Elizabeth Harrington

What is your current position in the Volvo Group?
I am a Project manager at Volvo Group Trucks Technology vehicle architecture. I coordinate all the engineering output from a project, I make sure things happen and the job gets done.

Why did you choose Volvo Group as an employer?
When I studied mechanical engineering, I knew I wanted to work in the automotive industry. As Volvo US headquarters are in the same state where I lived I contacted them. Then I got selected for the International graduate program, which was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down! Volvo has matched my every expectation. I have had a very good time at Volvo and I have been very successful this far. I understand the company and the company core values are in tune with my own values.

How has your Volvo career been this far?
I started with the trainee program in May 2008. My first job was as an associate engineer. From there I moved to being a project leader and now I am a project manager. All the jobs have been within Volvo Group Trucks Technology, and it has been a very positive experience.

Do you get any professional or personal coaching from Volvo?
I have several people around me that I consider my mentors. This is one of my favorite things about Volvo. I have the possibility to discuss almost anything openly with colleagues and managers, and there is a genuine sense of support for my career and future.

Have you been involved in any global projects in the Volvo Group?
In the graduate program I worked as a project leader coordinating with people literally all over the world. The project was very successful and a priceless experience in global management.

If you were to recommend Volvo Group as an employer to a friend, what would you put forward?
The opportunity for a diverse working atmosphere is unmatched by any other company in the US. I hear people speaking in Swedish, Portuguese, French and many other languages all the time, and I love that!  The opportunity for personal and professional growth is huge in such a diverse environment.

Elisabeth Harrington

Name: Elizabeth Harrington
Organization: Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Position: Project manager
Location: Greensboro

How would you describe your, so far, best experience from being an employee of the Volvo Group?
My best experience was a as a trainee in Beijing.  We were trained in the local culture and how it affects our market. How the Chinese customers use their trucks and what they think is important in their business.

What are your goals, plans and hopes for the future?
I would like to do project management somewhere abroad. I like the challenge of understanding the different cultures and business climates, and I enjoy project management.In a long-term, I would like to work as a chief project manager.