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Fredrik Palmer

Education: MSc. Industrial Engineering & Management, LiTH
Finished trainee program: June 2016
Roles within H&M: Currently Project Manager within Advanced Analytics & AI and before that I worked as PMO Business Operations Coordinator within IT Business Development

Why did you choose to apply to H&M and IT Trainee?

I applied to H&M for three main reasons; I identified with the H&M values, friends already working here highly recommended H&M as an employer and I found the retail sector very intriguing.

I choose to apply to the IT trainee program specifically because it allowed me to develop my IT knowledge while at the same time enhance my business sense. Working in the cross-section between business and IT is something I found truly valuable and it was an ideal way to start my career.

Why do you enjoy working at H&M and what do you do today?

First of all, H&M has a really great culture. Our values are more than text on the wall. H&M has a great belief in people and team-spirit. From the beginning, encouraging colleagues have believed in my capacity and I’ve been given great responsibility from the start.

Today as I work as a Project Manager within Advanced Analytics & AI. In Advanced Analytics & AI we use cutting edge technology to develop powerful algorithms that will contribute to improvements across the value chain, from assortment planning and logistics to sales.

What did you like the most with being a trainee at H&M?

The unique possibility to get hands-on experience from many parts within the organization during a limited time period. During the 10 months duration of the program I worked within Logistics, Finance, Sales and Business Change Management. I also got insight in our core business by working in our stores and warehouses.

What was the biggest surprise during the trainee program?

The biggest surprise during the trainee program was how truly helpful all the colleagues were - you can really feel the one team spirit. Being new at work, and rotating between different areas, will generate a lot of questions. I’m very grateful for having such helpful colleagues who answered my questions, which enabled me to learn a lot from the trainee program.

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