How did you get into aviation and aviation fuelling?

I started my career with a major Brazilian airline and worked for them for almost 20 years. When an opening in aviation fuelling appeared, I saw it as an opportunity to widen my knowledge of the aviation market and pursued it. I joined Air BP in February 2012, just when the company was increasing its presence in Brazil.

What are your main responsibilities on a day-to-day basis?

I am responsible for Air BP’s largest airport operation in Brazil and lead a team of 30. I ensure we have a safe and compliant operation both on the apron, and at the depot. I also represent Air BP on all the airport’s safety, security and operational committees.

I manage the budget, and the stock levels of JET A1 fuel, as well as being the HSSE [health, safety security, environment] and HR [human resources] primary point of contact for my team.

I am in constant contact with our customers both on the apron during a fuelling operation, and at the monthly meetings we hold with them. All the airline representatives attend and we discuss operational issues and procedures. These meetings allow us to understand their needs and keep communication channels open. We always aim to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Who are your customers and what type of relationship do you have?

Our customers are from international and regional airlines as well as general aviation. We interact directly with the airlines’ ground staff, pilots and aircraft owners. We now work with more than 70% of the international airlines operating at Guarulhos International airport (GRU) and a great deal of this is due to the fact we are a genuinely global company with an excellent understanding of our locations.

How did you cope with the World Cup and what lessons did you take from it for the Olympics?

During the 2014 World Cup we set up a special shift system to ensure our resources were properly allocated. We also stayed in close contact with our customers and the airport authority. Throughout the tournament, I received a lot of support from Air BP Brazil, and internationally, to ensure everything ran smoothly. We focused on customer needs and introduced several new systems to ensure they were served efficiently at such a busy time. As a result, we gained valuable experience which will help us take on the big responsibility of this year’s Olympics, especially regarding security and safety aspects. Again close liaison with customers, the airport authority and Air BP head office will enable us to gauge demand and provide the right level of service.

What do you think will be the biggest changes in fuel supply in your region over the next five to 10 years?

We recently had to increase the capacity of the fuel farm to meet demand. Another change will be our ability to have more than one supply source so we can keep our product price competitive.

What would you say to any woman thinking of getting into aviation and what do you think would encourage them into the sector?

I am passionate about working in aviation. I believe women can bring different qualities and ways of working to this sector. In our company we work in a prejudice-free environment with open opportunities for all. I think more women will be encouraged if they know more about the aviation market and see how they can progress. Examples like mine show that with the right competencies and skills we can succeed in any area. The main challenge in my role is managing a big team, gaining their respect and obtaining the best results, which is the same for both genders.

Source: Flight International