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Jakob Gudmundsson

Jakob Gudmundsson

Director, Enterprise Transformation

Sweden

Experienced professional

Enterprise Transformation

capgemini-invent

Jakob Gudmundsson

Director, Enterprise Transformation

Sweden

Experienced professional

Enterprise Transformation

capgemini-invent
Jakob Gudmundsson
capgemini-invent

“One of the core strengths with Capgemini Invent is the supporting culture. You are expected to ask for help when a project is challenging, and you are also expected to support and coach colleagues when they need it. This increases your own learning curve and, in the end, of course also ensures our clients get the best possible advice.”

Jakob is a Director working in our Enterprise Transformation capability unit and based at our Stockholm office

Tell us about your role at Capgemini Invent?

As a consultant, you usually have several roles. I am usually a project lead or accountable for one or several different projects at the same time, mainly Enterprise Strategy, M&A and Innovation engagements. In addition, I am responsible for selling projects and pitch Capgemini Invent to potential clients. While also being responsible for making sure consultants in my team are being staffed on exciting projects, developing their skills and enjoy their work. I also have the role as a counselor which means being the go-to person for my counselees when it comes to e.g. navigate career, promotions and work-life balance.

What makes you passionate about your work?

Three things. 1) The great people you get to work with and get to know, both colleagues and clients. 2) The steep learning curve, I’ve been a management consultant for more than 10 years and still learning new things every day. 3) The variety, it’s hard to get bored when you’re being exposed to different clients, places and challenges all the time.

How does your work challenge you?

No project or client is like another. Even if you’ve done several projects for the same client or in the same area there is one thing you can be 100% sure of; you will need to use your experience to solve new challenges all the time. This is one of the most exciting things with our line of work, it’s all about solving problems.

Looking back at your years at Invent, what are your key takeaways and highlights so far?

Our conference trips to the Alps and trainings at the Capgemini University (at our own castle outside Paris), these events are always so much fun. There is a lot of focus on having fun with your colleagues at Capgemini Invent. And I’m still very close to the people I started working with for more than 10 years ago.

We help clients invent their futures by bringing to life what’s next. Please tell us more about this, perhaps by sharing an example.

Here’s one example; In one of my latest projects, we helped a client set up an innovation strategy and process to increase the inflow of new business ideas and making sure there is a structured way to scale up successful innovations.

What makes Capgemini Invent stand out?

I believe one thing is the open and friendly culture with a strong focus on learning. You are encouraged to ask questions and there is a strong focus on helping your colleagues. From the client perspective, Capgemini as a group stands out because we can do everything from innovation all the way to implementation on a global scale. Very few firms have this reach, and this also puts a healthy pressure on me as a consultant to deliver feasible solutions. If I would be designing a solution that only works in theory, I would be in trouble when trying to implement it.

What characterizes the people and culture at Capgemini Invent?

One of the core strengths with Capgemini Invent is the supporting culture. You are expected to ask for help when a project is challenging, and you are also expected to support and coach colleagues when they need it. This increases your own learning curve and, in the end, of course also ensures our clients get the best possible advice.

What is your best advice to a student or younger professional who dream to start a career in management consulting and at Invent?

It’s important to show that you have an intrinsic drive to develop. Good grades will only take you so far. Achieving good grades while for example also managed your own company or a leadership position in a student association indicates that you are keen to learn beyond the curriculum and can manage several things simultaneously. Always being curious and wanting to learn more is key as a consultant. My advice is to beyond the studies find something that you find interesting and fun and learn more to gain a competitive advantage.

Why should you join Capgemini Invent?

Easy! For the people and the projects. Working on fun and challenging projects with great clients and colleagues, what more can you ask for?

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