William went from graduate to manager in three years

William Kristensen
When William started his engineering studies back in 2014, Forte Digital did not exist as a company. Today he is head of data and analysis in one of Norway's fastest growing companies.

William has a degree in civil engineering from NTNU with a specialization in communication technology and digital economy. It is a skill in demand, particularly among the country's leading technology and consulting companies.

- Like many of my fellow students, I had not heard of Forte before, because the company did not exist when I started my studies. I discovered Forte by chance and after the first conversation, I really felt like it was a perfect match. I called my parents and said "I'm going to take part in this", explains William.

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After delivering a master's thesis on the use of machine learning in the power grid, William started as a consultant in Forte Digital in 2019. Forte Digital had then existed for just under two years. For the past three years, he has worked as a consultant at NorgesGruppen in data analysis and digital innovation.

He is one of the brains behind the grocery giant's Dietary and climate insight, two new services in the Trumf application where users gain insight into their diet and climate footprint, respectively, based on what they shop in NorgesGruppen's chains.

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- I am very grateful for the trust I have received, both from Forte Digital, but also from NorgesGruppen. What triggered me most when I chose Forte Digital was the opportunity to influence and build the company. The fact that I am currently sitting in our technology leadership group as the head of the subject I am most passionate about is testament to that to the highest degree.

- An ambitious company

For William, the best thing about the job is the combination of analysis and innovation and points to three things as important to enjoy work; Focus on subject and competence development, variety and that there is room to be ambitious.

- Forte Digital is an ambitious company. I thrive in an environment where you are allowed to dream big, and you actually translate your ambitions into action. You must not be afraid to showcase that.

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Forte Digital's technology department today counts almost 100 consultants consisting of data scientists, architects, developers, technical testers and cyber security experts. William currently manages 10 people in the Data & Analytics department. The managerial responsibility has not made him less ambitious.

- Monica's (Technology director in Forte Digital) ambitious goal for the department is for Forte Technology to be Norway's strongest tech environment. Then it is natural that I aim to build Norway's strongest data and analysis environment, says William.

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