Alumni portrait - Yngvild Egenes - NTNU Alumni
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Position: CFO Teleplan Globe;
Education: Master of Science in business administration (Specialization: Management accounting and control)
Exciting to build a company
Onlythree years after she graduated from NTNU Business School, Yngvild Egenes is the chief financial officer (CFO) for the company where she works. She is also involved in hiring other graduates.
Yngvild Egenes holds a master's degree in financial management. Just after graduating in 2017, she got a job at Teleplan Globe; a Norwegian software company that develops command and control systems for the defence and the police both for Norway and other NATO countries.
- How did you get your actual job?
- Shortly after I started as a financial controller at Teleplan Globe, an opportunity arose to apply for a position as a finance manager. I was given a seven-month trial to get to know the job. It was both very tough and demanding, and at the same time incredibly fun and educational. Fortunately, I passed the exam and now I have held the position for a year and a half.
Found her own way of learning
As a fresher it took a while before Egenes felt that she was able to gain knowledge, or as she says ’it took time before I learned to be a student.’ But eventually she got the hang of it.
- You kind of learn how to learn when you study, and it takes some time to find out for yourself what is the best way to acquire knowledge and work effectively. It is very individual which study techniques suit you, what works for some does not necessarily work as well for others.
Although she does not currently work specifically with the subjects she learned, she finds the academic foundation laid during the studies useful. She also appreciates the network and the friends she got while she studied at NTNU. The ones she had somewhat lost touch with, she appreciated meeting on an Alumni event some time ago.
- I think the presentation was very good with exciting lectures, and then it was nice to meet fellow students to hear what they were doing.
Likes to work on a long term plan
She describes a normal working day as varied, and different from day to day. Being responsible for the finance side of the company involves everything from working with accounting, reporting, the financial matters, to HR and personnel responsibility for the administration and IT department. As a member of the management team, she spends a lot of time getting to know what the company is doing.
- What are the most interesting challenges you are working on right now?
- It is being able to participate in shaping the company's strategy. I like working long term, planning where we want to be in a year, three years, five years, how we can get there in the best way possible. I just think it's incredible exciting.
Building a culture
Egenes also find it inspiring that the company is currently growing, they now have 90 employees. When she started, the development was not as positive.
- We grow, hire young people, it is fun to build a culture with many young people with high level of motivation and a steep learning curve. At the company, we prioritise hiring young people.
She also finds it inspiring to work for a company that works with defence equipment that will basically make the world a safer place.
- By creating control and security systems, for instance for the Norwegian Armed Forces , the goal is to make the world a safer place. Better control systems ensure, among other things, that they do not hit the wrong targets. Although it is the engineers and not myself who work on this directly, my knowledge gives them the right framework and conditions in order for them to do the best job possible.