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 Stefan Tomek, Head of the Legal and Insurance Department at voestalpine VAE GmbH, in the following interview.
Born and brought up in Vienna, Stefan Tomek attended both primary and secondary school in the capital. After leaving school and completing his compulsory civilian service, he attended the University of Vienna where he graduated in law. At the same time, he completed a degree in business administration at the Vienna University of Economics. After completing his judicial clerkship, Stefan Tomek worked as a trainee barrister for a renowned international law firm, and is today Head of the Legal and Insurance Department at voestalpine VAE GmbH.
Mr. Tomek, what makes your degree interesting, and how does it help you in your current position?
My studies gave me the opportunity to explore the relevant fields of law in depth and in detail, and to make initial contact with companies in this industry. Within this framework it quickly became clear to me that I enjoy an analytical and structured approach to problem solving, as well as working independently and being self-reliant. It was also important being able to gain work experience with an Austrian firm of lawyers while still studying. This gave me the first insights into the job profile of a legal adviser.
What brought you to voestalpine, and when?
I applied in response to a job advert in a newspaper, and have been working at voestalpine VAE GmbH since May 2012.
Tell us something about your work.
I’m responsible for legal and insurance-related matters pertaining to the voestalpine VAE Gruppe with its more than 40 international subsidiaries. I am also responsible for Compliance and M&A within our business unit. My main tasks lie in the fields of civil, procurement, corporate and competition law.
"In summary, I couldn't wish for a more interesting and varied career, one which also offers me glimpses into a huge variety of cultures and the chance to meet exceptional people."
What do you particularly enjoy about your job and working at voestalpine?
The Group’s international focus, the open and collegial atmosphere, and the interdisciplinary range of tasks (legal, technical & economic aspects).
What tip would you give future applicants in your area of operations?
Show a willingness to be involved. Networked thinking and flexibility, as well as a problem-solving approach to challenges, are essential for managing daily tasks.