New hire: IT Services team up to the Márk

24.04.2018

When something is so good that it meets the requirements and expectations, British English in particular says: “It’s up to the mark!” Márk Beregi, the new Senior IT Infrastructure Manager in TSCNET’s IT Services team, will indeed have to focus on requirements and expectations, namely those of colleagues and above all customers with regard to the network infrastructure and computer systems.

Márk was born in Hungary, but has lived in Germany for a fairly long time. In the course of his career in the IT industry, he has managed to gain a wide range of experience in a variety of positions – even though he had worked for the same company for almost 18 years before joining TSCNET. Despite his loyalty, Márk also felt the need for a new environment with new challenges. “In addition, I really like TSCNET’s purpose,” says the experienced IT professional. “What would we all do, and our economy too, without a secure power supply?” He also values the open and supportive corporate culture. “Not only do the coworkers help you right away, but also in a friendly tone.”

“IT Infrastructure Managers are tireless leaders, creative thinkers and technical whizzes,” states JobHero, a career information platform. If that is the case, then the “friendly tone” should remain a permanent feature.

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Welcome, Juan! Expertise for a prudent PM

19.04.2018

TSCNET Services can introduce a new Project Management Officer (PMO): Juan Ramirez, coming from Colombia. He is part of the Corporate Services team, but will also help with the structuring and management of projects from other teams. The new co-worker brings a lot of experience: Juan has worked in the banking industry for five years as accountant, business administrator, and financial expert in the areas of financial analysis, corporate strategy, and project management. He decided to leave Colombia for Germany to do his Master of Business Administration in Leipzig at the Graduate School of Management (“HHL Leipzig”).

Now he has joined TSCNET Services as PMO. “Working with TSCNET combines three elements that are essential to fulfil my professional and personal ambitions,” says Juan. “Firstly, my role as PMO is not only a fantastic challenge in the face of the company’s rapid growth, it also allows me to contribute my own ideas and also to implement them. Secondly, I am attracted by the amazing work environment with its truly open character and a really international team. And thirdly, I can learn here from an industry that has the power to help shape the future of a country.” As they would say in Colombia: “¡Bienvenido al equipo!”

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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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New managing directors hired for TSCNET Services

04.10.2017

As the current Managing Director of TSCNET Services, Siem Bruijns, will return to the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT, a TSCNET shareholder, the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) has announced the appointment of two new managing directors by the Supervisory Board: Maik Neubauer and Uwe Zimmermann. Both join the company immediately.

“Europe’s energy landscape is changing – and this brings many new challenges for TSOs,” says the Chairman of TSCNET’s Supervisory Board, Dr. Rainer Pflaum. “As one of the European RSCs, TSCNET helps TSOs to fulfil their duties and plays a central role in ensuring the continent’s stable power supply. Maik Neubauer and Uwe Zimmermann are excellent executives with extensive and broad experience at energy and technology companies. Their appointment puts the company in a very strong position going forward.”

Neubauer will be mainly responsible for Finance and Organisation including IT, Energy Market regulations, the relationship to the European TSO partners as well as other political and regulatory stakeholders. Previously, Neubauer was Managing Director of the Shell PrivatEnergie cooperation between Shell Energy Europe and First Utility.

Zimmermann will oversee the operational and technical functions of TSCNET as well as business development. Up to now, he had been the Head of Process Management and Cooperations at the German TSO and TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, and strongly involved in regional TSO cooperation projects. He has also been chairing TSCNET’s Operational Board.

> Open TSCNET Services press release (pdf, 200kb)

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Big data’s power – welcome, Daniel!

25.09.2017

Part of starting a new job is becoming acquainted with fellow workers and customers. At TSCNET Services, we help new hires in assimilating successfully and in getting connected. It gets much easier, if the new staff member takes the initiative and introduces himself.

This is what Daniel Álvaro Morilla, the new Business Analyst in our Business Development team, will do now. Here we go: “I am a 27-year-old power system engineer from Málaga, located in Andalusia in southern Spain,” says Daniel. “I started my career working as a consultant in power grid related projects, which was exactly what I was looking for after graduating. However, one day I received an offer from a consulting firm based in Madrid specialising in business intelligence, analytics, and big data. At that time, this was – and still is – one of hottest and most interesting topics for engineers, so I didn’t have to think twice. Sure enough, it turned out to be a very exciting job , and I’ve learned a lot of skills and had the chance to meet excellent professionals whith different approaches of handling projects.”

