Head of Ship, R&D

Vacancies 06 September 2019

Closing date





Charlotta Lundblad +46 (10) 2174274
Cecilia Larsson +46 (10) 2174646
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“I enjoy working at Kockums, being part of the R&D team, especially because of my good colleagues and the exciting high tech projects we are involved in. There is so much competence within these walls that I feel we are able to do almost anything. Flying to the moon is easy compared to what is done here.“ Anna Gandal, Head of Mechanical Systems & Stirling Saab Kockums

Are you a true leader with high drive and like to take on responsibility and see things through, this is a great opportunity to join this team!

Your role

As Head of Ship you will, together with your management team of ten section managers and area project managers, lead a team of approx. 100 engineers. Together with your team, you will be accountable for project deliveries according to budget and plans, as well as for short and long-term competence and resource plans within the area. In order to be at the leading edge of our market, it is imperative to improve our ways of working, and it is therefore a major part of your role to drive continuous improvements. You will lead the work within Kockums R&D and interface with many different stakeholders such as customers, vendors and other business areas within Saab.

Your staff being located in Malmö and Karlskrona, requires frequent travels between these offices. Travels abroad are limited but might occur depending on projects. Reporting to the Vice President Head of R&D Saab Kockums, you will be part of the R&D management team as well as leading your own. The expectations on delivery are high as well as our trust in you and your willingness to perform at your best! 

Your profile

You have proven leadership skills, the ability to cooperate and navigate in an organization developing and maintaining advanced products. You provide your team with a clear direction, inspire them and keep them focused on objectives. Since you are leading an area with high technical complexity, you have an ability to understand and analyze data presented to you and do sound and rational judgments based on them. As a member of a management team, you enjoy taking initiative, making things happen and taking responsibility for the results.

Required skills:

  • Proven record of leading large projects and developing and leading successful teams.
  • Experience of acting as Manager with full personnel responsibility.
  • Knowhow in creating innovative and effective ways of working and methods.
  • Experience of interacting with various operating units e.g. production and pursue a common agenda.
  • Capability to translate strategies into operative plans.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Swedish.
  • Minimum Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Desired skills:

  • Broad network within the Saab organization outside of Kockums as well as knowledge and understanding of Saab processes and tools, products and organization.
  • Experience of leading advanced technological development in an industrial, preferably global company.
  • Experience in working with The Swedish Armed Forces and/or the Defence Material Administration (FMV)
  • Having managed and lead other managers.

What you will be a part of

This is truly one of the most exciting and challenging jobs at Kockums. Amongst other conceptual interesting things, we are making our products strong and invisible/undetectable. The Saab Kockums R&D organization is responsible for the development, integration and verification of new submarines and ships, as well as for continuous upgrades and maintenance for the Swedish and foreign navies.

We are both locally rooted as well as growing on an international market. We offer a role in a high paced environment where you will be a key part and have great impact on our business. You will collaborate with experienced engineers and professionals in an environment that fosters career development and personal growth. Our company is in constant change which means that you will keep developing and growing with us.

Saab Business Areas
Inside our leading naval factory
The Next Generation Corvette

Kindly observe that this is an ongoing recruitment process and that the position might be filled before the closing date of the advertisement. Your application may be in Swedish or English. This position require that you will be approved in a security screening in accordance with the Swedish Protective Security Act. 

Contact persons;

Cecilia Larsson, recruiting manager +46 734 34 16 46
or Charlotta Lundblad, HR Specialist Recruitment +46 734 34 12 74.

If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.

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