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.