Meet Monitor’s new G5 Development Manager
Since Peter Svensson discovered programming over 20 years ago, coding has become something of a passion. And after almost 13 years at Monitor, it’s now time to take on a new challenge. Meet Monitor’s new Development Manager for G5.
Originally from Sundsvall, Peter Svensson is 38 years old and has been working at Monitor since 2009. For Peter, systems development is more than just a job. He started coding websites at the end of the 1990s while at lower secondary school. Since then, his interest has grown and become more than just a hobby. While studying systems development at Mid Sweden University, he got a tip about a job in Hudiksvall. Peter applied, and the rest is history.
“After around two years, I moved on to Monitor, where I’ve been now for nearly 13 years. I started in the Adaptation department and then moved over to G5, where I’ve most recently worked as team manager of the Web-Tech team for four years. I’d probably say that for me, this is more than just a job. I often work more than eight hours a day, because it’s so much fun.”
Peter sees software development as problem solving – the aim is to find the best solution.
“You have to ask yourself, of the millions of solutions to a problem that exist, which is the best? Is the solution long-term, or do we have to maintain it? Taking a long-term approach is something we prioritize here at Monitor across the board – not least in the world of coding.”
A working day as G5 Development Manager involves regular review meetings with all team managers to ensure the department is following the plan agreed primarily by Monitor’s internal Product Council. It’s Peter's job to ensure this plan is realized.
“There are many challenges of course, but I have lots of ideas about how we can move forward,” he says with a smile.
Taking a long-term approach is something we prioritize here at Monitor across the board – not least in the world of coding.
In his free time, Peter likes to exercise, enjoy good food and spend time with his partner. And on one day every year, he follows a very special tradition.
“It's become something of a custom to complete the Hitta ut (Out and about) orienteering event each year on the very first day. My colleague Niklas Oldéen likes to joke that me taking part is a sure sign of the spring”, he laughs.
Hitta ut is a local orienteering competition featuring hundreds of checkpoints spread out across Hudiksvall Municipality. For most people taking part, it takes the whole summer to complete. But Peter is always looking for the best, most effective way to solve the problem – both in orienteering and at work.
“I always have to question if we’re working in the best way. If we can be more efficient, while ensuring our employees are happy and settled in their work. It’s important to identify solutions that ensure we have as many satisfied customers as possible. This is why we have close communication with our customers, and make sure we deliver in line with expectation.”
One of the first major projects Peter will get his teeth into is forming a new development team. A couple of years ago, Monitor set up an office in Gävle which is home to a team of developers, and is now looking to expand in the nearby city. This optimism and faith in the future are among the reasons why Peter is so at home at Monitor after 13 years on the payroll.
“Monitor is a stable and secure employer. If you look ahead, everything points towards the company continuing to be successful.”
What's the best thing about working at Monitor?
“All my colleagues that I work with each day. When I started here, my first impression was how pleasant and competent the people here are. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned over the years, both about programming and the manufacturing industry. The commitment of everyone and the foundations provided by the owner.”