Welcome, Daniela! HR all without island status

02.12.2018

Sardinia is famous for its white sandy beaches, a wild, dreamlike nature, idyllic mountain villages and cultural treasures from around eight millennia. But the inhabitants of the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily are also known for their scepticism towards strangers – “whoever crosses the sea is a thief”, is a famous saying. But this does not at all apply to Daniela Sanna, a native of Sardinia. The new HR & Development Manager in the Corporate Services unit is on the contrary decidedly cosmopolitan and enjoys traveling.

The now 37-year-old has a Master’s degree in Communication Systems in International Relations from the University for Foreigners in Perugia (Università per Stranieri di Perugia) on the Italian mainland and has been to Poland and even to faraway Japan during her studies thanks to scholarships. Now she has spent several years working in recruitment, first in Italy, then in Germany. She has worked for such well-known companies as Intel, Texas Instruments, Airbus and Huawei. Also at TSCNET, she will focus on employee recruitment including on- and offboarding. Although the energy sector is new for her, there is a cross connection as well: Her father worked for Italy’s largest energy supplier.

Obviously, another Sardinian proverb seems to fit better in Daniela’s case: “When the wind comes, you should use it”. What is meant is that one should take an opportunity that comes up. We are pleased that the winds in the Tyrrhenian Sea led her to Munich and that she has seized the chance with us.

Daniela Sanna has started as a new HR & Development Manager in the Corporate Services unit

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At the pulse of energy transition – working students at TSCNET

13.11.2018

With 15 universities such as the famous Ludwig-Maximilians-University or the renowned Technical University, Munich is one of the most important educational metropolises in Europe with more than 120,000 students. On the other hand, we at TSCNET Services have to be creative in order to cover our need for additional manpower as a fast-growing company in the booming Munich area. There it seems to make sense to hire working students: We gain highly motivated, fresh employees, and the students gain important insights into practice and can earn part of the cost of their education.

We currently employ a total of four working students. The working hours are agreed individually with the respective manager, taking into account their lecture schedule, and amount to a maximum of 20 hours per week. The working students are almost completely involved in our day-to-day business and support us in administrative, operational or strategic tasks as well as in ongoing projects.

One of our latest additions is Maria Krutikova, a 27-year-old Russian who is doing her “Master of Consumer Affairs, Innovation and Technology” at the TUM School of Management. She already has a Bachelor and a Master in Sociology from the Novosibirsk State University and also has some experience as an IT project manager in the development of iOS, Android and web applications. Only one weakness cannot be overlooked: Although she was born and raised in Siberia, she is always the first to be cold. But she also has a suitable answer: “Siberian is not the one who is not feeling cold, Siberian is the one who is properly dressed depending on the weather!”

The only 23-year-old Nadine Seitler from Bavaria already has a bachelor’s degree in business psychology with a focus on work and organisational psychology and is currently studying business psychology with a focus on leadership and change management in her second master’s semester. The best prerequisites for working in the human resources department of TSCNET Services. The spectrum ranges from recruiting to onboarding and personal development, e.g. through offers from the TSCNET Academy, to the maintenance of personnel files.

Nadine chose our company because it allows her to get to know a completely new industry and at the same time to expand her existing skills and experience in the HR area. She thus embodies the basic idea of working as a working student: Gaining “real-word” experience toward your future alongside your studies. If you or a student you know wants to follow Nadine’s example: Exciting tasks and projects at TSCNET Services are waiting for further candidates, and the benefits are greater than the amount of the paycheck!

Students at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, one of the city’s two “elite universities” under the German Universities Excellence Initiative (picture: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München / Presse LMU)

Questions?
TSCNET Services, Human Resources & Development
E-Mail: application@tscnet.eu

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Experience through practice – welcome, Irina!

30.10.2017

“Whatever you do, don’t do it!” – this is one of the most famous quotes by the Academy Award-winning Hollywood actor Yul Brynner who was born in the Russian far east in the summer of 1920. We have no clue how to construe that quote correctly, but we are glad that a young electrical engineer from Khabarovsk, the administrative center of the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia, did join TSCNET Services this autumn: Irina Boiarchuk, a new Business Analyst in our Business Development team.

