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Employee Spotlight: Amy Steerzer

#FutureInYourHands


Amy SteerzerAmy steerzer

AUDITOR at TÜV SÜD America

#FutureInYourHands – This motto properly describes how TÜV SÜD empowers its employees. It’s best to hear from TÜV SÜD executives and staff members what their personal experiences are working for TÜV SÜD.


Can you discuss your role within TÜV SÜD America?
I’m a full-time Auditor with TÜV SÜD America. I had worked with the company a year earlier on a contract basis before I was brought on in my full-time role. I specialize in technical reviews in addition to the audits. Remote auditing has been a bit of a struggle for me, but not too bad. I miss talking face to face with the clients.

What drew you to this career path?
I was an internal auditor in my previous role where I specialized in quality and environmental management systems for the automotive sector. I was drawn to internal auditing when I finally started traveling and visiting all the other sites. I thought to myself, ‘I really like this and want to pursue this full time as a third-party auditor, get more involved and go from one facility to the next’. I really enjoy going to and visiting different companies and meeting new people.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I really enjoy assisting clients interpret the regulatory standards that their industries require. Many people approach the standards from different angles and have different ideas on how to put processes in place to achieve compliance. I like to work with these clients to ensure their unique business needs are balanced with the requirements that the standards provide. Helping them find this happy balance is what I really enjoy. I also love to learn more about different industries.

Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
Prior to my current role I did face challenges, and I’ve learned a lot from facing these obstacles. By working with other people and learning from other auditors I’ve learned to see things from different perspectives. You learn at every place you visit and every person you meet, and you take what they teach you and you can use that knowledge to help other people. I enjoy working with people from other countries and backgrounds; I don’t speak other languages so there is sometimes a language barrier which can be a bit of a challenge. As long as you’re open to facing these obstacles and ask the right questions you can really learn a lot from others.

Is there an engineering-related innovation that you find fascinating, or are inspired by?
I actually learned a lot today about how keys are made. You would think it would be very simple, but there’s a lot to that process, more than I thought there would be. It was really fascinating. I also think 3D printing and toy making is a really cool process. I once had a client that makes toys for animals, like typical dog toys. I’m also fascinated by tree removal technology and wind turbines.

What advice do you have for young women considering entering this field?
I think this is a great career to consider if you love talking, asking a lot of questions, and learning. Be prepared to educate the clients yourself and be an asset to them. It is also a great fit if you like to travel and meet people from different cultures. This career is something I really enjoy. I love doing the work because I am constantly learning. If you want to grow, this job enables you to do that.

 

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