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”A cup of black coffee and then it gets rolling”

by Volvo Car Corporation October 25th, 2011

Position: Interior purchaser within Cockpit and Climate. Interior is a part of Direct Material which is one of five sections within the business area Purchasing.
Department: Interior Purchasing
Age: 34
Education: Bachelor in chemical engineering at the Chalmers University of technology
At Volvo Cars: For 9 years

 

Tell us about your background?
I grew up in Goražde in Bosnia Herzegovina. It’s perhaps the most beautiful town in the region and I go back there every summer to visit my parents. I studied in a technical high school but during the Balkan war in the early 1990s I fled the country and came to Sweden as a 16-year-old. I finished the science programme in Norrköping and in 1997 I moved to Gothenburg to study at Chalmers. I immediately fell in love with the city and I appreciate the mentality and openness on the Swedish west coast.

How did you come to work for Volvo Cars?
At Chalmers I got a tip from a professor about an internship at Volvo. It’s a good way to enter a company and get some work experience. Then I got the opportunity to do my thesis work for Volvo Cars and after that I was hired. When I first got employed I told my boss that I didn’t want a permanent employment because I thought it sounded so boring. I had no idea at the time how great the development opportunities are and that I would stay for the company for so long. Eventually I got a permanent job and now I’ve had five different positions within Volvo Cars.  

How does the purchasing department function?
We are about 400 persons within Purchasing. Our main function is to secure the supply of materials and services – to the right cost, quality, quantity and on time. Purchasing is ultimately responsible for the selection of all suppliers. We act globally and have offices located throughout the world. 70 % of the material value of a car is purchased from external suppliers so Purchasing has a big impact on cost and quality of the car.

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