What are your internship assignments?
Being the first international intern at UD Trucks – Part of Volvo Group since 2007 – my tasks include a variety of assignments related to communicating with other parts of the world. My major assignments the first two months have included contacting overseas suppliers and helping them to implement electronic invoicing instead of paper invoicing. Since completion of that project is close, I will now start a new project to test and implement international Volvo standards at UD Trucks. I will then help to share the benefits of the added functionalities with my coworkers at the Purchase to Pay group in the Finance division of UD Trucks.
What does a day at work look like?
I start a typical day by replying to emails received from suppliers with various questions regarding electronic invoicing. Some need help to find invoices or have problems from trying to implement electronic invoices earlier. After lunch I enter some invoices into SAP, have Japanese class with a co-worker, and call suppliers in other parts of the world to discuss electronic invoicing.
Where and in what part of the organization are you doing your internship?
I work at the Finance division of UD Trucks, which is located approximately one hour and thirty minutes by commuter traffic north of Tokyo, Japan. At the moment I am assigned to the Purchase to Pay group, I.E, the division responsible for making sure that suppliers are paid on time.
Why did you choose to do your internship with the Volvo Group?
Being able to do an internship at a Volvo Group company in Japan, whilst on my exchange semester at Tokyo University from Stockholm School of Economics, is a dream come true for me. I get to see how it is to work in a team with a nationality other than my own. This is an experience that I know I will use in my future career. My ultimate goal is to work in other countries, with international assignments and teams.
If you were to recommend Volvo Group as an employer, what would you put forward?
The Volvo Group truly is an international company that can provide the opportunity to learn from other ways of working, giving insights that you will be able to use in a global setting. Volvo provides international knowledge sharing and uses insights gained at one market to help succeeding in another. At Volvo Group Japan, I am given trust and mentorship, which enables me to make the most of my time at UD Trucks in Japan.
Could you please describe your best experience from being an intern with the Volvo Group?
The fact that my internship started with assignments from day one, made me able to assimilate fast into the group. I was seen as someone who could bring something new to the group. My manager is very supportive and our weekly personal meetings enable me to develop my role, and to share my insights and my difficulties. This forum allows me to take on new projects as I am finishing the latest project and helps me to overcome the parts that are difficult for me to solve alone.