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Career paths in DC

DC is a place full of development opportunities. Whether you dream of becoming a manager one day, want to seek out new challenges in other teams, or work in other countries, we've got you covered. In short: at DC you can easily shape your career whatever way you'd like. Case in point below.

SHAPE YOUR CAREER

DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As a full-time employee in DC, you are offered a personally tailored Individual Development Plan (IDP). The IDP is the starting point for you and your leader to explore your career aspirations and identify concrete actions that will help you on your development journey. 

Besides the IDP, development opportunities include:

  • Leadership Assessment Programme (LAP) for aspiring leaders
  • Transfers, both internally in DC and within our parent company Equinor
  • Secondments, ranging from three to 12 months, at one of DC's or Equinor's global offices around the world, depending on business needs and personal preferences
  • Internal promotions
  • DC University courses, ranging from basic Excel to coding, project management, and trading 101 courses

CASE
Origination to HR

Having now worked in both front and back office, I have a more holistic view of the business

Jonas Skovbjerg

MY CAREER PATH IN DC

I joined DC in 2012 as a business analyst where I focused on the optimisation of Danish conventional assets. From there, I moved on to a new role as project manager in another team focused on assets.

Building on this experience, I later joined the Strategy & Projects team, where I was working on part-time projects and part-time strategy. Strategy quickly became a full-time interest and I took on a dedicated strategy role as a Senior Strategy Analyst in the team. In this role, I focused on unit strategies, including development, facilitation and implementation, and other strategic projects like defining DC’s competitive edge and drafting a CSR strategy.

After some years, I discussed career development with a mentor I was sparring with at the time, and together we identified a new path for me to pursue two of my great interests: people and leadership. That’s how I landed in HR, first as a talent development manager, building DC University and developing the Individual Development Plan (IDP) concept, and now as Manager, Head of Rewards & Performance Management.

My latest adventure is actually outside of DC's headquarters as I take on a secondment in Norway with Equinor as HR Manager of Low Carbon Solutions. All in all, quite the ride when you look at it today.

 

BENEFITS FROM CROSS-ORGANISATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS HEAD OF REWARDS & PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

First of all, I benefit from having experience with DC's business on an operational and strategic level. Having now worked in both front and back office, I have a more holistic view of the business, which helps me approach projects that apply to the entire organisation. An example of this could be implementing a new bonus model. And having project management experience and solid presentation skills doesn’t hurt either. 

 

MY ADVICE TO THOSE CONTEMPLATING AN ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATH

My first advice would be to grab the opportunity when it presents itself – even if it’s not exactly how or when you imagined it. Take secondments for instance. There will always be some planning needed and a few hassles to overcome, but for me personally, I couldn’t say no to the chance to get closer to the Equinor/DC collaboration and experience how a huge company like Equinor approaches the People & Culture area.

Second, I would remind you that many roads can lead to Rome. Don’t think that development is always vertical. If you are interested in leadership, the path to becoming a leader can also start by moving sideways. Take me for instance. I started moving sideways to work with something that interested me – people development – and it led to a leadership role a few years later. 

Finally, I would encourage you to actively initiate the necessary conversations on career development with your leader. That was how I found my path within people and leadership.

CASE
IT to Business Development

While working on the U.S. project, I found that I had missed the trading floor

Mia Busk Hedegaard

MY CAREER PATH IN DC

I started in DC back in 2012 as a Personal Assistant within renewables, supporting the team on strategy, HR-related tasks and the booming Direktvermarktung business in Germany.

From there, I was promoted to Project Manager and System Owner of DC’s CRM system, which really needed an upgrade at the time. Building on this experience, I moved to IT to continue my journey as a project manager.

Working closely with IT landed me my next job as an IT Partner where I was part of developing the first three-year IT strategy and led bigger projects like the business continuity project. Then I got the opportunity to become project manager for DC’s market entry into the US. While working on the US project, I found that I had missed the trading floor and thus decided to join our business development team, bridging DC’s trading activities with Equinor’s renewable ambitions.

 

BENEFITS FROM CROSS-ORGANISATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS SENIOR COMMERCIAL BUSINESS DEVELOPER

Having experience from both front and back office has of course made it easier to lead commercial projects like our market entry in Brazil, which requires the resources of more or less all units to establish a legal entity, build the necessary systems, hire the right people, define our risk appetite and, ultimately, trade power in the Brazilian market and support Equinor’s renewables activities. And using Brazil as an example, I also benefit from my understanding of assets – this makes it easier to understand technical aspects like metering data and why this is important. Another example is the business continuity project I led when I was in IT. Now, as part of a commercial team, it’s natural for me to think business continuity into commercial projects and consider important aspects like back-up solutions for trading in case of an emergency.

