Vanessa, Project Planner

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Name: Vanessa Gomes Olausen
Job title: Project Planner
Education: Construction Engineer
Caverion country: Norway


What is your educational and professional background? 

I have an engineer degree in construction from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) with a specialisation in project management and a master's with a focus on project planning. Durin my studies, I found that I was most comfortable in subjects within property and management processes, and not just the calculation subjects. I have also spent one semester in Portugal and one in Australia. There I took several courses within the environment and sustainability. 

After finishing my studies, I worked for 2.5 years at Skanska as project engineer and production manager. There I gained experience in quotations, calculation, as well as financial and progress management in projects.

What is a typical work day like?

A normal day usually starts in the office with a coffee, while I prepare for the day's meetings and tasks. I am in a position where I act as a support for our projects on a national basis. Therefore, I am involved in several projects at any given time, which may be in different phases. At the start of the day, I can sit with a project manager to update and detail a progress plan. Later, for example, there is a meeting about a project in the early phase, where we set frameworks and make assumptions about how our progress should be. These meetings often take place physically in the office, or on Teams. Part of my job is also to measure the productivity of the work we do outside on the construction site. So on certain days I take a trip out to our projects.

What do you like most about your job?

The best part of the job is helping to create exciting projects in an interdisciplinary environment. Our projects vary greatly, both in type and scope. So there are always new challenges to tackle! At the same time, I greatly appreciate working with colleagues with different backgrounds and experience. The fact that I can, for example, sit down with a plumber and that we discuss solutions, from both a theoretical and practical perspective, I find very rewarding. I believe that this interdisciplinarity means that we play well off each other.

Caverion delivers smart solutions for green buildings. How would you say you contribute to this in your job?

I value working in a company that is forward-looking when it comes to smart and sustainable solutions. In addition, I have always had a great interest in technology. In combination with my education, I believe that these factors are the basis for being involved in a company that contributes to the green shift.

How do you enjoy working at Caverion?

So far I'm enjoying myself very much! I have flexibility and variety everyday. In addition, I have the opportunity to travel around our departments, where I meet many pleasant colleagues. It's also cool that you get to influence your everyday life - the opportunity to develop further is certainly there!