Careers In Focus: Interview with Alfie Ryder, Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice
Image..What better way to get to know what it is like to work with a company, than hearing it from the employees themselves? We have inspiring colleagues in over 60 countries around the world and we aim to give you a real insight into working life at Essity by sharing some of their stories. Careers in Focus highlights employees’ career journeys and what they find meaningful in their work.
Fourth year of successful GO! Program commences
For the fourth time SCA looks to attract the best and the brightest graduates for positions in 18 countries through the SCA’s GO! (Graduate Onboarding) Program. Want to work in an exciting international environment? Apply now!
Webinar: The Heart of Leadership – with Magnus Groth
SCA’s leadership style was recently profiled in a webinar targeting students and young professionals around the world. During the event, Magnus Groth, SCA's President & CEO discussed why there was such a strong drive to ensure all employees within the company reach their full potential and also shared some of the more unusual aspects of his journey to becoming the leader he is today.
The SCA Global Safety Week 2016
This week is Global Safety Week at SCA – a week to raise awareness of safe working practices and SCA’s ‘safety first’ culture.
‘Awesome Period’ and ‘Toilet Paper of the Future’ win first prize in this year’s University Challenge
An innovative solution for the future of toilet paper and an original marketing campaign around menstruation was the focus in this year’s University Challenge.
SCA listed among Top 20 “Super Companies to Work For” ranking in Mexico and Central America
Image.. SCA listed among Top 20 “Super Companies to Work For” ranking in Mexico and Central America. This is the third consecutive year SCA has earned this recognition.
SCA best in the industry, Swedish students say
Swedish students have chosen SCA as the best company in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry as well as in the Forest Industry. This is the result of this year's student survey FöretagsBarometern, run by employer branding company Universum.
SCA is now an ESSEC Premium Partner
SCA is now an ESSEC Premium Partner: A great reward for SCA’s sales, marketing and supply ambassadors and their commitment to students!
“SCA GO! Program provided me with my first real job.”
Image.. Upon my graduation from Linköping University with a degree in business administration, new and exciting opportunities began to unfold when the leading global hygiene and forest products company, SCA, was searching for newly qualified economists for its two-year SCA GO! Program.
“It was an excellent way for me to start working at the company. There is a clear development plan and employees are expected to pursue their own development paths,” explains Sales Representative, Paulina Hammerö.
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“SCA is a business that lives and breathes sustainability and doesn’t just talk about it”
With Hygienic products such as Tempo, Zewa, Tork and Tena, the employees at SCA makes life easier for people across the globe.
SCA Offers “Life-Inspiring” Internships
SCA is now regularly offering internships to university students globally. The new initiative, Life Inspiring Internships, will be offered in a wide variety of areas, such as sales, marketing, controlling and manufacturing. Students will be supported by great professionals, passionate about what they are doing.
SCA ranked among top 100 most attractive employers among IT Professionals
The most attractive employers in Sweden are ranked every year in a survey called KarriärBarometern and IT in SCA is represented this year in the top 100!
SCA Every Day: 3 Countries 3 Events
October and November are eventful months for Life Inspiring Career activities. We are proud of our hard working colleagues who have been busy attending career fairs, joining guest lectures and participating in speaking engagements. We have met thousands of enthusiastic and engaged students around the world.
Aging friendly workplaces
As people grow older, they commonly experience physical issues that can result in absences from work. SCA regularly conducts analyses of upcoming demographic challenges and generational shifts.
Life inspiring careers at SCA – Developing Talent for a Skilled Workforce
Skilled employees are essential to our success and it is vital that we in the future can rely on a skilled workforce at all our sites. Given the aging workforce in some of our key geographies across Europe this requires new strategic planning. Technical apprenticeships are a promising means of developing our own talent!
3 minutes with Benny Wong, Commercial Director – Singapore, Indonesia & Philippines
Benny Wong has assumed different sales and management responsibilities with SCA over the last 10 years, and is currently SCA’s Commercial Director for Singapore, Indonesia & Philippines. Meet Benny in this 3-minute interview.
