Research Team Leader, Data Intensive Economy

Are you looking for a meaningful job with a possibility to make an impact?

VTT is one of the leading research and technology organizations in Europe. At VTT, you have an opportunity to be part of our innovative work community of brilliant minds, and learn and develop with the support of your teammates. We have over 2000 encouraging and inspiring colleagues from over 40 different nationalities waiting for you across Finland.

We are now looking for a visionary Research Team Leader for our new “Data Intensive Economy” team. The team is new and will be located in VTT’s Foresight-Driven Business strategies unit, which purpose is to concretize the future opportunities and create actionable strategies for future-proof businesses and societies.  Novel technologies, especially data and platforms, are key part of future businesses and critical enabler in resolving the global grand challenges.

The Data Intensive Economy -team focuses especially on the business, transformation and regulation questions of the data and platform economy. Their mission is to identify the most important bottlenecks from business perspective and create research insights, which helps our customers to overcome these. The team’s focus is not on deep technology research, but collaborates tightly with VTT expert to resolve these questions.

In this position, you have a change to create of one of the leading research team around data and platform economy. You own the team’s research agenda and lead the team with a strong vision. You will play a key role also in relevant European networks and initiatives while you ensure a tight collaboration with the relevant VTT’s technology and domain experts.

With us, you will be responsible for:

  • Creation and visionary leadership of one of the leading data and platform economy research teams of Europe. You will be the spokesperson for the research topic and take an active role in promoting its visibility. This is a key role in the organization in which you will have the opportunity to build and drive forward the impactful research and high customer value.
  • Relevance and ambition of the team’s project portfolio and impactful collaboration with companies, policy makers and other stakeholders.  You are acting as one the key managers towards our customers and partners in the area.
  • Working as one of the key contributors of the area and participating in relevant research projects by yourself. Along with the research outcomes, your team contributes on concrete customer initiatives as-well-as relevant national and international policy initiatives.  
  • As member of the research area’s leadership team, you find ways to combine competences and foster internal-/external collaboration to ensure wider impact. You ensure high-quality research actions (research ethics, publications, etc.)
  • This is a line manager role, so you are responsible for coaching the team and team members’ performance as an inspirational leader. Employee wellbeing, recruitment and team’s competence development are your key priority. Preferably, you are experienced in leading change and winning through people. 

The job is located in either Espoo, Tampere or Oulu, Finland.

We expect you to have:

  • Excellent substance knowledge with hands-on experience about data and platform economy based business. You should be familiar with related research actions, key national and international initiatives as-well-as experience from concrete industry projects.
  • Holistic understanding about the critical questions how companies can exploit and adopt platform economy based businesses. Experience from company and international projects are highly appreciated.   
  • Basic understanding about the related technologies and interest to learn more. While the team focuses on business, strategy and regulatory questions, sufficient technology understanding in needed. Especially you should be able to collaborate tightly with relevant technology and vertical experts.
  • As a leader, you want to create positive drive and get people excited by coaching and setting ambitious targets together with the team. Strong and proven interpersonal and leadership skills are mandatory in the position.
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to build high value research collaboration in the area. Preferable, you have strong international collaboration networks in the area already.
  • You should be proficient in English language.

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • Motivating people leader with the desire to coach and develop people.
  • Proactive and possess a self-driven mind-set.
  • Eager to learn and an ambitious to achieve high goals.
  • Team player and easy to work with.

What we offer you:

VTT provides an inspiring working environment that pools together world-class research, innovations and top experts. Our mission is to create impact that generates sustainable growth and wellbeing in society as well as in industry.

Our people are the core of the next generation VTT. Therefore, our personnel’s wellbeing, flexible work opportunities and competence development are key priorities for us. With us, you can make an impact for a better future and you can be part of solving the biggest challenges of our time.

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information please contact Kalle Kantola, Vice President, Foresight-Driven Business Strategies, (email: tel: +358 40 840 6427).

We hope you are interested in joining us, so please send your CV and application with your salary request as soon as possible, or June 14th at the latest.

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Employment type: Full-time, Regular


 VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

Location: Vuorimiehentie 3, Espoo


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