Obinna van Capelleveen, Project Manager
Cooperating to succeed
My role has developed with the project. But my work has always been defined by the same ambition and motivation. It’s part of Femern A/S’s DNA to create a workplace with a strong sense of teamwork and solidarity, with the scope for personal and professional development.
A huge and complex project like the Fehmarnbelt tunnel requires a great deal of expertise. But it also needs skilled generalists who are able to speak a common language and take on the project as a whole. This is where I fit in.
I’ve worked with many aspects of the Femern organisation – from handling the German press and public affairs to working with the German authorities and approval processes; and now I’m involved in project management, which has a more technical focus. The organisation is constantly evolving because the project itself keeps developing. Therefore, my own role has evolved as the project itself has moved forward. Even though I’ve worn many different hats, my work has always been characterised by the same ambition and the same motivation.
It’s particularly motivating to work here because no matter what your role is, everyone is working towards a common goal – to construct an 18 km long immersed tunnel at the bottom of the Fehmarnbelt; a link that will strengthen and bring Europe closer together. We are “tunnel visionaries”, and we are part of one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe for generations. The culture growing out of such a manifestation is very special. There is an open, international atmosphere with a distinct focus on cooperation. My colleagues are highly competent and ambitious, and we all know that we cannot succeed on our own. The project demands that we work together.
Making things work on a personal level requires flexibility – and I have very much found that here. While I live in Berlin with my family, I commute to Copenhagen for half of the week. Therefore, it means even more to me that my work is meaningful, and the work environment enjoyable. There’s more to life than work, of course, but I’ve found a place where I feel that I can develop in my work and be part of something rather extraordinary – and so be able to find a good balance between work, family life and leisure time.
IT’S PARTICULARLY MOTIVATING TO WORK HERE BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT YOUR ROLE IS, EVERYONE IS WORKING TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL