At Ericsson, you can be a game changer! Because working here isn’t just a deal. It’s a big deal. This means that you get to leverage our 140+ years of experience and the expertise of more than 95,000 diverse colleagues worldwide. As part of our team, you will help solve some of society´s most complicated challenges, enabling you to be ‘the person that did that.’ We’ve never had a greater opportunity to drive change; setting the bar for technology to be inclusive and accessible; empowering an intelligent, sustainable, and connected world.

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Head of AI and Data Innovation

Job Description

Date: Oct 28, 2019

Why is Ericsson a great place to work?
Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency, find new revenue streams, and create new user experiences. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world ensuring our solutions – and our customers – are at the forefront of innovation.   We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. With over 100,000 employees and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and service leadership.  40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over an Ericsson network.  And, our Technology for Good and Connect to Learn programs include creating technology that makes it easier to save lives, feed societies, bring technology to emerging markets and connectivity to remote areas, and grow businesses and prosperity.


At Ericsson, we give our employees the freedom to think big and navigate their career, on a global scale.  We create technology that helps others, from helping people enjoy their favourite content to helping people recover from natural disasters by enabling better communications between rescue workers. Your ideas and innovations can turn into achievements that impact society and change the world, creating new connections, new possibilities, and new capabilities.  We find that Ericsson is at its best when we bring together the diverse skills of our people. Working across business areas, across cultures, across geographical borders, across technical disciplines. More often than not, across ground-breaking solutions. Next generation technology can be staggeringly complex. But the simpler it is to use; the more people benefit from it. Join us and help build technology that makes it simple to connect with information, business, societies, and each other.


Description of the Unit 

Group Data and Analytics is a function with the aim to shape and execute our Analytics and AI strategy, vision and to ensure cross-functional execution for Ericsson to transform into an Intelligent enterprise. AI and Data is a key theme for Ericsson to become data driven, and we continue to build up world class competence in this area to increase performance, deliver intelligence and to ensure, secure and scalable development, deployment and continued operations of Analytics and AI solutions. 


Position Summary: 

The Head of AI and Data Innovation in Group Data and Analytics will be a key member of the team driving strategy and AI innovation for enterprise & function areas. This role is expected to identify new solutions based on AI technologies and data, relevant use cases for pilots and to ensure stakeholder alignment in the change process from ideation to incubation. 


The individual occupying this role will focus on creating value through new innovative solutions and will partner with business stakeholders, software vendors and IT-teams to make Ericsson more efficient and to increase operational performance thru AI and ML solutions. 


The role demands considerable flexibility in quickly adapting to shifting needs, and is expected to effectively cover a range of responsibilities including, but not limited to: 

  • Outline and drive strategy and execution for AI/ML innovation to include operational deliverables as well as set up frameworks to trigger and capture innovation within and outside the organization  

  • Recruit, and maintain a high-quality team from external and internal sources to realize this ambition. Responsible for developing appropriate processes and road map for the team(s) including hiring plans, training requirements, staffing etc. 

  • Lead functional and technical analysis within Ericsson organization to understand AI-driven business needs and opportunities 

  • Engage with various business units and market functions to catalyze activities and portfolio refreshes driven by AI/ML technologies 

  • Drive several AI and Data pilots from ideation to incubation 

  • Drive market research into cutting-edge Data and AI technologies 

  • Align stakeholders on the need for AI and ML 

  • Provide thought leadership and shape the knowledge base within AI and ML 

  • Collaborate with stakeholders at different levels in the units and champion change and transformation enablement 

  • Collaborate within the team to ensure execution of the AI strategy towards set targets, from innovation to Operations 

  • Lead the AI and Data innovation team (3 sites; Stockholm, Plano and Bangalore) within Group Data and Analytics 


This position will be reporting to the Head of Group Data and Analytics and be part of the Leadership team in this Solution Area that is part of Group IT. This position will report into the Head of Group Data and Analytics and be part of the unit’s leadership team, supporting, driving and leading strategic initiatives towards achieving the goals of the unit. As the head of one of the most important components of this unit, this role has general and broad senior leadership scope with critical strategic deliverables and execution focus. This individual will also serve as a key member of the unit’s Think Tank, formulating its vision, mission, goals and driving day-to-day activities to realize them. 



To make decisions for effectively carrying out the above-mentioned responsibilities, seeking the approval of the Leadership Team or Stakeholders from Business/Market Areas as may be required. 

Organizes organization wide and cross business unit programs. 

The position is to be held in Sweden (Kista) to be close to the team and stakeholders. 



We have high expectations on you as an individual, to bring a good combination of broad-based business, leadership, and functional experience: 

  • Ability to influence across the organization, effectively leading change, originating ideas, championing and gaining commitment  

  • Deep level of understanding and experience in Data Science, AI and ML technology adoption 

  • Ability to execute innovation projects and quickly transform ideas to tangible results 

  • Established or emerging thought leader on AI and Data innovation 

  • Leadership experience; leader of high performing individuals and teams 

  • Broad change management competence 

  • Excellent senior stakeholder management and presentation skills 

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills 

  • Strong ability to present with confidence in front of an audience 

  • Master’s or higher degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or related disciplines 

  • Deep/broad knowledge of machine learning, statistics, optimization, or related field 

  • A genuine interest in new and applied technology and software engineering coupled with a high degree of business understanding 

  • 15+ years leading technology and cross geographical teams 

  • Sound technical knowledge across areas and excellent understanding of business issues. Ability to create plans to align technical issues with business strategy. 

  • Proven ability to act at both the strategic and operational levels. 

  • Strong partnering skills, with the ability to work across all levels of the organization and across multiple countries, effectively collaborating with multiple stakeholders 

  • Excellent people management skills to attract motivate and retain talent. 

  • Demonstrably trustworthy (thru reference checks) 


Application Process: 
The selection and interview process is ongoing. Therefore, send in your application in English as soon as possible. For any questions and clarifications reach out to the recruiter, Hema Powar,


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Primary country and city: Sweden (SE) || || Stockholm || R&D

Req ID: 302714