As part of the celebrations marking the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna, we are presenting several voestalpine employees who graduated from the university. Find out more about Christoph Jeitler, Head of Sales, Mobility at voestalpine Krems GmbH, in the following interview.
As soon as he’d finished high school in Mödling, at a school specialising in industrial engineering, it was clear to Christoph Jeitler that industrial management was his special area of interest. Consequently, after leaving school he attended the University of Vienna, studying and graduating with a degree (Magister) in business administration.
Mr. Jeitler, what makes your degree interesting, and how does it help you in your current position?
The broad knowledge base I was able to acquire during my studies in business administration have been a real help in my career as a salesperson and as Head of Sales. In addition to my legal knowledge (contracts), in my daily work I draw heavily on what I learnt about controlling and about statistics (quality management).
"Added to that, taking a degree helps you learn to work independently and develop personal initiative."
What moment do you remember in particular?
Definitely the graduation ceremony in the ceremonial hall at the University of Vienna. The ‘long battle’ I’d fought with my degree thesis made this moment a particular relief.
What brought you to voestalpine, and when?
I’ve worked for the company since April 2008. I started after having responded to a general advertisement in the newspaper. The position I was ultimately assigned, as a salesperson for special tubes and sections in steel, was more accident than design, and the role didn’t really reflect my career plans.
Tell us something about your work.
I’m responsible for sales of section solutions, particularly for customers in the Mobility segment. This effectively covers the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, as well as agricultural and construction machinery.
What do you particularly enjoy about your job and working at voestalpine?
My job takes me to many different countries and brings me into close contact with people from all types of industry.
"This regular 'change of scene', dealing with people, and the company's positive corporate culture are what makes the voestalpine Group different to other companies and jobs."
What tip can you offer potential applicants in your area of operations?
I believe you can only plan careers to a very limited extent – but it still makes sense to set out a couple of rough cornerstones.
"For example, it was important to me to start my career with a renowned company and to work in an international corporate environment. "
This has opened up interesting perspectives both for my personal and professional development.