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.