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Susanne Kandler, Field Marketing Manager, EMEA

1 year at Ephesoft

In a small town, with a historic castle and a blue lake, outside of Frankfurt, Germany, Susanne Kandler works marketing magic remotely for the EMEA region of Ephesoft. A little over a year ago, she was seeking a new job opportunity and found a job posting for a Field Marketing Manager at Ephesoft. She was instantly fascinated by the possibility of working with multiple countries and languages, developing the EMEA marketing function, and managing all aspects of marketing (and not just one specialty) as compared to what often happens in medium and large companies.

After interviewing with multiple people at Ephesoft, it is a mutual great fit! “Ephesoft has a great team. I work very closely with our US-based marketing team and our local sales team throughout Europe,” Susanne explained. “Everyone is very positive and focused on moving forward. The most important part of my job is the people, but additionally, I believe in the product and the company vision.”

Susanne’s favorite part of the job is the variation of all the marketing activities. She enjoys working on case studies, events and campaigns the best, but does a myriad of activities from advertising, public relations, collateral, communications, work in Salesforce, website, SEO and lots of translation from English to German and French to support those countries. “I like how flexible the product is. Interviewing and working on case studies with our partners and customers gives me insight as to how many use cases there are for our smart document capture technology.”

The variety of marketing activities can also be a challenging part of Susanne’s role. Managing the time spent on each country, prioritizing diverse projects,  and installing processes keeps her very busy. For example, when rolling out demand generation programs and campaigns, she’s got to juggle all the other activities that are coinciding with those. “I have so many things I want to do, but time is limited,” she explained. As Ephesoft continues to grow, the juggling will continue, but that’s also what keeps her job exciting!

Her ability to multitask and her passion for marketing evolved from many experiences throughout her life. Born in the beautiful, medieval city of Aachen, Germany, she moved around the country often as a child. Before attending the university, she moved to Paris as an au pair for one year. In Paris, she loved the people and language, which solidified her decision to pursue a career in marketing. “Marketing is a cross-section and combination of pairing creativity with business and working with many people across many countries.” At the University of Mannheim, housed in a Baroque palace along the Rhine River, Susanne received a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and Logistics.

Susanne speaks fluent German, French, English and a lower level of Spanish, which she uses in her many travels. She’s been to almost every country in Europe, and has had amazing travel experiences in Namibia, Africa seeing animals, New Zealand, Australia and parts of the United States, with highlights in San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. In all of these countries, she felt welcomed. One example in Yosemite was when nearby campers invited Susanne and her family to try smores for the first time! For those of you not familiar with smores, or s’mores short for “some more,” they are a traditional camping dessert with fire-roasted, gooey marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers on the outside holding it all together like a sandwich. Meeting other people in her travels and learning their culture has led to great experiences like this one.

Susanne and her husband have a 14-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter, so they attend many of their sports and other activities. In her spare time, she loves painting, gardening, hiking and skiing. She even successfully attempted surfing last year!