Margot Kromhout

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About Margot Kromhout

Margot Kromhout joined Vattenfall as an International Trainee in 2015 and is now Construction Manager on the Wieringermeer onshore wind farm 70km north of Amsterdam. She studied Industrial Design Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands before embarking on a MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology.

“When I was studying for my master’s degree I won a student competition run by employers including Nuon/Vattenfall called Best Graduates. My prize was a site visit to the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm being built in Wales. Seeing a project close-up and how hands-on the team were made a big impression on me.

Open and sharing culture

It seemed a really open and sharing culture. The project manager was extremely busy but he took time out to talk to me about progress and all the issues on site. I went on to join Vattenfall as an international trainee, initially working with the offshore construction team. That gave me the opportunity to get involved in many different aspects of projects and to really understand the industry.
I later moved into onshore wind and now work on the Wieringermeer project, one of the most high-profile in Vattenfall.

The right balance

It’s a high-pressure role but you learn how to balance things and to set priorities. The opportunity for flexible working within Vattenfall really helps with that and means your work can fit in with your own personal circumstances. And it’s great to really feel the support from colleagues around you.

Away from work I just love being outdoors, where it’s biking, hiking or running. We’ve recently bought a house and I enjoy spending time in the garden. There’s no schedule, no budget to stick to and no time pressure so it’s a real contrast to my day job!”

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Career path

I’m now overseeing the construction phase of the project. The role inevitably involves a lot of meetings but I also like to get out on site as just to see how things are going and keep ahead of any issues before they occur.
I moved from offshore to onshore wind just as there were more projects in the Netherlands at the time. I liaised with many stakeholders to ensure design, preparation and construction ran smoothly and delays or additional costs were avoided.
This was my first role after completing the trainee programme and I was part of the team responsible for planning and monitoring construction work on the wind farm off the coast of Scotland. It was an interesting project to be involved in as there were a number of innovative factors such as the turbines being mounted to suction bucket foundations.
I was assigned to the Offshore Wind construction team in the Netherlands. I was given a lot of freedom by my manager to spend time working across different projects and locations which helped me really understand how the company and industry operated.