Successful webinar joined 160 people to learn more about SCA
More than 800 students from 11 countries around the world signed up for a webinar that SCA arranged recently. We shared insights what it’s like working for SCA and told you about our exciting graduate program, SCA GO! Program.
SCA employee winners share their Newport experience
Throughout our participation in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, SCA has been engaging all employees in the Race through competitions and events like the Inspiring Employee Award and other initiatives. During the stopover in Newport, RI, USA, it was time to welcome the winners of these initiatives from the Americas to the Race Village. They are now sharing that great experience!
Graduate Engineer Simon is on an international assignment in India
Simon Tallnäs is a Graduate Engineer in the SCA GO! Program working within the technology function. He is usually located in Sweden, but is currently on an assignment in India where he is involved in the start-up activities of open diaper production in the country. In his role he works with colleagues from every part of the organization and says he gets to challenge his own competences every day.
SCA GO! Program Engineer Breanna Cornell’s exciting adventures on and off the job
Breanna Cornell is a recent college graduate and talented engineer working in a paper mill at SCA’s location near Muscle Shoals, Alabama, US. She enjoys her job because she’s being exposed to new challenges all the time and – as she says – she’s always learning. In her spare time, Breanna runs ultramarathons and is training to run an uphill race through the deserts of California.
Apply to the SCA GO! Program – onboarding for graduates
Interested in a Life Inspiring career in Sales, Marketing, R&D or Product Supply after your graduation? SCA´s GO! Program gives newly graduated students a chance to get their first job. The program was developed in line with SCA’s global employer attractiveness concept – Life Inspiring Careers – to make sure that we keep attracting the right employees to meet the needs of the future.
SCA in North America celebrates Earth Day!
Care for people and nature are absolutely central to SCA's way of working. Environmental concern is of utmost importance to us and is at the heart of everything we do. Each year on Earth Day, April 22, SCA employees in North America are encouraged to focus on service projects that help preserve the environment and strengthen the communities where they live, work and serve. Several examples from around North America demonstrate that employees are as committed as ever to sustainability!
SCA GO! Programmer Ikram blogs about her daily work life at SCA
Ikram Fouad has been working at SCA for almost one year and is part of the SCA GO! Program in Sales & Marketing. She enjoys her job because she gets to deal with a variety of different tasks and come in contact with many of the departments within SCA. Discover more about her story!
Follow our blog ‘Life at SCA’
In a big global company such as SCA, with over 44,000 employees and presence in over 60 countries, there are many different opportunities and countless careers paths to explore in exciting areas. But, what do some of these roles really entail? And, what is life at SCA actually like? Become a follower of our career blog and find out!
Involving the whole you
For many of us, the two biggest areas in our lives are family and work. For SCA, caring for our employees and acknowledging the importance of family and relationships, as well as other interests outside of the working environment is essential. We are constantly working towards work-life equilibrium for our employees, caring for the importance of family-life. After all, our employees’ children may very well be our product developers, technicians, or sales directors of the future!
Health & Wellness at SCA
Keeping fit, both mentally and emotionally, is important. By looking after employees' physical and mental health, organizations will benefit from increased productivity and reduced absence. But even more valuable than that is having a healthy, happy team, which is why at SCA we care for our employees. We strive to create a healthy work situation and an environment that empowers a sustainable and fun working life.
Inspiring Internship at SCA – Ines Ballano
At SCA we are on the lookout for university students searching for inspiring internships to support their studies. Gaining that valuable working experience during your studies could be a great asset when heading out on today’s competitive job market, and who knows, it might also be the beginning of an exciting career at SCA! Meet Ines Ballano, a product Development and Process Engineering student from the University of Zaragoza and Les Arts et Métiers ParisTech in France. She is in the last year of her studies and has recently finished a two and a half month internship at SCA. This is her experience.
Life Inspiring Careers - Winning the business by attracting the right people
Team SCA, the all-female crew participating in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race has reached Abu Dhabi. This is the third stopover in this ten stopover, nine month journey. As part of this exciting journey SCA employees are able to apply to be hosts at the stopovers. Now the SCA employees working at the Abu Dhabi stopover are welcoming visitors to our SCA pavilion where we have a range of activities for customers and other stakeholders. In the MEIA region (Middle East, India and Africa), our ambition is to rapidly grow our presence and build strong positions in future growth markets. As a truly international company offering globally recognized brands, SCA can offer exciting international career opportunities in the region. Attracting the right people and building strong teams are key factors to be competitive and meet our targets.
