Martin Peruzzi is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and member of the Management Board of voestalpine Böhler Welding. In the following interview he talks about his wide ranging responsibilities and his professional career.
Born in Upper Austria, Peruzzi started his career back in 2005 with the voestalpine Steel Division in Linz. Ten years later, he’s travelling the world as CTO for the voestalpine Böhler Welding Group, based in Donawitz.
Mr Peruzzi, what was the educational pathway that lead you to voestalpine?
After graduating with my higher school certificate from the Bundesgymnasium Werndlpark in Steyr in 1995, I took a degree in technical physics at the Johannes Kepler University, graduating in 2001. My studies included a semester spent in Bergen, Norway. Further milestones after my degree include a postgraduate placement at the Siemens research center in Erlangen, Germany, a doctorate in technical sciences from the Johannes Kepler University where I studied at the Institute of Applied Physics from 2002 to 2005. The voestalpine high potential group in 2008 (now the Pre-Stage of the value:program), and a Masters in innovation management from the LIMAK Business School, from 2008 to 2009.
When & what brought you to voestalpine?
I made an unsolicited application to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in 2005, for central research at the Department for Technology & Innovation. I was project head there until 2012, and my responsibilities included establishing innovation management in the division. I’ve been with voestalpine Böhler Welding Group GmbH since 2012.
Tell us something about your work.
As a member of the management board, together with my colleagues I’m responsible for forming and implementing the strategy needed to ensure we achieve the growth targets for our business segment. I am responsible for the technical projects in particular, for example, installing production facilities in our plants. But project managing the post-merger integration of company acquisitions also comes under my area of responsibility. As CTO I head Global Research & Innovation, and Global Quality & HSEE. Sixty developers around the globe report to me in research & development, and together we drive forward the research projects and product developments as laid out in our R&D roadmaps.
"I constantly analyse new trends and customer requirements together with our product and segment management, determining their relevance to our R&D program."
What do you particularly enjoy about your job?
Working together with people of all nationalities and around the world within voestalpine Böhler Welding. Being able to directly influence company structure, ensuring that the internal organization and processes are efficient and future-proof. Managing teams located decentrally and at a wide variety of locations (which is simultaneously one of the greatest challenges).
"And working with other divisions and companies within voestalpine is also fascinating, offering many opportunities to leverage on new synergies and develop customer solutions."
What tip can you offer potential employees in your particular field of work?
When it comes to research & development in particular, it’s important to be open to new ideas, to have a solid technical education, and to make use of the opportunity voestalpine provides of not being permanently settled at a single location. That means a willingness to travel and the courage to take on new challenges (and desire to take them on) are essential if you want to make a career within the Group.
What else would you like to tell us?
I’ve always very much enjoyed working with people. As well as tutoring at the university, I was a trainer for the industrial master school at the Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI) for many years, and always succeeded in making complex subjects such as physics and maths clearly comprehensible. As a result, the course participants were able to create a solid basis for their further education and careers. I am currently a lecturer on the value:program (Stage 2) on the exciting subject of innovation management.