Successful strategies and operational improvements don’t happen by accident. They result from the hard work of talented, motivated, and innovative forward thinkers.

Management Consulting at the cutting edge of technology

Ericsson Management Consulting – Strategic Programs Practice (SPP) has been working with the Ericsson Leadership Team to deliver breakthrough results in strategy and operational improvement across the Group since 2006. We have offices in Stockholm and Dallas, but our projects lead us to work across the globe.

Strategic Programs Practice

Expertise and value creation

We build expertise in four practice areas:

Mobilization and execution of major Group transformations.

A talent pool for future leaders

SPP also serves as a unique talent pool for future leaders at Ericsson.
Alumni include:

  • CEO Advisor
  • CFO of Business Line
  • Head of Strategy & Marketing in a Region
  • Head of Strategy & Portfolio at a Business Unit
  • Head of Group Function Business Excellence

Meet our people

Our team of 50 management consultants includes alumni from leading management consulting firms, as well as graduates from top universities and business schools. Meet some of them below:

Sabrina, Business Analyst

During my time here, I’ve been exposed to a great variety of projects and worked in many different teams. In each engagement I’ve developed in a specific way: in some I learned to master Excel and other “hard” skills; in others I learned about group dynamics and influencing stakeholders to maximize impact.

 

Sabrina

Education and previous experience

KTH Royal Institute of Technology: Master in Industrial Engineering and Management

How have you developed during your time at SPP?

During my time here, I’ve been exposed to a great variety of projects and worked in many different teams. In each engagement I’ve developed in a specific way: in some I learned to master Excel and other “hard” skills; in others I learned about group dynamics and influencing stakeholders to maximize impact. The greatest source of learning has actually been the clients themselves – seeing them work and interact in the corporate structure has taught me a lot about leadership and getting things done.

In which countries have you done assignments so far?

I got the opportunity to spend two months in Texas on an assignment with our SPP colleagues based in the Dallas office, where I experienced the stark cultural differences I think are important to have an appreciation for in a large multinational company like Ericsson. “Howdy” might work in Texas but definitely won’t in Tokyo.


Jingwei, Engagement Manager

Ericsson truly represents the cutting edge of technology. I have worked with everything from next generation mobile infrastructure, to cloud solutions, and even networked cars.

 

Jingwei

Education and previous experience

MIT Sloan School of Management: MBA; 4 years of previous experience at Bain in Boston and Shanghai

What do you think defines your role at Ericsson?

Ericsson truly represents the cutting edge of technology. I have worked with everything from next generation mobile infrastructure, to cloud solutions, and even networked cars.

What has been your most interesting project so far?

I was part of a project that investigated how to boost value in software services through value-based pricing. I got the opportunity to lead the client’s team through the process of transforming their pricing structure, which I think was a strong learning experience for me. Previously, I had led smaller SPP teams, but now I got to engage with a much broader set of personality types and work through roadblocks to make change happen. The new model is now being rolled out across Ericsson’s 10 regions, which is really satisfying.


Carl, Managing Principal, Head of Practice Corporate Finance and Development

I thought the idea of taking on some of the key challenges that Ericsson’s top management is facing, while working in a management consulting setting, was a really enticing prospect.

Carl

Education and previous experience

Stockholm School of Economics, 6 years of previous experience at Bain in Stockholm and San Francisco

What attracted you to SPP?

I thought the idea of taking on some of the key challenges that Ericsson’s top management is facing, while working in a management consulting setting, was a really enticing prospect. I also saw this as a great way to build a network across Ericsson and to experience the whole of Ericsson Group – both geographically as well as functionally. The journey so far has definitively delivered on my expectations and surprised me many times.

How have you seen the group evolve over the years?

SPP has grown from just a handful of gifted management consultants some 10 years ago, to become one of the largest in-house management consulting units globally with 50+ professionals. I believe that this is a testament to the value that SPP brings to the Ericsson Group. I have seen us deepen and broaden our relationships with Ericsson top management, develop in-house expertise and methodologies, and grow a talented and diverse team. All the while maintaining a unique and vibrant culture.


Life at SPP

Collaboration and diversity is at the heart of how we work

We believe that a group of high-energy consultants works best in a collaborative environment with strong diversity. Our consultants represent a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds, and numerous nationalities. Mutual respect and teamwork are our core tenets, while we maintain a highly meritocratic culture. All this while not forgetting to have fun along the way.