Meet our SCA GO! Program Graduates
SCA GO! Program is our onboarding program that gives newly graduated students a chance to get their first job. Developed in line with our Life Inspiring Careers concept it includes onboarding, work on challenging projects and network meetings, which helps Graduates to get integrated into SCA, have training on selected topics and build their own network. Since the end of 2013, 32 engineering graduates were welcomed to the program. Now 18 more graduates, this time from sales and marketing, have also joined.
The dynamic environments of SCA
At SCA we always strive to be innovative and embrace new ways of thinking, so as you would expect, there are a lot of exciting things going on! Working in a global organization like SCA demands excellent collaboration between people from different parts of the SCA world. At SCA you should not be surprised to find yourself working together with colleagues from many different parts of our global family.
Meet our student winners in Alicante
Inspired by Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race, SCA asked some universities to help us find a solution to keep toilet paper dry in a boat whilst at sea. The winning contribution was developed by five students at ENSAM University in Paris. As part of the prize, they attended the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain.
Our Inspiring Employees
At SCA, we are passionate about helping people and making a difference in their everyday lives, just as we are passionate about our employees. Earlier this year we kicked off a series of employee activities related to SCA’s participation in the Volvo Ocean Race with the “Inspiring Employee Award”.
SCA employees went to sea!
This summer SCA employees from all over the world participated in the ÅF Offshore Race in Sweden. Following last year's participation the interest to once again take the opportunity to compete in this classic ocean race around the Swedish island of Gotland remained strong.14 participants were selected to represent the company. SCA entered with two boats, one male and one female.
Students develop Waterproof Dispenser for SCA
Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race, SCA challenged students at selected Universities to keep toilet paper dry in very wet environments. A prototype of the winning team’s waterproof dispenser is now ready.
GO! Program attracts newly graduated talents to SCA
GO! Program is SCA’s onboarding program that gives newly graduated students a chance to get their very first job. The program was developed in line with SCA’s global employer attractiveness concept – Life Inspiring Careers – to make sure that we keep attracting the right employees to meet the needs of the future.
From trainee to Resource Planner
Kristin Olofsson started in SCA with a trainee program in Sundsvall, Sweden. This is her story.
Training caregivers in China
As we get older, our healthcare needs change. In China the population is aging rapidly and family members who care for elderly relatives find themselves in need of support and education.
Lewis Rowell’s take on his apprenticeship at SCA
Who isn’t looking for talented people? In a performance-driven company like ours, exceptionally skilled employees are essential in helping us achieve results. We don’t just believe in finding the right people, we believe in nourishing those who have potential and helping them grow. And our apprenticeship programs help us do just that.
Life as an expat
A lot of people dream of having an international career. When you work with us, that dream could very well come true. The opportunities are plentiful; you just have to keep your eyes open and dare to take that big step towards life as an expat. Ingolf Braun is one of our employees who‘s truly embraced the expat lifestyle and all that comes with it.
Career fairs and what students think
When was the last time you were at a career fair? With all those booths and all the people, how did you decide which company to check out? For companies like us, attracting talent is important, which is why when we go to career fairs we try to stand out from the crowd and give the right impression – one that really reflects our values and who we are.
SCA supports the Million Tree Project
As part of last year's sustainability initiative we became involved in the Shanghai Roots and Shoots Million Trees* project, a campaign which aims to reforest a desert area of Inner Mongolia by 2014. Read on to find out more about our involvement.
Student’s innovation could keep toilet paper dry in the Volvo Ocean Race
We asked six universities to help us keep toilet paper dry during the Volvo Ocean Race. A winning team has now been picked and will go to Alicante in October 2014 to see Team SCA begin their nine-month sailing journey around the world. The students come from the French University ENSAM Arts et Métiers Paris Tech, and we took the chance to have a chat with them!
