What it’s like moving from Charlotte, U.S to Huskvarna, Sweden

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I started my second rotation at Husqvarna Group in Test Engineering before moving on to Product Management and my third rotation. Both of these placements have been in Charlotte, North Caroline. In the Product Management rotation I worked with robotic lawnmowers and battery-handheld products. I worked with a couple of different universities, attending field days and talking to professors about different research opportunities. Also assisting with the launch of robotic lawn mowers in North America.

I helped build a few displays, like shown in the image, for Lowes in the Charlotte area as well as one in our Research and Development office in Charlotte. For the battery handheld part of the assignment I focused on the current landscape of battery handheld tools and the different trends in the market.

In November 2019 I moved to Huskvarna, Sweden and started with Drive Systems Engineering. As a part of the Drive Systems Engineering team I am working with new battery development from a hardware and systems perspective.

So, what is it like moving to Huskvarna after living in North Carolina and Georgia USA? After living in two places that are not very cold in the winter and normally sunny meant quite a change to Sweden in November. However, whatever I lost in terms of lack of sun and the cold weather, I gained in a very warm welcome from my Swedish colleagues and fika. I was able to walk to work with the snowy view portrayed in the photo.

Then Christmas time came and I was greeted to this amazing tree.

For the rest of my trainee journey I will join the Primary development group for robotic lawnmowers. I am excited to see what this rotation will bring. Until then I look forward to learning and being able to provide my input in the battery development.

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Starting my journey as a Global Graduate at SKF

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Hi everyone!

My name is Sören and since August 2019 I am a Global Graduate at SKF. Though originally from Germany, I have spent the last 5 years studying in Sweden finishing with a master’s degree in Data Science from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers.

The First Rotation

During my first rotation, I am at my “home” department in Gothenburg working on technologies that are enabling SKF’s Rotating Equipment Performance (REP) strategy. With REP we are moving from selling bearings to our customers to selling reliable rotation. This means that we apply our knowledge from many years in different industries and cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to keep the machines of our customers running as long as possible. Thereby we create a win-win for our customers and SKF.

As my first project, I am investigating the business impact our machine learning models are having. This is a very interesting project since it includes finance and technology across different parts of SKF. This was one of the major reasons for me to apply to the graduate program at SKF. It is possible to use your knowledge and skills in different environments.

The program gives us a truly holistic view of SKF. Last week, I had the chance to experience working as an operator in one of our factories. Here, I could see how large-size bearings are produced and assembled. Especially, the assembling can be a tough job with bearings weighting more than 300kg and the shift starting at 05:48 in the morning. However, I could also witness that the operators are happy working for SKF. Not only the focus on safety but also the amount of responsibility and trust given to the operators create a great working climate. In SKF, empowerment is definitely not an empty word but is applied throughout the company!

What’s to come

While I am enjoying my time here in Sweden, I am looking forward to my upcoming rotations. My next stop will be China where I will be leading my own project developing a computer vision application using artificial intelligence. I am excited to be deep-diving into our manufacturing process in the context of Industry 4.0. Since my rotation is split I will spend 2 months in India working with improving our bearings’ quality, getting yet another perspective.

For my third rotation, it is time to return to the REP. This time though, I will be working in our sales unit in Latin America learning about our customers’ needs in different industries. As you can see, the program throws you into different demanding challenges. However, my experience until now has shown me that we always get great support. This can be from our managers, mentors or co-workers.  

SKF Global Graduates Wave 4

As you probably already guessed from the posts of the others, having a group of graduates going through the program with you makes it an even better time. Judging from the introduction month, all the gatherings between the rotations here in Gothenburg will be a lot of fun which is definitely not limited to regular working hours 😉. Additionally, it is great to exchange experiences we make in our monthly online meetings. This gives us an even broader view of the company and shows us we are not the only ones facing challenges!

Daria and me at the student fair GADDEN at Handelshögskolan

In conclusion, even being at SKF for a fairly short time I have gotten a good insight into the company and it is fun to work here. I am looking forward to the next 2 rotations in 3 different countries getting an even more global perspective.

