Tanja Schumi works in the Special Steel Division in strategic IT management. In the following interview she talks about the challenges in IT as well as her professional career.
Born in Carinthia, Tanja Schumi started her career at the former Böhler-Uddeholm AG in 2007, experiencing at first hand the process of the company being taken over by the voestalpine Group. Seven years later, she works at voestalpine Edelstahl GmbH in strategic IT management.
Ms Schumi, what was the educational background that brought you to voestalpine?
After graduating from high school I took a degree in communication science at Klagenfurt University where I specialized in communication within organizations. What do they say? You never stop learning! Later I attended a variety of continuing education courses which were important for my professional career, such as the entrepreneur academy and project management.
What brought you to voestalpine?
I applied for a job advertised in the newspaper.
When did you start working at voestalpine?
I started in February 2007 at Böhler-Uddeholm AG, as it was, and experienced at first hand its takeover by the voestalpine Group.
"It was a very turbulent, exciting, and extremely instructive period."
Could you tell us something about your work?
Strategic IT management in the Special Steel Division ensures that information technology resources are applied to achieve the division’s corporate goals, and deployed to the best possible effect. My responsibilities include CorporateNet management, IT controlling, and local IT management. Specific tasks include developing the CorporateNet strategy and representing the division’s interests in the Group, as well as ensuring Group and division IT guidelines and standards adhered to in the operating companies.
As I’m responsible for more than one area, it’s sometimes quite a challenge keeping track of everything. But it’s precisely this challenge that makes my job so exciting, and no two days are the same. ‘Speedy’ is exactly how you’d describe the rate of developments in this field, and therefore how IT is, and needs to be, controlled. IT controlling is a special challenge in which my communication studies in particular have proved their worth. Problems often arise as a result of incorrect or insufficient communication.
What do you particularly enjoy about your job?
The wide range of tasks, projects, cooperation with colleagues, companies and group IT, the international environment, opportunities for continued professional training; IT development is ongoing and so knowledge is constantly extended, motivating and controlling the implementation of Group and division IT guidelines and standards.
What tip would you give future applicants in your area of operations?
You need optimism, a sense of responsibility, the ability to make decisions, dynamism, a good feeling for priorities, to be conscientious, to enjoy all forms of interpersonal communication, to be good at team work, and achieve goals by cooperating with colleagues.
What else would you like to tell us?
As I came to IT from a different career background, I often have an alternative perspective on things.
"The learning curve was immense, but it was always interesting and never really stops in the IT sector."