Senior production chemist, Kristiansund
Master of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology
Who are you?
I’m Ragnhild and work as a senior production chemist in Kristiansund.
What was your way like into OKEA?
Rather long, I’d say. While I was a student, I had a summer holiday job for five consecutive summers with Shell at the laboratory in Nyhamna, Aukra. After I finished my studies, I joined Kom Trainee, a trainee programme here in Kristiansund. This took me to a year in another enterprise before I returned to Shell to work as a production chemist. When Draugen was sold, I found a position with OKEA, where I have been since 2019.
“Working in a small company means there are short lines in the organisation. Each individual employee can feel that she or he is involved in making changes for the company.”
What does a typical working day look like?
As I work in production, no two working days are alike. When things happen, I have to deal with the situation as it is and solve the problems that arise. In other words, there is huge variety in my days, and I like that a lot. My tasks are linked to the production chemicals used on the platform and I’m also technically responsible for the laboratory at Draugen. I’m busy following up the efficiency of the chemicals and I’m in contact with the suppliers of the chemicals and chemical services. The job requires always knowing what goes on at the platform, so I spend quite a lot of my time out there. In addition, I’m a member of a multidisciplinary team in OKEA, where we follow up risk and opportunities. I’m also lucky enough to attend a few conferences, where I get professional input and exchange experiences with other production chemists on the Norwegian shelf.
Can you tell us a little bit about why you like working in OKEA?
We just have an incredibly great working environment and that’s one of the reasons why I like it very much here. Another thing I really appreciate is that I was given a lot of responsibility from my very first day and I’m allowed to solve problems that arise the way I think is best. Working in a small company means there are short lines in the organisation. Each individual employee can feel that she or he is involved in making changes for the company, which greatly increases the team spirit.
And when you are not working?
I’m quite an active person and I enjoy sport and outdoor life. Maybe that’s also the reason why I like it so much in Møre and Romsdal. There is easy access to mountains and nature here. Both skiing and climbing are among my favourite pastimes and here I’m surrounded by opportunities to explore the outdoors.