While most of our team works from our office in Helsinki, this guy spreads the message of ParkMan in and outwards of his homebase Copenhagen. Philip, our Country Manager for Denmark, takes care of our Danish partners and relentlessly pursues new exciting cooperation opportunities for us.
He delights us with his presence in Finland every couple of months and in the meantime, we get constant news about new areas that ParkMan works in on Danish soil. A born and bred Copenhagener, Philip is the go-to guy for tips about the beautiful city.
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So Philip, what’s your role in the company?
“I’m the Danish country manager. It means that I oversee most of the activities that ParkMan has going on in Denmark, while maintaining and building the business network on both supply and demand side. I make sure that the providers are happy and that every new launch goes well, and of course I am constantly in contact with potential new partners. At the same time, I make sure that as many users as possible find out about ParkMan in Denmark.”
How did you end up working at ParkMan?
“I was looking for a job after working as a consultant. I was in particular searching for an opportunity in a smaller company, where I’d have a wider touch to all the different aspects of the business and the company’s operations as a whole. I heard about the opening through a friend who knew someone at the company, and he put me in touch. From there on it was a very standard recruitment process, and I was lucky enough to get the job.
Regarding my background, I have a MA from Copenhagen business school. Before working at ParkMan I had, among others, a job at Google, as well as a consultant position in another company.
October 2017 marks my one year anniversary at ParkMan. Time really flies by, and it’s been a great year at this company.”
Describe your typical day at the office.
“When I get in in the morning, I usually have a bunch of emails waiting with questions from our cooperative parties. As my first task, I follow up on those. After that my day usually consists of making some calls to providers, and perhaps discussing some customer cases with my colleague. Then one part of the day I spend on mapping out possibilities to form cooperation with new providers.
I’m mostly at the office, and maybe one third of my time is spent at meeting with current and potential partners. In Copenhagen, we work in an open office space with other businesses and that makes for a nice, inspiring environment.”
How about after work, what do you like to do in your free time?
“I like to go cycling. I ride a road bike and go on long rides with friends. We might drive a few hundred kilometres in any direction from Copenhagen, sometimes we even cross the border over to Sweden. I’d say exercise is for me the most important activity I do on weekends and after work.”
How would you describe ParkMan as a workplace?
“Well, my point of view is of course a little different, since my daily work takes place outside the headquarters. I see ParkMan as an innovative company, absolutely. The atmosphere is exciting, new ideas are being thrown around all the time.
Our company is one that needs to be constantly among the first-movers in the industry, and proactiveness is very important. Here it’s never static and never boring. Culture-wise, I appreciate the trust that we enjoy from our superiors, and consequently the freedom to make up your own work schedule for as long as you deliver what’s been agreed.”
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned here?
“I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person, my strengths and weaknesses, and the importance of teamwork. For example, my fellow Dane at our Copenhagen office, Anders, who takes care of the customer queries, is someone who really compliments me in terms of talent. We’re a great team.
I’ve learned that when building a team, you need to surround yourself with people who are better than you at a lot of things. In an ideal situation, every person contributes in their own way and we all complement each other. In the end, together we form a team that’s more than the sum of its parts. A company cannot have too many people of the same type, you need to mix it up and have diversity, that’s the recipe for success. I think ParkMan is doing that very well.”
What are you looking forward to in the year 2017?
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how our new ideas will influence the market and parking industry. It’s awesome to get to test new stuff with our partners, see their reactions and hear their opinions. There’s a lot underway, and exciting times ahead!”
Introducing our awesome team
We don’t want ParkMan to be just a faceless parking app, so we literally want to give you a face to the name – or faces, actually. That’s why we’re introducing our team of talented individuals who work everyday to ensure that our mobile parking solution is the best thing that’s ever happened to parking. These are the people behind ParkMan – our crew that codes, draws, writes, calls, talks and innovates restlessly to create the best possible app and the best possible parking experience we can give.