Jeni Mundy FREng is Director of Products and Innovation at Vodafone Global Enterprise
“Engineering provides you with a great structured approach to working your way through problems to find the best possible outcome. ”
How would you describe your current role to someone who knows nothing about engineering?
I am accountable for the strategy, delivery and then lifecycle management of the products and services we sell to our business customers.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
I had a BSc in maths with philosophy and was ocean racing yachts for a living, where part of my role was to install and fix all the electrics and electronics we had on board. I became very interested in the communications systems, so went back and did an MSc in electronic engineering.
What do you like most about being an engineer?
Engineering provides you with a great structured approach to working your way through problems to find the best possible outcome. This is hugely valuable and very satisfying, particularly when working with a team.
Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.
There are many things we achieve every year, from cloud-based converged communications solutions in 27 countries, to internet in the car and millions of connected machines around the world. However, they all have one thing in common: a diverse, virtual team with many varied skill sets. This ranges from engineering through to finance and customer experience, all working together to deliver something not one of them could have achieved alone. That makes me feel great to be a part of it and proud too.
How do you think gender parity in engineering can be achieved?
We need more graduates and more girls to decide on engineering when they finish school. Then we need to retain more women at the point in their career where they start a family – more flexibility in this approach is required.
How has being a woman in engineering changed since you started working in the engineering sector?
There are a lot more of us, which is great. When I started and looked up, I could only see men.
What would you say to someone considering a career in engineering?
Go for it!