A stepping stone to independence, steep learning and my 2nd career

Mikael is a Senior Project Manager and Finance Architect with IZARA

Having focused on finance, business processes, and IT for more than 20 years, I found myself ready to part with my long-term employer and start my 2nd career. But, despite knowing, that I am an expert in my field, making the move was scary and I spent much time figuring out where I could offer my future customers most value. Was I a general management consultant? Interim CFO? A mix of both – or something completely different?

After the first cup of coffee with IZARA I knew that this was my chance to take the step and do what I longed for: taking ownership of large projects and transforming my experience into maximum value for my own customers.

In particular IZARA’s values were a reason for me to join the company. Firstly, while IZARA employs a mix of independent young and senior full-time people as well as freelance consultants with many years’ experience, we are a team.

Everybody has a voice, and it is an integral part of our culture to listen to what is being said. Our focus is always on creating maximum value together with the customer and not on selling hours, which is otherwise common in our industry.

Secondly, the IZARA team works to do what is best. We operate with high integrity and top management is ready to politely decline an assignment if we find the customer is not ready for the necessary change in approach and culture surrounding their ERP setup, or if the customer insists on a solution that is significantly different from what we know is the most value-adding solution.

How well did reality match your expectations?

I came to IZARA with an expectation to be thrown straight into the large and interesting projects that were in the pipeline. I have since learned that lead times for projects are often longer than expected so I am now looking forward to starting my first own major assignment as lead architect.

In the coming years I will build my knowledge and network while maximising value for IZARA’s and my own customers. My aspiration for the future is to gain the experience to be a renown chief architect with the overall responsibility for multiple teams and projects.

And that leads me to my closing remarks. No matter your role and aspirations, with IZARA you will become a part of a team and a culture. There is no difference in the mutual relations, no matter if you are employed or freelance. Everyone fells welcome and everyone feels they are in IZARA because they are needed and wanted. We have a positive and happy environment with high spirit, positive ambitions, and there is no time wasted beating around the bush. We know that our raison d’etre is to maximise value for our customers – while continuously developing our teams and individuals.

– Mikael has 22 years of experience from a variety of top financial and IT functions and has been a Senior Project Manager and Finance Architect with IZARA since 1st May 2018.

Working at IZARA: Independence and trust

Senior Business Consultant at IZARA, Mads

Are you geared for a job with a high degree of independence and international travels?

When a friend of mine recommended IZARA to me back in 2016, it was with words like “exciting projects”, “high degree of independence”, and “some of the most senior and globally acclaimed experts within the ERP field”.

He was not wrong.

During the past two years I have been involved in several go-lives, which have given me great insight into full-cycle implementations of D365fFO, as I have been involved in everything from diagnostics to operations – and post go-live support. One of these implementations was for a large multinational company, Pandora, which gave me the possibility to work out of Asia for four months.

Another implementation was for a smaller local company with a highly dynamic organisation. As the company underwent significant change, an urgent implementation of a new ERP system, to support daily operations, became crucial. After only 25 days we went live with what I believe is one of the most successful fast-track implementations ever done. This marks one of the greatest accomplishments in my work history to date.

The endorphin rush when you push that go-live button after 25 days of intensive planning, design, development and deployment, while knowing that you delivered a highly value-adding solution for your customer, is impossible to describe.

Team work, respect and focus on adding value

One of the things I appreciate the most about working at IZARA: While everyday life is often fast-paced and at our customers premises, our team works together to add as much value for our customers, as we can.

Even though my colleagues are amongst the most acclaimed in the industry, the organisation is flat, everybody is seen as equal, as we respect each other’s competencies and differences. Of course, that also means that one must be prepared to take on much responsibility from the beginning, as well as accept that we sometimes take calculated risks and make mistakes – and be ready to fix them urgently.

– Mads is 32 years old and Senior Business Consultant with IZARA.