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People of Solita: Fredrik Hultmar, People & Culture, Dev unit

Annina Troberg

Published 01 Jun 2023

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Fredrik Hultmar is a family-oriented People Lead from Skellefteå who loves spending time with his granddaughters. He has some 25 years of experience in the IT industry and started his career as a developer in the late 90s. Since then, he has held various roles in development, system integration, and solution architecture, and for the past 15 years, he has also worked as a manager in various capacities. Fredrik has been with us at Solita for the past four years, and he is currently a part of building our new development unit in Sweden. We are happy to have Fredrik with us, and we asked him some questions about the new Dev team!

Tell us a bit more about the team! 

The initiative to start a dev team in Sweden came last year, and currently, we have five developers. We are a distributed team, with three of us actually based in Skellefteå. For us, the right expertise and the right personality are the most important factors, regardless of where you live. In Sweden, the unit is not that large, but we have 400 developers in Finland and more in other countries. We work across borders a lot; we see ourselves as one Solita, independent of the country. We collaborate on all projects regardless of where the client is located or where the numbers end up. This provides our clients with access to the right expertise, while it’s both fun and developmental for us as consultants.

What kind of person would thrive in the team? You should be curious, helpful, and caring. You must be willing to admit that you don’t know everything and not be afraid to ask for help when needed. It’s important to be unpretentious. We have a relaxed atmosphere here!

Who would absolutely not thrive?

Haha, if you’re a really self-centered person whose main focus is to make yourself shine, then you’ll have to look elsewhere!

What kind of profiles are you currently looking for?

We are looking for system developers with different levels of experience, preferably with 3-5 years of experience, but when we find the right person, every seniority level is of interest. We aim to have 10 people on board by the end of the year.

What kind of clients do you work with?

Our assignments are very diverse; we work with clients in many different industries, including telecom, automotive, and energy sectors, among others. In Finland, we have a significant presence in the public sector, and that is increasingly the case in Sweden as well. For example, we have won a tender with Inera, which among other things operates 1177.

What are the most enjoyable assignments?

Many of us developers are very interested in new technology, so the most enjoyable assignments are when we get to work with the latest technology. Ideally, with a client whose operations are at the forefront and have a significant impact on society. Personally, I would like to be involved in things that make a difference, to leave a mark on reality.

Are there any assignments you decline?

We do most things, but of course, we’re not particularly interested in assignments that involve maintaining old technology. We are selective about the assignments we take; we want our customers and partners to share our values regarding the environment, diversity, and inclusion.

What do you think distinguishes the culture at Solita?

We actively strive to be an employer of choice when it comes to our people and cultural matters. Our value of “Caring” is genuine. We help each other and have the courage to seek help when needed. We have a relaxed attitude while our consultants are incredibly competent and at the forefront of technology. People are passionate about what they do. “Team before self” may sound like a tired cliché, but it truly holds here.

Solitans at a dinner party

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Annina Troberg

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