Job description:
Capacity and Contract Management Specialist

What qualifications do you need for your job?

Cihan Sönmez: You should have graduated from university in a subject relating to the energy market – i.e. in engineering, economics or law. Above all, you should be interested in the pretty young world of Europe's regulated energy industry.

What are your typical main tasks?

Sönmez: We supervise transport agreements and assume all tasks relating to network access and network connection and interconnection requests. As contract managers, we're also represented in bodies and various associations. Internally, we take care of implementing processes and IT projects. 

What are the particular advantages of your post?

Sönmez: A contract manager has a really diverse job. We're represented internally in all bodies, and externally I look after partners from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. That means you can plan and think on a pretty large scale. 

What special interests and skills should you bring with you?

Sönmez: We're a sort of front office for the company, so an ability to communicate has top priority. As we operate in an international environment, sound knowledge of foreign languages, especially English, is vital.

How did the company help you get to know the ropes?

Sönmez: I had just left university and first was given a limited contract. I got to know different departments - comparable to a trainee program. Since a post became vacant, I was given a permanent contract very soon. Participating in this program meant I was quickly able to work at GASCADE on my own initiative and under my own responsibility.

How can you gain further qualifications?

Sönmez: A lot is done on the job. Internally, for example, the seminar named "Hauptseminar Gastransport" is offered. Every month, a colleague talks about internal topics. Externally, there are extensive options for acquiring further language, professional and personal skills.