I hope this gave you a bit of an insight into the life of a graduate at SKF.



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My Shot!

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Hey everyone, my name is Jakub, but everybody call me Kuba. It’s my first post here, and I wanted to give you my impression on the Graduate Program, some challenges I faced and a final thought for you.

I’m from Poznań, Poland. I have a background in Mechatronics and Engineering Management. Starting this year I’m part of SKF’s Global Graduate Program Wave 4.

Time to get serious for Challenges to come

My impression on the Graduate Program

Each Wave in the Global Graduate Program lasts for 1,5 years. During that time we are supposed to work in three different locations, with different people and on different projects.

My impression – diversity, different cultures working together

Why is it cool for the Company? We can get a great start in the company and get the immersion in different cultures and working environments. I honestly believe that experience gained in this Program will be beneficial to the site we will end up in, we can provide a great outside in perspective, and use the takeaways we got from our rotations.

Ok, but what is cool for us in it so far? We get an unique opportunity to get a head start in the company. During our first Gathering in Goteborg we got the chance to meet each other…but also every member from our Top Management. To say that they are inspiring is really an understatement. We got really a lot of positive energy and encouragement from them. Since the beginning we got to meet people from different countries, cultures and environments. And we didn’t start our rotations in foreign countries yet.

Don’t get me wrong there were also some challenges on the way.


I’m a first Graduate coming from Poznań. Understanding of this Program, it’s purpose and deliverables wasn’t that high when I started my journey here. Getting to know the company and explaining the difference between a Graduate and a future employee in a specific department was challenging. How we handled it? I suggested to my Manager that I could go to different sites we have in Poland, to see different departments and how they work. That led to the discussion of the Program and the outside-in perspective.

What is more in my first Project I was put in a role of a Project Manager for improving the efficiency of one of our new production channels. Not having an actual team, getting to know the people, the process and the company, all from the position of a newcomer and being put in charge of the whole project was challenging. These were my challenges, but it was also My Shot to develop.

My Shot!

Even if you are not that much into musicals I still encourage you to listen to “My Shot” from Hamilton musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s one of my favorites, and I think it fits really well with the Graduate Program. The general idea is to come from the position of the Underdog and aim as high as possible, and then even higher. If there is a challenge face it and gain from it. If there is an opportunity size it.

In my opinion and from my experience so far, being a Graduate is an unique opportunity for self-development, gaining knowledge and new experiences. It’s a great head-start in your carrier and in your whole life, at least that how it was for me. Sometimes it’s challenging, sure, but it’s a lot of fun. I took My Shot, and I really hope you will take yours! If you need any support, have any questions or want to know more from me, feel free to reach out and contact, I’ll be happy to help in anyway I can.

Until next time,

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Being a Global Trainee at Husqvarna Group

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Hi readers!

It is time to give you an update of my trainee journey so far. Let me tell you what has happened since my last post in February.

Doing E-Commerce in the UK

Straight after my time in the E-Commerce team at GARDENA in Germany, I went to the UK for my second assignment, working for the Flymo sales team. Besides our core brands Husqvarna & GARDENA, our Group also has strong additional brands as Flymo in its portfolio. Flymo, which is mainly active in the UK, has not only invented the first ever hover mower, it is also arguably UK’s best-known lawn care brand!

During my stay there, I mainly worked on the set-up & launch of a direct-to-consumer business for the UK market. I was involved in all relevant functions from Supply Chain & Logistics to Sales, Marketing and even Customer Service, which was overall a great opportunity. Besides working on the project, I supported the marketing team in some promo and trade show events and even helped out as a photo model! If you live in the UK & want to buy fantastic Flymo products just go to www.flymo.com .

In a nutshell, I had a great time in the UK. I was part of a fantastic team and together we successfully launched a new Consumer Website.

Top Management Meeting in Stockholm

This year in May I had, as one of us Global Trainees, the privilege to participate in this year’s Top Management Meeting in Stockholm, where the whole Group Management was gathering for some days.

Yes, you’ve read it right. Being as a Global Trainee on a Top Management Meeting. You can imagine, how inspiring that event was for me. I met all the Executives from the divisions, got to know our strategy for the upcoming years and even had fruitful conversations with our CEO. I am very grateful to have had that opportunity.

