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  • 2020

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  • A whole new experience

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    The world is in turmoil right now due to the situation with the new virus, Covid-19. This has thrown the world into uncertain times and much confusion. There is no doubt that this is affecting everyone in one way or another. But I hope that people try to see the positive that still exists amongst us.

    The world is in turmoil right now due to the situation with the new virus, Covid-19. This has thrown the world into uncertain times and much confusion. There is no doubt that this is affecting everyone in one way or another. But I hope that people try to see the positive that still exists amongst us.

     
  • The Swedish-Australian Notebook: Part I

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    As the only 2019/2020 SGLP grad based outside of Sweden I am now working in Sweden for the next few months! Despite not experiencing the incredibly cold winter with lots of snow I was promised/warned about, I have made many new and exciting discoveries about this Nordic nation.

    As the only 2019/2020 SGLP grad based outside of Sweden I am now working in Sweden for the next few months! This is only my second time visiting Sweden (the first being our first team week in October) but I’m already falling in love with the country. Despite not experiencing the incredibly cold winter with lots of snow I was promised/warned about, I have made many new and exciting discoveries about this Nordic nation. 

     
  • Money, money, money - must be funny ...

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    Eight months ago, I graduated from the university thinking I knew everything about business models, financial statements, currency hedging and cash flow. Halfway through Saab’s graduate programme, I realize I couldn’t have been more wrong…

    Eight months ago, I graduated from university thinking I knew everything about business models, financial statements, currency hedging and cash flow. Halfway through Saab’s graduate programme, I realise I couldn’t have been more wrong…

     
  • Your workplace, my business

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    Saab's property function administers about 1 000 000 m² and that’s only in Sweden. Our workplace is basically the whole world. We go where Saab needs us, which means North and South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Outside of Sweden we have more than 160 sites on 80 different locations.

    Saab's property function administers about 1 000 000 m² and that’s only in Sweden. Our workplace is basically the whole world. We go where Saab needs us, which means North and South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Outside of Sweden we have more than 160 sites on 80 different locations.

     
  • Graduates meet Christer Fuglesang

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    A CERN physicist, an ESA astronaut that participated in two missions to the International Space Station and a professor at KTH are just a few of Christer’s credentials and now he has been a space consultant for Saab for 3 years, working on how the company can develop within the space sector in the future. 

    A CERN physicist, a European Space Agency astronaut that participated in two missions to the International Space Station, and a professor at KTH are just a few of Christer’s credentials and now he has been a space consultant for Saab for 3 years, working on how the company can develop within the space sector in the future. 

     
  • The Perks of Sports

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    We are built to move because it has been vital for us historically. Our ancestors were exposed to significant threats and their ability to move was essential for them to survive. Studies state that our brains work better if we move, which also gets us more creative and focused.

    We are built to move because it has been vital for us historically. Our ancestors were exposed to significant threats and their ability to move was essential for them to survive. Studies state that our brains work better if we move, which also gets us more creative and focused.

     
  • 2019

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  • A postcard from Slush

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    In November 2019, Anna got the opportunity to visit one of the coolest technology fairs she has ever been to. It is called Slush, is located in Helsinki, Finland, and is one of the major start-up fairs in Europe. 

    Hi guys! Two weeks ago I got the opportunity to visit one of the coolest technology fairs I have ever been to. It is called Slush, is located in Helsinki, Finland, and is one of the major start-up fairs in Europe. Only this year around 25 000 people have been visiting or exhibiting at the fair.  

     
  • The stories from our first team weeks

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    The team weeks are great opportunities for the entire graduate group to be in the same place at the same time, which we learned, is a difficult task to achieve since we are all in such wide spread locations and have very different roles. 

    An essential part of the graduate programme are the team weeks. We are going to have at least 6 weeks of them spread out over the entire year. These team weeks are great opportunities for the entire graduate group to be in the same place at the same time, which we learned, is a difficult task to achieve since we are all in such wide spread locations and have very different roles. 

     
  • Introducing the graduates of 2019

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    Hi and welcome to the Saab Graduate Leadership Blog of 2019/2020! Another year has passed by and now it’s our turn to grab the baton and start our run to the finish line. 

     



     

     

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    Hi and welcome to the Saab Graduate Leadership Blog of 2019/2020! Another year has passed by and now it’s our turn to grab the baton and start our run to the finish line. 

     
  • The graduates of 18/19 are now ending their years and diving deep into their new roles all around Saab. However, before we hand over to the juniors, SGLP of 19/20, would we like to share one moment each from the year that we did not expect to experience. Trust us, it was not easy to pick.

