Empowering the future of innovation
Fueled by a passion for technical problem-solving and challenges, Andreas Bågfeldt naturally gravitated toward a career in the technical field. Today, as a Project Manager at Saab, he excels at pushing the boundaries of what's physically possible while empowering others to grow.
From family bonds to innovative bounds
Andreas embarked on his journey with Saab as a Systems Engineer three and a half years ago. Originally from Kalmar, he spent a few years studying in Gothenburg before settling in Örebro, where he currently lives with his fiancée and two children. After returning from parental leave, he transitioned into the role of a project manager, driving innovation projects forward and fostering team cohesion.
"The most fulfilling aspect of my job is witnessing others challenge themselves and succeed. As an engineer, it's also incredibly exhilarating to work with such impactful products as we do. These products are crucial to individuals fighting for their own freedom and the right to defend themselves, and it feels good to be able to contribute to making that possible," shares Andreas.
Amidst the busyness of family life with young children, Andreas values Saab's commitment to work-life balance and the flexibility it provides. This flexibility enables him to immerse himself in technical challenges while also enjoying precious moments with his children.
"As long as I manage my work independently, no one questions if, for instance, I leave early one day. This flexibility has significantly improved my work-life balance, allowing me to spend more time with my children and participate in afternoon playtime at the park without compromising my work."
What truly shapes the great atmosphere and culture here is the sense of community; we’re all here on equal terms, striving to do our best."
Where colleagues double as friends
Saab being the primary employer for engineers in the town, it's quite common to cross paths with colleagues from time to time. This also helps shape Saab's inclusive workplace culture, characterized by a non-hierarchical atmosphere and support, according to Andreas.
"Many colleagues know each other outside of work, which is evident in their genuine care for each other, fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and an open environment between departments and sections. No questions are considered dumb and there's a shared desire to help and support one another. Despite only being at Saab for little more than three years, I've learned a great deal by being curious and asking questions."
"The spectrum of knowledge here is enormous, yet we have experts in every field."
Your advice to a potential colleague?
Jump on board! And once you're on board, be curious and ask questions. Seize every opportunity to meet new people, ask questions, discuss, and learn from them; that's how you'll go far.
Your biggest strength?
I believe I've succeeded by not being an expert in anything but having a broad understanding of many things. Knowing just enough, allows me to engage in discussions, weigh pros and cons, and make informed decisions.
A talent you wish you had?
I wish I could ride a unicycle! It's one of those quirky skills that would be fun to have.