 

MY ADVICE TO THOSE CONTEMPLATING AN ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATH

My best advice is to use your Individual Development Plan (IDP) actively. This might not be a revolutionary advice when it comes to personal development in DC, but it really has been instrumental for my journey. My IDP has led me from IT to Business Development, it was my way to a secondment in Oslo and it helped me secure a spot in this year’s Leadership Assessment Programme. All three examples of actions that I worked proactively with as part of my IDP. I would also encourage you to seek out inspiration within the organisation. If there’s someone in DC with responsibilities or tasks that you find interesting, why not invite them for a lunch and pick their brain? And my final advice is to be proactive. Opportunities are not always provided, sometimes you have to create them yourself. You can’t sit around and wait for the perfect job to appear. I have learned that you can come a long way by showing initiative and creating your own position by pitching it almost like a business case. In other words, find out what you think is exciting and if this fits a need for DC, then there’s a pretty good chance of it becoming reality.

CASE
Trading floor to strategy desk

After my maternity leave, I was ready to try something new to keep developing both professionally and personally

Anne Sophie Fall Thorø

MY CAREER PATH IN DC

I joined DC in 2014 as a student employee in Power Trading. While I was studying my master’s, I decided to join the team full-time and became responsible for the operations in Power Markets, including developing tools for the traders, uploading bids and automating processes. After graduating, I became responsible for the operations in Intraday, which was a bit more complex as the shifts had to cover a 24/7 setup and scheduling and auctions were on a much shorter term, down to 15 minutes before actual delivery. Some years later, I became responsible for the entire team and took on the position as manager. This meant that I started spending more of my time on strategy, people development and process optimisation. I really enjoyed working with a more long-term vision for the team, like where did we envision the team moving towards and what was needed to get there. We spent a lot of time eliminating routine tasks and instead developing new value-creating tools for the traders.

After my maternity leave, I was ready to try something new to keep developing both professionally and personally. I realised from my experience working with strategy as a manager that this was the right path for me. And I then joined the Strategy & Communications team as Senior Strategy Analyst.

 

BENEFITS FROM CROSS-ORGANISATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS SENIOR STRATEGY ANALYST

A big part of my job is driving the development and implementation process surrounding the unit strategies. In doing so, I benefit greatly from my network in DC, having worked closely with stakeholders from both front and back office when developing trading tools. I also benefit from understanding how our business works. In developing a new corporate strategy, we are also defining new strategic initiatives and targets. Here, it is of course a great advantage that I understand the basics of some of the most important corner stones in our business like physical trading, algo trading and automation in general.

 

MY ADVICE TO THOSE CONTEMPLATING AN ALTERNATIVE PATH IN THEIR CAREER

Go for it! DC is uniquely good at trusting its people and providing them with new opportunities and responsibility. For me personally, I found that DC is open to transferring people across the organisation as it benefits internal knowledge sharing and can strengthen retention. When I felt it was time for me to try a new challenge, my leader at the time was open to the idea and helped facilitate my transfer. I have also experienced it from the other side of the table when I was a manager – I would much rather that my team members were open about wanting to try new things so that we could openly discuss if this was an option in DC – rather than just receiving a resignation. As a leader, you really do want to help your team grow and succeed, so I would advise you to trust your leader and let them help you identify and pursue new opportunities within the company. If you’re ready to venture outside your comfort zone, you’re definitely in the right place!

CASE
Sales to IT

After my interim responsibilities were completed, I took the lead on the overall strategy for IT and then landed in my current position as manager

Emil Flinker Nørgaard

MY CAREER PATH IN DC

I joined DC in 2013 as a Relationship Manager, covering DC’s wholesale customer business activities. Some time later, I shifted my focus solely to Danish assets as I became Senior Key Account Manager.

A year later, I moved from a customer perspective to the actual trading of the production when I joined Intraday as a prop trader. Building on this experience, I had the opportunity to join a new IT-project as Senior Business Analyst and bring my front office insights to the IT unit.

Some three years later, I was able to try myself as a leader when I became interim Manager, Head of Business Controlling in Finance & Accounting. That was a great experience which confirmed my interest in leadership and strategy. After my interim responsibilities were completed, I took the lead on the overall strategy for IT and then landed in my current position as Manager, Head of ETRM Center of Excellence.

 

BENEFITS FROM CROSS-ORGANISATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS HEAD OF ETRM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

The new ETRM sub-team was created to strengthen our ability to generate sustainable value from core business activities. Success in my current role thus require an ability to work closely with a vast network of stakeholders within and outside IT to decide how our solutions stay fit for purpose. Without an understanding of the DC value chain, I would not be able to deliver the necessary speed and quality when operating the system or implementing new enhancements.

 

MY ADVICE TO THOSE CONTEMPLATING AN ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATH

I would encourage you to consider an internal transfer as an opportunity to move out of your comfort zone and add some rocket fuel to your learning curve. Personally, I have found that you gain new skills and improve cross-organisational collaboration by breaking down silos, a win-win situation. What can you lose?

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