Our clients are mainly in touch with speedikon FM AG or WiriTec GmbH through individual employees, but who are the various other members of our team who are involved in our projects and keep the business running? In our new series “Charly’s Colleagues” we are going to introduce to you our team members every few weeks.
Renate de Boer (34), marketeer, about her first months at speedikon FM AG and why she decided to move to Germany for this job.
Renate, you work as a marketeer for FRAMENCE. What is the relationship between FRAMENCE and speedikon?
FRAMENCE belongs to the speedikon group. The company is a startup company and was formed in 2019. The client overlap is large, clients who use speedikon may also use the FRAMENCE software. Although speedikon is more dealing with facility management, FRAMENCE focuses on digital twins.
Your nationality is Dutch, why did you decide to move to Germany for this job?
I always wanted to work and live in Germany. I chose German as a language while in high school and also with my bachelor (International Business and Languages). I visited Germany often: Holidays, Christmas Markets, German friends etc. When I got the chance to work in Germany and also in the field of marketing I immediately said yes.
Any culture shock so far?
No, I mean we are neighbours. There are a lot of simmilairties to the Netherlands. Of course the Germans like to joke about the Dutch, but we do the same! People are really nice and open. The only thing I find weird was that you guys vote on a Sunday. And the way the healthcare system works is something I need to get used to.
Back to marketing: What do you like about your responsibilities?
Being creative, and that the company is open for new ideas. It is like I got a white canvas and it is up to me to make it colourful! I never worked for an IT software company. So I do not have a lot of knowledge when it comes to this area. The mindset of the company ‘”learning by doing” is something I am really thankful for and do appreciate.
What is the biggest marketing challenge at the moment for the company?
People need to know who we are, what we do and how to find us if they need us. We need to get the word out. I think with the right marketing, you can come a long way.
How would you describe speedikon FM AG / FRAMENCE as an employer to your friends?
Open, friendly and willing to help when needed. From the first day I felt really at home. I like the international atmosphere and the different range of skills people have. There is a huge variety of skills and knowledge. People come from different backgrounds, I like this diversity within the company.
Both companies are located in Bensheim. What is your connection to the region and what do you like about it?
Nothing to be honest, I moved for the job. The funny thing is, a couple of years a go I was on a holiday and had a short stop and I stayed one night in Heppenheim. Not knowing I would live and work here one day. I live in Weinheim, the town and the Bergstrasse in general are just amazing! It is a good combination between nature and cities. Big cities, airports and other countries are all nearby. It is like you have everything in one area!