A career on the move
Keeping the passion and excitement alive in your job year after year can be tricky; after all, even the most fun job can become routine. But what if you have a job that lets you explore new cultures and meet new challenges while keeping your career in the same company? Working abroad could very well be the solution! Andrea Merz is one of our employees who decided to take the leap and pursue an international career. Discover more about her story.
Meet Chatrine Stridfeldt a Senior Scientist at SCA in Gothenburg, Sweden
For a company like SCA research and product development is very important. I had a chat with Chatrine Stridfeldt, a Senior Scientist in the research center in Gothenburg, about her job and why she likes it so much. Find out what she has to say about working in the field of skin health and comfort, and just how significant this is in our day-to-day lives.
Dedication to the cause – One woman's battle against desertification
Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program is an important part of our business. Each year we're surprised at the difference we can make to our communities and the environment. Even so, once in a while someone exceptional comes along and blows us away with their passion and dedication to making the world a better place.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do
Care for people and nature are absolutely central to SCA's way of working. With roots in the Swedish forest, environmental concern is of utmost importance to us, see some examples of how here.
Combining high performance and being a parent
For many of us, the two biggest areas in our lives are family and work, but achieving the ideal of a good work-life balance, where you have time for your family and still are able to perform at work, can often be a challenge. At SCA we value our employees and want people to be able to perform well as both parents and employees. Åsa Trinkl, market development manager in our Munich office, and Ivan Tyurin, production leader in our Veniov factory, share with us what it has been like for them.
Meet Andy Huang, Product Safety Specialist in Shanghai
When producing hygiene products that are close to the skin and can make a big difference in people’s daily life, product safety is of great importance. To support this work, we have a Product Safety (PS) team with expertise in chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, and pharmacology (among others). And they are keen on meeting and exceeding the best procedures and standards in the industry.
Happy Families – Germany achieves a good work-life balance through child's play
The phrase “work-life balance” was first coined in the US in the mid-Eighties as a reaction to the heady Wall Street era, when sealing deals, smashing targets, and making pots of money sometimes took priority over everything else. Fiercely ambitious employees would neglect their families, ditch their friends, and regularly trade their home life for extra hours in the office, climbing the career ladder. Unsurprisingly, “burn-out” was also a much-used term during these years.
Do you relish the new and unexpected? Herma does.
Herma likes the unexpected; both in her daily job at HR in the Netherlands and when exploring Europe in a Land Rover with her husband. I had a chance to talk to this experienced colleague about work-life balance, the best parts of her work, and how she prefers to spend her day off.
Meet Lotus' leading lady – Elena Viviani
In 2012, SCA acquired Georgia-Pacific's European tissue business and with it Kunheim Mill, a tissue plant in Alsace on the French-German border. The site manager Elena Viviani is one of our female managers in tissue manufacturing and she told me about her job here at SCA.
Apprenticeships: Open the door to a life-long career
We are constantly searching for talented people to join our workforce. Through the ‘Life Inspiring Careers’ program, we’re looking for talented people who dare to think innovatively, have personal drive, embrace challenges and have the ability to solve problems together with others. Our aim is to make a difference every day and we’re looking for people who want to do that too. As part of this we use our in-house apprenticeships and training schemes to seek out the SCA stars of the future.
Why creativity in the workplace has never been more important
As the great artist Picasso once said, “every child is an artist, the problem is remaining one as we grow up.” The man had a point, why should we stop being creative just because we're adults? In the modern age of business, creativity in the workplace has never been more important.
Water Wise: Mexico plant leads the way in reducing our fresh water consumption
Covering more than 70% of the earth's surface, water is one of our most vital natural resources, so we really shouldn't waste it. As the pulp and paper industry needs to consume water, preserving and using it in the best way possible is something we take very seriously. Not only does it have environmental implications, wastage also increases costs and is often unfeasible in drier countries.
Check out some of our sustainability initiatives
SCA has always taken sustainability seriously, it is at the core of everything that we do – be it community, energy, or the environment. From tackling the desertification of the Ningxia region of China to improving our employees’ work-life balance in Germany, here’s a mash up of some of recent sustainability initiatives.
Healthy body, healthy mind
For the third year running, the Veniov factory was host to the Health & Lifestyle program in August 2013. The series of events culminated in the popular annual Sports Day or Sochi. Along with the factory's employees, the event attracted colleagues from the Moscow office and pupils from the Dubovka boarding school.
