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Master Thesis, 30HP: Measuring performance within long Software development projects

Järfälla, Sweden
Closing date
30 December 2020
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We are looking for two talented students who can help us excel our ways of working in our SW development teams operating in complex and demanding environments.

Your role


Saab is a pioneer of new technology enhancing our customer’s capabilities worldwide. We offer our products, services and solutions in challenging markets to a wide customer base; governments, authorities and corporations.  The Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems business unit (BU) within Saab provides world class signal intelligence systems and self protection systems for next generation Gripen and Globaleye among others. BU EW is looking for driven students who can give us an outside-in perspective of how we can improve our ways of measuring performance in our long SW development projects.

Description of the master thesis

In a rapidly changing world, Saab aims at being the first choice supplier of high-tech defence and security solutions. To help us excel our performance we desire insights and other perspectives in how we should assess performance and Earned Value during our long SW development projects.

The Master Thesis aims at finding the optimal Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for our SW development teams and ideas on how we shall implement Earned Value management when working agile in fixed cost customer agreements. The complexity of Saabs businesses and environment shall be taken into account. 

The master thesis will include a solid literature study on the subject covering the subject from different perspectives as well as an empirical study on how other industries operating in similar complexity are measuring performance. We expect you to be placed in Järfälla, Stockholm but some travels might be needed.

Your profile

This Master Thesis is suitable for two students in the end of their M.Sc. Industrial Engineering and Management education, preferably with an already completed Technical Specification (B.Sc.) in Computer Science. Interests in the defence industry and in helping companies improve their ways of working are beneficial and desirable.

As persons you are driven, independent and are used to taking own initiatives. We expect you to be creative and prestigeless with a solution-driven mindset. 

What you will be a part of

You will be a part of BU EWs Engineering department working in close collaboration with other stakeholders within the organization. You will meet different managers and employees from different parts of the Saab organization to help you understand the organization and our challenges the best way. To learn more about Saab in general please visit and to learn more about BU EW please visit

Last application day

Application will be reviewed continuously so please send your application as soon as possible.

Contact information

For any questions about the Master Thesis or the recruitment process, please contact Eva Brynedal or Peter Sundström.

Eva Brynedal, Manager and Master Thesis Supervisor

+46 73 418 45 60,

Peter Sundström, Manager and Master Thesis Supervisor

+46 73 4374652,

If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.