Meet our Head of Traceability Development, Daniela Murgia
1.What is your role in Inpeco? Why did you choose Inpeco as your employer?
I am Head of Product Development for the Traceability Unit. I own the development of ProTube, the system that allows to trace the simple collection phase in the Total Testing Process.
I chose to work at Inpeco because I wanted to return to product development after having worked in different roles for the previous years and I was looking for an innovation-oriented, young and dynamic environment.
2. Tell me about your journey to become a leader in your field. Why did you choose this career?
I grew up in a small and charming village in the center of Sardinia and I got a master’s degree in Management Engineering at Pisa University. My first work experience was in Procter & Gamble (Lucca) as Maintenance Planner in a paper mill. Thereafter, I moved to Florence to work for General Electric Oil&Gas (Nuovo Pignone) as New Product Introduction Program Manager in the R&D department, working particularly on Gas Turbine and Centrifugal Compressor products. In 2012 I moved to Switzerland to Alstom Power as Project Manager Testing & Validation for the GT36 Gas Turbine (Today in the Ansaldo Energia Portfolio). After 4 years in Switzerland, I came back to Italy, and after a consulting experience and some personal initiatives in the agri-food sector, I joined Inpeco. I chose this path as I like the challenges of complex projects and because technology, innovation and change management are highly stimulating elements for me.
3. What are challenges of managing your team and how do you overcome them
The first big challenge I had to face in order to properly manage and communicate with my team was achieving a good level of domain and technical knowledge. In fact, coming from a totally different business and products, I first had to fill this important gap. I faced it by asking questions, listening to the people in my team and learning something new every day from each of them. Today I’m able to provide my team members all the support necessary to work well together.
4. How would you motivate other women to achieve the same level of success?
I started from an unfavorable situation and I struggled to achieve my goals. I succeeded focusing on my studies, knowledge, expertise and ownership.So, my suggestion is always to believe in your own abilities, not being conditioned or discouraged by any kind of stereotypes or prejudices.
Life is unpredictable, it does not always offer positive moments and easy situations, but never give up!
5. What are you doing in your free time outside work?
I’m the mum of a six-year-old boy, all my free time is dedicated to him. Together we prepare home-made bread and pizza, we play, we go for long walks and we study music.
6. The International Women’s Day 2021 theme is “ChooseToChallenge”, what does it mean to you?
The status of women in Western countries has already overcome the most significant challenges towards equality; in fact, today women have access to studies and careers once reserved for men only.
There is still a lot to do, there are still sectors or career levels in which women are not involved, there is still the risk of suffering prejudices from both sides: from those who already cover these roles and also from those who would like to cover them but are discouraged.
So, ChoosetoChallenge for me means to face these stereotypes and prejudices to have a world where there is no need to be considered “special” because I’m a woman, but I can be recognized only for my expertise and achievements.
Thank you Daniela!