The controller trainee program - What is it and why is it so important for If?
The Controller trainee program is a programme providing the wide spectra from business and financial control. We aim to develop and improve Ifs controlling capabilities further and believe in finding talent in young professionals to start there adventure at If!
Name: Martina Arvestål
Title: Head of Corporate Financial Control
Background: Master in business and economics, starting my career in one of the “big 4” working as an auditor and for the last 12 years working at If in various roles.
Location: Bergshamra, Stockholm
What is the controller trainee program about?
It´s a programme providing the wide spectra from business and financial control within Ifs Business Areas to Corporate Control which offers a more holistic view.
What will a controller trainee do?
A controller trainee will work with both financial controlling and business controlling and there are more aspects combining the two areas than there are dividing them. You could say that the business controller is closer to the business and the financial controller is following the financial performance and the monthly reporting.
The trianees will perform analyses and gather insights to understand value creation, market trends, competitor environment and market position. You will develop efficient processes for planning, and will follow-up on monthly financial performance. They will also support selected strategic initiatives and business development projects. As people and culture is key they will contribute to a desirable working culture, best practices and knowledge sharing within the Controlling areas and for If as a whole.
Why are we starting up a program like this and why is it important for If to offer a trainee program within this area?
We aim to develop and improve Ifs controlling capabilities further and believe in finding talent in young professionals to whom we can offer a stimulating and challenging internal career.
What profiles are you looking for?
We are looking for talents with the right mindset. You should be driven, curious to learn and understand, have an analytical mindset, ability to take initiatives, be structured and take responsibility for your tasks. You have a masters degree in economics, industrial engineering with a focus on accounting, finance, controlling or business and management. If you are engaged in student activities or have studied abroad that contributes to what we are looking for.
What is your best advice for someone who consider applying for the controller trainee program?
Consider what factors that drive your motivation and engagement to be ready to describe them to us when you apply. I also encourage you to do some short research to try grasp what challenges lies within and ahead of the insurance industry.
Least but not last... how would you describe the culture at If?
We care for each other and encourage our employees be curious and set high value in performing with high quality. We believe when you do something you like and are around people you trust you can bring out the best in yourself.