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Meet Maja Rasmussen

Meet our Head of Project Management, Denmark, Maja Rasmussen

If you have the ambitions and the competences, there is room for you to grow. I have felt that myself during my time at European Energy, where I have had the possibility to take on new responsibilities in line with my own ambition to develop.
Maja Rasmussen, Director, Head of Project Management, Denmark, European Energy

Q&As with Maja

Who are you?
I am Maja Rasmussen, and I work as Head of Project Management in the Danish Project Development Department.

How would you describe yourself?
I am an energetic and constructive critic. I always look for better solutions, more efficient or adequate ways of reaching a goal without letting me be retained by ‘used to’ – professionally as well as privately. A tradesperson’s worst client probably…

What do you do at European Energy?
I lead a talented group of project managers and project associates and support their great efforts in managing greenfield projects from greenfield to construction ready wind or solar projects all over Denmark.

I am a sounding board for development of renewable projects in Denmark and I try to secure that we have the adequate tools to lead wind and solar projects to actual construction. And on top of the high ambitions, I strive for us to have fun and enjoy working together.

How do you try to be a creative enabler of the green transition?
I solve issues every day – all types, and the ones you never thought you would know of when thinking about a wind or solar park. Each project is special in some way, and you never know what the next project will bring in its specific significance, risk, issue or possibility. Hence, having an open, critical yet constructive mind helps me look at issues from several angles when assisting my colleagues in finding the best solution to go forward in the matrix between what works in the field and what is feasible from a business case perspective.

What are the best things about working at European Energy? 
If you can, you may – At European Energy, we have a need for many different talents. Luckily, many colleagues stay with the company for many years and develop further and new skills, which may lead to more responsibility or new tasks in a different department. If you have the ambitions and the competences, there is room for you to grow. I have felt that myself during my time at European Energy, where I have had the possibility to take on new responsibilities in line with my own ambition to develop.

However, European Energy is not just a place to work. We make an effort to create many possibilities for colleagues to create relations across the organisation, because we believe that close working relations or even friendships across the organisation make the best working environment. When a colleague grows into a friend, and invitations to weddings and big birthdays are shared across close colleagues, it adds another dimension to the place you work.

Why is it important for you that European Energy is a driving force in the green transition?
I feel motivated to take part in the development of what is the basis of the Danish green transition – green power in the grid lines. This creates a great possibility but also a great responsibility that I find myself very comfortable in.

I am convinced that the green agenda contributes to the motivation and passion that you feel walking around at our office floors. On top of all the professional passion, the green layer gives all of us an extra motivation, since it is something you also believe is important from a personal perspective.

What are the best things about your colleagues?
Passion, diversity, great and specialized talent. I learn a lot every day, which keeps me developing and being humble to their input. My colleagues make me better – hopefully they think the same.

Because of the size of European Energy today, we have specialized expertise inhouse, gathering great minds to find the best way forward together. That is really cool for a creative mind like me.

European Energy has six core values. In it together, Excitement, Inclusion, Agility, Trust & Courage, and Ambition. What are the most important values for you and why?
I have been with the company for some years. Long enough to be lucky to experience all the values live. I have been granted trust in new responsibilities along the way – however, I have never felt that decisions were only on me, despite that I was the one taking the lead. If we do what we can to mitigate risks, and to secure the right basis for our decisions, then we are in the decisions and the potential mistakes together – and if we do not succeed, fingers are never pointed. This creates a positive, constructive working environment – and I strive to that pass on to my colleagues.

What has been your best experience so far at European Energy?
After quite some years with EE that is a tough question – there are so many things to bring forward. But as a person, I go to work as myself every day. Thinking about that is actually quite marvellous.

We all have weird sides to our personality – luckily – and in European Energy there is room to bring these sides along in your workbag. It only gives flavour to a collaboration that we look different, behave differently and think differently.

What do you like to do outside work?
I get energy from my social relations, however I spend most time outside work with my family of four on our suburban street.
I enjoy many different forms of visual art e.g., photographic art, stencils or visual graphic art, and some photo art in my house is my own.
The combination of social relations and a cool museum or gallery visit is something I appreciate around Copenhagen and during travelling.

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