Co-creation and Innovation Support Manager, Sustainable Products and Materials Business Area

Are you interested in research and innovation and looking for an opportunity in the field to contribute to solving global challenges? Do you want to pave the way for successful research proposals in an organization with a meaningful purpose?

Would you like to enable impactful cutting-edge research with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? Are you keen on networking and do you want to work in a versatile role at the interface of academia and industry?

VTT is one of the leading research organisations in Europe. What unites us at VTT are curiosity, a passion for learning and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2000 brilliant minds is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World.

We are now looking for Co-creation and Innovation Support Manager for coordination of Business Finland and Academy of Finland funded grants to join our team

As a Co-creation and Innovation Support Manager, you are responsible for supporting our business and research to achieve set targets for Business Finland portfolio funding in our Sustainable Products and Materials business area. You play a key role in coordination of the big picture of Business Finland project preparations at the business area level and regarding project preparation act as a key contact point towards the financer.

Through your work within this business area, you will support fostering structural change in the process and manufacturing industry enhancing circularity, safety and sustainability of materials, products, processes and value chains. Our proposal portfolio includes areas such as industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology, sustainable food system and food solutions, industrial chemistry, circular economy, high impact renewable materials and biomaterial processing, knowledge-driven design and sustainable manufacturing, robotics and cognitive production industry.

By sparring and guiding project managers and teams in their funding application process and proposals and by activating and facilitating company and collaborator networks, you are in a key position to ensure a healthy and high-quality proposal pipeline and creation of new Business Finland funded projects that co-create together with companies and other partners solutions to demanding challenges of business and the society. Furthermore, you are expected to coordinate the support process for the Academy of Finland annual open calls.

With us, you will be part of a Business Area specific Business Development team and the VTT-wide virtual team for Business Finland proposals.Your location can be Espoo, Tampere, Jyväskylä or Oulu.

Read more about our research: 

VTT develops transparent cellulose film to replace traditional plastic in food packaging

Biotechnology could provide an environmentally more sustainable alternative to egg white protein production

Sustainable coffee grown in Finland – the land that drinks the most coffee per capita produces its first tasty cup with cellular agriculture

Circular plastics, plastic replacing materials and bioplastics – there is need and use for all of them

Computational material design – VTT ProperTune®


Your responsibilities as a Co-creation and Innovation Support Manager

Initially, Business Finland co-innovation path support activities by

  • Active networking and co-operation building between companies, VTT and Business Finland
  • Company contacting, negotiations and information sharing
  • Facilitating collaboration in the consortia
  • Following Business Finland funding rules and gathering silent knowledge
  • Sharing best practices and giving personal guidance to the project preparation teams
  • Supporting the planning of commercialization actions in projects 
  • Supporting the companies in the Business Finland application process
  • Influencing relevant stakeholders

In addition, you are expected to coordinate the internal support process in the Business Area for the Academy of Finland annual open calls.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for a person who is highly interested in promoting research activities together with the industry towards new inventions, businesses and cleaner planet.

  • You have experience in research projects and their preparations, including setting up project consortia and leading funding applications. We value experience in Business Finland, Academy of Finland and/or EU funded projects and project preparations.
  • You have gained experience in industrial or research fields relevant to the Business Area
  • You are able to identify growth opportunities and build collaboration with different stakeholders.
  • You have gathered experience in business support or you have an interest in such a role.
  • You have excellent presentation and communication skills in English. Finnish skills are also preferred as many of our partners are Finnish.
  • You have a university or university of applied sciences degree in a relevant field.

As a person, we hope that you:

  • are effective in building relationships and collaboration with different stakeholders.
  • have marketing- and business-oriented mind-set and you like to work with people with supporting and energetic attitude.
  • have long term focus and persistence as well as good organizational and management skills.
  • work well and with positive and flexible attitude under tight deadlines

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:

  • Work with a strong purpose. At VTT, you’ll get to use your professional expertise to help solve the greatest challenges of our time through science and innovation. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating solving systemic and technological challenges, such as reaching carbon neutrality and creating superior digital systems. At VTT, you’ll get to do your part in driving this meaningful change through your own professional skills. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.  
  • An inspiring community. VTT houses all the cutting-edge fields of innovation from quantum technology to synthetic biology under one roof. As a professional at VTT, you’ll get to witness and influence the future of science and technology as it happens. Read more about our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work.  
  • Career and learning opportunities. As a scientific expert organisation, we put a lot of emphasis on learning and development, and support our people in reaching their full potential. People tend to stay at VTT for more than 10 years, as we offer opportunities to develop and grow into new responsibilities. If you’re curious, ambitious and willing to learn, VTT is the place to take your career to the next level.
  • Support for your well-being. Our people are our main asset, so we take good care of them. We aim to nurture great team spirit and leadership and offer versatile well-being services to enable a good work–life balance. On top of 6 weeks of paid holidays we offer exercise and culture benefits, hobby clubs, and voluntary well-being services such as meditation programmes and trainings on cognitive ergonomics.     

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 12 October 2022. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate.

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information, please contact Tiina Nakari-Setälä, Head of Business Development,, +358 40 821 5794 on September 29 at 16-17 or October 7 at 8.30-9.30.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: At VTT we are working in a flexible hybrid work model and your on-site office location can be either in Espoo, Tampere, Oulu or Jyväskylä.
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Employment type: Fulltime, permanent

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