Christian Simonsen

Consultant, Strategy, Norway

“The most significant skill I have acquired with Capgemini Consulting is the ability to drive a project forward and reach our target goal.”

What is the most exciting project you have worked on at Capgemini Consulting?

As part of the Scandinavian Capgemini Consulting team, I conducted a market and competitor analysis of the Online Retail Brokerage market for one of the largest Scandinavian banks. Our team provided strategic advice on how to become the leading player in this market segment. Since little public information was available on the topic, we were dependent on focus interviews with leading market players. The complexity and intensity of the project together with the large scope made it a very exciting project. Personally, it involved a steep learning curve.

In what way do you feel you have contributed to the industries in which you have worked?

In the Energy & Utility sector, I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in Smart Metering projects for some of the largest Utilities in Norway. Norway currently plans to roll out Smart Meters by 2018. Taking part in the pre-rollout projects so early in the process gives me the chance to directly contribute to shaping the Smart Meter solution that will affect an entire industry and all energy consumers in the years to come.

Through your career at Capgemini Consulting what skills, experiences and primary areas of expertise have you gained?

Even though I’ve only worked at Capgemini Consulting for a short time, I’ve learned a lot. In addition to basic consulting skills such as Power Point, Excel, storyboarding, and meeting facilitation, the most significant skill I have acquired with Capgemini Consulting has been the ability to drive a project forward and reach our target goal.

I have also learned how to leverage the extensive expertise of colleagues, clients, and Subject Matter Experts internationally.

Apart from client projects, in what other ways have you contributed internally to develop Capgemini Consulting? How has this benefitted you?

In addition to the client projects I’ve taken part in, I’ve been included in some internal development assignments such as Digital Transformation. Digital Transformation is a global Capgemini Consulting initiative that aims to introduce digital solutions that transform how we work and deliver client value. Through this initiative, I’ve helped introduce the use of portable multi-touch whiteboard technology such as eBeam and learned how to effectively use it in a client setting. I’ve also learned how to make my global interactions and communications more efficient through modern technology, by sharing and co-creating in real-time over the internet.

Why did you join Capgemini Consulting? From your personal standpoint, what makes Capgemini Consulting unique?

I previously worked for a small energy consultancy firm in Norway. I joined Capgemini Consulting to get the opportunity to work in a large dynamic team environment with highly skilled and knowledgeable colleagues. I also wanted to work with top-level business and corporate strategy issues across a multitude of sectors both in Norway and internationally.

In my experience, Capgemini Consulting stands out from other leading management consulting firms because of its supportive team culture. We try to make each other better. By supporting each other we create a collaborative environment that encourages knowledge sharing. The result is that you can ask a colleague for advice or help and they will always be glad to take the time to help you.

What do you do in your spare time?

Apart from socializing with friends over good food, I try to be active outdoors. I love adventures and traveling, and I have been lucky to visit such far-off countries as Myanmar, China, and Nepal. In Norway I enjoy sailing, especially in seasons when the weather is good and my friends and I eat prawns and drink white wine on-deck. In my day-to-day life I try to keep in shape by cycling and running. My goal is to beat my own time in the Oslo half-marathon in the autumn.

With support from Capgemini Consulting Norway a few colleagues and I started a training group, which we named “CC Fit”. We hold weekly training sessions with professionals, focusing on running in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. At times over half of Capgemini Consulting Norway has taken part in these sessions, creating a new internal social arena that has strengthened relations across projects and organizational teams.