People of Remington – Andrew Schmidt
Technical Training & Support Manager

People of Remington – Andrew Schmidt

I joined Remington just out of college, which was my first job. I had an Associate Diploma in Engineering in Electrical Systems. I ended up committing to Remington on the 13th of January 1998 as a certified electronics technician. It was different times back then (1 bang phone cost up to K150 and that was the latest tech).

Remington was in a state of change, no longer part of Remington Pitney Bowes worldwide, we were going to have to fight to maintain a share of the market. It was all about the challenge for me, having to beat all odds to come out on top. This challenge allowed us to develop with the boom in technology, everyone played their part as one team which assisted the company move into “The digital age, paperless society “.

One thing I like about my job is the service trips! Thanks to Remington, I have done road, plane and helicopter trips. Driven the Highlands Highway, across to Buka, Daru, Kerema, Tari, Mendi, Wabag and Alotau. I only have to visit; Popondetta, Kavieng, Manus, Kiunga, Tabubil, Vanimo, and the bucket list is complete.

During my time with Remington, I have had the privilege of working and training under such strong brands as; Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Canon, Konica Office and production machines, Konica Minolta office and production equipment and Kwikcash (BankTech) ATM’s. This exposure and experience have allowed my fellow Techs and me to broaden our skills and knowledge base and enhance our analytical and problem-solving skills.

I am passionate about seeing a positive outcome at the end of the day. The thing that drives me is seeing the staff achieving favourable outcomes when faced with tough situations, knowing that that experience has taught us something.

In my current position, I think good leadership in the workplace is important. Leadership is not just about leading, it’s about being able to create and show vision, direction and coaching people around you. I do think that leadership affects employee work ethics and performance, unmotivated staff will not be productive.

I believe I bring to the team experience and friendship.

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