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Earlier this year, Saab’s Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft, GlobalEye, took off on its maiden flight from an airfield outside Saab in Linköping, Sweden. A few hundred employees had gathered in the spring sunshine to watch. One of them was Dennis Karlsson:“It’s strange perhaps, but I was a bit proud. It’s been a big part of my life. After all, I've been here for nine hours every day. And it's finally in the air! It’s great to have contributed to the project.”
Dennis is an operational purchaser at Saab’s business are Support and Services. He is working with the GlobalEye programme and has done so since joining Saab as a newly graduated business logistic specialist in the spring of 2016. Just a few weeks before, the first Global 6000s had arrived from the aircraft manufacturer Bombardier to begin the modification process for becoming Saab’s new AEW&C system.
“I did my internship at the procurement department, specialising in export control.” After his internship an opportunity opened to stay on in the project, an opportunity Dennis took.
“It was a bit messy at the beginning with a new organization coming about; there are now twice as many at the department as when I started,” says Dennis. “But projects are a very rewarding form of work because you see constant development.”
Three different business areas interact in getting GlobalEye developed and in the air, with a combined Saab staff of 1 300. Together they have transformed a Global 6000 into the high tech surveillance and monitoring system GlobalEye in record time.
As an operational purchaser, Dennis is one of the spiders in the extensive web and entirely dependent on functioning collaboration and good dialogue with other functions – design teams, hangers and a variety of suppliers, just to mention a few examples.
“Our job at operational procurement is mainly to order standard components, everything from nuts, bolts and electrical components to sheepskin to upholster the aircraft seats,” says Dennis “A lot of work is involved with delivery monitoring and export control, and the tempo is quite high. It’s naturally stressful at times, but there is always someone to ask and we help each other. People step up; everyone is pulling in the same direction and wants to complete the project as planned.”
The GlobalEye launch customer is the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, where it is known as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS). It brings extended detection range, endurance and the ability to perform multiple roles, including tasks such as search and rescue, border surveillance and military operations.
Masters degree in Commercial and Tax Law
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
How did you end up at Saab?
I saw an advertisement for the Global Graduate Leadership Programme on Saab’s homepage and applied.
What is a typical day like for you at Saab?
My days are often quite varied. One day I can be reviewing terms and conditions in contracts. I meet with the project team to discuss solutions and then I contact our counterpart to negotiate. Another day I can be interacting with a group of people representing different parts of Saab in order to make Saab’s process leaner and more sustainable.
What advice would you give to someone applying for a job in your department?Be honest about who you are and what you would like to achieve. Share your dreams.
What do you think it takes to be successful at Saab?For me, being successful means having an interesting job that allows you to grow. Qualities such as curiosity, flexibility and the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds will help you succeed.
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