What attracted you to working at Hansteen?
I had observed the significant growth in the company during the early years of the recession. It appeared that the senior management team had been able to identify significant opportunities within the market to derive value whilst others were observing difficulties. During the recruitment process snippets of the company’s future plans were provided highlighting its commitment to rapid growth in the UK market. The ability to be a part of this growth from the outset was a major contributing factor when moving from my previous organisation with whom I had worked for over seven years.
What was the single factor that convinced you to work for us?
My interaction with senior members of the team made me fully aware of their ‘can do’ attitude; this ethos is disseminated across the asset management team, whereby each member of the team is able to make decisions affecting their own individual portfolios. This autonomy allows individual members to flourish within the close-knit teams, enabling decisions and progress to be made whilst developing individual performance across a number of key competencies.
What were your perceptions about Hansteen before you joined?
It was apparent that Hansteen was on the cusp of becoming leader in class. With the rapid expansion of the UK portfolio backed by successful performance across Europe, I was fully aware that the company was in a significant transitional stage, and the opportunity to join such a progressive and successful team from the outset was a fundamental driver in my decision-making process.
Have your initial perceptions changed, and how?
I believe that my perceptions have changed very little from my initial standpoint. However, I do believe that this sentiment is now observed by the wider property market. Hansteen has developed the ability to undertake significant transactions during the leanest times of the property market and deliver to shareholders and key stakeholders significant returns, whilst others where cutting back or reducing their activity in the hope that the market would bounce back.
Name one thing that makes you want to come into work in the morning?
The interaction with other team members creates a pleasant, fast-moving and highly-rewarding environment to work in. The highly-educated, motivated and driven team creates a friendly but focused atmosphere that is conducive to delivering results.
How does your experience differ from that of your university colleagues?
I believe the levels of autonomy given by the management team vary significantly from many of my peers. Even pre-qualification the autonomy that one is given is very attractive. Secondly this level of responsibility ensures employee retention and a willingness to go that extra mile when required. Post qualification many of my peers immediately looked for a change in job, company or even profession. However, due to the wide and varied nature of the asset manager role at Hansteen one’s interest is sustained; no two days are ever the same.