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STEM case study - Sharon Martin

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Sharon Martin - IT Service Delivery Manager, Terex


What does your job involve?
Sharon MartinI am responsible for the delivery of IT Services for 15 Terex Materials Processing sites worldwide.  I manage a team of eight, five in Europe and three in US covering everything from hardware, software, phones, servers and networks.  I’m also responsible for a multi-million dollar budget.

Previously I have worked primarily in applications – ranging from implementing very large computer systems to allow business efficiencies right through to Project Management, Business Analysis and Testing Team Lead.

Prospects
There are excellent manufacturing & design engineering opportunities in Terex but increasingly this is extending to IT and Finance.  Terex is a huge global company that is split into five segments, I work for one of these segments.  The overall Head Office is based in Connecticut and this is where most of the IT decisions that impact all five segments are made.  However recently it was decided that  our Global Infrastructure and Operations Support for ALL of Terex would be headquartered close to our Dungannon Manufacturing base.  This has opened up a wealth of additional IT opportunities and is testament to the high regard the local IT talent is held within Terex.

Terex has grown and evolved through acquisitions, among them Powerscreen in Dungannon and Finlay in Omagh.  This year the Dungannon site bought a supplier, adding Ballymoney to our portfolio.  Also in 2015 my team were instrumental in migrating two Terex Environmental Equipment acquisitions into our company, one based in Austria and the other in New Hampshire.  We constantly change and adapt.

All my roles have involved travel, primarily to the US and UK, although last year I also got to also visit our Malaysia facility.

My career in IT has always been Interesting, challenging, varied and rewarding.  Some experts predict that up to eighty percent of future jobs don’t even exist yet.  Having a STEM qualification is a head start in future proofing your career. 

Sharon's education and experience
I graduated with a BA (Hons) Business Studies and quickly realised it was quite general and career paths could be wide, varied and non-specific.  After travelling to Australia and working in Marketing and Proposal Management in Dublin it became apparent that a STEM qualification would open doors to more structured opportunities.

I headed back to College, to Queens in Belfast and undertook an MSc in Computer Science and Applications.  I know you frequently hear “STEM – it’s where the jobs are” and in my case this has certainly been true.  In the past 17 years I have worked for Nortel, Allstate, Relay Business Services and Terex since 2008.

Terex GB
Terex manufactures equipment used in the construction, quarrying and mining industries and has facilities all over the world including Dungannon, Omagh and Ballymoney.

At Terex we contribute to producing the equipment that builds roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and other structures that help improve the lives of people throughout the world.  For example, our machines were used in preparation for London 2012 as well as to assist with clean-up operations in countries after natural disasters.

For future job opportunities and more information visit our website www.terex.com

 

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