Immediately after school, Franz finished his apprenticeship as a communication electronics technician at SKIDATA. Since then, he’s worked at SKIDATA for nearly 30 years—with a few interruptions. Currently, he works as Senior Project Manager for Hardware R&D. He appreciates the familial atmosphere in the company, and the flexible working hours. The cycling enthusiast can plan his training sessions before work, or during his lunch break. His next goal: The Ötztal Cycle Marathon in eight hours.
As Senior Manager Hardware Products, Klaus needs to know how tomorrow’s customers might generate value today—and he makes sure that it also succeeds. “On the one hand, I’m quite demanding and probably annoying sometimes because I question everything,” says the Salzburg native. “But on the other hand, I’m very consensus-oriented.” As a product manager, Klaus is responsible for everything about a product other than the development itself. Asking questions is part of his job, and it’s how he finds out what generates value for customers. That’s how he and his 27-person team design solutions that are used all over the world. When Klaus is not working, the father of two likes to relax by going to concerts and playing the piano. He also enjoys traveling, meeting friends and skiing.
If all spectators are in a stadium on time, Viktoria is satisfied: “Then we have done a great job,” she says. Viktoria is a Senior Engineer, focusing on quality assurance in the events department at SKIDATA. “We put the software and its interactions with hardware through their paces,” she explains. “We only give the green light when everything fits, and then the software is rolled out of the system”—in the Manchester United stadium, for example, or the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart and the Spartak Moscow stadium. As a mother of two, Viktoria not only appreciates the variety of her responsibilities, but also the flexibility offered at SKIDATA.
Christian wanted to be an orchestral musician until a sports injury at school ended his childhood dream. He became a computer scientist instead, and today, he leads a 13-strong team as the Manager Software Development Car Access at SKIDATA, where he is responsible for developing innovative solutions for parking lot operators. Christian appreciates the familial atmosphere and the flexibility at work — alongside his job at SKIDATA, he also sings as part of the Salzburger Landestheater’s chorus. To him, there’s a shared goal both on stage and at his desk: Professionalism, and hitting the right note.
Deadlines and stress don’t upset Stefan. “I remain calm even in critical situations. That’s my strength.” Since 2017, he has been the head of the Central Customized Solutions team at SKIDATA, which adapts standard products to meet specific customer needs. For several years before this position, he worked as a software consultant at a US software company and then two years at Red Bull Media House. “SKIDATA was the next phase of my career plan,” the engineering graduate explains. This is the first time he’s managed a team. “SKIDATA really prepared me for this task.” The native Tyrolean is a passionate skier who finds balance in sports by playing with his two daughters.
Karate is a martial art Harald has been practicing for 30 years, and much of what the 45-year-old has learned through practicing this art he also carries with him into his work, like being sincere and acting independently. "I can bring who I am to work at SKIDATA," says Harald, who sees his role as more of a coach than as a manager of his two development teams. "What counts at SKIDATA is the individual and their idea, not the hierarchy." In contrast to other companies, he has a lot of freedom, "This is the only way to work agilely and be innovative," Harald is certain. "And I can bring my work into harmony with my family life and my hobbies.
Andreas spent eight years with SKIDATA as a Software and System Architect before becoming one of our two leading software strategists. Teamwork is crucial to his success: "Over the course of my career I have discovered that, in addition to technology, strategic planning and team processes are particularly important. This also strengthens our corporate culture, in which the teams work independently." Andreas gathers energy for the day’s challenges in the refreshing working environment at Lake Wörthersee, where he frequently spends time with family and friends.
Andrea, 52, has a degree in mathematics and works in Software Quality Assurance at SKIDATA. "I try to break our latest systems – it’s often fun," she says. She likes analytic and systematic work, but also finds that playfulness inspires her and gives her a sense of freedom. Besides destroying new products, she also has to get things up and running again when she assists her colleagues in tech support. In yoga, Andrea finds the optimal balance for her exciting workday.
Hannes joined our software development team in 2007 and has been leading our own team for about three years. "The great thing about my job is that changes to abstract software approaches are immediately visible within our hardware – technology you can touch, so to speak," says Hannes. He still maintains contact with the University of Applied Sciences, where he graduated in Computer Science and ITS. He lectures on object-oriented programming and adaptive software development, and supervises bachelor’s and master’s theses. In his free time he recharges his batteries with his two children.
Wolfgang has been with SKIDATA since 1995 and has been responsible for test equipment construction for 14 years. A teacher from the very beginning, he has already been able to train a large number of committed young technicians, who today work successfully in the company in the most diverse areas of development or service management. In a programme called "Apprenticeship: Very Clever", Wolfgang is committed to the internal development of skilled workers. He has been successful: recently, Pascal, one of his apprentices in test equipment construction, won the WKO State Electronics Championships.
Walter has been with SKIDATA for 23 years and is responsible for the optimal interaction of hardware and software. His strong research spirit, already evident at the HTL, comes into its own here. Before his professional journey led him to us, Walter studied telematics at the Graz University of Technology and travelled around the world. Subsequently, he researched weather radar technology at the Joanneum Graz in cooperation with the European Space Agency. He demonstrates his fitness as an 18-time marathon runner. Walter is driven by a desire to translate trends into products, services or features and thus to shape the future. It comes as no surprise that Walter and his team won the Innovathon 2016, SKIDATA's international internal ideas competition.
Rupert has been part of the SKIDATA team since 2006. He completed his studies in Information Technology & System Management in no time and has been head of quality assurance in the hardware area since 2010. In his spare time he enjoys go-karting and is always at the head of the SKIDATA go-kart team. To expand his skills, Rupert is studying Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg alongside his job. The combination of technology and management should prepare him for new tasks in the company. He gives lectures at career fairs and inspires youngsters with the SKIDATA spirit.
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