    The graduates of 18/19 are now ending their years and diving deep into their new roles all around Saab. However, before we hand over to the juniors, SGLP of 19/20, would we like to share one moment each from the year that we did not expect to experience. Trust us, it was not easy to pick.

     
  • I have just started writing this blog post and I realize I have already deceived you; there is of course no such thing as a typical day in the life of a Saab Graduate. During my time in the programme so far I have been at different business units every week, traveling across Sweden and the world meeting many of my amazing 17 000 colleagues.

    I have just started writing this blog post and I realize I have already deceived you; there is of course no such thing as a typical day in the life of a Saab Graduate. During my time in the programme so far I have been at different business units every week, traveling across Sweden and the world meeting many of my amazing 17 000 colleagues.

     
  • Home but not home

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    Camel or horse-riding, 45° C or 25° C, skyscrapers or wooden cabins. Vast differences in culture and geographical attributes – this is what gets me going. How can it vary so much from country to country? Or actually, let’s look at it from a different angle – how can it be so similar?

    Camel or horse-riding, 45° C or 25° C, skyscrapers or wooden cabins. Vast differences in culture and geographical attributes – this is what gets me going. How can it vary so much from country to country? Or actually, let’s look at it from a different angle – how can it be so similar?

     
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  • I was nineteen years old when I happily entered the world’s biggest commercial aircraft, embarking on a working holiday trip to Australia. Airplanes have always fascinated me ever since I was a small kid, so this was a big deal – I loved flying. However, that flight turned into world news as one of the engines had an uncontained failure, leaving the aircraft crippled, and breaking somewhat of a world record in error messages.

    I was nineteen years old when I happily entered the world’s biggest commercial aircraft, embarking on a working holiday trip to Australia. Airplanes have always fascinated me ever since I was a small kid, so this was a big deal – I loved flying. However, that flight turned into world news as one of the engines had an uncontained failure, leaving the aircraft crippled, and breaking somewhat of a world record in error messages.

     
  • Let’s Go Fly

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    When I walked in the door of the T-X building in Linköping, the first thing I saw was the poster on the wall that read, “We’re the T-X Team, Let’s Go Fly!” I knew immediately this was something I wanted to be a part of, now and in the future. For only being in Linköping for 4 weeks, I felt right at home very quickly. The only difference was the site was 20 time as big as our facility at home.

    When I walked in the door of the T-X building in Linköping, the first thing I saw was the poster on the wall that read, “We’re the T-X Team, Let’s Go Fly!” I knew immediately this was something I wanted to be a part of, now and in the future. For only being in Linköping for 4 weeks, I felt right at home very quickly. The only difference was the site was 20 time as big as our facility at home.

     
  • Even though Saab is a small company compared to some of the other players in the defense industry, looking at our footprint, Saab is indeed a global company. We have local offices in more than 30 countries spread out over all continents, except for Antarctica of course. For me, this program allowed me to travel to countries in four of the seven continents.

    Even though Saab is a small company compared to some of the other players in the defense industry, looking at our footprint, Saab is indeed a global company. We have local offices in more than 30 countries spread out over all continents, except for Antarctica of course. For me, this program allowed me to travel to countries in four of the seven continents.

     
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  • How Saab works with gender equality

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    To me, gender equality at a workplace is essential and I believe that it contributes to a more dynamic, innovative and profitable business. One thing that I like about Saab is that the company is truly committed to working with gender equality, seeing the benefits of having a diversified work force. Since this work is something that I see and hear about on a daily basis, from management or in conversations by the coffee machine, I would like to lift some of the ways in which Saab works with gender equality.

    To me, gender equality at a workplace is essential and I believe that it contributes to a more dynamic, innovative and profitable business. One thing that I like about Saab is that the company is truly committed to working with gender equality, seeing the benefits of having a diversified work force. Since this work is something that I see and hear about on a daily basis, from management or in conversations by the coffee machine, I would like to lift some of the ways in which Saab works with gender equality.

     
  • Finding a Brazilian home away from home

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    It was a warm Wednesday afternoon in February when I first entered the doors at the GDDN site in Brazil. After a long day’s travel all the way from Sweden, I must admit I was quite jet-lagged and tired when I arrived. However, the welcoming smiles and greetings of everyone I met that day made me feel like I had just found a home away from home. This was my first experience of Brazil, and I had a great feeling about the upcoming two months I was going to spend there.

    It was a warm Wednesday afternoon in February when I first entered the doors at the GDDN site in Brazil. After a long day’s travel all the way from Sweden, I must admit I was quite jet-lagged and tired when I arrived. However, the welcoming smiles and greetings of everyone I met that day made me feel like I had just found a home away from home. This was my first experience of Brazil, and I had a great feeling about the upcoming two months I was going to spend there.

