I currently work as department head in a large Austrian industrial company. In my 10+ years there I had a wide variety of roles at the group’s Vienna headquarters and at a production site in Sweden.
In the course of my career I helped shaping activities and programs that significantly increase efficiency and reduce the company’s environmental footprint. I focus on initiatives with global reach and establish completely new capability fields for the group.
I see my core strength in “connecting the dots”. I am good at identifying patterns in unfamiliar, opaque and messy situations. I enjoy most when I am able to successfully re-apply proven ideas and concepts from foreign fields, after understanding their similarities with the problem at hand.
Going hand in hand with the point above, I am always interested in understanding systems below the surface, the systems’ actors, and their connections. Only by understanding systems and their dynamics, you are able to effectively shape them in a permanent and sustainable way.
I am writing about various aspects of my work, new work and career in this section.
It not only helps me reflect on my challenges and my professional development. I also want to share my experiences so that others can benefit from it.
List of posts
The team song for 2024 - 31 December 2023
Focus is the new superpower - 5 July 2023
How to overcome the initial data-availability dilemma in data projects - 13 November 2022
3 of my learnings for most relaxing holidays - 3 July 2022
What I have learnt about career and health & fitness - 15 May 2022
Use the right tool for the (communication) job - 30 January 2022
A year in review in 3 illustrations - 31 December 2021
What photography taught me about technology - 1 November 2021
A practical approach to data quality - 29 August 2021
How to deal with remote and remote-only work settings - 11 July 2021
Welcome to Jakob’s professional blog - 13 June 2021