Mai Fruergaard Hansen, Lead Project Manager
Who am I
I joined Grundfos in late 2018 after several years as a Management Consultant, latest out of Los Angeles. There was just something about this company, our purpose and history that I instantly found compelling and that made me want to make the jump. I have not regretted that change for a second.
Even though I am just a small part of something much bigger, I feel proud and honoured to be here.
How I make a difference
I am part of driving our Annual Review process in HR, which is our global approach to performance management. My role is two-folded. I work together with amazing HR colleagues from all over the world in delivering a meaningful and strong People and Development Dialogue (PDD), incentive, and merit setup to the business. Equally important, I collaborate with our people leaders and employees in the business on communication and training offerings and how to improve the user experience. On top of that, I am a project manager on several transformation initiatives related to our corporate strategy 2025, which is honestly a huge part of why I love my job. Grundfos has a tremendously important purpose and what we do help improve the quality of life for people. You cannot beat that. Even though I am just a small part of something much bigger, I feel proud and honoured to be here.
Opportunities and trust
Our company culture stands out. There is a mutual respect among colleagues, we focus on people – and we have a strong sense of drive. If you show passion, work hard, and take the lead, the opportunities seem endless. I have been given a great deal of autonomy and trust to work with projects and tasks that I can see make an impact, which personally fills me with energy. On top of that, we have a flexible set-up in my team which is also important to me. I thrive when I have the room to plan my own week and life, and there is a lot of wiggle room to do that in Grundfos.
My best advice
Grundfos is an exciting company and a large organisation. Give yourself time to understand it and be curious. We all share the Grundfos culture and values, but we also have local pockets with many great activities and best practices to learn from. Another aspect I have to share with you are my colleagues. All the fantastic people you are going to meet. Network is key. Take advantage of the global dimension and the many skilled people with interesting and different backgrounds and cultural heritages. I find that my job is much easier, and I feel more motivated when I connect to people, both inside and outside Grundfos.
I have a not so corporate, more creative side, as my husband is an artist and tattooist. Through him, I have gotten to see the world and also experience a very colourful and vibrant creative environment. We have owned and managed a few studios and I probably have a few more tattoos than most people.