Robin is a Senior Manager in our Operations Transformation capability unit and based at our Gothenburg office
I joined Capgemini Invent in 2016 after being ‘recruited’ by a former Ph.D. student colleague of mine. Before starting at Capgemini Invent I worked at Altran – an engineering & R&D consultancy, which funny enough now is part of the Capgemini Group. Prior to Altran, I was a Ph.D. student at Chalmers University of Technology for 5 years in the area of Operations management. My research was based around productivity management in the Manufacturing industry building a model to measure the financial effect of operational improvements. This research is still very relevant for my role today in the Operations Transformation capability unit as it creates additional value on our client’s transformation journeys.
Tell us about your role at Capgemini Invent?
As a Senior Manager, I spend most of my time working on different projects – either in the role of a project manager or as a subject matter expert. I also work internally with business development – meaning that I help the company generate business by creating compelling offers and making sure that we have the right resources and skillsets to support our clients in these areas. In my case, I primarily work with business development in the digital manufacturing domain, closely connected both to engineering as well as the overall supply chain.
What is the best thing about working at Capgemini Invent?
Capgemini Invent has been very successful in attracting and recruiting people that I like to work with. We have a really good atmosphere with a lot of smart, young and ambitious people in the team, creating a fun working environment. For me a good working environment is key –if you do fun things in a bad environment, the fun things will not be fun, but the opposite is true e.g. if you do pretty boring things in a fun environment these tasks become fun.
Capgemini Invent is also working at the forefront of the Manufacturing domain and getting even stronger in this area which is really exciting to work with and be a part of.
What has been your favorite project at Capgemini Invent?
It is very hard to say – all projects are often very different. Typically, I like the role of a project manager – this allows me to build up the project from the beginning and have control throughout the project. The best feeling is when you can see and feel a positive change in the client’s organization.
How does your work challenge you?
My work challenges me in multiple ways. Even if many companies might face the same overall challenge the context and problems are always different. This means that for each new project we need to find new solutions. I always learn something new.
We help clients invent their futures by bringing to life what’s next. Please tell more about this, perhaps by sharing an example.
In the domain of Digital Manufacturing, clients today have seen what technology can bring to their business and have a vision on what the future hold. Many clients have also realized how hard it can be to manage this type of transformation and how difficult it might be to for instance scale up digital initiatives. These larger transformations are often including many different stakeholders in a cross-functional context, with different backgrounds, knowledge and skills, as well as different needs and wants. Here, we at Capgemini Invent can really help the client by providing everything from hands-on and inspirational examples, to proven operating and governance models, delivered by a good mix of people supporting the client moving towards the future, this ideal state, in a good manner. That is what I consider bringing to life what’s next.
How does Capgemini Invent support your development?
Capgemini offers several training programs – both in our business unit Sweden-Finland, but also globally. There is also a chance to take external courses. The training programs are really good, but I do believe that you develop the most ‘learning by doing’ and that it is very much about the individual to make the most out of it. Capgemini has a large global network of expertise, this is a great source of knowledge, you should take every chance to learn from it.
Tell us about the role as a counselor?
The counselor program means that more senior colleagues act as a counselor for up to 5 junior colleagues. I see it more as a mentor role and open it up for any kind of discussion, both personal and professional, even though it tends to be more professional discussions. Each relationship is different, and the discussions can vary a lot.
I like the concept of the program, the counselor is someone quite external from your daily work. You are not talking to your manager or your project lead, instead you are talking to someone in-between that is objective. As a counselor, I feel that the role makes me a better listener. In return, I hopefully can have a positive impact on my counselees by sharing my experience and knowledge as support or by discussing directions to walk from both a professional as well as a personal perspective.
What makes Capgemini Invent stand out?
From a client perspective, Capgemini is a big organization on a global scale. Looking at the Swedish market, few players have an as wide knowledge and service portfolio as Capgemini do. We can do complete, end to end, digital transformations – from business strategy, to shop floor connections to IT development.
From an employee perspective, I would like to ones again highlight the people and culture at Invent. The culture fits my needs and wants in a company. As a family man, Capgemini’s flexible working environment is essential to create a good work-life balance. Expectations are primarily set on what you create and the result of it, rather than focusing on when and how much you work. This, I feel, is quite unique for Capgemini Invent.
What is your best advice to a younger professional who dream to start a career in management consulting and at Invent?
This is a cliché, but it is all about being curious and eager to learn new things. As a consultant, you more or less need to expect the unexpected. You will always be put in new situations and be surrounded by new people. You need to be able to accept that you do not have the solution from the beginning and use your social skills in maintaining relationships and getting the information you need in a good way. If you are an individual that likes to manage a situation that requires both innovation and attributes required to manage the unexpected – then you are in the right place in management consulting.
Why should you join Capgemini Invent?
You should join Capgemini Invent if you are looking for fantastic colleagues, a great atmosphere at work, and a way to constantly develop on both a personal and a professional level. There are very few environments you learn as much as you do in management consulting.