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Volvo Group

The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, engines, transmissions, aerospace components and services. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets. Annual sales of the Volvo Group amount to about $34 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the US.
The Volvo Group values diversity as a key factor that underpins our current and future business success. Experience shows that companies that embrace diversity see increased shareholder value, a more dynamic corporate culture, more customers and work satisfaction and loyalty and a higher quality brand in the marketplace. Fostering diversity is thus a an important and explicit element in our corporate strategy, in line with our basic group values as they are set out in The Volvo Way. The Volvo Way summarizes the values, the corporate culture and the basic principles that should guide us in our work. Our values summarize what we stand for and the focus we have. Much of what make us special, who we are compared to other companies, lies in the culture of the company. This document establishes the basic value of Respect for the Individual, which is the foundation necessary to build an inclusive and respectful work environment. It is upon this foundation that the Volvo Group Diversity Initiave is built.
We have decided to take our present graduate program one step further by introducing Volvo Group International Graduate Program So far, around 100 Volvo Group employees have taken part in the corporation-wide graduate program which started in 2003 in Sweden. The idea is to recruit graduates from university for a permanent full time employment at Volvo. During the first year of their employment, the participants get to create networks that cross company boundaries and allow them to learn from each other’s knowledge and experiences. This is done through job rotation and project missions at different departments and companies in the group, internship abroad, and through training sessions with other members of the program. Starting in March 2008, Volvo Group is introducing a new international program that will replace the existing program. This program resembles the previous one in containing intense practice at the Volvo Group companies around the world in order for the participants to get a holistic view of the group and its business. The main difference is that we will recruit participants in countries around the world. They will come together in common training sessions and participation in common projects. The second international program will start in September 2008. In this program, the following companies will be taking part: Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses, Volvo Penta, Asia Truck Operations, Volvo Powertrain, Volvo 3P, Volvo Parts, Volvo IT and Volvo Logistics. We will be recruiting participants in the following countries: China, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, and USA.
Career Opportunities
The Volvo Group-companies offer a wide range of internship positions for students each year –notably in such areas as product development, production, finance and administration.

Internships allow students to gain exposure to Volvo’s organizational culture and open the possibilities of a full-time position upon graduation. The Volvo Group typically offers internship opportunities during the holidays or summer months.

Many Volvo Group companies have different co-operations with local schools and Universities and offer internships during the school semesters. The idea with the internship is to complement the education with some relevant work experience to learn and develop skills in specific business areas and at the same time explore career options.

The Volvo Group selects students based upon the company needs, the needs of the students, and the degree to which they will benefit from each other.

Depending on what specific country you are interested in and the education you are undertaking, the procedure for applying and the prerequisites may be different, so please explore our website to see what we have to offer in your country of choice.

Under Testimonials you can meet some of our interns who give their views and share their experiences of doing an internship within the Volvo Group.
Vision and Mission
Our mission
By creating value for our customers, we create value for our shareholders. We use our expertise to create transport-related products and services of superior quality, safety and environmental care for demanding customers in selected segments. We work with energy, passion and respect for the individual.

Our vision
The Volvo Group’s vision is to be valued as the world’s leading supplier of commercial transport solutions.
Employee Testimonials
Meghan, Organizational Development
1. How did you come to join the Volvo Group?
In 1992 I started to work part-time for Volvo Aero Services, formally The AGES Group as a traffic assistant.

2. Tell us about your current role and its main responsibilities.
I am a Senior Manager of Organizational Development with two main roles. My team supports the business areas to understand their system needs and assisting IT to develop, test and train the end users. My other role is with Operational Development (OD) as an OD Coordinator and Internal Consultant (IC) which was recently launched in 2007.

3. Have you had other roles and assignments in the Group?
Since 1992, I’ve worked in Logistics, Legal, Process Management and IT.

What would you like to do in the future in the Group?
I enjoy working with process improvements, managing personnel and project management.

4. How would you describe the culture of Volvo Group? ( i.e. what do you think is distinctive about how we do things in Volvo Group ?)
Through OD and Six Sigma training, I’ve had opportunities to work with other employees within the Volvo Group. My experience has been that people are interested in making the company better. I’ve also observed that Volvo employees tend to be good at planning and there is always a high level of respect for colleagues.

