Therése Ottosson

Job title: Strategic Sourcing Manager, Aeronautics

Location: Linköping, Sweden

Education: M.Sc. in Industrial Management and Engineering

 

Short personal summary

Therése is currently employed by strategic sourcing in Aeronautics where the main focus is to supply the Gripen Fighter Jet with various systems delivered by some of our biggest suppliers. In order to ensure that this is done with excellence, another big focus area in this work is to sustain the relationship between Saab and the suppliers. According to Therése, working with people is an important part of her work, hence, her background as a hairdresser. She strives to combine the communication skills from her previous career with the Engineering knowledge she gained through the Engineering Master’s programme from Linköping University in her future career at Saab. Another personal trait that characterizes Therése is that she loves the water. She enjoys all kinds of water sports and is not afraid of going into deep (or cold) waters.

 

Why did you apply to the graduate programme?

While doing my master’s thesis at Saab, I realized rather quickly that this company really cares about their employees and that is something I find very important when choosing an employer. I think this is a huge cornerstone when it comes to development, both professionally and individually; this enables you to go to your manager, free of fears, and ask for a heavier or lighter work load, participation in courses or perhaps new challenges in terms of different assignments. And, last but not least, who wouldn’t want to work with such an amazing product portfolio like Saab has?

The reason for specifically applying to the graduate programme is that it enables you to learn about Saab as a whole in the greatest, most efficient crash course ever. For me, that is the perfect start of a career.

 

What is it like to be a graduate at Saab?

Where to begin. Being a graduate at Saab is a privilege. You get to learn so much in such a, relatively speaking, short time. Through all of our rotations at different departments in different areas of Saab, we also get to know all of these amazing people that are all willing to help. A good example of this is when I reached out to set up my latest rotation, in Marketing & Sales for Gripen. I called my point of contact and asked him if I could work with him for a couple of weeks. He was happy to help and set me up with a three-week schedule, which included going to Belgium for a B2B conference. That pretty much shows how it is to be a graduate; you always get to tag along on new things resulting in a great broadening of understanding.

 

Can you tell us more about your assignments abroad?

Our assignments abroad are set up individually, in dialogue with our manager. For me, this means that I’m going to the states in two excursions. My first stop will be at our Market Area office in Washington D.C. to learn more about what we do over there and how these offices interact with the Business Areas in the company. My second stop will be in St. Louis to work with the T-X program which is our joint program together with Boeing, in which we develop a new two-seat jet trainer as an offer to the US Air Force.

 

What have you gained from participating in the graduate programme?

I have gained an understanding about Saab in a broader perspective, gotten more familiar with the product portfolio and I have also been able to create an amazing network. Another thing worth mentioning is that I feel like I have developed a lot as a person. The workshops and exercises we are doing during our team weeks are really putting us out there, comfort-zone wise, and I have realized that you need to go there in order to develop. Although it might be a bit tough when you are doing these exercises, because you are so far outside your comfort zone that you can’t see it anymore, you walk out of there with your head held high with the feeling that you have grown both as a person and as a future leader.

 

What has been the most memorable experience so far?

Actually, these past months have been filled with memorable experiences but if I’m only allowed to pick one it has to be our first team week. Going from not knowing each other to feeling like I have known these people for years in more or less one day, through various exercises, was just breathtaking! The different workshops we have done in self-assessment, presentations techniques and leadership are so valuable; they let you develop as an individual and as a group impressively fast.

 

Can we contact you if we have additional questions?

Of course! You can find me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ther%C3%A9se-ottosson-512841112.