What is your job?
I’m a Transport planner engineer at SYSTRA Brazil and work directly under the Innovation, Digital, and New Services (IDNS) department in order to bring the digital revolution to our company and our clients.
My job is to facilitate the work of my colleagues through digital tools and methods, that accelerate our production and enable us to deliver data-driven solutions.
What do you do at SYSTRA?
I’ve been involved in the process of planning and developing strategic and mobility plans for cities, and also operational, feasibility, and concession studies for public and private clients.
I focus mainly on public transport issues in Brazil, but with SYSTRA I had the opportunity to work on international projects as well, which allowed me to gain experience regarding new mobilities and technologies that are emerging around the globe.
Personally, I am a data enthusiast and work using any tool that allows me to escalate my results, like Python scripting and MS flows/bots.
As a transport planner, I interface daily with modelling software such as Visum, Vissim, Aimsum, Transcad, and GIS applications for geoprocessing analysis.
Finally, when coordinating our internal digital team I’m on a constant learning curve of implementing design thinking tools, agile methods, and problem-solving techniques.
What are the 3 important qualities or skills in your job?
As an engineer by heart, I am a problem-solving, analytical, and practical being. So data analysis is the main core of my activity. Hence, the ability to manage data and extract value from it is a very upcoming skill.
Right after critical analysis, information needs to be transmitted. The clarity to communicate technical issues and understand our client’s real needs is another ability that is crucial to the job.
But the capacity to learn new tools/methods is the most valuable quality that one can apply in any job. Since we live in a world of constant change, knowing how to adapt is essential to perform well. I am constantly having access to new software, new methods, and programming languages/frameworks.
Each new project requires a set of specific skills, and here I have space to create and reinvent myself many times.
More than finding solutions, we need to use our creativity to implement them; extrapolate, and extract from data useful, practical information that no one else sees.
SYSTRA has an inclusive environment, something not easy to find, particularly in organisations that have engineering at its core. With a flat hierarchy, you can get your ideas to the top level quickly.
I’ve been constantly challenged by my close managers and my colleagues are always eager to help and share knowledge.
Also, since I joined the team 8 years ago I understood that the company valued innovation. We have an annual innovation program that evolved into the SPARK challenge, where I had the opportunity to participate and had one idea incubated.
Add to that the possibility to work on different projects around the world, the chance to exchange experience and culture with colleagues… It’s just a great place that gives me the chance to work on projects that changes and improve mobility.