“In the beginning, I only knew about the washing machines and power tools. Today, I know the Bosch group is so much more! ”
Matilda Torefeldt, Logistics Coordinator
As an engineer with a Master of Science in Electrical engineering from Lund University, Rikard started as a Software Developer in 2016, he then decided to change his role and became a Product Owner in January 2019.
Her career at Bosch started with a summer job, which a friend’s mother of told her about. She went on working for Bosch Rexroth three summers from 2012-2014. “I really enjoyed working here during the summers while I was studying. It gave me a good challenge and there is a friendly working environment here. I enjoyed my work tasks, the leadership from my supervisor and the co-workers.” But after she finished school, the company did not have an open position. After two years of working for in a different company, Matilda asked her old supervisor about open positions. She then first got a position in a different department but was able to switch to logistics shortly after.
Matilda likes various things about her job. She enjoys working with her international contacts all over the world, which she has daily contact to. She also likes to work together with her colleagues that have direct customer contact. “I like to be a part of a Customer focused and Service minded business.”
She sees many advantages of having Bosch as an employer: Firstly, it gives her the possibility of being a part of something bigger. Secondly, the possibility to learn from others. And thirdly, the career opportunities. “There are different career ways to go within your Bosch Company. In addition, you can apply for jobs worldwide or maybe choose to work abroad for a short period. Also in another business within the Bosch Group.”
The Logistics’ department consists of a small group of seven people. But Matilda’s work includes far more employees. “I have contacts with internal production plants all over the world. From India to Germany to Brazil.” For her job, she has to interact with many colleagues. Her tasks involve calling-off purchasing and forecasting. She also has to plan ahead to avoid delivery issues and do the inventory control, handle late and unconfirmed orders, answer delivery questions and is a part of the improvement projects.
When Matilda started, her biggest challenge was to understand the system’s and processes of the huge organization. Also the resulting abbreviations made it difficult for her to follow in meetings. “Now, I try every day to get out of my comfort zone, challenge myself with new tasks, and bring ideas for improvement.” For Matilda it is important not be stuck in how the company usually does things.
The challenges she faced at her job also had a positive side: She acquired a lot of new skills. These new skills include learning SAP, customer service / contact be part of and lead projects. Furthermore, she had the chance to expand her personal network and travel. Because of her travels, she is able to meet other employees and see other parts of the organization. Moreover, she learned about the importance of planning and working proactively.
“So far, Bosch Rexroth has given me a lot of experience in different departments. I have been part of several parts of the supply chain. That I really appreciate and that has given me an understanding for the different interests in different areas. I have also learned how much it helps that everyone is open minded and have the willingness to help each other.”
In her free time, Matilda likes to move “Me and my boyfriend share the interest for salsa dancing. We enjoy training and competing together. We compete as a couple or together with other couples in different groups. Last year we won 3 gold medals in the world Championship!” She can now call herself a “World Champion”. When she is part of a group, she enjoys the feeling of support but also the responsibility to do the best possible for the teammates.
At work Matilda also includes her love for moving. On Tuesdays and Thursdays she joins an open training with her colleagues. In this training, they help each other to come up with workout sessions and to sweat for 40 minutes in the office gym. “It is so much fun and it brings different departments together!”
For Matilda, dancing and training clears her mind of all the challenges she faces at work. “I do not think about anything else but the music and the movement. There I forget about everything else.”