Software developer and IT consultant all in one: Jochen Hedtler has been passionately performing both of these roles for more than 16 years. Thanks to his job at Lufthansa Industry Solutions, he can combine them perfectly. He is currently working on a sensor-based solution for a large industrial company.
Mr. Hedtler, how did you get into IT?
I turned my hobby into a career. When I was 15, I began developing software and websites. It seemed natural to take my passion and make a profession out of it. Today, some 16 years later, the rapid rate of change in IT still fascinates me. From the internet of things to smart data and machine learning, an incredible number of issues are still in their infancy. Watching them grow and shaping their development with clients are the things that drive me.
What exactly do you do at Lufthansa Industry Solutions?
In my job, I get to perfectly combine my passion for software development and for new technologies. I am a project manager in the Industry South business area and head of a five-person project team. Together, we have been working on a sensor-based solution for a large industrial company. I’m primarily in charge of traditional project management and leadership duties, but there have also been periods in the past when I lent support to software development.
Specifically, we are tasked with collecting, analyzing and processing the industrial client’s sensor-equipped products in a cloud. Through the IoT, the company receives the corresponding data on its products. This data is analyzed with data analytics, giving the company a better overview of its resources. The client can use this knowledge to better plan its capacities and cut costs.
“There is great team spirit and cohesion among the colleagues, which is due to taking new employees under our wings and showing them the ropes, among other reasons. In addition to this, there are regular meetings on site and events for the whole family, which I really appreciate, because it isn’t a given at large companies that they will create a space for dialog and getting to know one another.”Jochen Hedtler, IT consultant
What is the advantage of you working as a project manager and a developer?
I know the new technologies, so I can advise clients accordingly. In addition, I use these technologies and develop software based on them. As a result, I am able to liaise particularly well between teams of developers and departments. What’s more, both are fun for me. I really enjoy being on site with clients in my capacity as a consultant and getting to know the various corporate cultures up close and personal. I always like adapting to the respective work environment. Doing so facilitates dialog with the client and greases the wheels of progress for the projects. Flexibility in the field is therefore crucial in my job.
IT project manager
IT project managers are our clients’ key contacts and oversee a wide range of IT consultancy projects in the fields of software, process and organization. They manage the phases of the project, from supporting the pitch and planning the project to development and handover to the client.
Where is your regular place of work?
I’m usually at Lufthansa Industry Solutions’ office at Frankfurt Airport. The companies I work for mostly come from the area, which is why I’m not traveling too much for business at the moment. We always gear ourselves towards the needs of the client. However, a part of my team works at our headquarters in Norderstedt. Thanks to daily stand-up meetings, we still maintain a sense of close cohesion, even if we don’t frequently meet in person.
How do you manage to be a team even though you aren’t all in the same office together?
There is great team spirit and cohesion among the colleagues, which is due to taking new employees under our wings and showing them the ropes, among other reasons. I recently took on the role of mentor for two of my team members. In the first few months, I acted as their contact person who they could turn to with any questions. Mind you, this was before they were even part of my project team. On-site meetings are also regularly held in Lufthansa Industry Solutions’ individual business areas, which allow all colleagues to see each other in person from time to time. In addition to this, there are events for the whole family, which I really appreciate, because it isn’t a given at large companies that they will create a space for dialog and getting to know one another.
About Jochen Hedtler
Jochen Hedtler has been with Lufthansa Industry Solutions since October 2015. As a project manager, he primarily serves clients from the industrial sector. The IT consultant is currently working on a solution related to the internet of things. As a trained IT specialist, he also repeatedly performs tasks as a developer. Before joining Lufthansa Industry Solutions, Hedtler worked for a number of years as a software developer in the financial sector and as the head of software development at an agency in Frankfurt.