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Annika Aleryd

My name is Annika Aleryd. I have worked in the automotive industry for 17 years. During that time I’ve worked with various areas such as crash safety, simulation and project management. I´m currently the manager for the CAE & Safety department at ÅF.

What made you choose the automotive industry?

It wasn’t something I planned during my studies. I studied civil engineering, but when I graduated there weren’t many jobs available in my field. Instead, I was attracted by the possibility of working with crash safety, which at the end of the day meant saving people’s lives.

What’s your best advice for students and new graduates keen to work for ÅF?

Come and meet us at career days at the universities! It´s always nice to put a face to a name for someone who’s applying for a job. You can also apply for thesis work at ÅF. Working as a thesis student is a brilliant way for the student and the company to get to know each other.

What motivates you in your work?

My motivation is helping the team and the organisation work efficiently. I like to see people develop their skills and grow as individuals. I’m also learning new things almost every day, which is highly motivating!

What is the best part of being a consultant?

The best part is the combination of having a secure job while still having the opportunity to work with a variety of tasks and companies. That gives me a wide overview of the local and global automotive industry.

What are your thoughts on Ladies’ Month?

I think it’s a good way to be more visible to female engineers. Hopefully it can also attract younger women to engineering studies.

If you have worked with global customers and international projects during your time at ÅF, what were the biggest challenges and what did you learn from that?

I think there are three major challenges: language, IT connections and culture. To be successful in a global environment it’s important to better understand each other, which can be accomplished through building personal relationships among the team. The best way to do this is to work at the customer for a period, and by the customer visiting us.