Meet Christian - our customer focused ambassador

Christian Schou, Application Manager

Who am I
Natural science has always been my passion, which is why I chose to enrol at an education in Microbial Ecology. After several detours, different innovation courses, and nearly a full education as a wine merchant, I graduated before starting my career as the technical manager at a production site of single households and minor industrial wastewater plants. Here, I managed everything from production of the plants, marketing and sales to the operation and optimization of the plants. This experience led me to become a consultant for five years before being asked to come to Grundfos, where I, in 2011, joined the Global Water Utility Business Development Segment, as Grundfos wanted to start working with wastewater plants and the processes of these. Perfect fit.

How I make a difference
Being an Application Manager, it is all about seeing the big picture. I am an expert within hydrogen sulphide, not pumps, but I have the knowledge overview that connects many different parts of the business. I talk to our engineers about opportunities based on data from customer visits. During these visits, I learn how I can support my sales colleagues and help them to sell new digital offerings and solution. We call it “train the trainer”. And as we have very enthusiastic and competent salespeople, this is always a pleasure. Nevertheless, my primary, and favourite task, is talking to our customers. Application management is all about explaining the customers how they can implement a new solution and how it will create value.

Driven by innovation
Another great thing about my job is the time spent developing. I am especially proud of being part of the hydrogen sulphide solution development team, as well as the team behind the digital solution, Wastewater Network. We need to listen to our customers and their needs to develop new global solutions.  

We care for each other 
I have a very global function where I travel a lot and work from many different places and still with a great work-life balance. Everywhere I go, I feel part of the Grundfos community. The possibilities really are endless if you have a curious mindset and believe that you never stop learning. If you have an idea and argue for it, anything is possible. Grundfos sees its people and we take care of each other. There is a very strong sense of togetherness. 

Fun fact 
I am really nerdy about everything I do. Whether it being wine, cycling or the fact that I always bring swim pants everywhere I travel – there might be some water I need to explore.

Meet Rose - our female frontrunner

Rose Kampmann, Lead Business Developer

Who am I
I have a bachelor in Sociology and a double master’s degree in Market & Consumption and Chinese Area Studies. I have always wanted to work on the environmental challenges we face, why I also did a lot of volunteer work during my studies. Therefore, I was very happy to start my journey in Grundfos in 2014, where I started out as an intern and student assistant before continuing full time. 

How I make a difference
Being a Lead Digital Business Developer, I take pride in commercializing new services and digital offerings. As a product owner, I develop IoT solutions for commercial buildings, some of which help make buildings more energy efficient. There is much more equipment in a plant room than a pump, and we have created a box for this with a combined user interface that makes sure the end user has a good experience inside the building. For facility managers, the most important thing is the operations of the building, making it important to supply solutions and not only pumps. We always work to improve the customer experience and I would not succeed without the best team of developers and engineers.  

Fast track career
I have a go-do attitude and embrace all challenges – even in areas I am not familiar with. I can always just learn it, right? I love to learn and if you show passion and willingness to expand your knowledge, Grundfos is ready to give you a chance. And with this attitude, I have been on a fast career track that started with small pumps in small buildings and continued to large solutions. In 2014, I started working on different apps, taking an algorithm and transforming it into an accessible user interface. One of these apps, GO Balance, for hydraulic balancing of heaters for the ALPHA 3 pump, was the first large project that kickstarted my career. Being in the lead, I not only worked on design, but embraced the entire vision resulting in a Danish Design Award in 2016. It was great being recognized, but it meant much more that customers embraced it. Since then, I have had the opportunity to join many interesting and top priority projects like for example the Digitalization Task Force setting the digital direction for Grundfos. Priceless for a, at that time, 26-year-old eager to contribute and learn. Currently, I am on a track to become a Project Manager going through different management courses to prepare me. 

My world
Having worked on both the technical and commercial side of development, I am able to unite the two. I am driven by being ‘the glue’ that connects the logical and emotional side of our solutions. The best of both worlds. But mostly, I am a purpose-driven individual and at Grundfos, I get to work with colleagues that share my passion. We see a meaning in what we do. That we produce and sell solutions that make a real difference to the world. It is my highest priority, and the fact that I can use my competences to make a difference is what gets me up in the morning. That is why I am here, and why I will stay here. With everything Grundfos has to offer, this is the place for me.  

This is my world. I can be myself here, as everyone is welcome at Grundfos. There is room for being different – people do not walk away but embrace it. Every day, I leave work feeling happy and smarter. To create something together in a company with which you share the same values trumps everything else. 

Fun fact
I am the daughter of nothing less than two priests.