Exciting plans for ÅF in Norway
Rune Hardersen is the country manager for ÅF in Norway and the ambitions are great. ÅF wants to become one of Norway’s most popular employers of engineers.
Norway is ÅF’s largest market outside Sweden and employs approximately 800 people. ÅF’s largest projects currently include the construction of a new fighter aircraft base at Ørlandet and the building of a new Munch Museum and Deichmanske main library in Bjørvika, which both are in the middle of the construction phase.
Rune Hardersen has been the country manager in Norway since the beginning of 2017.
What is your vision for ÅF in Norway?
To establish ÅF as a competitive and well-known player in Norway, an attractive employer for the best people, differentiated from the competition because we deliver and think holistically, taking into account value creation for customers and society. We shall deliver the best solutions within project management, technology, project planning and architecture, in addition to path finding when it comes to challenging established business models and working methods.
What is your management philosophy?
I am keen to build strong teams characterised by drive and commitment, create clarity of direction and expectations and let the employees take responsibility, but always be accessible and supportive. My main focus is in the lines of strategy and progress in relation to these, but I also get down to the nitty gritty when I feel it is necessary and we are not going fast enough.
What motivates you about your job?
Freedom of action and framework conditions for success, achievements together with a competent team.
What does ÅF’s market look like?
The market in Norway is in general strong, GDP growth is rising, driven mainly by activities within building and construction. Unemployment is falling and the pace of investment is consistently high within the areas of industry where ÅF is exposed, that is to say Building, Construction, Industry, Energy and Technology. In the more risky area there is a housing market where there might be investment stagnation due to a fall in prices and a strong fall in the sale of new housing, especially in Oslo.
The Oil and Gas sector is still characterised by low investments. There is an increasing signal that we will achieve growth in this market in the future, driven by forecasts of the price of oil and political decisions on exposure to fossil energy sources.
ÅF’s target is to become one of Norway’s most popular employers of engineers. How are you going to succeed?
We will win important projects from a social perspective, work to develop good management and a culture characterised by team players with drive and commitment! We will work hard and be goal-oriented to build our brand and reputation in Norway.