Nur die Harten kommen in den Garten (Only the strongest survive)


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Me at SKF Group Headquarters in Gothenburg

Hola a todos!

First rotation

I’m Emilio from Gothenburg, Sweden. I started at SKF end of August in the global marketing team. There I did my first project, the project involved digital marketing and digital campaigns. It was super fun, I got to meet so much inspiring colleagues and other people during the various courses I did.

Me and Lisa looking for the perfect spot to do the promo shooting

Second rotation

I’m currently on my second rotation in Schweinfurt, Germany, working on a very interesting mountain bike project. I am responsible of all the social media strategy in this mountain bike project. The project is about providing our mountain bike customers with better products, this project will therefore have an impact on mountain bikers all over the world.

 

Me, Alessandra and Rasmus (also global trainees) sightseeing in the beautiful city of Würzburg

Germany as a country is very beautiful and all the people are super nice. Two things that strike me is that Germany is more analog than I thought. Most of the places don’t accept card and you pay everything with cash (restaurants, stores, taxi etc.). Another thing is the internet connection in the country, is super slow, I’m very surprised. When it comes to the German work culture the German colleagues are way more prepared during each meeting than we Swedes are, also they like quick and efficient decisions (not waiting for a consensus like we Swedes tend to do). Time is of essence for Germans, they don’t want you to be late nor to waste their time with a poorly executed meeting or PowerPoint presentation.

 

Sunset in Buenos Aires

Third rotation

For my third and last rotation, SKF is sending me to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m super excited to see what Latin America can give me both professionally but also personally. In one way, you could say that I will experience how my life could have been if I was born and raised there instead of Sweden.

 

Un saludo desde Alemania,

Emilio

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What I’ve been up to, SKF Global Trainee Programme


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Hi Traineebloggen, it’s me Carl, previously just a reader, now a writer.

A little more than a year ago I was a reader of Traineebloggen, but then as a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. I had just started to feel a mixture of anxiety and excitement about the future, what do I want to do, with whom and where? And who would want me to do something, somewhere with someone?

Traineebloggen gave me answer to what I want to do (become a trainee), and SKF gave me the possibility to discover new somewheres and someones, so I’ll try to help you guys out, by sharing.

I started as a Global Trainee in Application Engineering, in August of 2017 together with my ten trainee colleagues from across the globe. Would love to tell you more of our intro-month, but Saien and Henry has already got that covered (click here for Henry’s & here for Saien’s posts).

From the intro month: Off work challenge, escape room with Saien, Li, Allan and Dennis.

Clarification of tasks and short description of what I’ve been up to.

Application Engineering: Working very close with the customer to optimize the bearings arrangements. Could be in different phases, either in development phases with Original Equipment Manufacturers, improving current arrangements or root causing failures and prevent them from occurring again. This means that it’s both a strong customer and technical focus. The teams the customer meets consist of Sales, Customer Service and Application Engineering, to be able to cover their needs.

Customer visits: After a couple of years buried in literature, it was really exciting to get out in the real world, at our customers. Sounds pretty cheesy, but working in the engine bay of a towing vessel together with two 37 litres diesel engines was a blast. We conducted service on the drive-train, which included physical inspection of bearings, housing, lubrication and mounting of seals. The service job gave me valuable insight in both the technology and customer relations.

Project: In Sweden, we are set to increase the competitiveness of Swedish industry. Meaning that we need to be in the forefront when it comes to technology, organizational efficiency and being able to deliver the solutions our customers expect. To facilitate for this, several improvement projects are ongoing, and mine is focused on how to increase the value to the customer by having a closer collaboration, and how to set up the business for such a collaboration.

Education: Hybrid bearings in Steyr, Austria. SKF’s site in Steyr develop and manufacture bearings with ceramic rolling elements and coated steel bearings for electric insulation. As an engineer, this is really exciting, since the properties of such bearing are vastly improved in some areas compared to all steel bearings. These bearings are lighter, can run faster, with less lubrication, in more contaminated environments without the risk of being damaged from electrical currents. Meaning that these bearings are the “pièce de résistance”, located in some of the toughest places, such as F1 gearboxes and aerospace applications.

A demanding application and a long collaboration, SKF and Ferrari.

What happens next: In April I’m moving to Brazil for five months, to get to know another part of our global organization. I’m really excited about the journey, since I’m convinced I can contribute to their daily operations and challenges, and also to grow and learn as a global citizen. Hopefully, next time you hear from me, I have more to tell you about this experience.

