Patria, which is celebrating its centenary this year, offers interesting jobs that also have social impact.

Text and photo: Kai Lintinen

Patria’s story began in 1921, when the Air Force Aircraft Factory was established on Suomenlinna. The company has been known as Patria since 1997, when Finland brought its defence equipment industry together under one name.

During its first century, Patria has grown into a company that maintains its strong roots in Finland while also providing products, systems and services to the defence, security and aviation sectors all across the world.

Meaningful work is important to many

Patria provides an opportunity to do meaningful work in a company with great team spirit and good career development opportunities. Krista Puustelli, who is the Vice President of Human Resources in the Systems business unit, says that meaningfulness has perhaps become the most important criterion for work: “People are increasingly seeking purpose in their work. On the other hand, they also value good team spirit and opportunities to challenge themselves and develop their own expertise.”

In order to retain its significance for another century, Patria must evolve in tandem with the surrounding world. Which is why Patria is currently changing its strategic direction by bringing its previously decentralised operations closer together.

We have people that are doing important work for Finnish and international security.”

“This change is driven by our desire to make more extensive use of the top expertise found throughout the company, so that we can be even more competitive in the future,” says Mats Warstedt, Vice President, Strategic Development & Innovation at Patria ISP.

A growing need for data analytics and ICT experts

Although many people associate Patria’s name with the manufacture of the armoured vehicles that are prominent in the media, the majority of the company’s business and future growth will come from software-intensive products and systems, and high-tech maintenance services.

“We’re recruiting an increasing number of software and data analytics professionals and cybersecurity experts, who are also in demand at other companies,” says Warstedt.

Patria can offer these and other experts interesting and diverse jobs with a social purpose.

“Our sector is unique. We have people that are doing important work for Finnish and international security in a stable company that is not easily affected by business cycles,” says Puustelli, explaining why working for Patria is so special.

This article has been published in Suomen Kiinnostavimmat Työnantajat