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Interview with Commerce employees Fabienne Landmesser and Pascal Wohlgensinger.

Interview with Fabienne Landmesser (Commerce Communications Systems) and Pascal Wohlgensinger (Commerce Computer Systems).

Evelyne Gänsli, specialist areas Commerce and Communications Systems, Command and Control + Reconnaissance Systems

Jill Gratwohl, Commerce Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems; Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems; Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems and Matthias Müller, Commerce Computer Systems in the Administrative Centre at Guisanplatz 1.
(left to right) Jill Gratwohl, Commerce Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems; Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems; Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems; Matthias Müller, Commerce Computer Systems.

What do you value in your job and what do you like most?

Fabienne Landmesser: I like that no day is like any other. I’m confronted with new challenges and issues every day. I need to constantly learn new things. I value the numerous varied contacts, be they with project managers, consumers, suppliers or a variety of others. The job and my tasks are very diversified, in a way that I’ve never experienced anywhere else before.

Due to the many different stakeholder groups, communication is key. It’s not always easy to communicate the interests which I represent as a commercial employee. Here, I would like to see more mutual understanding for the actions of others and not everyone adhering only to their own point of view.

Pascal Wohlgensinger: I really enjoy the diversity of my job and the fact that no day is the same. I constantly learn something new, because you never stop learning and that’s what makes my working day so diversified. I also value the pleasant atmosphere in our team. We can talk about many different things and have an open culture of discussion. There is almost an atmosphere of friendship within the team.

What were your most challenging moments/projects/procurements?

Fabienne Landmesser: At the beginning, it was sometimes difficult to keep track of everything. My biggest challenge was to enter a technical environment that was completely new and unknown to me. Getting to know the project managers, properly understanding the wealth of information in procurement law and bearing it in mind. Precisely because the job is so diverse, at the beginning there was a lot of information and a variety of new systems which I first had to learn. That was sometimes confusing. However, my colleagues were always very helpful and gave me support.

To name one example: at the beginning, I experienced the Project Voice System of the Armed Forces (VSdA) as a confusing «jungle». It took quite a bit of time until I found my way around and understood everything. Quite a lot of people including external staff are involved in this project and I had several questions: Where are we? Who is responsible for what? All the more important and valuable for me was the support of my team colleague Markus Schwaller. He stood by with advice and support over the first six months.

Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems in the Administrative Centre at Guisanplatz 1.
Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems.

What has changed for you in the new team structure?

Pascal Wohlgensinger: When I first started at armasuisse, I was working with various different technical specialist areas and their project managers. Since we introduced the new team structure, I have fewer contact persons and can therefore use the synergies better. In the meantime, we know each other, and know what counts, and we speak the same language, which is very important in the area of computer systems. This has helped me to become more efficient, and I can specialise more and acquire more subject-specific knowledge both within and outside the team.

How do you cope with the daily challenges regarding the flow of information, continuing training (such as review PPA/PPO), constantly changing processes, etc.?

Fabienne Landmesser: I enjoy variety and challenges. I try to prioritise new information, necessary continuous training and changing processes. Then I take the time to acquaint myself with the subject, in order to gradually make progress. The exchange with my colleagues is very helpful, and they support and motivate me with their experience.

I am responsible for five project managers in the specialist area FAK, which can often lead to stress – each project manager feels their concerns are the most important, which is understandable. I try to remain objective, prioritise and sort according to importance. At the beginning, it wasn’t always easy for me to assert myself as a female commercial project manager in a predominantly male environment, but in the meantime that has improved and we trust each other. This is of central importance for our daily cooperation and makes a lot of things easier.

Pascal Wohlgensinger: I am basically a positive thinker and approach my daily challenges as such. I’m open to changes and see them as an opportunity. Based on this, changes to processes are simpler for me and I’m able to deal with them more easily. If I think something needs to be changed or optimised in the projects for which I have commercial responsibility I talk to my partners about the subject.

Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems in the Administrative Centre at Guisanplatz 1.
Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems.

How do you balance private life/family and job?

Pascal Wohlgensinger: The home workplace ruling during COVID-19 may have a lot of disadvantages, but for me there are also advantages. As a result of the current situation, it has been easier for me to balance my family and my job. There’s no commute, which means that I gain valuable time which I can spend with my family. This has made me more flexible and I value being able to eat lunch together with them. Having the children around me more often during the week and seeing them growing up is also very valuable.

How/where can you recharge your batteries and where do you find your balance to your commercial work?

Fabienne Landmesser: It was pretty difficult meeting friends and colleagues for personal exchange over the last few months, but not impossible in a slightly different and smaller setting.
I also keep fit with swimming and jogging. For me, it is really important to be able to go out regularly into nature during the home workplace ruling. My passionate hobby is photography and my favourite motifs are planes, landscapes and journeys. Sometimes I also take wedding photos of friends.

Pascal Wohlgensinger: My two daughters give me the necessary balance to my working day in Commerce and I can switch off very well with them. I always look forward to going out into nature with them or with the whole family, to play together and to recharge my batteries.

How do you keep fit in Corona (home workplace) times (physically, spiritually, mentally)?

Fabienne Landmesser: I find a certain routine helps me, such as always getting up at the same time every morning, getting dressed and having breakfast, as if I would be going into the office. It doesn’t suit me to work in my sweatpants (laughs). Afterwards, I start my working day motivated and in the lunch break I have a walk or go jogging to clear my head.

Brief profile Fabienne Landmesser

Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems; Matthias Müller, Commerce Computer Systems; Jill Gratwohl, Commerce Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems and Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems in the Administrative Centre at Guisanplatz 1.
(left to right) Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems; Matthias Müller, Commerce Computer Systems; Jill Gratwohl, Commerce Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems; Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems.

Fabienne Landmesser has been working at armasuisse since 1 July 2020 and is employed as a commercial project manager in the team Communications Systems. Around two years ago, she completed her continuing education in Business Administration HF.

Brief profile Pascal Wohlgensinger

Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems; Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems; Matthias Müller, Commerce Computer Systems and Jill Gratwohl, Commerce Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems in the Administrative Centre at Guisanplatz 1.
(left to right) Pascal Wohlgensinger, Commerce Computer Systems; Fabienne Landmesser, Commerce Communications Systems; Matthias Müller, Commerce Computer Systems; Jill Gratwohl, Commerce Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems.

Pascal Wohlgensinger has been working at armasuisse in Commerce C+R as a commercial project manager since 1 July 2017 and in the team Computer Systems since 1 October 2019. He completed his continuing training in Business Administration HF in 2016.