For John Gregers Rasmussen, the role of Senior Project Manager means setting your own path and keeping your eyes on the future.
What are the main responsibilities of a senior project manager?
My overall responsibility is to take an idea from our customer and develop it into a fruitful project alongside them, so that the customer ends up with the solution they want. There is no typical day as a project manager, it depends entirely on the current interaction with the stakeholders. My role often changes to adapt to the situation.
My favourite part of a project is the construction phase. That’s when the design is done, you know what to do, and it’s time to get down to execution, having a lot of suppliers involved. That’s where the action is, and that’s why I like it the best. I’m very result-oriented; a lot of project management is about moving away the roadblocks so the project team can do their best work. In many situations, I facilitate the process and delegate responsibilities to the various leads so that they can do their best work.
What do you enjoy most about the job?
I enjoy managing projects because it gives me a lot of independence. We do have guidelines, but project leadership is about people and that isn’t something that you can write a guidebook about. There are hundreds of ways to do the job, and every project manager has their own style. NNE believes in you and supports you, but you’re free to act in your way. The most important thing is to be yourself, maintain a result-oriented mind-set, and listen to your team members’ needs so they can perform as best they can.
The challenge of solving problems is what keeps me going. It’s fantastic to see when a milestone is reached, but I always have my eyes on the next milestone or the next project. As a Project Manager, it’s almost as if I get a new job every year. You’re always moving on to the next project with new clients, new team members and a few chosen ones. That provides a lot of dynamics, which I love.
NNE is a company of opportunities if you’re looking for them. Nobody stands in the way of your development; you are the one in charge. So when I see an opportunity, I go for it. It’s up to you to set your own path.