Niclas Mattsson started out in the Nordic Finance Graduate Program in 2010. In his current position as Regional Planning Coordinator at CSC Sweden, he is in charge of his own agenda – and enjoys the support of CSC's global armada of experts.
Why did you choose CSC?
After my degree at Stockholm University I struggled a bit about what I really wanted to do. My main goal was to search for a trainee or graduate program. I did see an ad for CSC Graduate Program, which sounded interesting with various tasks and great possibilities. I then started to investigate and read about CSC. Coincidentally CSC was positively mentioned in the Swedish press at that time due to its award ”Guldnappen” – a price for parental friendly companies. I applied for the program and was invited to an interview, which increased my hopes and wishes for being part of CSC. A key reason for why I saw CSC as an attractive company was the values, which I could identify myself with.
What do you work with on a daily basis?
I work in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), which is a department of Finance that mainly works with inter-finance communication. Our work is to ensure processes are followed and we meet the guidelines and deadlines set by Corporate Finance. We are driving processes to ensure budgeting and forecasting is done in time. My role is also to work as a bridge between Corporate FP&A and the Nordic FP&A to address potential problems and provide input. Much of my work is to talk with Finance Managers and Business Partners (former Business Controllers) to ensure they ask the business for input in time in order for the region to meet deadlines. A part of my responsibility is to provide a schedule for Nordic use and ensure we can deliver in time.
How has your journey within CSC developed?
As mentioned above I started in March 2010 as a graduate. The program was within Finance and designed in the way that we spend a couple of months in each area within finance (procurement, account receivable, accounts payable, treasury, pricing and FP&A). After the first year I started working as Junior Budget Controller and was assisted by a senior business controller. Here I supported accounts in the manufacturing vertical.
Recently, I moved to Financial Planning and Analysis and was assigned as Regional Planning Coordinator for Nordics.
How do you foresee your future?
I feel comfortable in CSC and can see there is a lot of potential development for myself within the company. The best thing about working in CSC is it’s a global company and has a regional understanding for its employees. I experience there is a good work-life balance.
For the future I see potential opportunities to work abroad on either global or regional projects, which I find very motivating. As a foundation for this desire I participated in leadership courses that I believe tells CSC see the potential in me and supports my ambitions to excel and develop.