ABB – KY Alumni Story: Niku Paananen, Controlling & Planning Center of Expertise Front Office Manager
My name is Niku Paananen and I graduated from the Aalto University School of Business with a master’s
degree in Finance in 2014. Besides my major in finance, I studied economics as a minor and spent a term
abroad as an exchange student. I started my career at ABB in 2013 and I’m currently working as a
Controlling & Planning Center of Expertise Front Office Manager.
Career at ABB
I joined ABB’s Global Trainee Program in Finance & Business Control fresh after finishing my studies in
2013. During the Global Trainee Program I completed two assignments abroad. I worked 6 months as a
Treasury Analyst in Group Treasury in Zurich defining and implementing financing and capital structures
throughout ABB Group. I spent 1 year in Melbourne, Australia as a project controller in a business building
After the trainee program I have gained broader experience of controlling in sales, service and business
controlling roles in the Finnish market in various businesses throughout ABB portfolio from home
automation to robotics. I’ve cultivated my interest in business analytics throughout my career and did a 6-
month project assignment in Frankfurt, Germany developing business intelligence solutions.
In my current role, I get to bring my global and local experience together. I collaborate with the country and
global organization in projects related to our Controlling Center of Expertise and other Financial Planning &
Analysis work streams. I serve as the right hand to CFO of ABB Finland and as a team lead for small country
controlling team. Creating opportunities for sharing best practices and identifying development
opportunities in the local finance community are key parts of my role.
I enjoy the possibility to experience all the dimensions of international financial management in a
multinational company. Skillset in finance works as a door opener to experience the diversity of ABB’s
Interested in a career at ABB?
First of all, I would absolutely recommend ABB as an employer. ABB offers a unique combination of a truly
global company with a major presence in Finland. Global networks together with open job market create
possibilities for an international career. Major presence in Finland generates opportunities locally.
As many say, find what you like to do and strive for that. ABB Global Trainee Program allowed me to
develop a broad understanding of opportunities in finance when laying out the foundations for my career.
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