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AAK Margarete Kerfers

Project Manager

AAK HQ, Sweden

Margarete Kerfers

When and where were you a trainee?
In 2016, I became a trainee based in Malmö, Sweden in the Business Development & Marketing Team for the Bakery segment. I still work in this team, now as project manager. 

What made you apply for a role with AAK?
During my master thesis I had worked with fats and oils, and I was very much attracted by the global environment to work in. Also, the trainee program sounded versatile and like there was a lot to learn, plus a lot of fun.

What does a typical day at AAK look like?
It is a balance of planning for your existing commitments, however the good thing is that you never (fully) know what will be on your desk each day.  It can range from working on a business case for a new product to be developed, looking into different markets’ development and strategy, working on presentations/tools to support our Sales and Customer Innovation Managers, to meeting my colleagues from Asia, Europe or the Americas online in virtual meetings.

What is/has been your biggest professional challenge?
The change of environment – going from a technical education (food technology) into the commercial work-field. This has been a great development area for me.  It has meant that I have had a lot of learning on how to deal with unknown areas and build my knowledge. A challenge that I am very happy for, as it made me grow!

What would be your best advice to trainees looking for a good start to their careers?
Dare to try and explore – you can learn everything if you are willing to listen and observe!

What are your interests?
Experimenting with food, doing sports (climbing, dancing, running), exploring places and cultures, be together with family and friends.

What is the coolest thing you have done?
A 3-day jungle hike in Costa Rica.

What do you always carry with you – and why?
A book and running shoes, good ways of relaxing when travelling short or long!

Meet other present and past trainees

Javier, Global Innovation Lead, Plant-based Foods, Sweden

Now a Global Innovation Lead, Plant-based Foods, Javier Gines started out as a trainee at AAK.

Daan, Strategic Account Manager, the Netherlands

“Give your full 100%, ask questions and enjoy the journey.” These are advices from Daan, who joined the AAK Trainee Program in 2012.