Cloud Computing, agile teams and challenging digitalization projects combined with the strength of a growing company environment – Welcome to the working life of a member of the Jungheinrich International Graduate (JIG) program with focus on information technology! I would like to share my experiences of the first months in the program after having started my journey in June 2018.
First, the IT department responsible for pre-sales activities offered the possibility to be involved in various IT projects dealing with major changes in the software landscape. Especially, the changeover from on-premise software to cloud solutions for sales activities is the main challenge of the team. My major task represented the selection of a new marketing software tool. Requirements from different stakeholders had to be aligned and evaluated. The result represented a recommendation report for the responsible steering committee. The working life in an agile framework involved daily group meetings, analyses of different software solutions and diverse project meetings. My next assignment deals with IT solutions for the sales department: Discovering and implementing improvement potential of IT-based sales and ordering processes.
Besides my project work, the international JIG network of former and current program members represents a perfect starting point to get in touch with colleagues all over the company. Already now, the network is helpful for my projects and represents an additional source of information about processes and company structures. An essential part of my network in the company represents my career sponsor, head of the IT sales department. Besides planning my upcoming assignments in close collaboration with her, she provides valuable feedback and offers insights into strategic decisions.
I am looking forward to the upcoming challenges in optimizing processes and IT infrastructure, even in departments that are not directly linked to the IT organization. As a JIG, it is always enriching to possess an interface function between IT and other business areas. Therefore, I take my two-year journey as a chance to experience a 360°-view of the company, build up my network and discover the most suitable landing position for my future career.