For you: If you also want to spend 18 months: challenge, learn and develop, both yourself and SKF, apply “here” (for applicants based in Sweden).

SKF Wave 2 Trainees

 

If you have any questions, feel free to use the comment section.

Take care!

/Carl

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After the Wave II Introduction month


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Hello Everyone

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Saién Rugdeo ( Sai the Guy as I was frequently referred to during the past month). I have a background in mechanical engineering with experience in renewable energy for automotive vehicles. I am from South Africa, and I am fortunate enough to be a part of this amazing experience, alongside 10 other talented individuals for the Second wave of the SKF Global Trainee Programme. I am really excited to be the first of the Wave II trainees to post about our experiences.
During the month of September, all 11 of us gathered and met for the first time. We all had no idea what we were in store for exactly, but we soon realized how fortunate we were to be in this position, being exposed to the inner workings of an industry leader with such a global footprint. We met with members of Group Management as well as representatives from the various units with SKF, and we were encouraged to ask the challenging questions. We also ran into those cool kids from Wave I !

 

SKF Wave 2 Trainees

The best part of the introduction month was the opportunity to tackle tasks and problems with the other trainees who are not from the same background or have the same set of skills as I do. I noticed something amazing that would happen all the time, a “Mastermind Effect” . The diverse teams would come up with such creative solutions and ideas that would have never been possible if we all had the same skill set. It is something quite scalable, and I encourage everyone to approach tasks with this mindset. Collaborate!

I am currently back in my home unit of Application Engineering, in SKF South Africa. My 5 month rotation here will see me working with the engineers on different tasks, however I was assigned with 1 main task. As you may know, SKF takes its impact on the environment very seriously. SKF has 15 LEED (Leading in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings around the world, which proves its commitment towards Environmental Care. My main task during my 5 month rotation is to propose ways improve the energy efficiency and waste management of our current premises in Johannesburg, South Africa. I look forward to this challenge as well as the journey ahead of me over the next 18 months.

Please feel free to ask me any questions or give feedback and thoughts.
Until Next Time
-Sai

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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!

Ezgi

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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,

Henrik

 

(Office view picture from Gothenburg!)

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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!

Sasan

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Västkustresa och nätverksbreddning


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På inköp tickar klockan ofta fortare. Många slåss mot tiden och ibland kan det se hopplöst ut. Dock så är det som mycket annat – det löser sig, för att man sätter sig ner för att lösa det. Så även om många inköpare talar om att de har mycket att göra och att det stressas ibland så märker man väldigt tydligt att alla trivs fruktansvärt bra på sina positioner. Med välfyllda agendor så hinner man med mycket, man känner sig effektiv och det blir roligare för man märker av resultat av sin strävan och slit.

Teckning av Lindström som jag finner härlig

Frekvensen av mina blogginlägg har sjunkigt något under min sista tid på inköp. Det kan bero på många olika leverantörsbesök där det senaste i raden var ner till Göteborg, min gamla studentstad. Nostalgin var på topp när jag checkade in på Hotel Post i Götet (hotellet som jag gjorde mitt exjobb på för ett år sedan och som då var en smutsig byggarbetsplats hade nu förvandlats till ett vackert vattenhål för hotellgäster och glada Göteborgare). Två dagar gick åt för att prata kvalitetsfrågor och framtida samarbeten med fyra leverantörer innan de tre Scaniaiterna drog sig tillbaka österut.

 

Klappar postlådan på Clarion Hotel Post i Göteborg

 

Jag och Anders testar restaurangutbudet i Göteborg

Vid sidan av inköpsarbetet så har jag även arrangerat ett besök för ett gäng SKF:are som reste  till Södertälje för att lyssna till hur Scania jobbar med ledarskap. En dag med intressanta ledarskapsföreläsningar, rundvandring i produktionen samt avslut med lastbils- & busskörning på Scanias Demo Center resulterade i att tummen var upp från samtliga deltagare. Att man bygger ett starkt nätverk inom Scania hade jag förväntat mig när jag började på traineeprogrammet men att man även skulle bredda sitt nätverk genom att träffa kollegor från andra branscher hade jag missat men glatt välkomnar.

 

Två glada SKF:are testkör några tungviktare

-Jens

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