Amazing five months as a global trainee

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Hello everyone,

This month, it is my turn for the takeover as the fourth global trainee of SKF! I would like to introduce you myself briefly and share how my first four months in SKF went as a trainee.

My name is Ezgi and I am 23 years old. I also have an engineering background as the majority of our global trainee group but I am the only Industrial Engineer. I got my bachelors degree from Boğaziçi University which is located in Istanbul, Turkey. I am originally from Izmir which is a beautiful city in the west coast of Turkey but I moved to Istanbul to complete my degree. I am currently located at the headquarters of SKF Turkey in Istanbul. After spending a month in SKF Turkey, I went to Gothenburg for our introduction month. I really enjoyed the time I spent there, it was amazing to meet a lot of friendly people with different backgrounds and have trainings about different areas of SKF. You probably read about our fantastic introduction month before from my colleagues’ blog posts!

After the introduction month, I came back to my home country for my first rotation and I am now working on my first project. I am working close to the sales unit and learning a lot about the market. I haven’t worked in sales department during my previous experiences so it was new to me to go on customer visits when I first started so it is really good to me to see sales side also. As the next step, my second rotation will be in Prague. I have never been there before but I hear a lot of good things about the city and the organization in there so I am excited about that!

I am so happy and proud to be a part of the global trainee program and I believe SKF gave me the opportunity to challenge myself while having fun! I am sure my other trainee colleagues feel the same way. Right from the beginning, this program gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of people from all around the world. I always believe that you have a lot to learn from different people and cultures so I can say that SKF is kind of a school to me. As I will move forward with my rotations, I have high hopes in the days ahead of me. I think that living and working in different countries are excellent opportunities for me in terms of my personal development and also for exchanging experiences and best practices.

Lastly, I want to share a selfy (I am on the top left) with you from our introduction month 🙂

If you have any questions to me, please comment and I will be happy to reply!

Have a good day!


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High-phase within SKF’s VSM unit

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Dear readers,


It is finally my time to post and detail some trainee experiences. My name is Henrik Sandén and I am a previous business student now taking part in SKF’S Global Trainee Program.
Currently, I am at the first trainee rotation, the first out of three, which is taking place at our headquarter in Gothenburg. You might have already seen the tall SKF building in Gamlestaden? The office view over the city is fantastic to say the least!

My placement is within the Automotive & Aerospace division and more specifically within what we call VSM, the Vehicle Service Market unit. This part of SKF serves the automotive industry (cars, trucks and busses) with bearing replacement parts. So for example if you need new bearings for your gearbox or wheelhouse, we should be your top of the mind.

Moreover, my first assignment circulates around strategic business development within VSM. So far it’s been very exciting! Although it’s only been about five months since the program start, I have already learned a massive amount of new things related to our corporate strategy and how to run a project.


Each rotation offers the opportunity to drive and complete your own project. Thus, a normal day often includes phone or email contact with my German or French colleagues, steering group presentation, participating in client meetings and mentor coaching sessions. Lately, I have also discovered our training facilities, so during lunch I try to squeeze in a gym session every then and then.

Otherwise, there is also a wide range of restaurants to explore in the area. My favorite is the one called backside serving Swedish husmanskost, there me and my trainee colleagues sometimes meet to catch up on each other’s work. In other words, the days are running by quickly, I feel enthusiastic and get to have a lot of fun!


During my next posting I will share my experiences from the second rotation, taking place in the Bavarian town Schweinfurt, Germany. Until then, take care and have a fantastic day!


Best regards,



(Office view picture from Gothenburg!)

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Getting into the Railway Business

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Good morning,

My name is Laura-Marie and I am taking over the trainee blog from Sasan. Just like him I also have a Mechanical Engineering background (Thermodynamic and Energy Technology) and came to Sweden in 2015 to study a Master in “Sustainable Energy Systems” at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.


