Back to Bulgaria: The Story of Borislav Filipov

Work abroad? Only if they call me from NASA.

Borislav Philipov shares about his journey to Schwarz IT Bulgaria and more

There is a certain type of people, those who are wittingly enlightened to what their vocational life ought to look like – the types who have developed a keen concept for how they want to develop their career and are consciously aware of what they expect from their employers and company. The types who consistently meet their professional aspirations and feel proud of their work. Such is the tale of our colleague – Borislav Philipov, a Data Delivery Consultant in Schwarz IT Bulgaria, albeit going back just some 7 to 8 years, Borislav’s vocational life didn’t seem quite as orderly or clear.


The long road to an IT career and the lessons learned along the way

Borislav graduated high school with a technical profile background and soon thereafter got a job as sales representative where he learned the skill of prioritization and the importance of choosing your own battles.

In 2016, seeking to try out his luck, he takes up on the offer from a friend and traveled to England, starting work at a carwash, eventually finding himself switching jobs and working for the British bookmaker William Hill, although after pondering and as the months spent abroad slowly passed by, he eventually came through to the realization that he didn’t travel 3500km away from friends and family just to waste his time.

The main focus of work was to help create a proper sales look for the displayed goods, albeit there were some other interesting bits. Work at the information desk, cashiers and acceptance of goods vastly differs from that at other departments, nevertheless all of the departments had their own specifics. The thing that all departments shared was need for communicating with a vast amount of different people and personalities and the need for understanding not only for the unit you are working in, but the system as a whole. There is a certain degree of carry-over between different organizational units which requires having know-how in all of them.


Did you learn something? If so what?

I’d share but it’s a trade secret. I’m joking, of course. It was interesting to see the logistics fuelling the whole process. I managed to note quite a few solutions which definitely take load off of the dynamic work process. Seeing the electronic price tags, something which never came to my attention as a client of the superstore chain, but they completely remove the need for printing out price tags and can be updated by scanning a product’s barcode.
I actually had no clue about how intake of goods and storage is conducted. The food products on display are ordered on a daily basis and the is no process of storing large amounts of them. It was also interesting to note that most of the displays are on wheels and are able to be rearranged to maintain the overall plentiful appearance of the store, which would prove quite a lot more difficult, provided logistics and policies in place, if they were stationary.


What are your key takeaways from the time spent? How would they help you in your work?
The three-day practice was an eye-opening experience which gave me a different perspective on how I could ease the workload of my colleagues, even just in the position of an end user. After the visit, I now tend to take note of what my colleagues are striving for and all of the mishaps they are actively tracing. I now strive to help them out, within the rational for a client of-course, be it with information, slight rearrangement of products or just taking products off of the shelves in a way which would make it easy for my colleagues to trace without having to put in extra effort. Overall the visit made me a more conscious client of chain, making me value the importance of my colleagues’ work and strive keep positive and respectable interactions whenever visiting a branch of the chain.