Her job at ÅF - To ensure that everyone is happy
Good development opportunities. Exciting assignments. And a culture where people care about each other. Meet Jessica Nylund, head of ÅF IT Solutions.
The IT area at ÅF has expanded substantially in recent years. Today the IT Solutions department currently consists of 300 consultants and has been headed by Jessica Nylund for the past two years.
“It’s very exciting. ÅF works with most of Sweden’s major companies and lots of things are going on in digitisation and the Internet of things,” she says.
Half her job consists of recruitment and being responsible for 24 people who mainly work with Microsoft-related systems development. The rest of the time she’s out selling to ÅF’s clients. For her people to enjoy working for ÅF she has to find assignments that are fun, challenging and suit the individual consultants.
“I always try to match the right person to the right assignment. Sometimes I get it wrong of course and then I try to resolve it. It’s important to feel your boss is behind you if something isn’t working out,” Jessica goes on.
She also puts a lot of time into keeping in touch with the consultants and makes sure to meet them regularly over lunch or coffee or at network gatherings.
“My responsibility as a manager is to ensure that everyone is happy with their assignments, develops and feels good. This means that you can’t just lock yourself in your office,” Jessica continues.
She has a degree in business administration in fact but has always worked in the technology sector. First with methods and processes and then with selling IT consultancy services. She ultimately ended up at ÅF, where her position entailed staff responsibility for the first time in her career. Being a manager for the first time is a challenge, but Jessica Nylund took on her new role and thanks to her bosses and colleagues everything turned out fine.
“I’ve never felt alone, there’s a good team spirit and there’s always someone to ask. I’m very happy that ÅF had such confidence in me,” says Jessica.
She describes ÅF as a “typically Swedish” company, with an open-minded atmosphere and soft values. This can be seen among other things in the large number of social activities that are arranged such as full-day gatherings, conferences, courses and family days. There is also Club ÅF, where people can do anything from rock-climbing to board games.
“The focus isn’t just on figures but also on building up a culture where people feel good and care about each other. Such things create loyalty and make being a manager both simpler and more enjoyable,” Jessica rounds off.