"I come to work every day because I believe I can have an impact. I can see my fingerprints on my business. I can point to something and say 'I did that.'" – Yash Siddhartha, Global New Product Development Manager, ITW Medical
Yash Siddhartha, Global New Product Development Manager at ITW Medical within the Specialty Products segment, joined ITW as an intern. The limitless career possibilities at ITW were a key factor in Yash’s choice to build his career at ITW. Though he started in engineering, Yash quickly realized his love for business.
What has your career journey been so far at ITW?
I was an electrical engineering major at Northwestern. When I was looking for a job, I wanted to be in a role where I could see the impact of what I did. As an intern at ITW, I got to work in three different segments, on two different continents and on a wide variety of projects. I got the distinct sense that there was a world of possibilities open to me. During my internships, I found myself thinking “I can’t believe they’re letting me do this!” I wanted to have that feeling throughout my career, so I decided to come back full time.
My current role has been in the Medical Device industry with single-use disposable products. I have been leading ITW Medical's NPD/Innovation function, from front-end strategic marketing to manufacturing, working closely with industry-leading medical device companies. It has been exciting for me to experience new industries and roles and the learning that comes with that.
What is unique about ITW’s culture?
ITW rewards curiosity and initiative. If you’re a curious person who is looking to learn, ITW will be a great place for you. At ITW, if you take your curiosity, show some initiative and find a way to tie it to a business need, the company will support you in whatever you want to do.
I’m also always blown away by how much people want to help each other. Of course, that is part of our values – Trust and Shared Risk. So, I think at every step of my career, there was always someone willing to take a chance on me in a situation where it wasn’t obvious that I was ready to do the job. They were always willing to put me out there and have faith in me that I was ready. That feeling of “I can’t believe they’re letting me do this” persists to this day.
What makes you excited to come to work every day?
The thing that drives me to get out of bed every morning is that I don’t really know what the day will hold. I know there will be the opportunity to do something really interesting, or I’ll get to talk to a customer or hear about a problem that I’m excited to solve. At the same time, I’ll have people in my corner that will help me navigate any challenges and really stretch myself beyond where I am today.
What is one word that comes to mind when you think of ITW?
I would say that “Impact” is my top word for ITW. I come to work every day because I believe I can have an impact. I can see my fingerprints on my business. I can point to something and say “I did that.”