Autumn 2015

Under the surface with: Marit Storm

We ask Marit Storm who heads up the engineering and project team at Norway's Scan Tech AS to lift the lid on her career so far.

How did you come to be working at Scan Tech AS?

I specialised in economics and management at school and after a few years working in the accounts department of a timber merchant, I joined a company called Reanco in 1991. It was a small setup in those days, specialising in refurbishing the living quarters on offshore rigs. I started out in the accounts team, but at an early stage I was given the opportunity to work across many different areas: accountancy, project management, QHSE. When James Fisher bought Reanco in 2004 I was managing director and stayed on the team, only moving over to sister company, Scan Tech AS when Reanco was sold on in 2009.

What is your current role at Scan Tech AS?

As division manager for the sales and engineering section, I head-up a 12-man team of engineers, sales and project managers, who are based in Stavanger in Southern Norway. I work closely with the team building various products for the offshore industry such as ATEX certified high pressure wash-down units, taking enquiries and working out the bids. I’m also involved with QHSE, checking our projects are all fit for purpose and pass the super-stringent safety and quality guidelines.

What projects are you working on right now?

We are very excited about the new air dehumidifiers, which Scan Tech AS has developed for the offshore market, and we are working hard to get them out to the UK and Norwegian rigs. The units work by extracting the moisture from the damp air, which speeds up the drying time for essential on-site maintenance work – it’s very clever!

Another exciting project is the new ATEX Zone 1 Breathing Air Compressors which supply up to four users with fresh, clean air while offering live monitoring of essential toxic gas levels. The compressors will be very mobile and can be wheeled into position close to the working area.

What is the best bit about your job?

I love the great sense of satisfaction, elation and teamwork when we land a new contract. Some of our biggest deals have taken months to put together, with the whole team working tirelessly, often through the night, so when a contract (such as the large deal to deliver high pressure wash down units and utility stations to the Edvard Grieg platform last year) comes off, it’s a really fantastic feeling for all of us.

How have things changed since you started your career?

When I started out you had to be tough to handle the offshore market, but nowadays there are more women in jobs like mine which is great, and you’re judged on how well you do the job.

Working in a number of different roles has given me wide experience which I think has helped me in my current role; my first job when I left school was in a police station. My next job was working for the timber merchant before I moved on to Reanco. As I’ve worked predominantly in all-male environments I think it’s important to celebrate gender differences, and I think this is something that has definitely changed over the years. Women bring a strong skill-set to managerial roles and often deal with situations in a different way to male colleagues, which can be hugely valuable.

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