School of Business

Premium Partner - OP Financial Group

OP Financial Group is very development-minded and that shows in our collaboration. Research, student projects, teaching, recruiting - all play significant role with this Premium Partner.
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OP at ARENA Career Fair 2013 (nowadays Aalto Talent Expo). Photographer Anni Hanén.

OP Financial Group is Finland’s largest financial services group, it has over 2 million owner-customers and a staff of over 12,000. The local cooperative banks (137) own the group including its subsidiaries and affiliated entities. The Group’s business is based on the cooperative principle: cooperation and shared success with customers with a focus on meeting the needs of the community. OP Financial Group's business consists of three business segments: Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Pohjola Insurance. Their motto is: “We provide our customers with the most extensive and diversified range of banking, investment and insurance services and the best loyalty benefits in the country.” Read more about OP on their webpages

OP and the School of Business have cooperated in various forms over the years and officially OP joined the Premium Partner program in 2013. The collaboration is diverse and we are constantly seeking for new ways to deepen the relationship, for example collaboration in research and teaching and strengthening OP’s employer brand even further. The mission of OP Financial Group is to promote the sustainable prosperity, security and wellbeing of their owner-customers and the operating region. This requires constant renewal and development and OP Group Research Foundation was founded to support this need. It’s purpose is to support economic research, with priority given to research on cooperative banking operations. The foundation supports yearly several researchers in Aalto University.  

Aalto University students have had the chance to do valuable background research for OP’s business needs in Customized Student Busienss Projects. On top of this OP has participated in many courses with interesting cases and guest lectures. 

In 2017 OP Financial Group and Deloitte (which is also our Premium Partner) combined their strengths to revitalise declining localities. This mission led to a competition, the Social Hackathon, where Aalto University students got to resolve a target group’s challenge. This was the very first time two partners did anything like this together and proved to be an excellent way to utilize the Premium Partner Program for the benefit of the clients and the business! 

For students

Read more about OP as an employer from their JobTeaser company profile (for Aalto users)

Link to the company profile

More information about OP Financial Group as an employer and open positions are published on web pages
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More articles about our cooperation:

Räätälöity opiskelijaprojekti Pohjola Vakuutukselle_projektitiimi

A student duo helped Pohjola Insurance map the preconditions for a digital insurance sales channel

The study focused on the needs of small business customers, for which the students sought fluid solutions from around the world.

Kauppiksen opiskelijat Jani Ignatius ja Kalle Ahola Kauppakorkeakoulun edessä

Companies want to hire Aalto students during their studies

Nearly 70 employers participated in the Summer Job Day!


Ville Rantala receives OP Group Research Foundation’s doctoral dissertation prize

Rantala studied the effects of social interaction and social networks on decision making in the field of finance.


Students and companies partnering with the School of Business once again working together for business development

The task of the student jury is to both provide tips for developing the school’s external relationships and to offer sparring support for the activities of the school’s partnering companies.


Partnership Programme for long-term collaboration

Aalto University’s School of Business has its own Partnership Programme to build and maintain close, long-term relations with companies. The programme is the only one of its kind in Finnish universities, and also connects the partners with the other Schools and fields at Aalto University.

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Partnership Program

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Annemari Rautio

Annemari Rautio

Senior Manager, Corporate Relations, School of Business

Ways to cooperate

From below you will find some ways to collaborate with Aalto University School of Business.  

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Customized Student Business Projects

Contact us when you need bright minds to analyse and solve your challenges. We will tailor a student project according to your needs.

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Employer visibility services at the School of Business

We offer marketing and event visibility services to employers at the School of Business

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Study Projects

In study projects, students solve real-life cases together with companies and other organisations.

Corporate collaboration
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