Kathrin Potzahr

It is so easy to connect with colleagues regardless of their background

Tell us about your role. What does a day in your life at Capgemini look like?

I am working on projects where we build customized solutions for our clients. As an architect, I design solutions in a way that brings value to the business. There are so many ways to do this, so it is hard to say what the average day looks like. Every day is different and that’s what I like about my role. Communication, problem-solving and taking strategic decisions are all key factors here. A typical day could start with a customer workshop about how we can release more updates, more often while maintaining high quality. Afterwards, I could work on pair programming with a developer to help with an urgent feature. Then I might have a look at some dashboards to see how specific quality measures have developed recently. This is important, because when working with clients, I need to strike a balance between bringing in solutions quickly and keeping architecture healthy in the long run. If I see negative trends, I will support the team in finding improvements. After a day like this, I can finish my work with the feeling that I did something valuable — and the knowledge that the next day will be different.

What’s the best thing about working at Capgemini?

The answer is short and simple: the people who make up Capgemini. We really work together as a team, and we have a natural urge to help and support one other. This provides a good working atmosphere where everyone can feel welcome. At the same time, this helps us deliver good results, which is a benefit to us and our clients.

What always thrills me is that it goes beyond the people I directly work with. It is so easy to connect with colleagues regardless of their background. For example, I enjoy thinking back to my working group at the last international Architect’s Summit, a global annual forum where all Architects come together to discuss the future of Architecture in Capgemini. We were able to have a valuable exchange and a lot of fun right from the start despite not knowing each other and coming from totally different locations and units.

Another point about our working culture that is very important to me is the climate of trust that ensures that I get enough freedom to decide what I do and – more importantly – how I do it.

What makes you proud to work at Capgemini?

I am always proud when we deliver something that really makes a difference for our clients. And I am proud that our ambition goes beyond client work to extend to our contributions to a better society. This includes actively working towards becoming carbon neutral no later than 2025. It also includes many other initiatives, like helping refugees prepare for the job market.

How are you working towards the future you want?

If I think about the future I want, it is a future in which diversity and inclusion are normal. There are a lot of initiatives at Capgemini where you can work towards this goal. For example, I act as mentor for female colleagues for whom I provide advice, feedback, and encouragement.

What advice would you give to someone joining Capgemini?

Bring passion and fun into everything you do and connect with as many people as you can to build your network.

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