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Master of Science degree in Interaction Design
How did you end up at Saab?
I saw that Saab was looking for interface designers to develop the cockpit displays in Gripen E. The product and everything sounded fascinating and challenging so it was a chance I didn’t want to miss.
What advice would you give to someone applying for a job in your department?
My advice is to adopt a pragmatic approach to design development when starting work with interface design for Gripen E. Working with user-centric designs and traditional work methods of interaction design are far easier at small companies where systems are less complex. It is a challenge to make sure that there is a focus on usability during every stage of the development process. We need to have more employees with interaction design skills as these are particularly important when creating user-friendly cockpit interfaces.
What is a typical day like for you at Saab?
For me, a working day at Saab can include lots of design discussions with pilots and documenting design. We spend a lot of time with simulators, testing new design concepts together with engineers and pilots.
Name one interesting fact about Saab that people might not know?
I think the coolest thing at Saab are the days spent developing the interface for Gripen E’s displays, going outside at lunch and watching a Gripen take off , and if you are lucky, getting to see a Gripen being moved from one assembly stage to the next. This reminds you that one fine day, the fruits of your work is going to be in the air for real.
Why did you choose Saab?
I’ve been interested in mechanical and electrical things in general, especially biomedical and military equipment, since I was about 6 or 7 years old. Since there are very few companies working with biomedical hardware R&D in Sweden, I began to focus more on the the space and defence industry. When I joined the company, Saab offered both of these with a great deal of hands-on hardware development and with a fantastic working atmosphere. I saw a future in working here.
What do you think it takes to be successful at Saab?
Be good at what you do and do not exaggerate your abilities. Saab has an excellent performance management system, enabling talents and hardworking people to rise within the structure.
What led you to your current role at Saab?
I had previously worked within many different areas, including hydraulics, construction and demolition. My evolution from a pure test engineer to becoming a design qualification/verification responsible (a more supervisory role) was mainly due to my manager promoting me and giving me tasks more oriented in this direction. Since I enjoy both, I still do some testing from time to time. My role is about 1/3 testing, 1/3 design support and 1/3 requirement fulfilment.
Saab is a bigger industry than most people realise. Saab’s equipment helps many peacekeeping missions around the world by warning of incoming projectiles and protecting camp personnel.
How do you describe your work to your friends and family?
Sometimes I just tell people I’m a firefighter, it’s much easier to explain (J/K). It can sometimes be hard to talk about certain things as they are often classified and so you cannot go into detail. Most people who know me only have a vague idea of what I work with, “Something in the defence area”, they would probably say. Work descriptions are more focused on colleagues and events instead of being product-based even if the work itself is very much focused on products.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
I had been working abroad for 10 years and when I decided to move back to Sweden with my family, I was looking for a job in a “stable” company. Saab has a long history and a lot of opportunities for personal development and, as a bonus; very interesting technical products.
To be curious, be open to new solutions, share knowledge and be honest. If you don´t know something – don´t be afraid to ask.
What is a typical workday like for you?
Since no two days are alike…. There is only one thing that stays the same: That I have a lot of fun. There is not a day at work without laughter.
How has Saab supported your development?
Since I work in development, I am expected to attend symposiums, take courses and keep up-to-date on technical innovations. In order to come up with new solutions and products we have to remain updated when it comes to new technology.
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