David, Head of SPP, says:
“At SPP we strive to consistently deliver the highest value to Ericsson and our clients, while maintaining a collaborative and fun environment.”

david

Visible impact through exposure to projects around the globe

We believe that working abroad provides a strong boost to a consultant’s personal and career development. Many of our consultants know this from their experience at SPP. Exposure to local cultures provides a hands-on understanding for the real business opportunities and challenges faced by regional offices – whether it's on a strategic transformation project in Shanghai, an operations project in São Paulo, or due diligence for a potential acquisition in Johannesburg.

Alexandra, an Ericsson Engagement Manager, says:
“One of the most satisfying elements of my job is that I am there to see the impact that my contribution has on the success of my client’s business – it’s very tangible.”

Alexandra

A talent pool with a track record of nurturing future leaders

We provide high impact training to our team in order to keep up to speed in a fast-paced work environment. Continuous feedback and guidance is provided by dedicated mentors to ensure our consultants get the most out of project experiences, and to ensure rapid professional and personal development. To help them achieve maximum impact, we work actively to expose our consultants to different clients in new geographies as soon as possible.

Rafael, Associate Principal, says: 
“The relationships with senior stakeholders that you build over time are long-lasting and very helpful as your career progresses either within SPP or in a line role. I almost feel like I have multiple mentors in many different parts of the organization now.”

 

Rafael
SPP at a glance

Your career

At SPP we want to provide the best opportunity for professional progression. Our career model is based on finding the right place for you to start, and then providing structured mentorship and feedback to allow you to develop your career.

At each stage it’s possible to do a rotation to a line role. This allows you to deepen your experience in a specific field, while strengthening relationships with your client base. In fact, most of the consultants that have moved on from SPP have found exciting and challenging line roles at Ericsson that match their drive and passion.

career model

What we are looking for

We are continuously looking to recruit exceptional individuals to all levels of our group.

We are looking for people with the energy and drive to engage with our clients and senior stakeholders. While we are not searching for candidates with a set profile or background, we look for strong traits of structured strategic thinking, analytical ability, and clarity of communication. Previous experience in technology and telecoms is beneficial but by no means a necessity.

Recent graduates

Recent graduates enter our Business Analyst program and receive extensive on-the-job training to get up and running quickly. Business analysts are staffed on a wide variety of projects, usually for a shorter period of time, to provide a well-rounded view early on.

recent graduates

MBA hires and experienced professionals

Experienced hires with a few years of work experience, as well as MBA hires as well as experienced professionals with a few years of work experience, usually enter at the consultant or engagement manager levels. Individuals with a longer track record within top-tier management consulting firms are encouraged to get in touch with us regarding associate principal or principal roles.

MBA

How to apply

To start the application process, we ask that you send your CV, cover letter, and university grades to us at: spp@ericsson.com

Once we have reviewed your application and determined that you will likely be a good fit for SPP, we will invite you to two to three successive rounds of interviews. Each interview round consists of two one-on-one interviews with different interviewers. If you are successful throughout these rounds, we will extend an offer to you.

We are continuously looking for talented people with a global mindset who want to be part of driving change no matter where it is needed!

What to expect

Interviews will usually be held at our offices in Stockholm and Dallas. International candidates may have one or more interviews by videoconferencing to limit the need for traveling. Each interview takes about one hour and consists of three parts: a personal fit interview, a case interview, and a Q&A discussion.

The personal fit interview is structured as a general discussion to understand your background, previous experience, and why you would like to join us at SPP. We will explore your leadership skills and the potential contribution you can make to our team. The key to this phase is to show that you understand what SPP and Ericsson do, and to convey your motivation for joining in a credible and structured way. We would encourage you to spend time to prepare for this phase.

After the personal fit discussion, each interviewer will give you a case interview. The case interview is to gauge your ability to logically structure and solve a problem, your analytical ability, and your judgment when it comes to making reasonable assumptions. See below for more advice on how to prepare for the case interview.

Case interviews are all about using your analytical skills and judgment to structure and solve a typical business problem. These may or may not be telecoms related, and will almost always include quantitative reasoning to arrive at an answer and final recommendation. Remember that clarity of communication throughout the case is just as important as the case solution itself. We encourage all candidates to spend time preparing for the case interviews. There are a number of good books on solving cases as well as sources freely available on the internet to help you along the way.

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