Testing Zero-Turns in the US

After my assignment abroad in the UK, all trainees gathered for a training week at our US offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. There we met the whole management team, got introduced to our US operations and visited also our factory in Orangeburg. We even made time for testing thoroughly the Zero-Turn lawnmowers, which is one of the most popular lawncare products in the US. All in all it was very interesting to see how different the US market is in some respects to the European.

Posing with a zero-turn lawnmower

After the training I went back to Germany, starting my third assignment in the Digital Marketing team of the GARDENA division. The team is leading globally our digital marketing initiatives and engages with our customers in the online environment. I’ll keep you updated on that!

If you are interested in the Global Trainee Program and consider joining Husqvarna Group, check out http://trainee.husqvarnagroup.socialmediabranding.se/. We are already looking for a new generation of pioneers, starting in September 2020!

All the best


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Intevju med nuvarande LUMA #34 – Viktor Grell

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Vad gjorde du innan du kom till Kinnevik?
Jag läste min kandidat i Lund innan jag tog min master i International Business i Köpenhamn. Har även bott och jobbat i Hong Kong samt Sydafrika och drivit eget bolag sedan gymnasiet. Så sammantaget – en rätt praktiskt lagd person som gillar att jobba nära kund vilket är till mångt och mycket drivet av att jag är nästan besvärande nyfiken.

Ansök från den 16:e december – 26:e januari

Definierande ögonblick:
När jag efter första året på gymnasiet köpte en husvagn från 1984 tillsammans med en vän och parkerade den på Ullareds camping. Utanför varuhuset GeKås spenderade vi därefter hela sommaren i vår hemmabyggda monter säljandes fiskmassage till folk med skoskav efter att ha spenderat timmar shoppandes i butiken.

Låter märkligt jag vet, men efter att ha spenderat många långa dagar utanför varuhuset pratandes med lite för många av de 20.000–25.000 kunderna som kom dit dagligen, var det en tid jag är väldigt stolt över idag. Det lärde mig sälj vid en tidig ålder och kicken av att erbjuda något som fyller ett behov hos människor. Jag spenderade ytterligare tre somrar utanför varuhuset tillsammans med totalt 12 av mina vänner som jag anställde. Jag var den enda som var underlig nog att stanna kvar alla år…

Varför sökte du dig till Kinnevik? 
Detta har växt fram under en längre tid. Redan vid en tidig ålder såg jag dokumentärerna om Kinnevik och hörde talas om bolagen som kom från denna grupp. De andades utmanare, entreprenörskap och internationella ambitioner. När jag satt i ansökningsprocesser förra hösten och råkade trilla in på Kinneviks hemsida fick jag tillbaka den känslan. Bolaget är idag och har alltid varit i ständig förändring, vilket är enormt spännande och lärorikt att få vara en del av.

För en person som egentligen aldrig hade tänkt jobba för någon annan och ibland gått lite annorlunda vägar, kändes det väldigt naturligt att hamna på ett ställe med ett litet och avslappnat team som tillsammans med passionerade entreprenörer bygger bolag som fokuserar på att hela tiden göra livet lite bättre för konsumenter.

Vad tilltalade dig med LUMArollen?
Först och främst fanns en spänning i den mytomspunna historien kring LUMA-tjänsten som funnits sedan 70-talet och innehavts av 33 personer före mig. En sak är säker – det råder inte brist på roliga historier kring Lumarollen här på Skeppsbron 18 och tro mig, de skapas än idag.

Ju mer jag började förstå om hur Kinnevik ser ut idag och fick träffa människorna som jobbar här desto mer insåg jag att det i slutändan främst handlar om ett gäng väldigt duktiga människor som har kul ihop och vågar sticka ut hakan. När jag förstod det under rekryteringsprocessen blev det en avgörande faktor –  jag kände att jag måste få den här tjänsten.