The Wild World of the Forester: Then and Now
Things have certainly changed over the years in the world of forestry. Once considered a winter profession, forestry is now a year-round industry. While the work is still physical and the days are still long, modern technology has changed the way lumberjacks fell and transport trees.
Three, Two, One and GO! –Securing your first graduate role
Taking the first step onto the career ladder after university is a pretty big deal. Long gone are the days of endless free time, a subsidized social life, and lengthy summer holidays. On the other hand, you can also say farewell to exams, a pitiful allowance, and a diet of cheap noodles.
Nana's collaboration with Christian Lacroix
Nana, our leading feminine hygiene brand in France, has teamed up with prestigious fashion designer, Christian Lacroix, to produce a series of beautiful tins for women.
ÅF Offshore Race – We went sailing!
In June/July, SCA participated in Scandinavia’s biggest offshore sailing race – ÅF Offshore Race. Our crew consisted of 17 men and women from different areas of the company who battled, with the help of professional coaches, the Baltic Sea in a 600-kilometer race around the island of Gotland and back.
One year on – My first year at SCA
With six years of recruiting experience under her belt, Vanessa joined the HR department in Philadelphia last September. I recently had the chance to speak to her and learn about her first year with the company.
Truly, Madly, Global – The benefits of being part of a global organization
As an established multinational company, our global network stretches all around the world. As you can imagine, communication between a structure of this magnitude takes some serious organization.
Meet the family – Our employees are our best advert
If it's a fast-paced career with a forward-thinking team you're after, listen to what our employees have to say.
Tell us about your dream job and win a GoPro camera!
Did you know the average person will spend at least 40 years in the workplace? Now forty years is a very long time to spend in the wrong career, so it's important that you make the right choice.
Gone with the Wind – harnessing the power of wind
As Lord Kelvin, the great physicist wisely observed back in 1881, there will come a time when man must move his focus from the earth to the air when it comes to sourcing energy. More than 130 years later and it seems that he was spot on, as wind power takes center stage in the global energy scene. Plentiful and renewable, wind power is proving to be an ultimate sustainability player.
We are sailing! – Team SCA takes part in the world's greatest yacht race
After the roaring success of the 2012 London Olympics, isn't it about time we got behind another great sporting event? Well get your flags ready because Team SCA is taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the ultimate round the world yacht race.
Leaders of the Pack
Which teachers do you remember from school? Is it Miss Whatshername, the teacher who sat knitting while her pupils copied out paragraphs from Romeo and Juliet? Or was it Mr. Jackson, who blazed in, pushed back the desks and got every single class member involved in bringing Shakespeare to life?
88 years old for a day
Many consumers of SCA products are much older than the average SCA employee. The age suit gives a unique opportunity for younger people to discover what old age feels like. The hope is that this will provide valuable knowledge as a background for product development, product design and packaging design. Externally, SCA uses the suit to enhance understanding of the needs of elderly consumers in customer segments such as retail, assisted living, hospitals and home help services.
SCA improves health on the streets, one step at a time
Now Spring has finally sprung, let's shed our winter cloaks, switch off the heating and enjoy some well-earned sunshine. When you're homeless, the arrival of spring is even more momentous. Imagine sleeping outside when it's minus 5 with little more than the shirt on your back. It sounds pretty nasty, right? But that's the cold, harsh reality of spending winter on the streets.
The Rise of the Guardians
We might be young and sprightly now, but let’s face it, we’re all going to get old one day. And as there’s been a massive increase in longevity across the globe, it seems like we’ll be getting even older! With advancing years comes advancing needs, and who wouldn’t want to be treated with dignity while receiving the proper care?
Ready, set, GO!
You’re at the starting line of a race along with all the other engineering graduates from universities across the globe. It’s 2013, and this is your year of opportunity. Ready, set, GO! You begin your marathon in search of a sustainable and lifelong career with a modern and progressive company.
From intern to manager
At SCA, our people are our greatest asset. Meet Anne who started with us as an intern and is now living the life with a fast-paced international career as our Continuous Improvement Manager.