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Profile of Berthe Rakotomalala, Project manager ATM manager integration, Manufacturing Front Office

 

When and how did you join TRANSACTIS?

After earning a Master’s degree in biochemistry at Paris-Sud University, I enrolled in a DESS post-graduate diploma programme in “Network and telematics applications” at Université Paris 7–Denis Diderot.

I was a contractor from 2009 to 2012, then became a staff member at Transactis in August 2012. I worked on a number of e-banking/withdrawal/ATM assignments at various banks, then had a short stint with the ATM manufacturer NCR, before landing at Transactis.


How do you see your job and the progress you have made today?

To be honest, I didn’t think I would be working in this business in the beginning. My background pointed to a career in a research laboratory.

But ultimately, after my master’s degree in biochemistry, I did a postgraduate diploma in computer science and networks, which had better job prospects. I benefited from a surge in demand for IT specialists to ensure the Y2K transition and the introduction of the Euro.

I worked on smart cards during an internship, which acquainted me with the world of e-banking and decided to stick with it. I quickly got into the game. I dug in my heels and soon figured out how to succeed in this field. The challenge was worth it, I don’t regret it.

 

How did you get along in this male environment?

There is no denying that the world of ATMs is dominated by men. And there is no shortage of apprehensions.

Fortunately, I have had male colleagues who do not judge me and do not make me feel out of place.

However, if I answer a call from the outside, they inevitably ask for my male colleagues. I can tell from their insistence that they will not allow me to resolve their problem. In fact, I felt like I had to prove that I belonged there.

What I like about my job is the diversity of the projects, my relationships with suppliers and customers, and the broad, cross-cutting view of the sector.

 

What can you tell us about gender diversity at Transactis? How are the interactions between men and women?
When I came to Transactis, I did not notice that there were more men than women. Perhaps because I have always worked in this environment. The important thing is to work with competent people who identify with Transactis’ values.

 

Your motto?

“Nothing is easy but everything is possible!”