WORKING AT SENNHEISER COMMUNICATIONS Exploring new technologies as an engineering graduate What is it like to be a graduate at Sennheiser Communications? Engineering graduate Patrick Leese explains. You are the first graduate at Sennheiser Communications – can you give us a quick summary of the program? The graduate program was started by William Demant and consists of five tracks. I am part of the engineering track and I will rotate four times within the 2-year program. The first two rotations were decided in advance and took place at the William Demant company, Oticon, where I was part of Quality and Hardware. Now, I’m in my third rotation and for this I was given the opportunity to join Sennheiser Communications, which is a joint venture under the umbrella of William Demant and Sennheiser. What are you working with at Sennheiser Communications? I have joined the Technology Development Team where I am working closely with the Director of Technology. In this department, we scout the latest technologies, work with products ideas in both ideation and scoping and then ultimately provide project support in the early phases of development. One of my primary tasks is to help implement a well-defined scoping phase into our development flow. With a successful implementation of the scoping phase, the product idea will be more concretely defined and the resources will be better geared to execute once the business case is approved. On top of that, I am also creating better synergies and cross-organisational understanding between the Technology Development Team and the rest of the organisation. I have established an ongoing survey that clarifies the services that the Technology Development Team should provide for other functions in the house and also what the Technology Development Team expects in return. Once we have gathered sufficient information and feedback, we will work on finding a solution to the most pressing problems.
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