What is your line of work? Why did you join the technology business in the first place? What motivated you?
I work as a Business Developer for the Worldline Mobile Competence Center in Barcelona and I would define my job as quite multi-faceted.
Since 2017, I have been Worldline Iberia’s SPoC (ed.: Single Point of Contact) for Blockchain solutions. We are building a Center of Excellence and are elaborating a value proposition around this cutting edge technology.
I am also a senior business consultant in the IoT domain, being the Product owner for WL Connected Care Platform (e-Health remote monitoring) and Wearlumb (a smart textile solution for lumbar pain prevention). Finally, with my solution manager hat, I also provide pre-sales support to build offers and bids at the Mobile Competence Center in Worldline Iberia’s Mobility & e-Transactional Services.
My background is in Telecommunication engineering. I started my career in 1998 as a programmer in various areas within the SEMA Group. Then I joined Atos Research and Innovation in 2000 and was involved in European Commission funded projects on innovation technologies. In 2005, I left the company and founded my own project, an innovation agency to support and spark creativity and innovation within organizations, becoming an innovation facilitator. I rejoined the company after 7 enriching years as an innovation consultant.
My main driver is working on innovative solutions while focusing on helping organizations overcome their business and technical challenges. I try to apply my background experience as a design thinker to bring value to customers through innovation frameworks.
What do you find more challenging in your profession?
I would say that the challenges that I have to cope with are different from one role to the other. As a business developer, it is a real challenge to keep track of the latest technologies given the fast pace of change. As a pre-sales solution manager, the main challenge is to deliver high quality winning offers given the limited time to respond to clients' requests. As a Product owner, the main challenge is to find investment for our solution. And last not the least, it is an everyday challenge to deal this three exciting roles at the same time.
What are you most proud of in your work?!
The most obvious source of pride is when we win offers, achieve success or perform well in a project. It is truly rewarding to receive thank you messages from our clients. But I am even more proud of the people I work with. I really value the fact that I can count on them and that they respect me. The quality of the interactions with so many great people and the trustful environment at Worldline is extremely important to me.
What advices would you give to achieve Work-life balance?
I think that life obviously changes your priorities and notably when you have children. I have 2 and I have to admit that my agenda is like a crazy rollercoaster.
It is time to talk about my fourth hat which is being a father and partner. I do not have the right formula. I need to manage properly my calendar. It is essential for me to be able to pick them up after their extracurricular activities. Thus I adapt my professional agenda to my personal priorities. And it is ok because Worldline provides me with the possibility to work with flexibility.
In my case I think that organization is key. The question is how to work smarter not necessarily harder. I usually apply the following rules:
- Track time and tasks accurately;
- Set priorities (What do I need to start doing? Stop doing? Continue doing? Do more of? Do less of? Do differently?);
- Set goals and block agenda (on a weekly basis);
- Establish boundaries between work and family and communicate them (do not accept meetings later than 5:30PM, etc.);
- Take care of your health, take time for yourself, nurture your family time: emotional, physical, mental health will help outperform at work;
- Mental on-off switch between work and home (listen to music when commuting).
As a company, Worldline supports work-life balance by providing its staff with flexibility (reduced time for parents, summer time 8AM to 3PM, remote working, Fridays).
How has Worldline helped you to advance in your career and reach your professional goals?
I feel that my management has contributed to my empowerment thanks to the trustworthiness that they demonstrate in all occasions and notably by giving me the opportunity to work on various initiatives from the beginning, allowing me to exercise my opinion and experience to build a whole value proposition out of it. This contributes to strengthen your confidence and self-esteem.
I also consider myself lucky because I can work with cutting-edge technologies like Blockchain, IoT, machine learning and on how to apply them in different fields and industries. Being in business development is like being on the battle front. You face innovation daily and that is very rewarding and challenging