Schneider Electrics Charlandra Watson thrives on bold ideas

Schneider Electric's Charlandra Watson thrives on bold ideas

 February 03, 2021

Charlandra Watson is the Customer Satisfaction and Quality Director for Schneider Electric

As a problem-solver and risk-taker who needs a challenge, Charlandra is thriving at a company that gives her a platform for presenting bold ideas and effecting change. At Schneider Electric, she is encourage to take risks and disrupt the status quo.

Empowered to think differently to champion change

During her time at the company, Charlandra has been empowered to think differently and look at new ways to solve problems that can make a difference to customers and the company. Most often that means thinking outside the norm and not being afraid to rock the boat.

"At Schneider Electric I love that we’re given the freedom and encouraged to make waves. No matter what idea I or my team comes up with, no matter how out there, seemingly different or new, our leadership doesn’t put it down. They are completely supportive and embrace bold ideas, innovative thinking and new ways of looking at things," she adds."

"Schneider Electric truly does champion change. They understand that to effect change you have to be willing to take some risks. And no matter how senior or experienced you are in the company, you’re given the opportunity to really invoke change and be a part of that change."

Diversity creates new, bolder ideas and approaches

Charlandra explains that Schneider Electric also understands the importance of diversity in generating new, bolder ways of thinking. Schneider Electric is a global company representing diverse clients all around the world and consistently strives to hire more diverse employees.

"Employees here, though, are not just diverse in their ethnicity, but also diverse in their experiences. And combining all those different experiences and cultural backgrounds means more ideas, more unique perspectives, and ultimately more creative solutions for our customers," she says.

Charlandra wanted to work for a company that had more of a global footprint. she also wanted to work for a company that supported diversity and would give her the opportunities to grow and be more innovative and creative. Schneider Electric sets her up for success by constantly offering opportunities for her to succeed, to gain more knowledge and experience.

Supporting her career development

Schneider Electric have fully supported Charlandra's career ambitions. She has an electrical engineering background that she stepped away from that a bit because she was looking for an opportunity that would put her closer to the customers and give her more responsibility. Her current position as Customer Satisfaction and Quality Director "checks all those boxes off", she says.

"I work on process improvement. I’m involved with projects that focus on innovation and on developing new products and new solutions for our customers that are really cutting edge. The kinds of things that haven’t been seen before. I’m also involved with projects that really focus on improving the customer experience," she explains.

"We want to better understand the customer’s journey and how they use our products and solutions. We explore how we can improve that journey for our customers by coming up with even better ways to meet their needs and challenges."

Charlandra's team is also focused on projects that will bring more digital competences to Schneider Electric's breakers. They're also looking at new ways of going to business or to market with the equipment they have. She cites the example: "how could we be leveraging the panel builders that are already in our market to become a new part of the customer’s solution?"

Seeking innovative solutions for customers 

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Charlandra's workday consistently involves problem solving.

"It could have to do with something internally connected to our global supply chain, or it could have to do with issues out in the field with customers. No matter what, though, it’s exciting here every single day. There’s really no telling what’s going to happen from day-to-day. However, you know there’s always going to be something going on, something that will make a difference," she says. 

"Some days I’ll get direct phone calls from customers; other days I’m a part of larger projects that are more innovative. What stays consistent day to day, though, is that we’re always looking to solve our customers’ problems. We’re also continually looking forward and seeking more innovative ways that we can make life easier for our customers in the future."

Embracing mistakes and being fearless

Finally, Charlandra appreciates the opportunities that she's been given at Schneider Electric.

"I love that I can step out on a limb a bit and take risks. And I love that I can make a mistake, learn from it and move on, without fear of being punished or disciplined. At Schneider Electric they realize that mistakes can lead to better ideas, the kind that ultimately bring about change," she says. "The company fully embraces that. After all, how do you know if something works, if you don’t try? It may not always be perfect; the customer may not always like it or accept it. But that’s just part of this unique, innovative corporate culture."

"When I accomplish a big goal or complete a big project at work, it feels great," she adds. "In fact, it feels pretty awesome. And a big part of that is because I feel the company has supported and respected my ideas, encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and cheered for my success all along the way. It’s funny, I never used to think of myself as a fearless, dare-to-take-risks kind of person. But now I do."

Forge a bold and fearless career at Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is always looking for women who can bring their unique perspectives to work, which leads to bold ideas, innovative decisions, and more creative solutions for our customers.

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