Commercial profile: Pierino Vatta

Pierino joined us in July 2023 as an account manager for the Wire Rod team. Having started his career in the steel industry over two decades ago in South Africa, he brings with him a wealth of commercial experience. Find out more about what Pierino's been up to so far and what he hopes the future holds...

What did you do before joining British Steel?

I started my career 26 years ago – I wrote my final exam on the Friday and went straight to work on the Monday, within the industry I know and love. As I developed my career I was drawn towards manufacturing, more specifically hollow sections. I specialised in laser and plasma cutting and became a key account manager working with various industries such as construction, automotive, manufacturing and mining.

I attended the University of South Africa where I completed a diploma in marketing and business management. I have been looking forward to returning to the steel industry and I am very privileged to join the team at British Steel, which has an amazing history.

Why did you want to join British Steel?

I actually began reading the employee profiles on the British Steel website and it was evident that the company had a wealth of experience, opportunities and employees from different backgrounds. I felt like working at British Steel would give me a panoramic view of the industry and the challenges we face working towards a sustainable business.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

My key priority is to understand our customers and their requirements, assisting in day-to-day enquiries and supporting these with accurate and clear information. Market conditions are changeable, so I have to be able to respond to these changes and assist customers in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting more customers and getting into the market to assist our regional account managers in their respective markets.

What are you enjoying about British Steel so far?

The passion, enthusiasm and knowledge that surrounds me. Many of my colleagues have been within the business for an impressive amount of time and this gives me great reassurance. The world needs steel and our enthusiasm to be part of the greater economy is what excites me. Seeing where our products are used is absolutely amazing and the general public take many of these for granted, reemphasising how critical our part in the greater economy is.

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years' time within British Steel?

I see myself being involved in some form of project development – I would like to be part of the greener future. Sustainability is paramount for the existence of any business and being involved in the key changes that drive our business forwards is something that really interests me.

What advice would you give to other people considering a career with us?

British Steel is a family. There are lots of opportunities within the business to grow and to follow a career path that suits your skillset. You will never have a non-eventful day and you will continuously be engaging with the larger economy.