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Jasmin Walzinger

Lead Software Engineering eCommerce

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Jasmin Walzinger, Lead Software Engineering eCommerce

While studying engineering at university, Jasmin also worked for a web development company.  Upon graduating in 2015, Jasmin then joined the SPAR ICS team. She is now a Team Lead and manages the SPAR Group’s international online shops, together with her software engineering team.

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What do you do at SPAR ICS?

My team and I are responsible for the ongoing development, operation and optimization of the Spar Group’s international online shops.  In detail, I am overall responsible for the smooth running of the software development cycle, as well as for the further training and professional development of the software engineers.

What is your typical day at work like?

Apart from the daily stand-up meeting, I have no "typical" work routine. Every day brings something new. In recent months, my focus has been on building and developing our 20-member strong software engineering team. Looking ahead to 2020, our big challenge will be building true, cross-functional product teams.

 

What has been your most exciting day in SPAR ICS to date?

It is difficult to select just one day, as the entire spring of 2019 was exciting. We were heavily involved in rolling out a lot of stabilization measures and performance enhancements for online shop middleware components, and these were having a noticeable effect. I was also part of an initiative that started in 2018 to implement zero downtime deployments for all eCommerce stores. On top of that, we were right in the middle of building up our software engineering team.

 

Is there a project of which you are particularly proud?

Yes. SPAR ICS made a strategic decision to entirely insource the development for the eCommerce online stores, and this signaled the start of project "SUNRISE".  The goal of project "SUNRISE" was to build-up an internal development team to take over the source code responsibility from our 3rd party partner, and further develop, operate and optimize the software, naturally in the shortest timeframe possible. 

We achieved the goal within one year, in no small part due to the fantastic professional and personal commitment of all involved people and teams. Many, many hours of hard work went into this project from all involved, and it was, for me, truly an impressive outcome.  We are still heavily working within this project, and I am convinced that we will continue to deliver first class results and enjoy well-deserved success.

 

What do you like best about SPAR ICS?

The company is constantly evolving, and our people are continually innovating and developing across a wide spectrum of fields.  One has the chance to work with new technologies, as well as benefit from the emphasis the company places on investment in corporate culture and employee satisfaction. Our corporate culture promotes the highest professionalism within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, AKA “the ICS spirit”.

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Being open-minded: this is important for Jasmin both privately and professionally.  Whether travelling, simply eating or deep in a technical project, Jasmin is always on top of the latest trends and brings this into her professional work.

What do you like to do outside of work?

A love of technical gimmicks – this is probably the biggest occupational hazard affecting almost every computer scientist. In addition, I enjoy travelling, cooking and culture, as well as trying out anything new.

 

What has been the best decision you have made so far in your professional career?

To embark upon and complete my technical degree. This has enabled me to practice my profession.

 

Do you have a hobby that also helps you in your job?

Being open to try new things and seeing every change as an opportunity are good prerequisites for being successful in a rapidly changing (IT) world.

 

How often do you check your phone?

A big vice of mine: around the clock.

 

Where in the world would you like to live?

Definitely Austria. Safety, standard of living, culture, cuisine, seasons and landscapes….it’s simply an amazing place.