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Mariska Pronk, Project manager, Atkins


Project manager

When did you join Atkins?

 I joined Atkins in November 2010.

Why did you want to join the company?

 I was looking for an opportunity to be a full time project manager, preferably in aerospace. Atkins offered me that chance.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

 Several things – all technical. After my studies I started as an aerospace engineer doing both stress analysis and design. I then moved on to being a project engineer applying composite solutions to mainly civil and marine structures. I have also done some dynamic blast simulations (explosions) for a research facility.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

 The way I see the role of project manager is as an enabler for the team so they can do their work successfully. At the same time a PM needs to make sure the client is happy and the project is profitable.

How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

 I am an aeronautic engineer now working as a project manager.


What key projects have you worked on?

 I have done several Airbus Single Aisle projects (A320 and A321 Sharklet, A320 NEO) where I had the role of PM for the spars work packages as well as the Airbus A350-1000 wing (A-maturity and B-maturity design and stress support).

What are you currently working on?

 Currently I am working on the A350-900 Wingtip and Winglet for FACC (Austria), together with the Bristol office.

What achievement are you most proud of?

 I would say I am most proud of how we all worked together to make the A350-1000 wing project a success. The team was multidisciplinary and was divided over multiple locations, while the client was remote. The project was technically challenging, both for the engineers and from a management point of view.

What’s the most technically challenging project you’ve worked on at Atkins?

 That too would be the A350-1000 as the scope of the project was not well defined at the start but defined as we went along. We needed to have a flexible attitude and were faced with many interesting challenges.

The Atkins factor

How has your career developed at Atkins?

 During my career as PM I have taken on larger and more complex projects and have increased the contact with the client.

How have you been supported during your career development?

 My development has mostly been supported by my team lead who made sure I was exposed to work that fitted my knowledge and made me grow.

How do project managers and Atkins make a difference?

 Atkins is known for its excellence in project management; the project managers enable the project teams to excel in their turn.

How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

 I have found that the Atkins employ

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