While it was a great experience for Daniel to work in this field for well-known companies, there was no connection to the energy industry. So what? “When I was a student,” explains Daniel, “I always wanted to work for REE, the Spanish transmission system operator. The energy sector was always in the back of my head – for sure, sooner or later I would return to it!” Then a friend of him told him about the opening business analyst position at TSCNET. “This was the perfect opportunity to get back into the power field while leveraging my experience across other sectors. What’s even better than working for your national TSO? Working for many TSOs around your continent!”

Daniel is geared up to bring fresh ideas and an outside perspective to the TSCNET Services. “The onboarding at TSCNET has been great so far, everyone has been extremely welcoming and I really enjoy the open office culture and the focus they have on personal development of their staff – it is something you just won’t find in most places.” Big Data is all the buzz these days, but in the end, it’s all about people.

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Team Operations welcomes Jayaram

04.09.2017

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”, said Benjamin Franklin, a renowned scientist and one of the Founding Fathers of the USA. The advantage of learning through practice rather than mere theory is a familiar experience to our new co-worker, Jayaram Anandha, who has joined TSCNET Services’ Operations Team as a Data Quality Manager.

During his studies focussed on power engineering, the undaunted young man of Indian descent has served apprenticeships at the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) in Brussels, Belgium, at TSC member TenneT in Bayreuth, Germany, and at several other international organisations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Istanbul, Turkey. A deep insight into the TSO business gained by proactiveness and dedication spared Jayaram a both most common and knotty question almost every university graduate is faced with: what now? In his case, the answer was obvious: “After my studies, I am firmly convinced that I want to continue my way in the international transmission grid business,” said Jayaram. “I considered carefully where I can contribute the best, and I view TSCNET Services as something unique in Europe’s grid”, he explains.

Being familiar with working in an international environment, the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) TSCNET seems to be a perfect step in Jayaram’s career – and his first two weeks with us in Munich corroborate his view. “The company seems to be a supreme example of Europe with colleagues coming from that many different countries and cultures. Furthermore, I believe working at TSCNET is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to contribute significantly to the ongoing European energy transition to an environmentally sound and reliable energy supply.” His enthusiasm is just the thing for his new position as a Data Quality Manager, offering new challenges and learning opportunities. Welcome on board and all the best, Jayaram!

Illustration using a European power transmission grid map of ENTSO-E

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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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Ambitious accession for Team Operations

26.01.2017

TSCNET aspires to provide the best-in-class services for customers. For that purpose, we share knowledge, views, and values with them. It’s not that difficult, as many of our employees come from our customers. The most recent example is Jan Korinek, the new member of our Team Operations, coming from TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO.)

Jan started at ČEPS after completing his studies at the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. Working as a trade dispatcher and, later, an emergency dispatcher, he was supporting the team responsible for maintaining and upgrading 41 substations with 71 transformers to connect the high-voltage transmission system to the lower-voltage distribution system.

As a TSCNET Operator, Jan faces new challenges. What he likes the most about his new job, is the internationality with the chance to learn new things and meet new people. “I can work with new technologies, share various experiences, and help to improve the efficiency of energy system in the whole of Europe,” says Jan. He sets his sights high, but that should dovetail with the company goals.

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TSCNET welcomes passionate Management Assistant

29.09.2016

New hires normally spend their first days reading handbooks, filling out forms, talking to co-workers and trying to keep their heads above water in what is often called the sink or swim game. It is even worse when their job is somehow linked to all the company’s activities with a million and one things going on. This may sound like a cliché, but it describes best the onboarding of Edyta Prościńska, TSCNET’s new Management Assistant.

In the face of the company’s constant increase of activities, services and customers, TSCNET needs additional workforce. “Our extended office provides more space and opportunity for discussions with our shareholders, clients and other stakeholders, and as a result more meetings are hosted at our premises,” says Daan Belgers, Head of Finance & Organisation. “There are many developments we need to plan ahead for. Furthermore, with the increasing maturity of our organisation, the request for internal and external reporting is also strengthened. Therefore, I am especially happy to welcome Edyta to our team!”

“I am excited about the perspective of working in an environment with an international spirit and full of new challenges,” says Edyta, born and raised in Poland. “This place has a lot of energy and a unique atmosphere. Right after my first interview, I was sure that this is the place I was looking for – and that is not only because Munich is an ideal hub for my future travels to the Alps. Becoming a part of the company as a member of the Finance & Organisation team is a great opportunity to develop my professional skills with the guidance of highly-qualified colleagues.”

Edyta brings knowledge in the area of office management and is a talented organiser, who is passionate about working in English and within an international and dynamic group of people. “Well, then TSCNET is the place to be!” says Daan. “I am sure that Edyta will further strengthen the backbone of our local organisation.”

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