Testing out both technical and soft skills

Automation Engineer Anders Ellegaard started out as an intern at NNE Pharmaplan and has developed through both technical and leadership roles in the company since then. Read what he enjoys about automation and life on a project site.

I first started at NNE Pharmaplan as an engineering intern in automation, and then landed a permanent position as an automation engineer after graduation. I’ve now been here full-time for three years, and have been located on a project site in Hillerød the majority of the time. Working on a customer site has been a great opportunity. For one thing, you build a wide range of technical skills and get to know the ins and outs of the project extremely well. You also develop very close relationships with the customer – they become like your own colleagues when you spend so much time together. You build up a sense of trust that makes it easier to collaborate and challenge each other.

After a year and a half as automation engineer, I got the opportunity to take a position as automation lead within biopharma. It was a big change to suddenly be part of the project management group: I had to learn how to lead a team, act as work package owner, and interact with the other disciplines. But I received a lot of support from NNE Pharmaplan along the way. For example, the company is paying for me to attend a part-time bachelor’s programme in business administration from Copenhagen Business School. And I was already familiar with the technical aspects of the job, so that gave me a strong foundation to build on.

While I enjoyed my time as an automation lead, I realised that I missed the hands-on technical side of automation. You’re much closer to the process and the design of the product that way. You get to programme something, see how it works, and be in the control room. I enjoy having a say in how the production works in practice. So I went back to working as an automation engineer, this time on a large-scale greenfield project with a site in Kalundborg.

Now that I’ve gotten the chance to try out both the technical and project management side, my current plan is to stay on the technical track and become a specialist in the future. That’s something I really appreciate about NNE Pharmaplan: you’re encouraged to take your career in different directions and find out what interests you the most. I’m looking forward to finding out what role I’ll end up in next.


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Anders Ellegaard is an Automation Engineer at NNE Pharmaplan – one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting companies within the life science industry. Upon completion of a successful internship at NNE Pharmaplan, Anders was offered his current position in which he uses his programming skills to the advantage of his customers. He enjoys the project-based company culture as it allows him to interact with colleagues from different kinds of professional disciplines. As a recent graduate he feels strongly supported in his ambitions and feels that the sky is the limit at NNE Pharmaplan. Bring your technical knowledge to life at nnepharmaplan.com/jobs

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Hemophilia Plant

Engineer Internship

I was connected to a project that aimed to expand the production capacity of an existing plant. My work focused on the areas of development, implementation and qualification of the automation system (DeltaV) at the plant.

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