Submitted by cyle.olson on May 29, 2015 - 9:29am
Rob Lerner joined VIAVI (then JDS Uniphase) in 2013 as Sales Director in Northern Europe. Now just two years later, he lives in Singapore and is the Vice President of Sales for the Location Intelligence product line for APAC, Japan, China and Korea. Rob’s rapid rise is due to his ability to seize an opportunity, put in the hard work and build a winning team – resulting in increased market traction and business growth in his region. Rob also credits VIAVI’s willingness to provide him with the structure and support he needed to succeed and then recognize his accomplishments through promotions and increased responsibility.
VIAVI is a company that is challenging the status quo in many areas and that often means advising the customer to take a path they may not have initially chosen. In the end, our job is to ensure their success by delivering innovative solutions.
One of the things that Rob finds most rewarding is the consultative approach that VIAVI is taking with customers. “I also appreciate the opportunity to work with so many people who are smart, decisive and willing to take risks. Find an issue, make a plan, form a solution, and move forward!”
Submitted by cyle.olson on May 31, 2015 - 8:04pm
Steve Struebing works in R&D as a Senior Engineering Development Manager. His career progression with the company has permitted him to work with teams internationally, and even included an assignment in France. In his current role based out of Germantown, Maryland, Steve collaborates with peers in product engineering and most of the company’s corporate function teams.
The focus on agility is coming from the top, but executed from the bottom up with close engagement with customers. So we’re able to respond quickly to the marketplace and to customer requirements.
Steve is excited about VIAVI’s focus on innovation, taking risks and embracing an agile development culture. “VIAVI leadership has also fostered a culture focused on global teamwork and knowledge sharing – like the R&D TechSynergy forums we hold once or twice a year. In our environment, candidates who bring a curious mind, quick technical skills, a passion for solving customer challenges, and the drive for continuous improvement…will find this a rewarding place to start or continue their career.”
Submitted by cyle.olson on May 29, 2015 - 9:31am
Lynn Macpherson is another VIAVI employee who has seized the opportunity to control her career and take advantage of the company’s global footprint. As the Global Consulting Team Lead, Lynn manages HR consulting teams across North America, EMEA and APAC. She started with VIAVI in the UK, serving in a HR role focused on Northern Europe. When she heard about a short-term project in Maryland, she raised her hand and few weeks later she was off to the U.S., where she provided support for a new acquisition. Upon returning to the U.K., she let her leadership know she was open to permanent opportunities in the U.S. A year later, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she still works today!
At VIAVI, you’re in control of your career and have the freedom to pursue the opportunities that interest you. There is a great deal of room to move and grow and we’re encouraged to go after it.
“That includes pursuing the opportunity to experience other cultures – either by relocating or working in a global role. We’re also provided with a lot of flexibility and autonomy, which also helps people grow.” “Right now, what’s most exciting to me is the entrepreneurial spirit that comes with being a new company – yet unlike your typical start-up – we already have a long-proven portfolio of products and a large base of satisfied customers.”
Submitted by cyle.olson on May 31, 2015 - 8:06pm
At VIAVI, not only can you build a career – you can help build a company! VIAVI is a new company created from many successful parts of JDS Uniphase. However, as a new company traded under a different stock symbol, many of VIAVI’s financial policies, systems and processes are being built from the ground up. Ngoc Phan, the company’s Global Controller, and his team of 100+ accountants and financial specialists – relish the opportunity to help build something great.
Moving from the product focus of our old company to the solution focus of VIAVI, there is tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as each function area looks at new ways to support the company and our customers.
“There’s so much opportunity for all of us, not just the Finance team. In many ways, it’s a new day. We started with a very strong foundation, but not everything is set in stone. You can customize your own job description and design a career path. Of course this environment isn’t for everyone. We’re looking for people who thrive in the face of opportunity and are eager to contribute to the effort.”
Submitted by cyle.olson on May 31, 2015 - 8:07pm
While VIAVI is a great place to continue a career, Melissa Sinclair has also found it to be a great place to start a career. Melissa joined VIAVI in June 2014 fresh out of college. As an inside sales representative for the company’s channel partner business in North America, she is often the first person to speak with a prospective partner. She handles initial inquires from partners and helps to direct them to the appropriate channel sales or manufacturing sales team.
She credits VIAVI’s sales training process – which included learning about all about the company’s technologies and solutions – with shortening her learning curve and preparing her to be successful in her first job.
I can continue to grow and take on new responsibilities in the inside sales organization, or I can expand my experience by moving to outside sales.
“I graduated with an Engineering degree and hadn’t originally considered a sales career, but it’s great! My technical background has given me a leg up in my sales role.” “I also like that I have two possible career paths…I can continue to grow and take on new responsibilities in the inside sales organization, or I can expand my experience by moving to outside sales.”