What are the main duties of your role?
My main duties are creating knowledge infrastructure to enable the knowledge flow within the Technical Operations department, in order to leverage and conduct best practice and to ensure that it’s shared.
What does your typical working day look like?
I work with a schedule. I attend meetings to try and understand the problem, with the aim of tracking the solution and capturing it in order to develop a knowledge flow. I am a PhD student at Bangor University and I'm currently two years into my contract. At this point, we have different teams of people working on different parts of the knowledge transfer project.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Finding out that it works and it helps! Feedback I’ve received is that what we do helps scientists work faster and helps them solve their problems. Additionally, the scientists now understand Knowledge Management, they are proactive in wanting to add information to the knowledge flows guides.
What are the greatest challenges you face?
As the department is incredibly busy, a major challenge is ensuring people make time for what we’re trying to achieve and to realise its benefits in their day-to-day work.
If you were encouraging others to take up employment at Siemens Healthineers, what would you say?
As a PhD student, my colleagues are invested in your projects here, they are ready to take time out to understand what you’re trying to achieve. My colleagues are willing and open to new ideas.
If you were to describe the culture of the business, what five words would you use?
Open, inclusive, encouraging, friendly and curious.
What advice would you give to young people considering STEM careers?
My first degree is Chemical Engineering. I also have an MBA in Management. Both qualifications have given me a good foundation for my work here at Siemens. My engineering degree particularly has helped me work at Siemens Healthineers, for instance in reading and understanding technical reports. My advice would be that they should first have the passion to attain the necessary skills and qualifications to embark on STEM careers.