Law to Aviation (Business Integrity)

CAREER INTERVIEW WITH: Stephanie dietz

Role: Group Manager, Business Integrity
Company:  Qantas
Transition: Corporate Law to Aviation

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WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY AT WORK LOOK LIKE?

Key elements on any given day include:

  • Meeting with members or stakeholders of the Group's Sustainability and Resilience Council to discuss key initiatives that deliver on the Group's broader strategy
  • Horizon scanning for long-term threats and opportunities associated with shifting investor, customer and regulator expectations (and utilising this exercise to advise the Group and industry bodies of threats and opportunities)
  • Designing and delivering internal cultural training on anti-bribery and corruption or human rights related risk
  • Assessing the Group's third party risk with regards to human rights and other environment, social and governance aspects

WHAT ARE THE BEST PARTS OF YOUR ROLE?

My role is so multi-faceted that it feels like no two days are the same - the constant challenge is exciting. I am able to engage with a wide range of stakeholders within the business and externally.

WHAT ARE THE MOST CHALLENGING PARTS OF YOUR ROLE?

In a small team that is newly formed it is at times difficult to decide where to prioritise resources and effort.

HOW IS SUCCESS MEASURED IN YOUR ROLE?

Decreased share price volatility; favourable regulatory and policy outcomes; improved risk management across the Group.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE TRYING TO GET A JOB IN YOUR COMPANY OR FIELD OF WORK?

One of the biggest advantages of my organisation is that there is a huge variety of roles available, from Flight Crew to writing code for a product related to the Loyalty business. Your biggest advantage will be a passion for the brand and for aviation.

In my current role, a Legal or law enforcement background with a strong understanding of environmental, social and governance factors is advantageous.

WHAT CAREERS CAN THIS PATH LEAD TO?

Commercial Planning, Corporate Governance, ABC or Human Rights Specialist - this industry is also a growth area so foreseeably a person with these skills could also start a small business or move to a consulting firm.

WHY DID YOU TRANSITION FROM LAW TO BUSINESS?

I transitioned from the legal industry because (after practising as a lawyer for a very short time) I realised I was interested in gathering a wider array of corporate and commercial skills.

I transitioned directly to Qantas into an Strategy Analyst role in the Customer Experience team and have since worked in a variety of challenging and interesting roles before my most recent move.