An international career in Denmak
Meet Bram from Belgium, who is working as a Business Intelligence Product Owner at our office in Aarhus.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM, AND HOW DID YOU END UP AT BESTSELLER IN DENMARK?
Before moving to Denmark, I lived in Belgium with my wife. When my wife received a very interesting Ph.D. opportunity at Aarhus University, I started to look for a job opportunity in the Aarhus area as well. I guess you can say I moved to Denmark because of love. To be honest, I kind of ended up at BESTSELLER by coincidence. I started talking with someone in a bar who was leaving BESTSELLER (by the way, he was also moving because of love), and I applied for the position that was being opened to replace him.
My advice to you is that if you ever want to work in Denmark or BESTSELLER, just between you and me, I would advise you to reach out to someone on LinkedIn, to call the recruiter on the job vacancy directly, or simply ask to ‘meet for a coffee’ - it can’t get more Danish than that! In my experience, networking is the fastest and easiest way to get invited for an interview.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN BESTSELLER?
I work as a Business Intelligence Product Owner, which means that I am responsible for deciding what to invest in, or what we should develop in BESTSELLER’s IT system for BI (Business Intelligence). BI is an IT system devised to take in all the data generated by the company and present easy-to-digest performance measures and trends that will inform management decisions.
My job is an interesting but challenging mix, involving a lot of interaction with people from all over BESTSELLER to understand their needs and ideas. I also work in close collaboration with our IT department to try to make some of these ideas become reality. The toughest part of my job is that prioritising also means that I sometimes also have to say no to some of the good ideas. And BESTSELLER is a dynamic organisation with many good ideas!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE BEST ABOUT WORKING IN BESTSELLER?
BESTSELLER is a young and dynamic work environment where you receive a lot of responsibility and, paired with that, also many opportunities. There’s always someone who is trying out a new idea, so there’s a lot of possibilities to learn and test new ideas.
To briefly explain my journey in BESTSELLER, I firstly started out as Project Manager, and then, after a couple of months, I started to work with Business Intelligence. Once I started on BI, I moved little by little to my current role which I was just offered recently.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LIVE IN DENMARK?
What I like the most about living and working in Denmark is that it gives you the opportunity to have the flexibility to have a proper work-life balance. Besides having an interesting job where you receive responsibility and opportunities, I really enjoy having more time to relax. During my time in Denmark, I feel like I have more hours in the day to do other things, such as reading a great book, going out for dinner during the week or doing sports.
I think the toughest part about living in Denmark is definitely learning the Danish language and making Danish friends, so you should be ready to put in some time to work on it. However, when you walk around the city of Aarhus, you will meet so many friendly people, who are happy to help you. Living in a city like Aarhus is really nice - it is a good combination of having everything at walking or definitely biking distance, but still having sufficient cultural and sport activities all year round.
One of the things that surprised me when I moved to Denmark was how many small traditions they have – and that it is so important for them. For instance, they are very specific about what they eat around the holidays, and it almost seems surprising to them when someone is not preparing the “right kind” of food. It is funny to experience some of these small quirks of the Danish culture.