Tested and proven: Welcome, Stefan!

01.12.2020

A test engineer sets up the process to ensure that a product meets the applicable specifications. This is how you can find out about it on Wikipedia. Many put it in an even shorter formula: Without testing there is no quality. And in a company like ours, which serves the security of electricity supply, this applies all the more. It is therefore of crucial importance for TSCNET Services to identify and contain risks at an early stage. Today, we are introducing our new team member Stefan Agovski, who has been working as a test engineer in the Portfolio Management business unit since the beginning of September and is concentrating on test activities related to “AMICA”, our “advanced multisite integral congestion assessment module”, which is used to process almost all data.

25-year-old Stefan comes from the Republic of North Macedonia and graduated with an M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. During his studies he was able to gain a variety of professional insights into the world of electrical engineering. He completed a six-month internship at the Swiss-Swedish company ABB, where he worked in the power grid division in the department for fibre current transformers and carried out extensive research work together with his team. Stefan also gained experience at the interface between business and science and held a teaching assistant position at his university in the course “Case Studies: Energy Systems and Technology” for two semesters. Thanks to the design of the course, his role also included project management, thus enabling him to better understand how academic knowledge can be used effectively in different business scenarios.

Now he wants to put his academic and practical knowledge into practice. TSCNET is a great starting point for his career, he tells us: “I chose TSCNET because it is very close to my interests, both from a business perspective and in terms of corporate values.” At the same time, it allows him to deepen his understanding of the energy and electricity world.

In his private life, Stefan is an avid sportsman and enjoys basketball and hiking in the great outdoors (how well the sport gets along with his love of chocolate is something the new colleagues can tickle out in a confidential conversation with him). He also enjoys visiting art exhibitions. “Everybody can do testing, but only a tester does good testing”, is a popular quote from Melissa Eaden, the author of “30 Things Every New Software Tester Should Learn”. When art appreciation and fitness are added to this, nothing can really go wrong.

Stefan Agovski has started as a Test Engineer in our Business Unit Portfolio Management

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Knowledge passion – welcome, Adrian!

28.10.2020

The European power grid is the largest synchronous electricity network in the world and ensuring its smooth operation is no easy task. It requires dedication, expertise and of course teamwork. Our latest addition shares this understanding and is highly motivated to contribute his knowledge to TSCNET Services: On October 1, Adrian Mihai Constantin joined the Service Operations Business Unit as Operations Manager. His main objective in his new position is to contribute to the development of the company’s tools and services and to participate in the activities related to the Clean Energy for All Europeans package (CEP), which will have a significant impact on the EU energy sector and thus on our tasks and responsibilities. This makes Adrian the ideal complement, whose passion is as great as his experience in this field, as his academic and professional background shows.

The 30-year-old Romanian graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest with a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering. After graduation, he started his professional career at the Romanian transmission system operator (TSO) Transelectrica, one of our 14 shareholders, where he worked for six years in total. Adrian started his tenure as Power System Engineer in the Operational Planning Department and remained in this position for almost one and a half years. Eager to broaden his knowledge and skills, he then moved to Transelectrica’s National Dispatching Centre, where he spent four and a half years as a dispatcher. During his time there, he had the opportunity to control the installations in real time and to gain a thorough understanding of what it means to be part of “the largest and most complex man-made machine in the world”, the European interconnected network. He now wants to use his skills to take up a new challenge at TSCNET.

When asked about the reasons for his decision to join our company, Adrian replies: “I chose TSCNET because its values and multicultural environment resonate greatly with me, just like the fast-growing service offering and the ambitions of the company. Here I can develop in my area of expertise and learn many new things. It also makes me proud to be able to contribute to what will be ‘the biggest change in the energy sector’ – the CEP implementation.” In Romania there is a strong saying when you courageously enter into a venture: “To take your heart in your teeth”. Usually you don’t have to be so biting in our work, but given the challenges on our way to becoming a Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) according to CEP, it could still be very helpful.

Adrian Mihai Constantin joined TSCNET as Operations Manager

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Welcome as a new Office Assistant, Jara Ibañez!

