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AAK Mariana Mocanu

Strategic Accounts – Sales Executive

AAK HQ, Sweden

Mariana Mocanu

Where were you a trainee?
I was a commercial trainee in Business Development and Marketing at the head office, in Malmö, Sweden.

What made you apply for a role with AAK?
My interest in the food industry and AAK’s global footprint. The company's international culture and the mindset of growing together ethically, convinced me that this could be a great place to work.

What does a typical day at AAK look like?
Every day is different at AAK and it feels great! A key part of my trainee role was to work with our AAK strategic company program called The AAK Way where I was accountable for forecasting, tracking and reporting on the program KPIs. I was also accountable for the internal communications about the program to all our colleagues globally.

What was your biggest professional challenge?
The transition from being a student to a professional.

What would be your best advice to trainees looking for a good start to their careers?
Be curious and dare to explore new paths; this is how you learn, this is how you grow.

What are your interests?
Various activities which bring me a positive energy/mood such as sports, dancing and traveling.

What is the coolest thing you have done?
Swimming in a cave on Ko Mook island, Thailand without being an experienced swimmer.

What do you always carry with you – and why?
A picture of my family and my phone, to stay connected and to easily be reached, and reach people.

Meet other present and past trainees

Marianne, Deputy Plant Manager, UK

For Marianne, applying to the Trainee Program felt obvious after having done her Master’s thesis research at AAK in Zaandijk. "It is quite a big company but it still has a family feel to it."

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.

Johanna, Buyer, the Netherlands

"Regardless if you apply at AAK or not, a trainee program is an amazing way to get to know a company, learn to network and expand your strategic thinking."