Vad tror du att du kommer lära dig av detta år?
Man får ofta höra att det viktigaste man kan göra när man väljer sitt första jobb är att försöka hamna bland duktiga människor som man kan lära sig av – sådana finns det gott om här. Sen tycker jag att det viktiga på en traineetjänst är att få tillämpa teorin jag lärt mig på universitet i praktiken. Det gillar jag skarpt med Kinnevik, här vill man bygga långlivade bolag som verkligen förändrar branscher på riktigt.

Tittar jag framåt, så uppskattar jag att Luman efter året som trainee uppmuntras att söka sig vidare inom något av bolagen i gruppen. Att där få praktisk erfarenhet samtidigt som man har kvar ägarperspektivet i bakhuvudet känns som en oslagbar kombination för ens framtida karriär.

Beskriv rollen:
Jag skulle säga att det finns två huvudsakliga delar som man arbetar med. Den ena delen är det nära arbetet med ledningsgruppen där mycket är kopplat till nuvarande löpande projekt. Här ligger återkommande uppgifter som att förbereda material till ledning och styrelse, och man får även exponering mot diskussioner på högsta strategiska nivå. Det är ibland lite surrealistiskt för en nyexaminerad student men framförallt otroligt givande. Här ligger även något av det mest intressanta – mentorskapet med Kinneviks vd Georgi Ganev.

Den andra delen som man går in i mer och mer under tiden är projektbaserad och styrs både av vad som händer i bolaget och vad man själv tar för initiativ. Hittills har jag bland annat arrangerat workshops för våra portföljbolag och suttit med i en jurypanel för den ideella organisationen Reach for Change som Kinnevik varit med och grundat. Men jag har även röjt på lagret och hanterat tekniken på vår kapitalmarknadsdag, så det är verkligen högt och lågt. Det är en del av charmen och kräver att man är handlingsorienterad, nyfiken och har en ”can do”-attityd.

Ditt intryck efter fyra månader:
En talande kommentar som jag fick höra rätt tidigt under rekryteringsprocessen var att ”det enda som är konstant på Kinnevik är att allting alltid är i förändring”. Det var inte sista gången jag fick höra det och nu hör jag mig själv säga det rätt ofta när någon frågar om Kinnevik. Det är verkligen en dynamisk miljö och det är just det som är kärnan. Man växer lite varje dag och finner till slut ett lugn i att allt går att lösa med lite viljestyrka och när man tar hjälp av varandra. 

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What a starting!

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Bonjour de France,

My name is Cosmina and I am an SKF Global Graduate, wave 4!

I have a background in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bologna. Although I mainly studied in Italy, I also spent one year studying in the lovely Gothenburg!

Looking professional at the HQs in Gothenburg

My journey in the Global Graduate Programme has started just 3 months ago, but since the very beginning it was exciting and I got the feeling this journey would be great!

During my first week in SKF, I started in Italy and travelled already to France and Sweden. What an incredible kick off!

For the introduction month all graduates from all over the world, from China to Kazakhstan, gathered in Gothenburg at the HQs to get an overview on the company.
We met the management team with whom we had very inspirational talks and we felt empowered to make the difference.

Wave 4 trying to look engaged in meaningful conversations while shooting some advertising pictures

We attended so many funny events during which we got to know each other and started to build our network in the company.

First approach of French gastronomy in Gothenburg

The programme is truly global. We get to work daily with people from different cultures and to be in at least three different countries throughout the rotations.

Even if normally the first rotation would be in your home country, in my case Italy, I started with my first rotation in France. Here, I am part of a project which aims to develop a new facility meant to centralize the realization of prototypes in the Aerospace organization. Although at the end of the program I will work in Sales, working on this project provides me with insights on Manufacturing and Quality.

While I am in France, I am also taking the chance to get to know better the culture, learn French, taste good wine and travel!

Hannah, me and Hossem visiting Paris!

I feel very lucky to be part of this programme. It’s a great way to kick start my career in a truly international environment and to develop friendships across the world! Can you imagine a better starting?

Please feel free to ask questions, I will be glad to answer to all of them!

Au revoir!

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The trainee program from a personal perspective

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Ni Hao!

