We asked Bert a few questions about what it's like to work at Amphenol Network Solutions and got a good insight into the busy life of a product manager!
What three words would you use to describe our culture?
Integrity, Teamwork, and Welcoming!
How has Amphenol Network Solutions helped you in your career development?
Having only been a part of Amphenol Network Solutions for a little over a year (and with All Systems Broadband for 4 years before this), I have worn many hats during my career. Last year in Amphenol Network Solutions, I moved from product development to product management. It has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't realize the amount of effort it takes to get a product to the customer from configuring, costing, quoting, inventory, and scheduling. I enjoy being "CEO" of my product lines but have a lot to learn.
What is your proudest moment at Amphenol Network Solutions?
Only being with the new Amphenol Network Solutions for about a year, my proudest moment to date would be given the opportunity to switch career paths from development engineering to product management. I had zero experience as a product manager (it shows at times!) but Dave, Mike, Spencer, and team had enough faith in me to provide the opportunity.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Amphenol Network Solutions, whose would you want?
I would like to lead the product development group. With my background and previous experience managing development, I think I could provide some new insight to the team.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates?
As a new candidate for any job, I tell people to be open to change, motivated to succeed, and willing to learn. While interviewing candidates in my previous work life, I always looked for a person who was motivated and had career growth experience. You can teach a person that is motivated most any job if they have some basic background.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
Working from home right now brings changes, but for me, it is just a location change. As a new product manager, a large part of my day is creating new configurations of products, BOMs, costing, pricing, review purchase contracts, etc. When those fires are beaten down (never!) I look at inventory, future product expansion, web site improvements, review marketing collateral, develop market launch plans, product end of life plans, and potential cost reductions.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Build and race cars - have set national records drag racing and built a national award-winning show car.
What is on your bucket list?
Get my pilot's license and learn to play blues guitar.
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