Sara Engström

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About Sara Engström

Sara studied Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and has a B.Sc. in Political Science from Uppsala University and an M.Sc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

“I became very interested in sustainability during my first degree and on my masters course I found out more about the important role the energy sector can play. My internship was with a consultancy which focused on energy policy and transition, but I was keen to get involved at a more hands on level when I started work.

Vattenfall’s mission-driven environmental goal really resonated with me. I did have another attractive job offer but I believed working at Vattenfall would give me the opportunity to have a much greater impact.

Supportive network

I found the trainee programme very interesting with plenty of development opportunities and a supportive manager. The group of trainees I started with also formed a close bond which means I now have a network across many different parts of the company. As part of the traineeship you get to choose to carry out assignments anywhere in the group which is a great opportunity to experience a different business area or country.

The supply chain project I am now involved in will help Vattenfall scale up in areas such as eMobility, which are vital to the fossil-free mission. Having the most efficient logistics systems in place means we can react to the very rapid increase in demand there will be for things like EV charging stations.

My role is an interesting mix of working closely with colleagues within the business across areas including operations, legal and finance, but also with external suppliers across the world.

I love living in Berlin but I grew up in the countryside in a tiny village on the Swedish coast, so getting away from the city into the outdoors is how I relax  – whether its horse riding, hiking or mountain biking.”

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Career path

I’m working with a team which is developing a centralised, data-driven supply chain for eMobility and decentralised solar. It’s an interesting mix of working with people from across Vattenfall but also external suppliers. I also feel my work is directly contributing to Vattenfall’s mission as efficient supply chains will be vital for us to remain competitive in areas which will have a major role to play in helping people live fossil-free lives.
As part of my traineeship I supported the implementation of a supply chain for the New Energy Solutions business which is a relatively new part of Vattenfall. I also got the opportunity to spend six weeks with the sustainability team exploring the upstream supply chain for lithium ion batteries.
My Erasmus exchange in France coincided with the COP21 climate summit. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) held a competition for universities and I was responsible for trying to engage students on social media at Sciences Po institute in Paris. It was a great experience and we managed to mobilise 400 people to sign up to WWF’s platform, an achievement that contributed to winning the competition.