What does it mean to be a project portfolio manager? For Line Dideriksen, it means being an entrepreneur, navigator, and strategic thinker all rolled into one.
What is your role as project portfolio manager like?
In my position, I’m on the front line with customers and colleagues alike. As a project portfolio manager, I’m the face of NNE for our customers, but am also in charge of running my own office. I wear a lot of different hats in this role, so that requires being able to see things from many different angles. And I’m always looking ahead to the next step.
Because our team works so closely with our customers, you have to be extremely good at cooperating and collaborating. From time to time, I feel like I’m also a part of our customer’s organisation because we are in such close contact. Developing that kind of relationship – where your customer really trusts you – takes a lot of time and patience, but is very rewarding. And I love knowing that my work has a direct impact on our customers’ success.
That of course means that you have to not only know how to be a good consultant, but also how to see things from the customer’s perspective. Your relationship isn’t over when the project ends, so you can’t just view things within the project frame. You need to have a holistic, strategic focus, with your eyes on the future.
But that holistic focus isn’t just about working with customers – it also comes into play when running our office at the customer site and setting direction for my team. At the end of the day, I’m the one who decides whether we go left or right. And to do that, you have to stay one step ahead, with your eyes on the future. We’re always in the process of going somewhere.
How has your career progressed?
As this is a relatively new position, I’ve also had the chance to be part of developing my own role. For me, it’s great fun to be involved in everything – from team development to creating more value for our customers. It requires someone who is hungry for a great challenge. Thankfully, NNE is a great place to do that – if you are keen on pursuing your passions and making a difference, then this is the place to be.