My thoughts about the first period as a graduate at Saab

Me, Henrik and Tom at the Market Area office in London

As I am writing this, it’s mid-January and for the first time in a fortnight the sun is actually shining in London. Sometimes it hits me how much have happened the last five months, and I can hardly describe how pleased I am working in such an exciting line of business.

My name is Maria and seven months ago I graduated with a Master of Science in Industrial engineering and management at Mälardalen University in Västerås. With a background in the Swedish armed forces and as an officer in the reserves, I saw the opportunity to combine my interest in security and management when I applied to Saab’s Graduate Leadership Program. To my delight, I was one of nine that Saab selected to be a part of their graduate program, and from that moment I started within the Saab family!

During the program I am employed at the business area Surveillance, within the business unit C2 Solutions, and I am a part of the Project Management Office. When the program is finished, my future role will be project manager at Combat Systems at Saabs office in Stockholm.

Our program started in September 2017 and we are almost halfway through the program that will end in the middle of October 2018.

I remember my first day; I was nervous and glad, but particularly curious about what this coming year would bring me. The first month at Saab was intense; the days were filled with introductions, education, and inspiring meetings. After three weeks, the first team week took place where all the graduates from the previous year and the coming year got the opportunity to know one and another. After the team weeks, the planning for my coming year soon began to take form. With the opportunity to travel to Saab sites around the world and developing an extensive understanding of the company, I had to decide where I wanted to do my rotations.

So far, I have had the opportunity to visit our office in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, together with my graduate colleague Henrik, where we got the opportunity to visit Saab Middle East and Africa. Market Area Middle East and Africa (MA MEA) is responsible for business development and marketing in the whole African continent and for the countries in the Middle East. It was a very exciting and rewarding rotation, which gave me a better understanding of Saab's international business.

Besides the planning of the coming year I have assignments from my home department. In my case, I have the opportunity to work and participate in several ongoing projects at Combat Systems. My focus has and will be that of a project manager’s perspective; not only finance, directing processes and running meetings, but also understanding hardware and dealing with emerging complications. Slowly, but surely it feels like the pieces are beginning to fall into place. With each day and each assignment I do, I see my individual development and understanding for Saab as a company and important role in the society.

At the moment I am doing my second assignment abroad. This time, I will spend almost one month at Saab’s Market Area office in London together with my graduate colleagues, Henrik and Tom.  I’m going to let Henrik tell you about our stay here in London in the next blog post so stay tuned!

 

/Maria Andersson

 

The graduate team during the first team week in Karlskrona, having a dinner after a day at Saab Kockums.

The graduate team during the first team week in Karlskrona, having a dinner after a day at Saab Kockums.

My graduate colleagues Rachel and Yasmine and in the background Daniel and our program coordinator Jennie.

My graduate colleagues Rachel and Yasmine and in the background Daniel and our program coordinator Jennie.

A visit at the Naval Museum in Karlskrona during our first team week, here with the submarine Neptun in the background.

A visit at the Naval Museum in Karlskrona during our first team week, here with the submarine Neptun in the background.

During our first team week we got the opportunity to undergo an education within Self-awareness, responsibility and ourselves in terms.

During our first team week we got the opportunity to undergo an education within Self-awareness, responsibility and ourselves in terms. The picture shows the last day and the result of a moment where we had to create a Gripen with only paper available, exciting moment!

The submarine Neptun, seen from behind, at the Naval Museum in Karlskrona.

The submarine Neptun, seen from behind, at the Naval Museum in Karlskrona.