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Vice President & Head of Region Sweden

  • Application Deadline: April 5, 2023
  • Stockholm
  • Application Deadline: April 5, 2023
  • Stockholm

Sweden has a unique position in some of the most important areas for business and economic development across the world – sustainability, innovation and digitalization. This makes a strong platform for Swedish companies to expand their business upon, and is an attractive value proposition for many foreign companies that want to establish production sites or R&D-units in Europe.

Business Sweden helps Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden. We do this through strategic advice on how to enter and expand in new markets, practical support in establishing presence, continuous market insights and an extensive business network.

Region Sweden consists of five teams and two cross-unit functions. The teams are three industry centered units, Energy & Transport, Materials & Industrials, Life Science, and two functional units - Trade & Invest Facilitation, and Region Sweden Advisory. The two cross-unit functions, Sustainability and Innovation, collaborate with colleagues across all our regions.

The revenues in Region Sweden come to a large extent from Business Sweden’s government assignment. Apart from the large amount of questions answered and educations conducted by the Trade and Invest Facilitation unit, the region is operationally responsible for a large part of both investment promotion and the SME advise program, and has people located across Sweden. In the state assignment, Region Sweden collaborates closely with the COO-office that is responsible for distributing resources, defining targets and follow up on the state assignment deliveries.

Furthermore, the Region is responsible for coordinating client development across all regions through the Global Industry Networks that are led from the three industry units. In that task, understanding of various ecosystems and trends in the Swedish business is vital, as is networking across different segments of companies in Sweden.

What we expect from you
In your role leading the region you have full responsibility for people, operations, and client deliveries. You will also be part of the management team at Business Sweden.

Next to developing the collaboration on the state assignment with the COO-office, the target for the region is to develop a larger share of external client revenue the coming years. This will require change in both internal culture and the way work is organized and carried out. You are expected to lead and engage people in the region through that change towards an even more effect oriented delivery in the state assignment, larger collaboration in global projects with external clients and an increasing revenue from companies.

Key responsibilities and tasks

Leading the region

  • Guide leaders by setting clear expectations and act as coach to support them in their deliveries.
  • Maintain a personal network and help developing an organisational network across stakeholders in business, government, authorities and academia.
  • Represent Sweden and/or Business Sweden in various public events.
  • Be a role model and driver of collaboration both across regions globally and with the various units in head quarters in Stockholm.
  • Develop and drive a people agenda to enable the attraction and growth of talent.
  • Full Profit & Loss responsibility and delivery on the group and regional KPIs.

Client services

  • Ongoing identification of business opportunities and secure the regional agenda to sell and market Business Sweden's services to existing and potential clients.
  • Contribute to client deliveries and secure quality assurance processes.
  • Maintain continuous dialogue with existing and potential clients and stakeholders.
  • Represent the interest of Swedish companies and Business Sweden through value adding stakeholder management.

Member of the Management team

  • Contribute to and run internal strategic development projects.
  • Identify, upscale and share best practices.
  • Contribute to, and role model Business Sweden's change management agenda.
  • Live the Business Sweden values and be a role model in all aspects towards clients, staff, and all other stakeholders.

Work with great people

Vlad Månsson
Country Manager, USA
"This is a great place for rapid career development because of the opportunities to learn from colleagues all over the world"
Samiksha Jalan
Project Manager, London
"I love working at Business Sweden because every hour and every day always brings different opportunities"
Elsa Stefenson
Trade Commissioner, Chile
"I find it incredibly rewarding to see ideas grow and become successful projects"
Bong-Soon Park
Senior Project Manager, South Korea
"My greatest motivation is seeing the positive impact our job has on our clients"

Skills & Requirements

Who we are looking for

  • To succeed in this role, you have extensive leadership experience, also from coaching leaders, driving change and you lead with empathy and trust in focus.
  • You are a strong communicator, with experience from engaging a workforce around vision and executing on strategy from a leadership role perspective.
  • You have experience from selling and delivering consulting / advisory assignments through a strong business acumen and with client focus and value creation at the center.
  • You have a relevant academic degree, probably in Economics, Business Administration, Political Science and/or Engineering.
  • Knowledge of how Sweden is governed is a must.
  • You have a minimum of 15 years of applicable working experience, and preferably experience from an international organization or working in Sweden with export.
  • A good understanding of the conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises is a plus.
  • A high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English and Swedish is a requirement.

Personal profile

  • You are a true collaborator internally and externally, building strong relationships with teams and clients.
  • You enjoy problem-solving and believe in diversity as a key success enabler when working in teams.
  • You are analytical, reflective, focused and action oriented.
  • You are open-minded and solution oriented.

Does this describe you?
If so, please send your resume as soon as possible as we will be screening applications continuously, but no later than 5th of April.

If you have any questions concerning the position, please contact Jan Larsson, CEO. If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Louise Lundberg, HR Business Partner.

Great Place to Work

  • Global exchanges and career opportunities

  • Exclusive focus on our client’s growth agenda

  • Extensive responsibility

  • Diversified teams with world class colleagues

  • Training academy for continuous development

  • Entrepreneurial environment

About the company

Business Sweden is a global consultancy organization with approximately 500 colleagues working in 46 countries. We all share the same passion - creating maximum value for Sweden.

Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden.
Through our consultancy services we offer our customers strategic advice and hands-on support in their international growth and establishment.

Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that provides access to contacts and networks at all levels.

At Business Sweden we value and encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds related to culture, gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and belief, disability, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The diversity of our people is an important foundation of our culture and builds a workplace where everyone can contribute with unique experiences, perspectives and cultures.

OUR VALUESOur high performance culture rests on that all our employees live our core values. We will never have guidelines for every situation we will meet, but if all of us are guided by a strong sense of our values, we will always navigate in the right direction.

RESPONSIBILITYThis is the foundation of our culture. Taking responsibility is a way to show commitment to our work. We take ownership of the relationships with our clients and stay true to our word.

COLLABORATIONAlone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Collaboration knows no geographical borders. At Business Sweden, we act as one global team to create the best possible value for our clients.

IMPACTBy monitoring the world around us and identifying possibilities , we make a difference by helping companies to seize new, sustainable business opportunities. We create impact both for our clients and for Sweden.

Jan Larsson | Contact Person

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