Job Opportunity:

Executive Assistant to CEO

Osander ApS, representing DHI A/S, is seeking a strategic and dynamic executive assistant for the CEO.  

We enable a sustainable future for water. There is no substitute for water. Future development will depend on how water can be managed and shared, how climate change adaptation can be implemented, and how water quality can be improved. DHI has been committed to advancing and sharing knowledge of water environments for over half a century. Working within the entire water cycle, we innovate new ways to use, manage, and live with water and protect water-related ecosystems.

Since 1964, we have grown from a handful of passionate wave modellers in Denmark to an organisation with 1,100 engineers and specialists. We have offices in 26 countries globally, but our reach goes far beyond that. The majority of our staff is based in Europe, and the largest concentration of people are at our offices in Hørsholm, Denmark (HQ), and Singapore. Our engineers and specialists are involved in projects in 115 countries spanning all continents and regions, and every day, we share knowledge and best practices with colleagues globally. If you’re also passionate about water, research, and innovation, join us in our mission to enable a sustainable future for water.

Sustainability is deeply rooted in our company’s purpose and in our business. We have set ambitious targets of reducing carbon emissions from our own operations, and we positively impact our planet with our clients and partners, driving more than 2,400 projects in 2022 supporting water environments worldwide. Our sustainability framework outlines clear targets, commitments, and actions and directs us in our work to increase our contribution.

Purpose of the role 

As the Executive Assistant to the CEO, you’ll serve as the CEO’s trusted right-hand, ensuring operational efficiency and strategic execution. Your role is pivotal in meeting priorities, projects, decisions, and deadlines while proactively enhancing CEO productivity and managing everyday operational details.

This position emphasises strategic planning, project management, and high-level collaboration. You’ll act as a critical facilitator, aligning the CEO’s strategic vision with DHI’s operational reality and effectively communicating and executing strategic initiatives across the organisation. Reporting directly to the CEO, the role requires a global perspective, with an estimated 20 days of travel per year. The position is based in Hørsholm, DK.

Your responsibilities include planning and preparing customer and stakeholder meetings, managing external affairs presentations, and communicating CEO objectives. Additionally, you’ll attend ELT (Executive Leadership Team) and board meetings, handling materials and minute-taking. You’ll play a key role in driving strategy execution, supported by a dedicated personal assistant who will help you achieve the CEO’s objectives.

Key Responsibilities
Strategic planning and execution:

  • Collaborate with the CEO and the ELT to develop the strategy execution plan.

  • Drive and monitor the execution of strategic projects, ensuring alignment with DHI’s goals and objectives.

Communication and reporting:

  • Prepare and present high-level presentations for the Board of Directors and the ELT.

  • Plan and prepare client meetings and presentations to foster positive client relationships.

  • Facilitate effective communication strategies that ensure alignment and clarity across all levels of the organisation.

Project leadership:

  • Lead or participate in key strategic projects, working closely with relevant departments and team members.

  • Continuously assess market dynamics and trends to inform strategic decision-making and plan adjustments.

Strategic analysis and insight:

  • Conduct in-depth analysis of market trends, competitor activities, and industry developments.

  • Provide actionable insights to the CEO and the ELT, helping to shape DHI’s strategic direction.

Success criteria / KPIs

  • Strategy execution efficiency: Evaluated by the successful implementation of the strategic plan and the impact of strategic initiatives.

  • Communication effectiveness: Assessed through the quality and impact of presentations and reports and the effectiveness of strategic communication within the organisation.

  • Project management success: Measured by the timely completion of strategic projects, adherence to objectives, and overall project impact.

  • Strategic insight and analysis: Measured by the accuracy and relevance of market and competitive analysis and the contribution to strategic adjustments.

Mindset & competencies

  • This position is highly visible within the organisation and requires high levels of emotional intelligence, organisational skill and the ability to partner with various diverse stakeholders in an effective, efficient and diplomatic manner to further the organisation’s goals.

  • Strictly structured and self-driven whilst always maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and judgment.

  • You don’t need experience working as an EA, but you have the drive and personality to succeed and thrive.

  • A thinker and a doer, serving as a strategic partner while being an exemplary practical operator. Flexible and eager to tackle any task, big or small.

  • Excellent written and oral communicator, with the ability to communicate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Structured and analytical, used to handling many tasks and deadlines simultaneously and getting things done.


  • Master’s degree in engineering, business administration, or similar.

  • Several years of experience working with strategic projects, ideally from a consulting business.

  • Strong business acumen.

  • Experienced project manager.

  • Exceptional PowerPoint skills, with the ability to create appealing and informative presentations, are critical for success in this role.

  • Highly skilled in preparing information and decision-support material for senior management.

  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

Questions about this role

Please contact Frederikke Høg in regards to questions about this role –