About two months ago I started as a Global Trainee for SKF within the Industrial Unit Railway. During my 18 months journey I will be working within Product Engineering in our Chinese office in Shanghai, and with Machine Health in our British office in Livingston, close to Edinburgh.

I have heard a lot of positive things about both sites and I am looking forward to get to know them and my colleagues there better. But firstly I travelled to Nieuwegein in the Netherlands last week, to visit the Railway Test Centre, which is an essential part of validating our products for our customers´ projects.

Furthermore I have been doing an internship in the Nordic Railway Service Workshop, here in Gothenburg, to get an insight on the practical side of the Refurbishment business, including dismounting, examining, measuring and reassembling of the bearings.


During my first two months at SKF I got the feeling that this company is truly diverse. Most of my colleagues have been working in several positions in very different fields, like Sales, Testing, Finance etc. to grow personally and professionally. Being at the very beginning of my career this opens up a lot of possibilities for me inside the company, both locally and globally.

I am looking forward to the upcoming 16 months, packed with international projects, new challenges and great colleagues.


Please don’t hesitate to comment if you have any questions.

Have a nice week!





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After the Introduction Month

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Hello Again,

Now the introduction month is over and all of us are placed in our “home units”. The introduction month was a great experience, we met SKF group’s management team, visited two factories (whereof one foundry, which was super cool), had a lot of trainings about different subjects and got to participate in a business simulation at the IMP. The IMP is a program aimed at managers who are recognized as having a bright future with SKF. The program exposes the participants to the global picture of SKF and gives them the opportunity to create their own international network within SKF. The business simulation was the part of the introduction month that I appreciated the most. In the simulation teams act as companies competing for the same customers in a fierce marketplace. Each participant assumes a management role in Marketing and Sales, Development and Services, Planning and Delivery, Finance and Control. The goal? Earn short-term profit while creating long-term value.


                  The business simulation game that took place during the IMP.


I left Gothenburg for Schweinfurt the day after the introduction month was over. I will be here for 8 weeks in order to get a understanding for factory supply chain and all the processes involved. It will be fun and really interesting.

The next blog post will be written by Laura-Marie.

Have a nice week everybody!


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Introduction to the SKF Global Trainee Program

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Hello dear readers,

This will be the first of many posts from the SKF Global Trainee team for Traineebloggen. We’re super excited to share our experiences during the upcoming 18 months with you, who knows maybe one of you will be a future colleague of ours.  We’ve been enrolled in the trainee program for almost two weeks now and I think that I’m talking for all of us when summarizing the previous days as fantastic, instructive, hectic but foremost FUN.

Let me present myself who got the honor to introduce the trainee program and the rest of the team. My name is Sasan Pezeshki, from Sweden, with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and a M.Sc. In Supply Chain Management both from Chalmers University of Technology. I will be a trainee within two functions in parallel, Group Purchasing and Logistics & Demand Chain. Besides me, we have another four engineers in the team; Ezgi from Turkey, Valentin from France, Marco from Italy and Laura-Marie from Germany, the last member of the team is the only non-engineer, Henrik from Sweden. They will all give you a more thorough introduction of themselves when sharing their experiences, but I can give you an additional detail about them; they’re all amazing.

The trainee program starts with a one month introduction in the SKF head office, during these weeks we get a thorough introduction of the company, the different business units, the challenges the company faces and most importantly, all the amazing people that makes SKF, the company it is. The introduction month is followed by three different rotations lasting 5 months, where we get the chance to work in real projects, and at least one of the rotations are taking place abroad. I will be in Germany, India and then Belgium, fantastic… Between the rotations there are gatherings where all of us meet to share our experiences and get further training.

I will at the end of the introduction month give you a more detailed explanation about the experience.

Don’t hesitate to comment if you have any questions.

Until next time!

BR, Sasan

Alrik, CEO of the SKF Group is one of the amazing persons we got to meet during the introduction month (myself to the right of the picture)

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