There are no typical workdays for Mircea Gingu, BEng 13, at ABB Canada. He starts each morning by reviewing his calendar, attending his 6 a.m. overseas meetings and reading over his most recent emails. From there, Gingu creates a three-to-five-point strategy for the rest of the day, which includes firefighting the most pressing problems in his way and driving projects forward.
“My first three points, I have to achieve by the end of the day. Fourth and fifth — will be tackled accordingly in terms of their priority and current business needs,” explains Gingu, who is a global sales and marketing configurator leader at ABB Canada.
What’s more, Gingu needs to make sure he is available outside of regular work hours given that the company has customers around the world.
“You have to accommodate everybody, especially in a global company like ABB,” he says. “We work with Saudi Arabia and they have a different schedule — they work Sunday to Thursday and that collides with my Sunday. But if there’s an emergency, we’re over there to support them.”
Gingu’s journey to ABB Canada began during his last year at Concordia. While completing his degree in electrical engineering, he landed a four-month summer internship at the company in sales and marketing. His work at ABB Canada was so impressive that his manager decided to extend his internship another four months. He then joined the company as an electrical engineering specialist in 2013.
Today, Gingu works on the implementation team responsible for a customer management relationship software.
“When you go into Amazon, you can select your shoes, your pants, and so on and so forth,” he says. “We’re customizing or digitizing our inventory into such a platform.”
Thinking back on his days at the university, Gingu recalls how his courses helped him develop a systematic approach to solving problems — something that has been invaluable in his career. He also appreciates Concordia’s multicultural atmosphere and its hands-on approach to learning.
“All the labs that we used to do at Concordia helped me understand the concepts way better — that helped me succeed,” Gingu says.
He advises anyone who wants to follow a career path similar to his own to start by understanding the product they are working with. Then, they can gradually evolve into a role that includes front- and back-end interactions with customers, before eventually settling into sales and marketing.
Gingu admits that he did not always plan to shift towards sales and marketing but enjoys how his role combines all of his skills.
“How can we, for example, digitize our portfolio? And how can we explain it to the customer, but in a simple story?” Gingu asks. “It’s really interesting — it still has the technical side.”
Bringing it all together