At Pauwels Consulting, we are continually looking for motivated consultants who are in a position to bring our clients’ projects to a successful conclusion. As a result, we interview lots of candidates and regularly take on interesting new colleagues.

In our series ‘People of Pauwels Consulting’, new colleagues introduce themselves and talk about their first few months of working at Pauwels Consulting and our clients.

Today, we are going to get acquainted with David Harnie. David has been working as a Project Manager at Pauwels Consulting for the past 5 months.

People of Pauwels Consulting - We Don't Make Mistakes We Do Variations

“We don’t make mistakes, we do variations.”
David, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

David: I’m David Harnie, a forty-something with roots in Limburg. At the moment, I live in Antwerp.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing hockey and going snowboarding. I also spend time keeping my classic car on the road. My interests also include nearly zero-energy housing (NZE), low-energy housing (LEH) and passive housing.

What is your professional background?

David: After graduating in computer science, I started at the bottom of the ladder, gradually working my way up to become project leader.

My background is therefore both technical and practical, which helps me understand our clients’ needs better. It also means I can communicate well with technical personnel.

How did you get in touch with Pauwels Consulting?

David: The company I was working for carried out corporate restructuring. So I found myself looking for a new challenge. While searching online, I came across an interesting vacancy at Pauwels Consulting.

What was your first impression of Pauwels Consulting?

David: Pauwels Consulting made a very professional impression straight away. I was immediately impressed by the clear communication and quick replies. The interesting projects also appealed to me, and this is what matters at the end of the day.

Where do you work now?

David: I’m currently working for Johnson & Johnson as Business Unit IT Project Leader for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). I provide customer support (Medical EMEA) in the implementation of IT-related projects.

Can you sum up your experiences over the first few months at Johnson & Johnson?

David: It felt a bit like coming home. I was already familiar with Johnson & Johnson from previous projects and it was pleasant to reunite with old colleagues.

However, the internal projects I’m working on have changed. It means new challenges for me, but I still have the opportunity to maintain my old contacts.

What have you learned in the past few months?

David: There is always room for improvement and you have to start by looking at yourself. Processes cannot streamline themselves. So if you can make a contribution, even if it’s not your core task, then clients can only benefit from your efforts. This also brings much more personal job satisfaction.

Is there anything in particular you’d like to share with our readers?

David: I’m a big fan of the ‘wisdom’ contained in the following quotes:

“The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.”
“We don’t make mistakes, we do variations.”
“Stressed is desserts spelled backwards.”
Thanks for sharing this wisdom with us David (laughs). And thank you very much for this interview!

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