Last time I wrote a post, I sat in my brick house in a small picturesque town in northern England. Today, I’m writing to you from a skyscraper in one of the world’s biggest cities, Shanghai. Contrasts!

Me at The Great Wall of China

I want to continue where I left you the last time, what the trainee program means to me, foremost, from a personal point of view. My home manager encouraged me to write down some key insights from my time at Husqvarna Group, and I would like to share two of them with you!

Cultural commonalities

It is very popular to talk about cultural differences. The importance to be able to adapt to different cultures. Maybe I’m naive and young, but from my perspective, I think it is more about what is common. I have had the privilege to work with people from all around the world. New Zeeland, Brazil, Spain, Morocco, the UK, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, okay you get it… And I would say it’s not the differences that have caught my attention, but our commonalities! Of course, there are some differences in experiences and also different environments, but on an individual level, not too much of a difference. After all, we are all humans, and this insight I will carry with me for my whole life. 

Expanding my comfort zone

Another key insight is how important it is to constantly step outside of my comfort zone to develop. When I moved to the UK, I felt like I was really stepping outside of my comfort zone. Moving to a new country where I knew nobody… But, compared to moving to China, that was easy peasy… Here, the most simple things are an adventure in itself. For example ordering food in a local restaurant. First, you need to find a reasonable place while trying not to get hit by a scooter, they are EVERYWHERE… Phuu. When that is done, you need to explain, with your body language, that you want to have a look at the menu. When you have the menu in your hand, it is time for the translation app to work. Often, the app is working quite good, but you never really know what you have ordered. Then the last step; to pay. You just give them your credit card or some cash? Nope. Now you have to explain, with your body language, that you don’t use Ali pay or WeChat pay, but that you want to pay with cash. The first times, when I went out to get some food, I was actually a bit nervous, I stepped outside of my comfort zone for the smallest thing, to buy food. After a couple of times, you get used to it, and now it’s a part of my everyday life. You just have to put yourself out there. So China, bring on the next challenge.    

Shanghai Tower

What’s next?

The program is not over yet, I have roughly eight months left! Next on the agenda is a trip to our Japanese site just outside Tokyo, and then I will finish up my rotation here in China before Christmas. My last rotation will be in the robotic sales team in the US, fun! There, I will be working with commercial sales to customers like universities and golf courses. I’m moving away from sourcing to the other side of the business, I think that will be a really good experience.

…And don’t forget to apply for the brand new Pioneer Program, the Global Trainee Program 2.0! http://trainee.husqvarnagroup.socialmediabranding.se/



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Procurement strategy for Seeds & Nuts

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Hugo here to give you an update from Copenhagen, Unibake and the Procurement department. During the last three months I have supported the team with the analysis part of the procurement strategy for the Nuts & Seeds category, and it’s been a great experience!

As some of you might remember I already introduced this project briefly in my last post. However, as I’m now in the end of this project I will let you know some more about it and how I’ve experienced it. The background of the project is that Unibake procurement has an ongoing extensive change program, referred to as One Unibake Procurement (OUP). A key part of OUP is promoting a strategic long term approach to procurement at Unibake, and creating category strategies that secure maximum value from procurement. One of these is the category strategy for seeds, nuts and kernels.

So this is what it’s all been about (at least some of them). Do you know them all? (Correct answer would be, from left: Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pumpkin kernels, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds and Poppy seeds)

So in order to set up a strategy and how this category should be maintained going forward, a greater understanding of the current situation was needed. This is where I came in. I’ve deep dived into the spend data to understand where and how much we spend, researched online for market insights and reached out to suppliers to understand were our growers for the seeds & nuts are located, and much more… All this was then compiled into one report which was used during the Kick-off meeting to get all the stakeholders up to speed with what’s going on within this category, with the aim to set up a strategy for the category further down the road.

It was really great to see how the analysis was received during the kick-off meeting and how all the participants from different areas contributed with their knowledge and area of expertise. Because even if it is the procurement team driving this project, input from other areas such as quality, finance and of course the representatives from each country is key in order to find the best path forward.

I had high expectations for CPH, however, not did I expect to attend the opening of Denmark’s first ski slope (on top of a power plant!?). Crazy Danes!

