
This is a current project together with a large dairy near Dresden. Here we have integrated a line diagnostics and line management system with interface to the enterprise resource management and warehouse management software of the customer.
Who is in your team, and how are the areas of responsibility divided up?
I am part of a team of about twenty project managers. Each of us manages large projects and also gets involved with smaller projects, so we have multiple projects on the go.
What items – apart from your work equipment – do you always take with you to work?
Lip balm, teabags and a cloth for cleaning my glasses.
Night owl or early bird?
A bit of both.
And after work? What do you do to relax?
I enjoy cooking with my husband, invite friends to eat or play double bass.
Would you recommend SYSKRON as an employer to others?
Is there a downside?
You can never actually really switch off, because you've always got your work phone with you.
What are you known for at SYSKRON?
For founding SYSKRON FEM, a network of women to provide networking, mutual support and encouragement.
What TV hero would you like to be?
What has been your most embarrassing experience at SYSKRON?
I had to go to Neutraubling for a meeting with my ten-year-old Adidas shoes because the heels of my new business shoes had completely broken off.
What is your favourite joke?
I don't need a joke to laugh :)
What have you always wanted to say on television?
If money were no object, what would you have done last weekend?
I would have been in my house by the lake, looking after the garden.