     
  • One week is of course not enough to completely understand how to do business with and in the United States. However, one week was perfect for us graduates as a team to get an introduction to Saab’s units and activities in the country as well as the relationship between Sweden and the U.S. We also had the opportunity to experience some true American culture outside of work. Let us, Johanna and Cajsa, tell you all about it!

    One week is of course not enough to completely understand how to do business with and in the United States. However, one week was perfect for us graduates as a team to get an introduction to Saab’s units and activities in the country as well as the relationship between Sweden and the U.S. We also had the opportunity to experience some true American culture outside of work. Let us, Johanna and Cajsa, tell you all about it!

     
  • It is now 8 months since the Saab Graduate Leadership Program started and I am now more than halfway through the program. The past 8 months have been packed with rotations at different parts of Saab, team weeks and of course a lot fun!

    It is now 8 months since the Saab Graduate Leadership Program started and I am now more than halfway through the program. The past 8 months have been packed with rotations at different parts of Saab, team weeks and of course a lot fun!

     
  • I have spent eight weeks in a completely new part of the world that I have never visited before, all by myself. It does not sound like an “ordinary out of the blue” thing to do when you put it in words like this, but I have to say that it has been one of the most remarkable things I have ever done.

    I have spent eight weeks in a completely new part of the world that I have never visited before, all by myself. It does not sound like an “ordinary out of the blue” thing to do when you put it in words like this, but I have to say that it has been one of the most remarkable things I have ever done.

     
  • From high skies to deep waters

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    It is not Sauron’s crown in Lord of the Rings shown above, although one could suspect author Tolkien was influenced by the rear part of a submarine in his drawings of Middle Earth. This is the Saab Kockums production line in Karlskrona, where the world’s most modern submarine is being built. During the end of last year, I got to spend five weeks within the A26 project as my first longer rotation outside of my home department at Aeronautics. It was an exciting experience coming from a project where we literally aim for the sky, to one where the deep waters rule.

    It is not Sauron’s crown in Lord of the Rings shown above, although one could suspect author Tolkien was influenced by the rear part of a submarine in his drawings of Middle Earth. This is the Saab Kockums production line in Karlskrona, where the world’s most modern submarine is being built. During the end of last year, I got to spend five weeks within the A26 project as my first longer rotation outside of my home department at Aeronautics. It was an exciting experience coming from a project where we literally aim for the sky, to one where the deep waters rule.

     
  • Namaste from Aero India

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    Aero India is a premier biannual aerospace exhibition and air show with participation from all defence and aerospace companies conducting business in India. The show attracts visits from the political, bureaucratic and military spectrum and it is a perfect venue for Saab to meet with government officials, supplier representatives and to interact with the public. 

    Aero India is a premier biannual aerospace exhibition and air show with participation from all defence and aerospace companies conducting business in India. The show attracts visits from the political, bureaucratic and military spectrum and it is a perfect venue for Saab to meet with government officials, supplier representatives and to interact with the public.

     
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  • Why Saab and why defence?

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    As a graduate looking for a job in Sweden, the opportunities to work for cool, unique companies are abundant. Swedes are known for being both innovative and entrepreneurial, which is reflected in the rather large amount of globally successful companies that have their origins in our lovely, cold country. So why would you as a graduate choose Saab? Here is why I did!

    As a graduate looking for a job in Sweden, the opportunities to work for cool, unique companies are abundant. Swedes are known for being both innovative and entrepreneurial, which is reflected in the rather large amount of globally successful companies that have their origins in our lovely, cold country. So why would you as a graduate choose Saab? Here is why I did!

     
  • One week at Linköping site

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    Waking up at 3.30 AM is not my thing and probably never will be, but this morning was not like any other morning because I knew that in just a few hours I would be in Linköping, meeting up with the rest of the graduate group! It had been almost three months since all eight of us met last time so this is a moment I’ve really been looking forward to!

    Waking up at 3.30 AM is not my thing and probably never will be, but this morning was not like any other morning because I knew that in just a few hours I would be in Linköping, meeting up with the rest of the graduate group! It had been almost three months since all eight of us met last time so this is a moment I’ve really been looking forward to!

     
  • Working in Sweden as a Foreigner

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    When I arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden, for my first rotation, I thought it would feel different working at a new facility half way across the world. After my second day, it already felt like home.

    When I arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden, for my first rotation, I thought it would feel different working at a new facility half way across the world. After my second day, it already felt like home.

