18 Feb 2015, 0:00 CET

An Ordinary Day as a Business Intelligence Trainee - Maija Bigestans

Business intelligence is traditionally described as “the transformation of raw data into meaningful and useful information for business analysis purposes”, which says everything and nothing about what I do. The business intelligence function lies within the department of communication and sustainability at BillerudKorsnäs. My boss, Henrik, has the attitude that “you will learn while doing”, which has led to me getting included in projects, meetings, presentations and much more, all around the department.

Since the day I arrived here in Solna I have done everything from taking part in sustainability projects to market research compilations as well as learning and driving different business intelligence tools.It probably sounds cliché, but I really cannot say what an ordinary day as a trainee within business intelligence at BillerudKorsnäs is. But if I am going to try anyway, it would be something like this;

Walking in at 8:30 and complaining to Ronja in the reception about how crowded the trains are in the morning. Turning on my computer to have a look at my “to do”- list, which looks like it should go fast; compile an overview on competitor figures, call one of our suppliers to discuss a subscription and read through the news flow. But before I get started, Henrik calls and says something like “In 30 min I have a meeting with a guy that I think you should meet”, it could be a meeting with someone who has 40 years of experience in this industry to discuss the potential of a new project or maybe it is a meeting with someone who works with sustainability questions where paper packaging could make a difference. The “to do”- list will have to wait.

After the meeting I open my list again, but just as I am about to start someone from one of the business areas calls and wonder if I can help out with a market sizing question; How many packages, regardless the material, is being sold for this type of usage? Or maybe someone else comes over to ask if we have any information of a mill or any recent data on development of a market in a certain sector. I start scanning the report library and databases to see what I can find out.

After lunch Henrik asks me to check out a couple of organizations that work with environmental questions, describing what they do, why they do it, and if it is in line with BillerudKorsnäs sustainability commitment. I have also promised to help out with a photo shoot for this year’s annual review. Later on, I have a meeting with a supplier to set up another inbox in one of our business intelligence tool. We have another area we want to cover, and the meeting will be me, people within the company who knows that area properly and the supplier, to discuss what we need to watch and how to do it.

In the end of the day I realize that the “to do”-list still has not been taken care of, but my schedule for tomorrow looks empty so it should be fine. Then again, my schedule was supposed to be empty today as well. I could not be happier that this is what an ordinary day is for me.