The DFDS Win23 strategy is based on the development of business areas that require a wide set of specific skills and expertise, and our success will depend on our ability to ensure that people with the skills, expertise and knowledge are available where and when needed.
This is nowhere more so than Gothenburg, where DFDS employs a total of 900 colleagues and operates six companies that each require special experience, skills and flexibility to adapt to quickly changing market demands.
During 2019, a local One DFDS project was started with the Extended Management Team for Sweden. The ambition was to find synergies through closer collaboration between the Swedish companies. One of the working groups focused on staffing and suggested that DFDS establishes a staffing and recruitment company in Gothenburg. In January, they presented it to the Executive Management Team.
“It is fantastic that what we in the working group put together now becomes reality. I think that collaboration across departments made the difference in this group and for DFDS in total. We have so many synergies that we can take advantage of, and this is the first step,” says David Wallgren, Manager Operation Shipping Logistics.
DFDS Professionals AB in Gothenburg will hire and recruit people with the expertise and experience needed in our industry, and ensure that all our ferry, logistics and terminal companies can draw on these resources when they need them.
“This will give us a flexibility that will distinguish us as a service company. Our customers can rely on us at all times. When business is requiring new skills to use new technologies in the best possible way for the benefit of our customers, we will have the people to do it. And when workload and volumes change quickly or dramatically (such as during the coronavirus pandemic), we will have the flexibility to adapt our workforce much more quickly than today, when we depend on external providers,” says Niklas Andersson, EVP and Head of the Logistics Division.
“At DFDS Professionals AB, they will know exactly what kind of people DFDS needs to ensure our growth in the future and maintain our reputation as a highly professional and reliable company. And with its cross-company operation, DFDS Professionals will lead to even more career opportunities across our companies.”
Niklas will be Chair of the new company, Karolina Landin, HR Director Nordics & Baltics, and Allan Toft Bertelsen, Division CFO, will be a board member.
The new company will be managed by Frederik Karlström, who will join DFDS on 2 November. Frederik has a long background within the recruitment industry as well as the experience of starting and built new companies.