I’m writing this post at the end of my first eight days at Statkraft. It has been a week of great learning; I got first insights into procurement and risk management and am impressed with people’s expertise. My colleagues have many years’ experience procuring for large projects in all parts of the world. They know the supplier markets inside out – while I’m sitting there, noting the names of suppliers I need to google after a meeting…
The procurement systems and tools are very sophisticated, giving me the impression that I have come to the right place.
You see, I applied for the position in procurement because I think companies have an obligation do business in a responsible way. Procurement is a key function in this regard because a company’s footprint depends on which partners and suppliers it chooses. This is a difficult task: How do you keep track of the business ethics of thousands of suppliers, often located far away from your office? And how do you keep track of supplier’s suppliers? – all this happens in addition to securing on-time project delivery at good quality and at the right price. A lot can go wrong along the way, think for example of sourcing controversies in the consumer electronics industry. It is my first impression that Statkraft takes its responsibilities very seriously and manages its supply chain professionally. I’m excited to learn the ‘hows’ over the next months and to contribute to the Statkraft way of doing business.
Before joining Statkraft
Since this is my first blog post I want to tell you a bit more about my background. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Journalism and Communication and I worked in different communication related functions after my studies, among others at the communication consultancy Burson-Marsteller in Switzerland and Norway and the head association of Swiss Business (economiesuisse). At economiesuisse I worked with national voting campaigns (we vote a lot in Switzerland!) and helped write documentations for members of parliament. At Burson-Marsteller in Switzerland I was the executive assistant to the CEO, working on sales pitches to potential clients and with internal and external communication for the agency. I moved to Norway in 2013 to work as a consultant at Burson-Marsteller Oslo and to pursue further studies. I first took a year of economics- and business subjects and then went on to do a MSc in Strategic Marketing Management, both at BI Norwegian Business School. During my Master’s degree I went on exchange to the Wisconsin School of Business and got insights into fields such as marketing channel management and supply chain management.
Other than work
When I’m not studying or working, I’m outdoors and/or travel as much as possible. This weekend I hiked Besseggen in Jotunheimen, a national park in Norway. The scenery on this hike is fantastic. You walk along a mountain rim with a view onto two different lakes, one coloured green-blue and the other dark blue. Standing on the rim I realised how nicely Besseggen sets the theme for the two years ahead: Norway’s mountains and waters are the backbone to Statkraft’s operations, something worth visualising at the start of my journey with the company. I’ll be sharing my experiences during this journey here and I’m looking forward to your comments and questions.