After my school and university education within technology and industrial engineering, I started my career in an international group in the steel industry. While already 10 years with the company, I had a wide variety of roles within industrial management, based at the group’s Vienna headquarters and at a production site in Sweden.
At the moment, I am leading a team of highly skilled and dynamic individuals that drives strategic topics within our global company group.
Over the years I have developed an increasing interest in all things digital, both by taking on roles concerning digitalisation and by postgraduate education in Data Science.
In the course of my career I helped shaping activities and programs that significantly increase efficiency and reduce the environmental footprint of the company group. I develop teams and programs within the global company network 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
Boost your team effectiveness and productivity with a documentation-first working style - 8 January 2023
How to overcome the initial data-availability dilemma in data projects - 13 November 2022
Facilitate learning and free up your mind by consistently maintaining personal notes - 25 September 2022
3 of my learnings for most relaxing holidays - 3 July 2022
What I have learnt about career and health & fitness - 15 May 2022
Using modern ways to communicate novel and complex topics in a corporate environment - 27 March 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
3 competences I had to acquire when changing from mechanical engineering to digitalisation and data science - 20 June 2021
3 competences I could carry over from mechanical engineering to digitalisation and data science - 15 June 2021
My professional journey from mechanical engineering to management of digitalisation and data science programs - 14 June 2021
Welcome to Jakob’s professional blog - 13 June 2021