Career story: The right person for the right job

Fredrik Sarvell’s main task is to find the right person for the right position. When he succeeds, the most rewarding part is to see the employee develop their skills on the job.

Name, title, job and ageFredrik Sarvell

Fredrik Sarvell, 38, technology and business development manager of infra projects in Sweden. This is a new role starting in September 2017, I am taking on new responsibilities in development of the business operations and technology of the same segment. I will continue working in Solna, Stockholm.

What is your educational background?

I studied in the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, majored in the construction industry and graduated as a Master of Science in Technology in 2009.

How did you get to your present position?

I started my career as a snowboarder. I was a snowboarder for nearly eight years, having started before age 20. I toured the world, participated in competitions and took photographs. My style was (and still is!) freestyle, which means doing various tricks on the snow and in the air.

After that, I began my studies at the Royal Institute of Technology. I’ve always been interested in construction, and my goal has been to work in an inspiring and challenging industry. Before Lemminkäinen, I worked in a number of construction industry businesses. In the most recent company, I was one of the founding members and a co-owner, but that was a little too much for a father of three.

When I started to apply for jobs again, Lemminkäinen and a couple of other companies called me. After a long consideration, I chose Lemminkäinen. I was particularly interested in the company’s active search for growth. I like the mindset of always going forwards. I like the mindset of always going forwards. I have worked as a Regional Manager for nearly 18 month and now I have a new role as technology and business development manager.

What is your typical working day like?

My day starts with my alarm clock going off at 6 a.m. I take the 6.41 train, starting my 1.5-hour commute. I like the duration of my commute as it gives me the chance to catch up on my e-mail and get ready for the day.

At the workplace, my time is mostly spent in meetings with customers, recruitment experts and job seekers. The internal meetings are usually related to project supervision and monitoring. At the moment, we have some large infra projects at Arlanda Airport, the Värtan harbour in Stockholm and the wastewater treatment plant of Henriksdal.

What do you like most about your job?

My work is varied and I get to see a great deal of progress. I have some previous experience of Finnish companies, and it’s nice to work for one. At Lemminkäinen, people say what they think and are extremely professional.

The best aspect of my job is finding the right people for the right positions, both inside and outside the company. When I succeed, I feel great. The most rewarding part is to see the person develop their skills on the job. It is also wonderful to get to experience something new and be able to learn a great deal.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

My work brings a lot of responsibility, because the stakes are high in recruiting. The best aspect of my job is also its greatest challenge. There are many skilled people at Lemminkäinen and in the entire industry, but if you put them in the wrong position things might not go as well as they should.

What kind of person does well in your role?

Someone who is capable of constructive cooperation with many kinds of people. You really need to love surprises and problem-solving.