Meet Andreas Waggestad Havnes, Solution Delivery Manager at Nevion, based in Norway.
We are back with a new entry in our ‘Q&A with the Architects’ series. This week, we spoke to Andreas Waggestad Havnes, Solution Delivery Manager at Nevion. Andreas discusses his thoughts on Nevion’s culture and why working in the broadcast industry always pushes him to learn new skills.
What attracted you to join Nevion as part of your career journey and what is your role there now?
Before joining the business, I was actually a Nevion customer, so I became familiar with people at the organization and gained a good impression of a work culture that seemed really appealing. Something that also struck a chord with me was how Nevion acts on customer feedback to implement improvements, so I knew that it was truly a customer-first mindset. I applied to join the business just over two years ago, I’ve been in the role of Solution Delivery Manager since.
How has your role progressed whilst you’ve been at Nevion?
Since I began with Nevion back in August 2019, the ever-evolving nature of the industry has meant I’ve learnt something new every day, which has been great for skill development. I enjoy that adapting to new challenges each day is such a central part of my role, and this has ensured that I’m always pushing myself and learning.
How would you sum up your role in a nutshell?
I think a key word to describe my role is flexibility. Flexibility is crucial when delivering solutions to customers, and I need to apply that in different ways, whether it’s being analytical or working to understand the customer’s requirements. I think feeding into that is the importance of finding the right solution for the customer. Adapting to meet those needs is critical to what I do on a daily basis.
What interested you about working in the broadcast industry?
The broadcast industry is really agile and fast moving, and it’s always striving to be more inventive and create better solutions. That appealed to me from the very beginning because the end goal of anyone working in broadcast is to create the best possible experience for the end user. There’s a pressure to produce something that works because if it doesn’t, that can impact on potentially millions of people, so I’m always on my toes when taking on exciting new challenges.
Can you tell us about a project you have worked on during your time at Nevion that you are most proud of?
Nevion has been a key partner in delivering the control systems and equipment for a pan-European broadcast project for Discovery Europe, delivering content such as the Summer and Winter Games to 46 countries. But I’m proud not just about the technology we’ve provided, but also the insight and knowhow that we’ve contributed to a massive project that’s really been at the forefront of the industry. It’s definitely a source of pride as it truly facilitates content delivery for millions across the whole continent.
What is your favorite thing about working for Nevion?
I would say that the collaboration we have between our departments and colleagues is one of our biggest strengths, along with always putting the customer first to help them achieve their goals. Sometimes we’re able to provide solutions that the customer didn’t even know they wanted or needed, which really positions us as the experts in the field. Broadly speaking, it’s also a fast-paced industry, which I enjoy.
What new technology/ innovation excites you the most in the broadcasting world?
For me it’s definitely the steps that the industry is taking towards IP, which will enable us to devise solutions in a much more efficient way and be more flexible in our offerings, while also allowing us to spend more time on valuable tasks. It’ll also help our customers focus more on producing content and less time on moving equipment and other time-consuming tasks. It’s a really exciting innovation and I’m looking forward to seeing how it transforms the industry moving forward.