     
  • How to build a Gripen fighter

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    As a mechanical engineer, I have taken countless courses about materials, production processes, logistics, industrial economics – and the list goes on. Pretty much everything I have read about at university can be related to the design and production of an aircraft. However, spending three weeks in the Saab Aeronautics production unit in Linköping was truly an eye-opening experience to how all of that theory actually works in practice – and how all the pieces come together when building a Gripen fighter.

    As a mechanical engineer, I have taken countless courses about materials, production processes, logistics, industrial economics – and the list goes on. Pretty much everything I have read about at university can be related to the design and production of an aircraft. However, spending three weeks in the Saab Aeronautics production unit in Linköping was truly an eye-opening experience to how all of that theory actually works in practice – and how all the pieces come together when building a Gripen fighter.

     
  • As I stepped out of the car an early morning in October, I felt my knees trembling with excitement for a moment. I took a deep breath, picked up my luggage and stepped into the conference facility. As soon as I walked in, the tickling nervousness butterflies (that I did not want to admit to myself that I felt) disappeared and I could notice that everyone else in the room also had awaited this week with anticipation. After a month at our home departments, it was finally time for our first team week as graduates.

    As I stepped out of the car an early morning in October, I felt my knees trembling with excitement for a moment. I took a deep breath, picked up my luggage and stepped into the conference facility. As soon as I walked in, the tickling nervousness butterflies (that I did not want to admit to myself that I felt) disappeared and I could notice that everyone else in the room also had awaited this week with anticipation. After a month at our home departments, it was finally time for our first team week as graduates.

     
  • 2018

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  • A rotation at Saab Ventures – Visiting Slush

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    It feels like November in Sweden 2018 has been the darkest month yet. Despite this, my mood was excellent one afternoon as I got a phone call from Saab Ventures, the spin-in and spin-off engine at Saab. I was soon going to visit Saab Ventures as one of my rotations and they asked if I wanted to join them and travel to Helsinki. Saab was going to visit SLUSH, a big event in Helsinki dedicated to start-ups. With over 20,000 attendees and 2,600 start-ups attending, Saab’s primary focus at SLUSH was scouting for potential collaborations.

    It feels like November in Sweden 2018 has been the darkest month yet. Despite this, my mood was excellent one afternoon as I got a phone call from Saab Ventures, the spin-in and spin-off engine at Saab. I was soon going to visit Saab Ventures as one of my rotations and they asked if I wanted to join them and travel to Helsinki. Saab was going to visit SLUSH, a big event in Helsinki dedicated to start-ups. With over 20,000 attendees and 2,600 start-ups attending, Saab’s primary focus at SLUSH was scouting for potential collaborations.

     
  • Introducing the graduates of 2018

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    The senior graduates have handed over the torch to us, the juniors, and we are slowly acclimating to our new roles and have finally started our great journey within Saab. While writing this, all of us are spread out across Sweden from north to south and are currently learning and developing our skills at our first or second rotation. Though we only have been part of Saab for roughly three months, a completely new world of knowledge has opened up in front of us. However, before we ramble on any further we would like to take this moment to first and foremost thank the graduates of 2017/2018 for being so helpful, friendly and answering all our questions.

    And now, you will find an introduction of us, the graduates of 2018/2019. We are looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you!
     

     

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    The senior graduates have handed over the torch to us, the juniors, and we are slowly acclimating to our new roles and have finally started our great journey within Saab. While writing this, all of us are spread out across Sweden from north to south and are currently learning and developing our skills at our first or second rotation. Though we only have been part of Saab for roughly three months, a completely new world of knowledge has opened up in front of us. However, before we ramble on any further we would like to take this moment to first and foremost thank the graduates of 2017/2018 for being so helpful, friendly and answering all our questions.

    And now, here below you will find an introduction of us, the graduates of 2018/2019. We are looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you!
     

     

     
  • It seems like a lifetime ago that the Graduates met for the first time in October 2017, but at the same time it feels like just moments ago. Time has come to sum up and reflect on our time in the program as the new junior Graduates are beginning to start their journey within the Saab Universe. We all set out with the desire to be able to further increase the collaboration between different offices within Saab, share Saab knowledge between all of the Saab units, and create a huge global Saab network and community.

    It seems like a lifetime ago that the Graduates met for the first time in October 2017, but at the same time it feels like just moments ago. Time has come to sum up and reflect on our time in the program as the new junior Graduates are beginning to start their journey within the Saab Universe. We all set out with the desire to be able to further increase the collaboration between different offices within Saab, share Saab knowledge between all of the Saab units, and create a huge global Saab network and community.

     
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