Martin Yanakiev

What is it like to work as a Head of Technical Project Management at TIS?

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Martin Yanakiev

Head of Technical Project Management, Network Infrastructure Department

  • When did you join TIS and how is your career going so far?

I am fortunate enough to have a dynamic career in the company. I joined Telelink in the beginning of 2014 as а Construction Technical Manager. Two years later I took the lead of the Construction unit. A year later it was merged with a few more engineering units to become Technical Project Management Department, which I lead today.

 

  • What does your job entail and what challenges do you meet?

My key role is to organise, support and develop about 15 technical managers who have different majors in the Telecommunication sector as well as to enable the effective start of new projects. Quite often our projects are new and different from the ones we’ve done before. Our biggest challenge is to quickly learn the new technology related to the project and implement it in the best way possible. This calls for complete dedication of the whole team.

 

  • What kind of knowledge, skills and qualities do you need to perform this role? How do you upgrade?

My work demands two totally different sets of skills, knowledge and qualities.
On one hand, it is the work as an expert in the field of Civil Engineering, like my Master’s. The Industry is developing really fast, so we do not have the privilege to stop enhancing our knowledge despite of all the routine and experience we already have. Luckily Telelink Infra Services gives variety of opportunities for both internal and external trainings as well improving the qualification, because we all realize the inner need to progress.

On the other hand, it is the role of the people manager, which requires a different skillset focusing mainly on the soft skills. To lead a great team, you must be a human showing empathy and working with simple and understandable rules, which your team members recognize and are willing to follow. You must have understandable goals and expectations, and last but not least, to belong to the team. If you succeed in building trust, lack of fear of conflict and engagement through the whole team, I think that you have managed to lay the grounds for further upgrade and to achieve the results every company wants.

The only way to keep up and elevate is the continuous learning. Thankfully we have daily challenges and we do not have the chance to stop improving.

 

  • What do you value most in your workplace? What’s your biggest motivator to come to work in the morning?

My fundamental motivators are the people and the human approach in the company. TIS is where I delightedly go to work every day. Uncommonly lovely workplace with encouraging approach, close relationships and humanity, and result-oriented one at the same time. This environment welcomed me in 2014 and it is the one to make me stay here. My main purpose is to maintain and contribute to the humanlike attitude toward the people, no matter the challenges we all face daily.