IT Strategy and Planning Lead, South32
Monash Information Technology graduate
Rachael Sandel (Bachelor of Business Information Systems) is the IT Strategy and Planning Lead at South32. She leads a team that is accountable for managing investment decisions, managing the financial and budgeting lifecycle and developing strategic roadmaps.
‘Technology is a core operational piece that’s critical to business success. It is also a rapidly changing field so there will always be strong demand and varied opportunities,’ explains Rachael.
Rachael has previously worked on the South32 demerger from BHP Billiton. She had two key roles over 15 months: firstly, as the Integrated Management Office Lead directly reporting to the Head of IT Setup, responsible for program planning, budgeting, risks and decision management. Secondly, as the Business Engagement Lead for Data Migration where she was the single point of contact for ensuring that South32 data was identified and transformed into desired target state. She was also involved in designing the IT organisation and operating models.
Prior to this, Rachael worked as a Client Manager at top tier consulting firm Deloitte, in the Technology Risk sector in Melbourne. She had significant success leading teams and delivering projects for clients across mining, energy, government and financial services sectors. Her achievements were recognised in being selected as a finalist in Deloitte’s Business Woman of the Year and for rapid promotion to Manager. Specialist areas include project management, governance, compliance, audit, SAP security, IT service management, controls, risk and framework analysis.
Choosing to study IT at Monash was an easy decision for Rachael. After researching several degrees and their respective career outcomes, Rachael could see that technology was a smart choice.
'Technology is a core operational piece that's critical to business success. It is also a rapidly changing field so there will always be strong demand and varied opportunities.'
During her studies at Monash, Rachael participated in Industry Based Learning (IBL). 'The IBL program taught me to stand on my own two feet. I developed my interpersonal skills and established an identity in the business world very early on. And it really helped to clarify my career objectives,' she says.