Marco, can you briefly introduce yourself to the readers?
Sure. My name is Marco Kunze and I have been living in Berlin for over 20 years. I moved here from Bad Schwartau for my computer science studies. After a short stopover in Shanghai, I enjoy living in this diverse city with my wife and our two children.
How long have you been working at XOM Materials and what are your responsibilities?
I have been with XOM since mid-2019. As CTO, I am in charge of the IT department. On the one hand, this means that I take care of organizing and building the product and development teams. It is always close to my heart that the employees can identify with their work, know how they contribute to the big picture and have fun at work.
On the other hand, I am very much involved with our products, XOM eShop and XOM eProcurement. Here the focus is particularly on our goals for these products and how we can bring the best value to our customers. Technical topics like technology stack, resilience, scaling and data security also belong to this aspect of course.
Can you describe your typical workday?
I don't really have a typical workday - and I like that. From strategic topics to technical deep dives, it's all there. As CTO, I'm involved in a lot of topics and have a lot of meetings with colleagues and partners. I really appreciate the exchange and the short communication channels.
What else makes working at XOM IT special?
With IT, we are very close to the customer and the pulse of the company. Through the close exchange, we manage to work efficiently and with high quality. We build something, roll it out and immediately see the added value of it for our partners and users - that's fun for everyone involved. Our partners are often not used to being involved in the development process, user tests and feedback sessions. But they are quickly convinced of this approach.