Job description:
IT project manager

What qualifications do you need for your job?

Carsten MonienI initially went through an IT specialist training program with a focus on system integration and then earned a degree in information systems. Both programs gave me a good foundation for my job. They enabled me to learn the details of implementing an IT project as well as its organization, or theoretical superstructure, so to speak. 

What are your typical main tasks?

MonienMy main job is planning, monitoring and managing IT projects related to the gas business. In one project, I helped upgrade the network system to the latest level. In every project, we work closely with other departments and a number of external service providers. 

What are the particular advantages of your post?

MonienThe job is filled with variety and covers many areas where IT and the gas business intersect. Each project has its own special requirements and challenges. The German Network Agency or the EU come up with new regulatory requirements like the publication of our network data on a regular basis. My job is to translate this into IT.

What special interests and skills should you bring with you?

MonienIn addition to the knowledge base, you need to be especially good at organization and communication. Frequently, it is just a matter of getting the right people together at the right time on the telephone or a conference table. Because some projects may last up to two years, you should certainly be able to work in an independent, self-responsible and, above all, structured manner.

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

MonienI was well-received at the company and learned a lot on the job. Shortly after I joined the company, I had an opportunity to handle certain aspects of a large, ongoing project. Such opportunities naturally motivate you.

How can you gain further qualifications?

MonienProfessional development is supported as a rule. Because I have to coordinate a large variety of different projects, I learn a lot just by going to work every day.