"The Young Professional program is an excellent transition into the early stages of your professional career."

- Joakim Gunstad

What is your background?
My background is primarily within the scope of IT and Marketing. I have previously worked with mobile applications and developing virtual agents, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and machine learning. I also have a master's degree in Strategic Marketing Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

What is your role?
As a Junior Application Manager for the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Platform, I am responsible for managing daily operations. A significant part of my responsibility is also to act as a liaison between IT and business, and to leverage business applications which would bring value both to the user and consumer.

What is the best part of working at Orkla?
The people and the general corporate culture at Orkla are assets that I value greatly. The people at Orkla consist of specialists within such a wide range of disciplines which is both inspiring and highly valuable. I would also like to highlight the great efforts that has been put into the graduate programs. There is a great deal of trust between colleagues at Orkla and you are quickly given responsibilities.

What is your career advice for others who wish to be a Young Professional?
The Young Professional program is an excellent transition into the early stages of your professional career. You will be introduced to an environment where you will be given the time and patience to adjust. The program consists of daily follow ups, mentoring, social events both at work and after, courses, certifications, and more. Your potential role is highly influenced by your own interests and the career path you wish to pursue.

What is different about Orkla compared to other companies, especially within the FMCG sector?
Orkla is built upon tradition and their brands are greatly ingrained into the Norwegian culture. There are several iconic brands which in many ways have defined the FMCG industry, as well as had an impact on several generations of consumers. Orkla is widely known for its great marketing. Combining this key differentiator with technology and innovation enables Orkla to sustain its competitive edge.

What is your favourite Orkla product, and why?
Smash! It is the complete combination of flavors which makes for a great product experience.