As this is the final rotation and the end of the trainee program a short summary is at its place. I have now spent my four rotations in four different companies (Swecon, Cerealia, Agro Oy, Unibake) in three divisions (& three nordic capitals!) and it’s safe to say that I have gained a lot of valuable experience which will be highly useful moving on with my Lantmännen career. So what’s now? Next week I will once more go for unexplored terrain taking on a full time position in a fourth division. The exciting times continues!

Until next time,


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Last week of the Trainee Program

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In one week, the Graduate Trainee Program will come to an end and therefore this will be my last post before I start my permanent position. I can’t believe it has almost been 15 months since we started the trainee program at Lantmännen. Wow, time really flies when you have fun :).

As I explained in my last post, I am currently at Aspen looking into new segments where Aspen can sell their fuel. It has been a very fun project and I feel I would have loved spending even more time on it. But the project is almost done and I am just looking into the last parts that need to be completed before I leave.

Many things have happened during this period, except from working on the project at Aspen. We have also presented our SGA-projects (a strategic project that all trainees have been working on during the last six months about one day a week in groups of three trainees), we have been on training in Stockholm and we have travelled around for interviews for the permanent position in Lantmännen after the program is completed. When you are accepted to the Lantmännen Graduate Trainee Program, you are guaranteed a permanent position when the program ends. But since we are able to apply to the permanent positions we want and not just get positioned somewhere when the trainee program ends, there is still an interview process (but it is only one interview and the application process is only about two weeks). I have now signed for Unibake Denmark Frozen, which means that I will move to Aarhus in November. I am very excited, both for the position and also to move to Denmark. It has been very fun and valuable to move around in different countries and business units during these 15 months, but it also feels good to soon settle down more permanently.

The view from the house during the trainee weekend

Except for appreciating the trainee program and the steep learning curve I have had, I am also happy that all trainees have become close friends and really enjoy spending time together. So last weekend we rented a house outside of Gothenburg and spent the weekend together. It was great to see everyone again and hang out before we all start our permanent positions in different parts of the Lantmännen group.

Over and out!


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From automation to saving polar bears, My SKF graduate journey

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Hi all,

My name is Carl Philip Fredborg and I am a Global Graduate at SKF. I’m an engineer from KTH in Stockholm where I studied production engineering & management. Let me tell you about my journey in the SKF graduate program.

First rotation

When I joined SKF the first weeks were reserved for getting to know SKF, the other graduates and trainings. These weeks were intense in many ways but also rewarding.

Wave 3

I spent my first rotation at the central function Manufacturing and Process Development. Here my main project was to map the gap between today’s automated production and full autonomy. The project gave me a lot of insights into the bearing production of SKF, automation and obviously bearings. But more importantly, learning about the importance of effective and high-quality production plants.

Second rotation

In my second rotation I joined the IoT development team in Schweinfurt Germany. Here I was working with a connectivity project for our factories. Briefly explained; we were developing a device that enables SKF to utilize the power of the cloud on a shop floor level. My responsibility was to finalize the operation model for this device. This area was something completely new for me and I learned a lot about IT, IoT, industry 4.0 and what all of this means for SKF, both in terms of opportunities and challenges.

Photo of me, Albin, Ginevra, Melissa and our new German friends in Munich

Third Rotation

On my third and last rotation I am working with our latest acquisition, RecondOil. This is a clean-tech startup that has invented and patented a process that enables circular recovery of oil and the re-use of industrial oils with its original properties. In other words, we can use oil again, again and again where traditionally it has only been used once. By utilizing this technology, we can cut carbon emission with up to 90%.

Oil from a customer before and after treatment

At RecondOil I’m working with the implementation into our own factories where we are consuming industrial lubricants. We are expecting to see benefits in three areas: less spend on industrial lubricants, less CO2 emissions and better process quality. I’m really excited about this sustainable technology and I believe we can make a difference for our own manufacturing plants and customers but also the polar bears.

Tomas, R&D manager of Recond Oil, explaining the technology

That was all from me, If you have any questions feel free to reach out.

Over and out!

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