“Volvo has an open culture and atmosphere”
Ylva Yhlen had absolutely no plans to pursue a career at the Volvo Group. The thought was totally alien. She is now working as a buyer at Group Trucks Technology, has a huge amount of responsibility and envisages an extremely interesting future.
When Ylva Yhlen was studying Industrial Economics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, she was hoping to get a job working close to the end user in the food and bioengineering industry.
“I am interested in questions relating to the human body and health,” she says.
While she was working towards her final exams and her degree project, she received a letter about the mentorship programme from the Volvo Group.
“I regarded the Volvo Group as a large, slow-moving organization and I knew very little about the Group in general and what was then known as Volvo 3P in particular,” she says.
However, the mentorship programme completely changed this picture.
“I was curious and I am now so pleased that I took the opportunity and applied,” she says and talks about her new take on the Group.
“This is an organisation that is full of opportunities. Purchasing is interesting, as a result of the crossfunctional work and the complexity associated with trucks,” she adds.
The interaction with her mentor, Johan Nordmark, worked really well. Ylva was given access to his network.
“I liked the open culture and atmosphere and felt that I wanted to stay,” she says.
According to Ylva Yhlen, the mentorship programme gave her the chance to show who she was and what she could achieve. For the past six months, she has been working as the buyer of the iron castings that are needed for the production of Volvo and Renault trucks at Group Trucks Technology.
“I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to stay with the Group,” she says.