Exciting projects and technologies bring work to life

Ashish Madan joined Vanderlande’s Global Capability Centre in Pune, India, in April 2022. Since then he’s built a team that is developing digital solutions for some of the company’s most sophisticated automation projects across the world. The role provides Ashish with a great work-life balance, as well as the opportunity to use advanced technologies, and collaborate with enthusiastic and committed colleagues.

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Ashish Madan

Development Manager, Digital Service Platform

I work within the Digital Service Platform as a Development Manager, leading a team of passionate data engineers, data scientists and software developers. We have a great hybrid team setup with colleagues, working from Pune and The Netherlands. I’m responsible for: our hiring strategy; building high-performing development teams; strategic planning; creating technical and personal development plans for my team; and ensuring cross-functional collaboration works well. Additionally, I work with vendors and oversee budgeting for our projects.

It was an exciting challenge to join Vanderlande and nurture a new team, especially as I also had so much to learn about the company’s products. In those early months, I travelled to The Netherlands a few times to strengthen my knowledge. This helped me to decide how to build a hybrid team full of talent.

One thing that I really enjoy at Vanderlande is the collaborative environment that reflects the company’s values – such as “team play” and “drive to win”. You can really see these in the team as we go about our work. Moreover, the software tools that we use are cutting edge, such as the latest versions of Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, Splunk and Angular.

It is satisfying to know that our efforts make a positive impact on our customers’ businesses. We’re developing some advanced solutions in areas such as predictive maintenance and process optimisation. This involves predicting when a system might behave differently and searching for anomalies so we can reduce downtime. We have completed pilot projects with several customers, who were surprised by the positive outcomes and to receive such valuable predictive updates.

These successes really inspire my day-to-day work, and we’re never short of interesting challenges. I really believe that if there is just the status quo, you can’t develop – we all need opportunities to learn and grow. The company offers many training options, and I intend to sharpen my skills by undertaking a strategic leadership course so I can learn how to “lead the leaders”.

We have a culture that also cares about the work-life balance of employees, and I have the opportunity to travel during my free time. Last year I went to a couple of meditation centres, including one in the Himalayas. Meditation is helpful and provides a different perspective on life, allowing me to be composed and deal with challenges.

My advice to anyone thinking of joining Vanderlande is that they will enjoy working in a place where technology is moving fast. The work is interesting and we are growing rapidly in Pune. I recommend looking at our website or social media channels to see what the company is all about.

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