Women in Engineering:
Jun. 23 2020
Metta Setyabudi is Bureau Veritas Pacific Region's Business Unit Manager in Shop Inspection, based in Port Melbourne, VIC. As part of Women in Engineering Day, Bureau Veritas would like to share her career journey especially to aspiring engineers.
What inspired you to pursue a career in Engineering?
My dad is a “jack of all trades” and I grew up watching him designing, building and fixing all sorts of things. I enjoyed science and math at school, so it was only logical that I pursued an engineering degree at university; combining with a business degree to spice things up. It is the knowledge based problem solving that gives me most job satisfaction, as well as the transferable skills that I appreciate the most.
Could you talk us through your career journey?
Prior working for Bureau Veritas, I had the opportunities to work in different roles and in different industries such as hospitality, chemical manufacturers, university, and automotive manufacture; until finally, stepped in my first role at Bureau Veritas as the Work Coordinator for Victoria Metallurgy and Mechanical Testing Laboratory in 2006.
After a few years at the laboratory, I was transferred to the Integrity and Reliability Engineering department as the Technical Specialist, before promoted to Operational Efficiency Coordinator and sometime later, Business Unit Manager. I took maternity leave and after my twins turned three and half years old, I returned to Bureau Veritas as Procurement Services Business Unit Manager for Pacific Region, reporting to the Commercial Director of Industry and Facilities Group for Pacific Region. I am grateful I work for a company like Bureau Veritas, who encourages women participation in workforce and at the same time, accommodates work and life balance.
How do you ‘Leave Your Mark’ here at Bureau Veritas?
I am a firm believer of the golden rule: “treat others the way you want to be treated”. It has been my privilege to work for supportive and mentoring managers and teams in Bureau Veritas for many years, where an atmosphere of fair, proactive and equal treatment is a customary. I hope by actively pursuing an open and honest environment that focuses on clear communication and prompt responses to all stakeholders, everyone that I cross paths with feels respected and treated equally.
What is the most interesting thing about your role?
It is the diversity that I manage and get involved with, both internally and externally – as well as the challenges that I have to overcome. No day is the same in my work and I love it! I have been learning so much since I took up the role and know I will keep upskilling myself, as all the variety and challenges in my work means there are always new things to learn.
What advice would you give to someone joining Bureau Veritas?
Seize the opportunities and embrace the challenges that are presented to you. You never know what you will learn from them, nor where they will take you, until you immerse yourself and make things happen.