New QA Manager – Portrait of Øystein Ytrenes

Øystein Ytrenes has accepted the position as QA manager in StS.

Øystein comes from the position as QA Manager and Project Engineer at Hummervoll Industribelegg. He has over 15 years of experience from senior positions in the oil and gas industry, where he has worked in Aker Solutions, among others, and has been the department manager for maintenance planning and inspection in AGR.

He has also held various leadership roles in StS for a 6-year period, including position as Technical manager, HR manager and CS advisor. Øystein is an educated engineer in production engineering and has further education in organization and management from NHH.

We welcome Øystein back to StS from 1 March 2020.

We had a little chat with Øystein now that he once again is on the StS team!

Øystein Ytrenes

Øystein Ytrenes

Who are you?

I am 51 years old and work as QA manager in the StS group. Previously I have worked in Hummervoll Industribelegg, Aker Solutions and AGR. And I’ve also been to StS before, from 2007 to 2013.

What do you do?

As a QA manager, I am responsible for our quality system, and will ensure that it is up-to-date and functioning appropriately. The quality system includes, among other things, procedures, job descriptions and non-conformance management system.


The purpose is to ensure that we work efficiently and smartly at every stage, so that we can deliver products and services that are profitable and meet our customers’ expectations.

What I like about the job as QA manager is that I get the opportunity to contribute in every part of the business. The quality system covers all parts of the organization and will contribute to innovation and continuous improvement throughout the value chain.

I am also dedicated to competence development and will assist HR and our course department in mapping training needs and making course plans for and with our staff. Experience transfer, knowledge sharing, and continuous learning will be important tools in our efforts to strengthen and develop us as an organization.

What project are you on now and how is it progressing?

I`m not work on a specific project but am involved in several different issues.

The StS group has several certifications and approvals that must be maintained, and we have just been through periodic auditing, where all our ISS certificates were scrutinized by the Kiwa certification body. The audit went well, but there is always some up-front and post-work involved with such audits.

Otherwise, I am also involved in phasing in new units in the quality system. This spring, the Lambda department and Façade scaffolding are new units in the StS family, and naturally their procedures and management systems must be “merged” into the StS group.

Together with the course department and HR, I am also working to identify what opportunities we have for implementing training measures, this is linked, among other things, to the corona measures implemented by the authorities.

What are your dreams?

In terms of career, I want to work and develop further within the fields I have worked with most in recent years – quality management and competence development.

Quality is about details and small adjustments in the way we work, but also about seeing opportunities and making strategic choices. As QA manager in StS, I want to contribute to small and large improvement projects, which can make us an ever better and more competitive ISS player.

In my leisure time, I am dreaming about mountain hikes in the summer sun. I have just bought myself new hiking boots – which I hope to wear out as quickly as possible. There are far too many Norwegian mountains I still have not visited, so I intend to do something about that.

And when the corona restrictions are lifted, I also have ambitions to spend more time on cultural and sporting events – looking forward to going to concerts and football matches again, when allowed.