Working in a transforming company

Stora Enso is in the middle of a significant transformation. Our company is aiming to evolve from a traditional paper and board producer to a renewable materials growth company. Drivers for this transformation are a strong focus on customers and new innovation approaches, which will enable us to better respond to market trends and customer requirements...

Sounds great, doesn’t it? The future of our company surely seems bright if we manage to achieve this transformation. But what does it mean for me and my colleagues to work at Stora Enso in the middle of this transformation, and - more importantly - what would it mean for you, a prospective future colleague? Having held three different positions with the company since I joined some three years ago, I want to share some of the experiences I have had. If you are looking for a smooth and stable ride with a well-defined, clearly articulated role and responsibilities, you might want to look elsewhere. The fast-changing transformation that we are in the middle of will probably mean that your role will be a little unclear to start with, and that it will change over time. This can be a source of both frustration and inspiration; if you prefer a stable environment with clearly defined tasks and responsibilities, you are bound to bang your head against the wall. However, if you are eager to define your own role, comfortable with working in a changing environment and have a drive to be part of shaping the company of tomorrow, you will fit right in with us. Let’s be honest, things don’t always work great here. It isn’t a self-playing piano, and probably won’t be for some time. Frequently recurring reorganisations in recent years indicate that we are still trying to figure out how to do things in the new company that we are shaping. In my current role, I experience this every day. I am working with developing the working processes in our Sourcing function – a task which in itself means that I am at the centre of our transformation, moving the organisation towards a new and more efficient way of doing things. It isn’t easy though. It takes time and effort to achieve real change. However, if we want to stay relevant in the world of tomorrow, we need to change. A popular quote that I came across the other week reads, “Change has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again.” This does not apply only to Stora Enso, but to everyone, everywhere. So, whether we like it or not, change is happening all around us, and I argue that it is those of us, companies and individuals, who are best able to adapt to the changes around us, that are best suited to become successful in tomorrow’s world. And what place would be better to learn how to cope with change than a company in the middle of a large-scale transformation?

Björn Thelin

Business Intelligence Analyst​, Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm (Headquarter)

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