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It seems that David Maisenbacher can do something quite unusual for an engineer. He can walk a tightrope. But we’re not talking about acrobatics, but about everyday work. For what he values most about his work is the variety of daily, mutually conflicting challenges: “On the one hand, as team leader, I am the general dogsbody, and on the other hand, I am monarch of all I survey.” Because, at Bertrandt, he is given a lot of free space, something that appeals to him as a freedom-loving person.
It appears that he has used this free space in the best possible way. David Maisenbacher has developed thoroughly in the years since he joined the company: from a working student to the team leader of “light and vision” in Mönsheim and even to head of the Center of Competence for this field. Already as a student he began to discover and continuously explore his love of light. “Development in this topic is nowhere near finished. Right now, in the field of autonomous driving, there are always new challenges and valuable solutions.”
And his career at Bertrandt has by no means reached its peak. It is impossible to stop developing, whether in a specialist area or in a leadership role. “When I became a team leader, I was still a little green behind the ears, having only three years’ professional experience,” he admits, “but my superior at the time trusted me. What is better than learning by doing? And naturally the training process also helped.” In the future, he is also looking forward to further managerial training sessions to help him in his personal interactions.
This doesn’t seem to be totally necessary at the moment, because David’s team, according to him is “just perfect” – not only with regard to competence and passion, but also in the way they treat each other. For example, they are always meeting up in their free time to do things together. “We have almost become something like a friendship group. And fortunately, I am always invited – so apparently I’m not that bad a team leader,” says David Maisenbacher, laughing. At any rate, he sees himself more as a part of the team than its boss: another balancing act that this karate practitioner and amateur musician seems to have mastered.