“I get the opportunity to drive what my kids and their kids are going to experience years from now.” – Josh Angel, Head of Commercial Industries at Siemens Advanta Digital Engineering
Fueling expertise with fresh ideas
Josh´s Siemens story started in 2008 and transformed into a Siemens Advanta one eleven years later, when he joined the newly set up unit in 2019. Having experienced the long-standing legacy of Siemens as a whole, he quickly realized the unique opportunity that arose from combining the existing Siemens expertise with the innovative Siemens Advanta-approach: “Siemens Advanta operates as a startup-esq business within Siemens,” he explains, “leveraging our rich history and industrial DNA to accelerate the digital transformation of our clients.”
Every day has afforded me the opportunity to wake up with a refreshed and accelerated passion for loving our clients and delivering with excellence
Josh is sure that it is this very recipe – fueling long-standing know-how with new perspectives – that not only makes Siemens Advanta special, but also pushed his own career path to the next level: “Every day has afforded me the opportunity to wake up with a refreshed and accelerated passion for loving our clients and delivering with excellence.”
When career meets passion
By that, taking on a leading role within Siemens Advanta Solutions became more than just an incredible professional opportunity for Josh – it also was the first step into finding his personal intersection of passion and career. Although he is convinced of having found this unique combination between work commitment and personal fulfillment, Josh makes it very clear that this state does not come easily: “Make no mistake though, my journey is met with long days, seemingly impossible challenges, difficult decisions and business topics that require significant investment,” he says, “all of which could leave the average person skeptical if the intersection of passion and career actual exists – even if for a brief moment.”
How he maintains this connection? “The answer is quite simple,” he says, “The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence, the grass is green where you water it.” Josh is convinced that it takes dedicated investment – “into your development, your team, your clients and the future.”
At Siemens Advanta I am surrounded by a global team of like-minded colleagues, many of which I call friends, who challenge me to perform at my best, dare to dream bigger and bolder, celebrate wins and learn from my failures.
Enjoying the ride together
For Josh, the pivotal point of this investment lays within his team – equally committed goal-getters who share his passion, dream big and push, challenge, and support him on a daily basis: “At Siemens Advanta I am surrounded by a global team of like-minded colleagues,” he says, “many of which I call friends, who challenge me to perform at my best, dare to dream bigger and bolder, celebrate wins and learn from my failures.”
Before joining Siemens Advanta, Josh found this very culture of building on a strong system and by that, facing challenges, learning from failures, and celebrating success side by side in his other passion – his CrossFit community. “Yes, CrossFit is an intense, quick hour-long workout”, he makes clear, “but it is not just a workout.” Above all, it is a strong community that Josh makes “a prioritized decision to invest in” and that helps him to achieve his goals: “I am joined by like-minded people who push me to be my best self, had the opportunity to develop relationships that have formed to incredible friendships, enabled me to build unmatched mental fortitude and physical strength."
Josh is more than happy, having found this culture in his professional life, too: “This passion has direct transferability and applicability to my career at Siemens Advanta and I find myself at the intersection of passion, CrossFit and career,” he says. Goals are achieved much more easily with a strong team by your side, and, as Josh puts it, it is also more fun: “They remind me to slow down and enjoy the ride.”
Shaping the future with seminal technology
But what exactly makes Josh´s passion? “When someone asks what I love about my job, the answer is clear,” he says, “I get to impact and shape the future.” For Josh, being a father of two daughters, this, in concrete terms, means shaping his children´s future while simultaneously tackling global problems with digital technology. “I get the opportunity to drive what my kids and their kids are going to experience years from now,” he states, “Things like new treatment methods for “incurable” diseases, the development of unfathomable consumer goods, increased travel safety enabled by autonomous vehicles, utilization of renewable energy in unconventional applications and providing access to clean drinking water across the globe.”
Josh is clear, that these are huge goals – some might say even impossible. “Arguably these are all “boil the ocean” topics,” he explains, “an American expression meant to call someone out for taking on an overly large and potentially impossible task given the reality of resources.” But by combining know-how and passion, dreaming bold and relying on each other, Josh is confident that he and his team are able to set the tracks for solutions that one day might even be able to solve seemingly impossible tasks.
We will meet the needs of our customers today and into the future, build the path to “boiling the oceans."
Making digitalization tangible
Josh´s journey at Siemens Advanta has only begun two years ago. Still, he already experiences actively shaping the future of his customers, and by that, the future of communities all around the world. Josh believes that that the secret here is all about making digital transformation suitable for everyday life and by that tangible: “I believe our success in making digitalization real will be realized through simple, repeatable, scalable and holistic solutions”, he says. Through meeting today´s challenges and getting digital solutions off the ground, he and his team are able to lay down the tracks for the big future topics: “We will meet the needs of our customers today and into the future, build the path to “boiling the oceans”.
How Josh´s story at Siemens Advanta Solutions will continue? Certainly, new challenges will emerge, innovative technologies will arise, and proven methods will evolve. What will stay the same is the enthusiasm with which Josh faces these obstacles – and, of course, the intersection between passion and career which he found over twelve years ago at a company rich in tradition. Being able to unite these long-standing experiences and expertise with new ideas, perspectives, and solutions is what makes Josh love his journey. Together with a strong team as his global support system, Josh is ready to continue his ride – and by that, keep renewing tradition: “It started with Siemens and is fueled by Advanta.”