Systembetreuerin und Programmiererin

“Handtmann enables me to be constantly on the ball”

Angelika Zimmermann, System Manager and Programmer at Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

“I’ve been working at Handtmann for over 30 years already: I started my training to become an industrial clerk here in 1983. During my apprenticeship, I had the chance to work in the IT department. There were two of us in those days – today, the number is almost 20. There were no tablets, smartphones, server virtualisation or cloud computing, but only large mainframes and terminals. That’s hard to imagine any more nowadays.

So I grew with the IT. Handtmann enabled me to attend a lot of advanced training courses in the area of IT, which meant I could keep up with the various programming languages and systems. While working, I also studied Business Management and sat my diploma in 1991.

Today, I look after the ERP system of Handtmann Maschinenfabrik, which efficiently manages and controls all of the company’s core processes. When we changed over to a new ERP system in 2013, that was a particularly challenging and interesting project for me. I’m proud of how well we managed that within the team. My task was to analyse and optimise the processes and implement them in the ERP system. Apart from my own programming work, I managed the external developer resources and performed the necessary clarification for them with the department.

Handtmann really helps me to strike a good balance between family and career. That allowed me to return to work quickly again after the birth of my children. It’s important not to lose touch, especially in IT. I currently work 20 hours a week and can arrange my teleworking hours very flexibly. I can also program from home, but for team meetings and project discussions I come into the office, of course. Personal contact with my colleagues and the department is essential for my work.

My line manager and I have known each other a long time and we work together on a basis of trust. Many on my team are younger than me, but that motivates me to stay on the ball. On the other hand, I have the benefit of greater experience and the fact that I know the company inside out.

Working at Handtmann is like being part of a family. The machine factory is not too big and many things can be quickly and easily solved. It isn’t always just about profit – people are also taken into consideration. We’re professionally organised and work with state-of-the-art hardware and software. At the same time, there’s enough flexibility to be able to address the needs of the individual employees. I’m happy with my work, the opportunities for further development and with the salary trends, and hope that things will continue for me as they are.”