Our people make it possible

The working environment in Norway is very good and, if willing, you’re given the opportunities to develop your career and have exposure to the rest of Wood.

Manuel Laranjinha

Project manager

Sandefjord, Norway

Joined In

2008

Works On

Providing project management across contracts

Enjoys

Kicking-off projects, discussing technical issues and being outdoor with family

Tell us about your role at Wood

I currently hold the role of senior project manager for the Greenfield and Floaters business stream in Norway. I started my professional career as a project manager for a shipyard in Lisbon Portugal in 2000 and moved in 2008 to join Wood in Norway. Since then, I have taken several project managerial roles with a focus on my professional competence in floater technology. In Norway, I have learned and developed my knowledge in drilling technology and lately I have been involved in several drilling related projects in Norway and with other offices across Wood.

My international background and experiences have allowed me the opportunity to be involved with projects internationally, namely China, Russia, Brazil, Scotland, Houston and more recently Newfoundland.

When you reflect on your career what makes you most proud?

I am proud of my career development in the Norwegian office and being able to achieve a good project track record with zero serious incidents and healthy financial results. Also, I always like to emphasize my good relationship with my colleagues of whom I am also proud of.

To name a couple of highlights, being manager on the design of Wood’s first semi-submersible drilling unit design and assisting on introducing drilling competence in Sakhalin.

What would you tell your friends about working at Wood?

Wood exposes you to a huge amount of challenges and opportunities through its project and customer portfolio around the world. The working environment in Norway is very good and, if willing, you’re given the opportunities to develop your career and have exposure to the rest of Wood.

I get to work with an excellent, competent and very diverse group of colleagues. Through my personal project involvement with offices around the world I like to be a vehicle of some unique knowledge and competence from Norway to the broader Wood. Also, I feel excitement when I bring home some good lessons learned.