Daring to Disrupt: My Career in Automation with Schneider Electric

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My career in automation began in 1998. While working as an industrial electrician in Sundsvall, I received a career opportunity from Schneider Electric that I just couldn’t resist. Joining the company was a remarkable experience, where I learned about their products and services, and honed my skills in sales. After a year and a half, I was presented with an exciting opportunity to relocate to Stockholm, which marked my millennial shift.

The wide world of automation

As I delved deeper into the world of automation, drives, and PLCs, my interest in this field grew exponentially. In 2004, I was offered a role at a software company specializing in automation, and I jumped at the chance to further develop my skills. A few years later, I moved to work as a Sales Manager, where I gained invaluable insights into the evolving technicalities of digitization and automation in the manufacturing industry.

Even though it had been 16 years since my departure from Schneider Electric, I continued to follow the company’s rapid growth, as it acquired several software companies and expanded its automation capabilities. In 2020, I was thrilled to receive an opportunity to rejoin Schneider Electric. As someone who values people and intuition, I was delighted with how my new role unfolded.

Digitizing the future with Schneider

Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of immersing myself in revolutionary digitization, particularly in the exciting field of hardware independence through expert microstructure automation solutions. Working with a team of innovative minds on futuristic, software-centric solutions has been a unique and inspiring learning experience. Above all, I treasure the people I work with and the shared commitment to our goals. With a diverse team consisting of both seasoned and young professionals, we work seamlessly towards achieving our objectives.

“Returning to Schneider Electric felt like coming home.”

Despite being away for many years, I was warmly welcomed by my former colleagues. The warmth and welcome I received in 1999 was just the same in 2020. We picked up right where we left off. I was impressed by the cordial and responsible work culture, where everyone takes ownership of their assigned responsibilities. In a company of this size, it is easy for newcomers to feel overwhelmed, but the support I received to navigate official tasks was remarkable.

Finally, I was struck by Schneider’s Dare to Disrupt mindset, where colleagues of all levels embody the company’s core values. It’s inspiring to work with experienced colleagues who have been with the company for over a decade, as well as young, aspiring employees who bring fresh perspectives and ideas. Together, we work towards disrupting the industry and creating innovative solutions that benefit our customers and the environment.

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Daniel Ljungqvist, SI & EU Sales Manager

Daniel embarked on his remarkable career journey with Schneider starting in 1998. His passion for automation took him places and brought him back to Schneider 16 years later. Currently, Daniel and his innovative team are working in the field of hardware independence through expert microstructure automation solutions.

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