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Timo Scholz, computer scientist in Business Solutions

The specific require­ments that come out of the spe­cialist depart­ments cannot always be satis­fied with conven­tional IT pro­ducts – that is where our team in Busi­ness Solu­tions comes into play. We work with our colleagues from the depart­ment in ques­tion to clarify the con­tent-related and tech­nical require­ments, advise on feasi­bility and econo­mic effi­cien­cy and in so doing support the pro­ject-based develo­pment and launch of the pro­duct from begin­ning to end – beyond that, in fact, because even after imple­men­tation we stand ready to help the speci­alist units with any ques­tions they may have. What this means is that after a while we are jugg­ling quite many balls in the air and we have to co­ordi­nate nume­rous inter­faces to other depart­ments.

The project teams are normally com­posed of repre­sen­ta­tives of the specia­list units as well as in-house IT staff and exter­nal IT ser­vice pro­vi­ders. What counts for me and what is crucial to the suc­cess of a pro­ject is that I under­stand the con­cerns of my inter­nal custo­mers, whether they may be matters rela­ting to sanc­tion regula­tions or solven­cy require­ments. By way of exam­ple, we deve­loped a solu­tion for our colleagues in the area of "Secu­rity Assess­ment & Rating" that uses check routines to support com­pliance with sanc­tion provi­sions in mone­tary trans­actions – a hot topic in insu­rance and rein­suran­ce busi­ness (just as in other sectors) and one which is highly com­plex even just in quan­tita­tive terms. In this in­stance the ex­ternal consul­tants were from the Uni­ted King­dom. Over the course of seve­ral months spent wor­king with them I also had a chance to brush up on my English skills and I have now made some nice con­tacts in London – so I am pretty much assured of my next quick geta­way holi­day.

I studied applied computer science at Hannover University of Applied Sciences, where I subsequently – alongside my work at Hannover Re – also took on teaching assignments. After graduating I spent a few years on the IT side at a printer manufacturer and with a consulting firm in the automobile sector. Content-wise, unfortunately, this turned out to be a dead end, which is why I began to look around for a new employer. The important criteria for me were a broad variety of tasks and the feeling of working with well-educated, professional colleagues. This feeling was transformed into a sense of certainty at Hannover Re.

I enjoy work­ing for Hannover Re because it is on the cutting edge in the field of IT and my tasks are many and varied. Ob­viously, no size­able enter­prise can constantly deploy the latest techno­logy as soon as it comes out, but Hanno­ver Re in gene­ral and my boss perso­nally attach great impor­tance to us IT people staying up to date. This of course in­cludes inter­nal and exter­nal further training activi­ties, and not only on IT topics – soft skills are also en­couraged. If I can con­vince my boss of the value and use­ful­ness of a parti­cular trai­ning oppor­tunity, there's nothing to stop me atten­ding. The same is true of my pro­ject de­cisions: solidly groun­ded and well-suppor­ted argu­ments usually get a recep­tive hearing.