Hometown: Xi An, China
Education: Technical University Munich, Germany; majoring in applied physics
Office location: Johnson Controls Power Solutions Asia Regional Office, Shanghai, China
Hidden talent: Communication with other cultures
Favorite quote: A soldier who doesn't dream of becoming a general is a bad one. (A Russian proverb)
I work as an engineer focused on German based customers. My job is to match customer needs on battery performance and quality with the right type of product design. It is important for me to stay on top of current and future technology trends and also have a good global overview of our team’s capabilities.
What excites you most about your work?
To introduce new technology to our customers and show them how they can benefit from it.
What's the most interesting challenge you’ve faced in your current role?
To work in different cultures, especially in China. I went to college in Germany, same place where my first job was. When I came back to China to work here, it was both interesting and challenging to adapt to the different culture.
What do you like about working in Shanghai?
I really enjoyed working in Hannover for their process oriented culture. Shanghai work culture is more relaxed, which on the other hand leaves room for creativity.
What do you like most about working for Johnson Controls?
Johnson Controls’ truly global nature of cooperation.
What have been some of your career highlights at Johnson Controls?
Receiving company’s highest formal recognition – Chairman’s Award – for improving EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery) product for our key German customer.
What inspires you the most?
The opportunities that Johnson Controls provides for training, development and also global work experience.
As every Monday, it is difficult to wake up after a weekend.
Arrived in the office and reading through emails
I am not a big fan of all the emails in my Inbox, so first things first, I spend the time going through all the important emails that came over the weekend and early Monday hours.
Deal with urgent issues
After sorting out the priority emails, I am answering to customers acknowledging their inquiries and informing them that I would follow up on the issues they raised. On most requests, I will have to work with colleagues from around the globe to understand the details.
There is a pressing matter related to new plastic battery covers. We are about to introduce modernized version of them and I need one our customer to approve it beforehand. Time is short so I will have to get a car and drive to the customer’s office later today to deliver the covers in person.
Together with few other colleagues we head to a local restaurant to get a quick lunch. It’s a nice few minute walk which is a great relief from sitting all day.
I called a cab and I am on my way to deliver the new battery covers. The process for material switching needs involvement from both product engineer and quality manager, so before leaving I had spent some time with them to understand where the project currently is. In few hours I managed to deliver the covers, do all the paperwork and make it back to our office.
Back in the office, I am working on AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery strategy for another German customer. We have an internal meeting to review current progress and prepare ourselves for next week’s meeting with the customer. It’s a big project and a lot of pressure, I need a coffee break so I am heading to a local Starbucks.
Few more emails -- time to call it a day. I live just about three stations away by underground, so I
get home quickly.
I love cooking at home and I take my time to prepare the dinner along with some fine Chinese tea.
Time to sleep
My day is coming to an end. I read for a while on my iPad and then get distracted by few online videos before finally turning it off. Good night!