A fresh perspective from a female leader in Engineering – Nur Inan

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In the spotlight with Nur Inan, GM Infrastructure Services at Broadspectrum

100Mums interviews women you can relate to, in the hope that you  gain inspiration, insights or just enjoy hearing their story. Engineering has long been seen as a male dominated vocation with not many women choosing this as their career. It is interesting to hear different perspectives on this and how it differs around the world. In this interview, we speak with Nur, Nur came to Australia from Turkey and has been on an impressive career path working at companies such as NBN Co, Aurecon, Optus, Service NSW and currently Broadspectrum.  She is a very passionate individual who adds value wherever she works and strives to throw the ladder down to women in the company who have demonstrated capability and want to progress.

100Mums worked with Derek Osborn, CEO Government Services and Outsourcing at Broadspectrum to bring Nur Inan into the business as the General Manager of Infrastructure Services.  Her diverse experience has brought innovation to the team where she has proved to be a valuable asset to the business.

INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY JANINE LAY-FLURRIE – CEO – 100MUMS

Firstly what inspired you to become an engineer?
I was a top performer at high school across all subjects, which was an advantage but also a disadvantage when choosing my career path. Then I decided to follow my passion of making things happen and a love of maths and numbers; in line with a family tradition as my 3 brothers also chose to become engineers.
At that time did you see it as a male dominated environment?
To be honest with you, I did not see this trend in my country of origin. However, I did observe this to be the case soon after I arrived in Australia as a migrant engineer. While registering at a medical centre, a nurse’s response to my profession was; “I am not asking your husband’s profession, I am asking yours”. This was my first eye opener. My first job in Australia was a Consultant Project Manager at Aurecon (formerly Connell Wagner). I was the first female engineer employed by the Company in New South Wales.
You’ve had an extremely interesting career, can you give me some key highlights that you are proud of?
Sale of Optus Towers and generating a financial benefit for the Company at a critical time when this was most needed; Influencing the Optus’ senior executives decision to enter into the 4G market earlier than planned; Returning underperforming Accelerated Digital Strategy (a NSW Government transformation program) to a successful outcome, and assisting the Premier to meet an election commitment to the public.
My current role at Broadspectrum (General Manager, Infrastructure Services) is what I am most passionate about.
What advice can you give to women wanting to climb the ladder?
To believe in their capabilities and if they are determined and remain focused, there are no limits.

What attracted you to Broadspectrum?
Broadspectrum is a global organisation operating in many different sectors. I thought this spread could be a good opportunity for further development and growth.
Can you describe your working relationship with Derek and the team?
I find Derek’s strategic direction and approach to innovations to be very inspiring, and the entire team is very supportive and welcoming.
What impact do you hope to bring to the company?
I hope to transform the areas under my responsibility to deliver a more favourable customer experience, whilst also improving operational and financial efficiencies.
What is your attitude to work? What gives you joy at work?
I am not afraid of challenges: they keep me focused, learning, and growing. My team energises me and with their support, I always aim to excel.

What makes a great operator, you mentioned your strategic approach can you elaborate on that?
Focus and ability to see the big picture as well as what is most critical. This helps me to prioritise and deliver results in the most effective way.

What do you think holds women back in Australia?
It is difficult to comment on this one for me. Perhaps there is a belief that some industries are difficult to operate within, however even if this is the case they can work towards changing this if they remain focused. I strongly believe that women should provide support for each other.

What mentors have you had in your life, can you think of one, personal or professional and describe why?
Firstly my mother, a strong, tenacious, hardworking woman who has always demonstrated great leadership and positive attitude.
Both of my parents valued education, and we ended up completing 9 degrees between myself and my 3 brothers.
I still keep in close contact with my female professors from University, who have been great role models for me.
I have always had more than one mentor in my professional life, who I turn to for advice and great discussions.
Its International Womens day soon– what will you be doing to celebrate and what does it mean to you?
I will reach out to my professional female friends around the globe. It is a day that I remember the great women who have contributed to my development.