06.01.2019

Office assistant positions can be found in all sectors and have a broad spectrum of skills. They are sometimes referred to as secretaries or administrative assistants, but what they actually do is help make an office work. The tasks are very different, often based on the specialisations they have, how much professional experience they possess and what career aspirations they have. This also goes for Jara Ibañez, who joined TSCNET Services as an Office Assistant within the Corporate Services unit at the end of 2018.

The 30-year-old Spanish has successfully completed a vocational training in administration and finance. She grew up in San Sebastián in the north of the country and lived on the Spanish Mediterranean coast before moving to Munich in autumn 2017. In the course of her life, however, she has already travelled to 17 countries. “They all taught me something lasting and revealed a part of their culture to me,” says Jara. Besides travelling and exploring new countries, sport is her most important leisure activity. “Sport is the best way for me to get away from the daily routines,” she explains.

For a total of five years, Jara worked for a manufacturer of dance- and sportswear in administration and customer service. Then she felt a need for change and professional growth, exploring a new culture and challenging herself. At TSCNET, she mainly supports in administrative and financial work. She is particularly attracted by the interesting industry with its advanced technologies and the company with its team spirit and great potential for personal and professional development. “I felt the warm and dynamic environment right away during my interview,” says Jara, “and that proved to be true during the first few weeks here.”

Jara Ibañez has joined TSCNET Services as an Office Assistant within the Corporate Services unit

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Power supply for Team Operations – welcome, Ana!

19.12.2017

Apart from being the biggest team at TSCNET Services, Team Operations is also the fastest growing one. Living up to its dynamic reputation, the team has welcomed a new member: Ana Veselinović. Ana started her carrier at the Serbian transmission system operator (TSO), Elektromreza Srbije, right after she had finished her bachelor studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Belgrade, the capital and largest city of Serbia. During her first year of working in the market division as an administrator of electricity market, she also continued and finished her master studies.

After two and a half years Ana decided to focus her carrier on grid operation and system analysis, so she changed into the Department for system dynamics and studies at the TSO’s System Operation Division. There she was also charged with doing N-1 steady state analysis. “Throughout my career, starting from my studies till this day, I was focused on the transmission system, especially on security and reliability,” says Ana. “Nowadays, with the increasing renewable sources of energy, the security of the grid is one of the biggest challenges – and a great opportunity for people working in the power grid sector.”

Ana is profoundly convinced that TSCNET Services is the best place to attain more knowledge and to work on the pulse of system security and reliability. “I am happy that I’m in a team of experts to learn from and to improve my skills”, says Ana. “This job with its many aspects and new experiences is really a complex one – but it’s no problem if you love it, if you are ready to learn, and if you’re a part of a strong team.” Seeing Ana’s enthusiasm and team spirit, we are sure that we have just welcomed another powerful addition to our staff!

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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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Inspired by “Science of Control” – new IT Application Manager

22.02.2017

A strength of working together as a team is that each team member brings with them different knowledge, strengths and ideas. Tetiana Voloshyna has been hired as IT Application Manager within TSCNET’s IT Services and Development team. Amongst other skills, she adds a master’s degree and doctoral studies in: Economic Cybernetics. Sounds interesting – but what does that do for power transmission grid security? A whole lot! If you ask Wikipedia, cybernetics is “a transdisciplinary approach for exploring regulatory systems” and is used as a term to imply “control of any system using technology”. Plus doing that economically, meaning: using little money, time, etc. Bull’s eye! That’s exactly how one could describe what our customers and we at TSCNET Services are working for.

Tetiana was born and raised in Ukraine, and has built her career on working as a system analyst in a bank project, implementing a Teradata Data Warehouse appliance as a database analyst, and performing analytical and architectural IT duties in energy projects in Ukraine and the Netherlands in the past two years. “I am highly confident that the combination of Tetiana’s strong IT background with business knowledge will bring added value to our company and our customers,” says Cristian Bordeanu, Head of the IT Services and Development team.

Tetiana herself is enthusiastic about her new role which opens the door to different projects for the energy system in all of continental Europe. “I consider this position another step in my chain of roles carrying more and more responsibility”, she says. “I am very passionate about the work I do and I want to be really proud of the results,” Tetiana adds. The “Science of Control” paves the way greatly.

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