Katja studied System Development at the University of Skövde, Sweden and worked in the logistics and market research sectors before joining Vattenfall in 2018.
“I’m currently working on the biggest single IT project in Vattenfall to replace all our data centres with more efficient and smarter ones.
It is a huge task, involving moving 4,500 servers and developing new applications and databases and will take at least another two years to complete. The scale and complexity means it is very challenging but it is also fun and I’m learning new things every day.
As well as being more cost-effective, the new data centres will make it much faster to deploy a new application or server and having one common architectural design will make life simpler. It may not mean much to people outside IT, but the improvements will be seen right across the business.
Working towards fossil-free at work and home
Since joining Vattenfall I’ve become much more interested in environmental issues in my own life. I’m helping to get EV charging points installed at the housing complex where I live and we are also looking at installing solar panels. Energy is such an interesting area!
I’ve found the working environment at Vattenfall to be very good. It is friendly and professional and I’m able to build the strong long-term relationships which are so important in project management. My job is very busy – as a project manager I seem to live my life in Outlook, Powerpoint, MS Teams and Excel – so it is important I’m able to switch off when I’m not at work.
I’ve enjoyed singing in choirs since I was a child, everything from traditional Swedish songs to Abba. My daughter and I are also keen horse-riders and we are currently looking to buy one to share. Going to the stables is a great way to lower the heart rate!”