5. Why do you think someone should consider working for a Volvo Group company?
Volvo cares about their employees; having young children I’ve been fortunate to have a nice balance between my family and work life. Another benefit is that Volvo is a large organization with many opportunities to work in various roles and locations.

Stephen, District Parts Manager
1. How did you come to join the Volvo Group?
I began working as a contract employee for VTNA in the Aftermarket Pricing Department as an Analyst. I really enjoyed the challenge of the position and a few months later offered a full-time position.

2. Tell us about your current role and its main responsibilities.
I was hired as a District Parts Manager trainee. The program was designed to have a DPM ready to go when any of the other DPM's retired. This trainee position involved intense training classes, working in the parts department of dealerships for days at a time (parts counter, warehouse, etc.) and traveling with current DPM's. I worked as a trainee for just over a year before I had my own district. Luckily for me, my predecessor gave 6 months notice and it allowed me to travel with him and learn so much more about the business and my future district.

The main responsibilities are calling on Parts Managers at 19 Mack/Volvo Trucks dealerships in the Southeast United States. I am the liaison between corporate and the dealerships.

3. Have you had other her roles and assignments in the Group? What would you like to do in the future in the Group?
The only other role I had was the Aftermarket Parts Analyst. I would like to work the rest of my career with the Volvo Group. As far as future roles, that will be on down the road as I enjoy my current position.

4. How would you describe the culture of Volvo Group? ( i.e. what do you think is distinctive about how we do things in Volvo Group ?)
Everyone works together for one common goal. That is to satisfy our customers/dealers and keep our trucks on the road. If the field reps do not have the proper support we need from corporate, it makes our brand name suffer. The quicker the dealership can get a truck up and running, the happier the end customer is with our brand. Therefore, the customer is likely to trust and purchase the brand in the future. Customers come first!

5. Why do you think someone should consider working for a Volvo Group company?
The Volvo Group is world renown for their products. Volvo Group currently has 90,000+ employees and continues to grow. There are so many opportunities for advancement with a presence in emerging markets, customers in 180 countries and 19 companies within the Volvo Group. The sky is the limit for the Volvo Group!
Graduate Programs
For many years the Volvo Group has run graduate programs for new graduates. The aim is to give these highly qualified new recruits a broad over view of our company and provide a number of tools in order to give them a good start in their career.

In addition to the Volvo Group International Graduate Program the following Volvo Group-companies currently offer separate Graduate Programs: Volvo Aero, Volvo Construction Equipment International Graduate Program and Volvo Trucks Development Program
Society involvement
Volvo is often one of the major employers in the communities where our production and development sites are located. And therefore a natural and important part of the society.

Together with local authorities and citizens we try to contribute to a positive local development. The decentralized structure of Volvo is also demonstrated by a high degree of freedom for local initiatives.
Long term sponsorships
Sport and culture have been the focus of the Volvo Group’s sponsorship since the 1970s.

The activities that the Volvo Group chooses to sponsor have points of reference with our customer groups. The goal of sponsorship is to create deeper relationships with our customers and to strengthen the Volvo Group’s brand.

Volvo currently has a couple of long-term sponsorship commitments: Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo golf tournaments and cultural events such as Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Göteborg Opera.

In addition, Renault Trucks sponsors The Olympique Lyonnais soccer team
The compensation and benefits policy of Volvo Group is in line with the basic values and ethical standards that are set out in The Volvo Way. The compensation and benefits that we offer in our companies around the world are intended to help us to secure the talent we need to realize the Group's vision and business objectives.

This means that in setting salaries we place particular value on performance, and capability and on the commitment of individuals to continual development -- as reflected in particular in their educational qualifications and in the range and complexity of the responsibilities they are prepared to take on.

The nature of our business also means that we put emphasis on people’s willingness and ability to change, to take opportunities for internal mobility or for international work -- and also on their leadership abilities.

We also offer a number of attractive benefits that are specific to different countries in which we work.

You can find more information on them in the country-specific sites