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International Trainee - R&D Engineer in Digital O&M

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International Trainee - R&D Engineer in Digital O&M

About the job

Now you can shape the path towards fossil free living. We're searching for 30 talented individuals to join us on our journey towards fossil free living. Individuals that challenge the way we think, lead us down new paths and contribute to solving the biggest challenge of humankind ‚Äď climate change. Is this you?

Become one of our 30 International Trainees at Vattenfall. Each of the trainee positions is unique, linked to a department within a specific business area and a working location. This means that each position has its own specific responsibilities, challenges and matching profile.

Next to your personal development in this unique position you will be enjoying one year of all we have to offer. Your trainee year will be filled with meet-ups with your international trainee team with likeminded individuals. You will be meeting up virtually to work on assignments and live during four seminar weeks where you will be visiting our power plants and growing your superpowers with a variety of trainings.

Your role as a Trainee - R&D Engineer in Digital O&M

Lifetime & Operation is part of the Wind R&D portfolio. The program supports Business Area (BA) Wind with questions regarding Operation and Maintenance, lifetime extension, operation in extreme conditions (such as cold climate) and measurement expertise. 

Your daily activities:

  • Identify the R&D needs of our stakeholders and support the development of custom-made solutions¬†

  • Contribute to ongoing R&D projects related to operation and maintenance (O&M) for wind energy¬†

  • Support the development of digital O&M which may include digital twins for our offshore and onshore wind assets or sensor based monitoring¬†

  • Testing solutions in our R&D laboratory

You will be part of R&D Infrastructure Laboratory and report to the recruiting manager Holger Ecke (Infrastructure Laboratory). Frequent interactions will be expected with the product owner of L&O program (Pauline Beltrando) for progress reporting and technical questions. Main receivers are colleagues from BA Wind, e.g. the Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) team and the Business Unit (BU) Onshore.

Working at R&D in itself is an opportunity for constant growth and competence development. Topics are varied and business dependent. Some projects need laboratory testing which is the opportunity to do hands-on work. 

We share knowledge openly and frequently within our team. There are opportunities for career development in the Wind portfolio, within R&D as well as within Vattenfall. 

Your profile

Who are you?

Whether you want a climate smarter career as an energy specialist, visionary manager or inspirational project  lead in the energy sector, we offer you these possibilities within the Trainee Programme.

As a Trainee - R&D Engineer in Digital O&M, you recognize yourself in the following:

  • You enjoy facilitating innovation processes and driving such processes from idea to implementation.

  • Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others are important to you.

  • You are a active learner and identify yourself as curious and interested in learning through experimentation. Thinking out of the box is what makes you thrive.

  • Some experience with digital monitoring and data analysis is an advantage as well as experience with algorithmic language and coding.

You are our ideal trainee if you are a recent graduate with an academic degree or you graduate before September 2023 within MSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Mechatronics Engineering or equivalent. You are fluent in English and knowledge of Swedish is a merit. You are willing to relocate for possible assignments throughout the organization. And of course, you identify yourself with our principles: active, open, positive and safe.

Location:¬†You will be working in the R&D unit infrastructure Laboratory and the position is located in¬†√Ąlvkarleby, Sweden

Additional information

What we offer you

Vattenfall International Trainee Programme is the kickstart of your career within Vattenfall. You will have the opportunity to develop your professional and personal skills over the course of a year. In the Trainee Programme you will take part in international workshops and site visits during the seminar weeks. You will have the opportunity to work abroad and get a good overview of our entire organization. Each position comes with a competitive salary and an excellent remuneration package. Read more about the elements of the Vattenfall International Trainee Programme here.

Our Organization

At Vattenfall you can free your superpowers! We are one of the European market leaders in the generation of renewable energy and are primarily active in Scandinavia, Germany, Denmark, UK and the Netherlands. We take our responsibility seriously and together we are making the change towards fossil freedom. Our goal is to enable a fossil-free living within one generation. We are a dynamic company with an international focus and a social face at the heart of society. Diversity and inclusion is in everything we do, read more about D&I within Vattenfall.

Application process

We welcome your application in English, including resume and cover letter via the application button on this page. Last day to apply is February 9th. Selection period starts after the application period is closed with online tests followed by interviews in March.  An assessment is also part of the recruitment process and will take place in April. The recruitment process will be finalized in May. The last step will be a pre-employment screening. Starting date of the Vattenfall International Trainee Programme will be September 4th 2023.

We look forward to your application!

We are hosting an online event on the 26th of January where the team managers, trainees from previous years and a programme manager will answer all of your questions about the application, role and programme content. You can read more on how to attend here. If your question is still not answered, please contact your responsible recruiter, Teri-Anne Brink at

Vattenfall is a critical part of Sweden’s infrastructure and as such subject to a number of specific rules and regulations, in example security protection, nuclear non-proliferation and export controls. For these reasons there is an approval process prior to employment for a large number of positions. In addition, if candidates have applied for positions which will give them access to sensitive information or secured premises they must undergo a security vetting process in accordance with the Swedish Security Protection Act.

About the company

Vattenfall is one of Europe’s largest producers and retailers of electricity and heat. Our main markets are Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the UK. The Vattenfall Group has approximately 20,000 employees. We have been electrifying industries, powering homes and transforming life through innovation for more than 100 years. We now want to make fossil free living possible within one generation and we are driving the transition to a sustainable energy system.

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