After obtaining the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the Far Eastern State University in Khabarovsk, 7,980km air distance away from Germany, Irina moved to Munich and continued her studies in Power Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (“Technische Universität München”). There she earned her Master’s degree and stayed at the university for her PhD research project – and that time she fell under the spell of the European power system with its elements and processes. “Especially the grid’s development to be up to par with future challenges had caught my interest, and I was motivated to drill down on it”, Irina explains.

Her new passion opened a new door in her career: While the university environment started to feel a little bit too theoretical, Irina decided to go for new knowledge through practice. “Joining the industry is a better place for someone who wants to contribute to shaping the future of the energy sector. When I heard of the open position at TSCNET Services, I wanted to grab the chance to get to the essence of the power grid and apply what I have learned to improve the management of electrical power in Europe.”

Next to broad knowledge, Irina’s position as a Business Analyst demands creativity as well as excellent communication skills and cultural awareness when talking with people from different countries and cultures. Coming from a Russian city called the “Far Eastern Paris” on the boarder to China and close to the Japanese Sea will probably prove beneficial.

Illustration using a photo by Dmitry Kostin (Creative Commons)

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TSCNET Training Days in prealpine lands

14.06.2017

Skilled employees are a part of our success story. That’s why at TSCNET Services we provide made-to-measure training programmes for all of our employees. At the beginning of June, most of them participated in our training days in Samerberg in the Bavarian mountains, about a one-hour drive south of Munich. The two-day event out of our working routine was focused on the enhancement of soft skills, such as communication and negotiation, and a better understanding of the specific role an individual plays within a team and its goals. Next to teambuilding, motivation and diversity were the leading topics.

The training has also been a great opportunity to refresh and redefine the rules of the successful cooperation and the power of well-thought and constructive feedback. Having in mind our multi-national and multi-lingual team, the trainers had chosen exercises that shed light on the different motives and needs driving our behaviour in every-day business. A body of research has revealed that diversity can be used as a strength to be smarter and more innovative at work. Recognising the underlying differences helps build teams that are able to overcome barriers and ensure performance improvement of both the individuals and the teams.

The programme with interactive workshops and a blend of different learning styles gave us the opportunity to develop skills and goals, and to have a lot of fun. The presenters and trainers – Nicola Rohner (High Balance), Boris Heizer, and Rudy Klopsch – knew how to engage participants with activities other than lectures and bring high energy and humor. The attendees return to work with a refreshed perspective and a boosted workplace culture. Last but not least: “The event was a great opportunity to welcome and get to know our soon-to-be colleagues,” says Alex Küster, Head of Operations. Stay tuned!
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Pictures: TSCNET Services

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Old environment with new horizons – change of job within TSCNET

02.03.2017

No matter how interesting and exciting a job is, sooner or later every employee may feel the lure of a change in profession or may just fancy a new challenge. That may mean leaving the old workplace behind in search of a new, professional “promised land”, while also learning new skills along the way. It’s an opportunity for a qualified and experienced employee – but a great loss to the company. On this view, TSCNET Services offers and promotes a different solution: Change your job without changing your employer.

This is what Tin Bobetko did: In 2015, he had started as an Operator within TSCNET’s Operations team, coming from TSC member HOPS, the Croatian transmission system operator (TSO). As of now, he works as Business Implementation Manager in the Business Development team. With his eight years experience in Power System Engineering, he is responsible for the development and implementation of new tools, processes, products, and technologies to boost the services TSCNET provides to its customers. “Throughout my working career, I’ve always been enthusiastic about projects that required a lot of teamwork and offered the possibility to acquire new competencies and to evolve in various areas,” Tin says. This attitude is highly valued by the head of his new team, Mario Princip: “Tin joins us at an enthralling and challenging time, and both his vast experience and his urge for knowledge will help get a strong tailwind in our sails.” For a ship on its course to new destinations, that sounds like a most promising start.

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Operator positions opened to external applicants

27.02.2017

Internal recruitment has some advantages: Employees from within an organisation understand your business and your culture before assuming the new position. That especially pertains to highly specialised jobs. Thats why positions as Operator at TSCNET Services had been restricted to internal applicants from one of the TSC member transmission system operators (TSOs) with a strong knowledge of our processes and methodologies. For the first time, the company now deviates from this principle to find enough qualified candidates.

Today, TSCNET issued a press release to announce that the application process for Operators has been opened up to external applicants to be able to fill positions. This is a key role within our growing multinational team. The working language is English. Full details can be found on our website.

> Open TSCNET press release (pdf, 196kb)
> See “Jobs & Careers” section (html)

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