"Nordea Operations Centre gives me a chance to develop my two passions: working and singing"
The most important thing about my work is that it gives me the opportunity to balance my interests and my everyday responsibilities. I’m a singer, and my first love is music. In the beginning I was concerned that working in a corporation would influence the possibility to develop my passion. Combining banking with singing seemed impossible to me. However, Nordea Operations Centre has allowed me to use my skills in a completely new way.
My colleagues and I have developed a unique training programme for public speaking. My colleagues and managers encouraged me to share my experience and knowledge. I was very surprised by their interest. During our training sessions I explain proper breathing techniques, voice modulation, diction and microphone use. I also share tips on how to overcome the stress of public speaking. I am happy to say that working at Nordea Operations Centre has allowed me to combine my love for singing with my work.
“I love volleyball, and at Nordea I can combine business with pleasure”
Since the beginning of my work at Nordea, I have been very impressed with the great atmosphere and the many activities outside of work available to employees. Team work is very important in our organisation. We use this skill both in our normal, day-to-day work, and projects undertaken on a company-wide scale. All employees have a chance to test their skills while at the same time getting to know other people by participating in different projects. In addition, there are many sports teams in Nordea Operations Centre, including the NOC Volleyball Team, which I'm very happy about. Volleyball is my favourite hobby, and so I am able to combine business with pleasure. Our volleyball team is one of the first and most awarded sports teams at Nordea Operations Centre. We participate in charity, corporate, intra-industry and national tournaments.
With regard to sports, everyone can find something that he or she is interested in. Apart from our volleyball team, we have a football team, basketball team and a running group.
“Personal development means the development and success of the company”
From the very beginning Nordea has been attracting employees by offering a working environment that is friendly to young people. During the last few years, I've had the opportunity to migrate business processes from Finland, work in several teams and even become a team coordinator myself. These last few years of effective cooperation have taught me how to identify possible risks, plan activities and systematically implement solutions. In my opinion, Nordea Operations Centre is one of the few organisations that focus this much on the employees and their development.
“Everything is possible here”
I started to work in Nordea Operations Centre in October 2011 in the IT Sourcing – Consultant Procurement team. I dealt with the drawing up of contracts for consultancy services, the administration of the database and everyday contacts with service providers. After a year I decided to move to the team that works with the administration of an e–purchase platform. The complexity of the tasks increased with time, and I was promoted to the position of sourcing specialist. During my projects, I supported various types of purchases, by doing things like preparing requests for proposals and sending them to the potential suppliers of the Nordea Group. Since June 2015 I have worked as a sourcing manager in the Category Support team. I’m currently conducting my own purchasing projects for the Nordea Group, and I help Nordea Operations Centre with local purchasing projects. Nordea creates development opportunities, is open to dialogue and new ideas and cares about the well-being of its employees.