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IT Governance

Johannes, at LEONI since 2016, began as an IT working student, now an expert in IT Governance managing compliance, policy, and risk.


My story at LEONI

My name is Johannes and I have been with LEONI since March 2016. Before joining LEONI, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied IT at Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg. My path to LEONI led via a job as a working student in IT Compliance: this allowed me to gain initial work experience at LEONI during my degree course. I have stayed loyal to LEONI to this day – not only because the company has offered me an outstanding start in professional life but also because I feel totally at home here after working here for what are now 6 years. I am currently working as IT Governance Lead Expert for the Audit, Risk, Compliance and Quality Management departments. 

This is my job

As an expert in IT governance at LEONI, I identify and manage general and sector-specific IT compliance requirements. On an ongoing basis, I furthermore develop policies, procedural and working instructions, run variance analyses in this respect and analyze existing IT processes for compliance requirements to identify ways to make improvements. Another focal area of my work involves coordinating the implementation of compliance-related IT general controls.

I furthermore support both in-house and outside auditing teams and work on developing automated tracking workflows, which facilitates following up on agreed measures due to errors and notices from IT audit reports, including such integrated reporting functions as dashboards. In my role, I act as the contact person and advisor for IT governance, risk & compliance matters.

In addition, I am contributing to creating and maintaining a corporate IT governance and IT compliance knowledge database and, on an ongoing basis, I communicate changes in existing as well as newly set up IT processes and the related compliance requirements to the workforce. Finally, risk coordination for corporate IT risks is also an important aspect of my work.

My highlights

One of my highlights was when I was lucky enough to visit several sites in Romania, including Bistrița, our main facility in the north of Romania, and Arad in the west, which were piloting new production processes. Not only did I get the opportunity to hold the LEONI product in my own hands and experience the production process from up close, I was also able to make valuable contacts with colleagues in Romania. The benefit of this contact has remained with me to this day, and I am looking forward to the next opportunity to visit one of our facilities.

LEONI grants me a high level of responsibility for my own actions, which suits me well. At the same time, I never feel like I have been left to my own devices. If I need help, I can always count on my line managers. I am always given the opportunity to expand my knowledge through professional advancement and practical training; gaining specialist certificates is also supported and encouraged by LEONI. Soft skills training is held not only on a half-yearly basis in teams but also monthly as part of the “Smart Wednesday” program for our entire IT.

My view of LEONI as an employer

What fascinates me is that I never feel like I am a “small cog” in the extensive LEONI Group with locations in almost 30 countries. The opportunity to actively make a difference and to realize your own ideas is exactly in line with my expectations. In my role in IT governance, I particularly appreciate the variety of issues and the numerous interfaces that I must maintain. Our communication is not just within our IT sphere but also vis-á-vis important governance departments outside, which makes my work exceptionally varied and never boring. Another fascinating aspect is my participation in virtually all corporate IT processes, especially the implementation of key compliance controls. Despite these extensive duties, we strive together with the relevant process owners to achieve the important but also challenging goal of keeping processes lean and efficient, despite compliance.

The atmosphere and social interactions at LEONI are very family-like. We know and appreciate each other. New colleagues are given a very warm welcome here. Even in the rare instances where processes don't work as well as we thought, new team members experience a great deal of helpfulness and support from their more experienced colleagues. For me, the mood in the team and outside could not be better. Fun and humor are on the agenda alongside purposefulness and dedication.

In three words, I would describe LEONI as family-like, flexible, and inspiring.

My tips for future colleagues

In my opinion, a high degree of commitment and solution-oriented thinking are crucial. In IT at LEONI, colleagues who enjoy contributing and realizing their own ideas will find great potential for development. Honesty and authenticity are furthermore very important. In IT, we keep a down-to-earth and sincere atmosphere without any sharp distinction between professional and private issues. As I appreciate sharing information and thoughts with my colleagues, we also talk about private things in a spirit of friendship, which requires having a open attitude. Humor always helps, too. As a pointer for future colleagues, I would recommend being open to these values and the possibility of a personal connection.

What has changed at LEONI in recent years?

Since I joined in 2016, LEONI has undergone several transformation processes. During those 6 years I have, despite the difficult time, observed very positive changes in the composition of our senior management. Our management culture has changed perceptibly for the better: senior management attaches great importance to transparent communication; it involves employees through such formats as town halls and regularly takes time to comment on questions asked by staff members. At the same time, depending on the department, there is still some way to go. A real change in mindset takes time, of course.

The transformation of the organization including all processes constitutes the lion's share of the entire change process. LEONI has worked hard and continues to work hard on realigning the business processes in an efficient and optimized manner. This entails perceptible changes in the coordination of interfaces, communication and, of course, cross-department collaboration.

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