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Upon completing my graduate year, I will be assuming the role of Industrialisation Manager. In short, industrialisation deals with how to start up production from scratch.
What is the best thing about Saab’s graduate programme?All of the amazing people that I have met. I have managed to create a network at Saab that I can utilise as my career develops. I have also been able to take part in a lot of training courses during the programme, including difficult conversations, conflict management and self-awareness. I will benefit greatly from these courses, especially the "difficult conversation" course. An actor played various characters with different types of problems. It was then up to each of the graduates to manage the situation in the best way possible. There was a psychologist present who evaluated how we handled the situations and we were given feedback afterwards.
What part of your graduate experience has been most valuable so far? I have realised that every single individual and employee is extremely valuable to the company. We all have the chance to affect how we run our business and have an influence on the end products. Small decisions can have major consequences. For instance, an employee who works on a contract may be involved in and have an impact on the entire deal and a tool designer will ultimately influence the production result as well as operator ergonomics.
How do you feel that you have contributed to Saab’s business?One of the first tasks I was given was to start up and develop daily control boards for my own and neighbouring industrialisation departments. In order to design the control board, I had to interview employees, analyse and visualize data. During this experience, I also met key people in the project (Gripen E Airframe & Production) and through the control boards I was able to influence the sub-project management.
During the year, in parallel with other tasks, I have been running a project for 3D titanium printing, a new manufacturing technique for the Gripen project. At present, we have selected two test items to use for verifying the method and a supplier visit will be taking place in a few weeks’ time.Finally, what challenges do you face as a graduate?I face new challenges every day. One day I am in a hangar/workshop learning how to weld in the production of a MOLE for the A380 and the next I might be in the purchasing department learning the multitude of ways to draw up a contract. No two days are alike which requires me to be flexible and adaptable.
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