A Chat with Teodor

Today we sat down with our Sales and Key Account Manager Teodor Olsson from our London office to learn more about him.

What do you do as a Sales and Key Account Manager? What are your main responsibilities?

As a Sales and Key Account Manager I handle a few of our biggest Swedish clients from our London office. I also try to establish and grow our market in the Swedish and Nordic areas for the future, together with my other Swedish colleagues.

What did you do before you started at Swedbrand?

Before, I was studying at a University in London. I have lived here in the UK for quite a while now and I initially started my time as an intern at an M&A advisory firm and then proceeded to work in various industries. Everything from market research analysis to developing a new food pickup app. So, a bit of everything, but the most exciting and challenging was probably the food app.

How and why did you choose to work at Swedbrand?

I spotted the company through the Swedish Chamber of Commerce here in London and when I saw the company’s name and its Swedish resemblance I started investigating more. The vacant position as a key account manager sounded exciting and challenging and after my first interview I was very keen to pursue the employment. I also wanted to get good use of my native Swedish background, which this position would let me do in terms of relationship building with existing clients and working together with other Swedish colleagues. The Swedish work mentality in combination with the London lifestyle sounded like something that would suit me well. So, this position felt like a really good fit!

What do you like about your job and the company?

One of the things I enjoy is that we actually can see the product we are working with. In my previous experience, I have worked with more or less intangible services and it´s nice to work with a physical product. It is much more concrete and that I really enjoy.

Describe Swedbrand with three words:

  • Young
  • Energetic
  • Adaptable

What do you like about London?

London is a city where I felt at ease from the moment I arrived. It´s like a home away from home and the longer I stay the more it grows on me. I have lived in the UK when I was younger so the mentality is not that unfamiliar to me. And also, it´s so convenient and fast to just fly back home to Sweden if I want to.

Give us three tips for activities in London:

  • Firstly, go to The Electric, they have a really cozy cinema with huge chairs and a lot of snacks. Visit the restaurant next-door after the movie and order the honey-fried chicken. You won´t be disappointed!
  • Secondly, go and watch a Premier League football match.
  • And lastly, head out east and enjoy a real London pub, like The George Tavern, and listen to great live music on a Saturday night.

What have you learned from living abroad?

The different cultures and their different pace in everything. Adaptability to its finest! I love to learn about how different people react in different situations. I also went to an international university which was very interesting and helped me develop the way I communicate with people. Just to see and adapt to different individuals and what they are up to, I love it! I really believe that moving abroad and being exposed to all of these different people and cultures makes you grow up faster and helps you find yourself and be stronger. It also teaches you to laugh at yourself in some situations and learn who you are, cliché maybe but very true!

Where else in the world have you lived before?

I haven´t really lived anywhere else, apart from Sweden and England. I stayed in Sydney, Australia for 3 months but I don´t really count that as living there. Comparing Sydney to London is almost impossible. Sydney is on the other side of the spectrum of intensity and so much more relaxed than London, which I think the climate is contributing to.

Why did you live there?

I travelled there after high school to explore new places. I still wanted to live in a relative big city but still have the feeling of vacation, and Sydney felt like the place to go to. We wanted to surf, hang out with our friends that lived there and it was a fantastic experience. I would love to visit again.

What are your plans for the future?

To be really honest I don´t know. I´m not scared to try a new challenge and maybe even move to Asia. I´m definitely open to the future and all of the different possibilities, whether it is the US, Asia or any other countries. But another big city would be fun to live in.

Where are you from originally and what do you miss from home?

I’m from Stockholm, a “08” as we call it in Sweden (nickname for a person from Stockholm, origins from when you call a land line in Stockholm, it always begins with 08). I need to mention my family first, right? (He laughs) But to be honest it´s my family, friends, my dogs and to be able drive on the “right” side of the road. And of course, the Swedish home cooked meals! Swedish food is very underrated and I miss it a lot in London. But as I said before, one thing I love with my job is the connection to Sweden and to be able to go back home even for just a weekend.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to find new restaurants and bars to try out with my friends. I also love all types of sport, but mostly English football. Manchester United is my favorite team, since I lived in Manchester when I was younger. But I also like to go and listen to live music, everything from Frank Sinatra to Techno festivals. Live stand-up is also a favorite.

Do you have any hidden skills?

I have no idea what to answer… (He laughs) I can cook a masterful mushroom truffle risotto. My father is the ultimate judge, because if he approves it has to be good! But other than that, I don´t know to be honest.

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