EU Project Specialist / Senior Specialist

Are you looking for an opportunity in the field of EU research and innovation programmes? Do you want to contribute to implementation of outstanding research and innovation projects in an organization with a meaningful purpose? Are you enthusiastic about European wide networking and solving global challenges? Do you want to work with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field?

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 an EU Project Specialist / Senior Specialist for European Commission funded projects to join our team!

As an EU Project Specialist / Senior Specialist, you are responsible for supporting the project coordinators in implementing and monitoring complex cooperative EU Commission funded R&I projects with partners from all over Europe and beyond. You play a key role in day-to-day project coordination and smooth execution of the projects.

The job is located within the business area Sustainable Products and Materials of 700 skilled professionals. Through our focus areas, we foster 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.

With us, you will be part of a business area specific team of four people and the VTT-wide professional internal support engine of Horizon Europe proposals and projects. We are among the most successful operators in European Commission funded R&I programmes in Europe. In Horizon 2020, VTT has acquired 18% of the funding allocated to Finland, and 74.4% of funding allocated to Finnish research organizations, and is continuing on this path in the current Horizon Europe Programme.

Your responsibilities as EU Project Specialist / Senior Specialist:

  • Support the EU project coordinators in implementing and monitoring complex cooperative R&I projects with partners from all over Europe and beyond.
  • Setting up and implement appropriate consortium governance and organizational mechanisms to carry out activities foreseen in the projects (including liaison with national and European authorities, companies and research partners).
  • Organize project meetings, workshops & project events (conferences, sessions, webinars) across Europe.
  • Draft background documents (including deliverables, project and meeting reports) and perform document management in the appropriate platforms.
  • Contribute to the internal Horizon Europe training programme and setting up internal process for EU project management.
  • Proactively follow the development in European project management and build a European wide network of EU project management professionals.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have previous experience in EU project management; having a project management certificate will be considered beneficial but not necessary.
  • You have a good knowledge of EU funding instruments and regulations (Grant Agreement, Consortium Agreement, EC Funding and Tender Portal).
  • You are organized and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) to be able to coordinate contributions from partners with different cultural background.
  • You have a university or university of applied sciences degree from a relevant field; experience in research and/or technical background relevant to the business area is considered beneficial.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • You have the ability to travel to project meetings few times a year, usually consisting of 1-2 days trips around Europe.

As a person, we hope that you are:

You are proactive, systematic and flexible with good ability for long term planning. You like to solve challenges, have the ability to organise yours and others’ work in advance. You manage peaks and lows in workload and you respect tight deadlines. You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and you enjoy working together with your colleagues and external partners.

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. 
  • 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:

Andrea Danni 
Manager, EU Programmes tel. +358 40 638 6106 

September 27 at 10.30-12.00 (EET)


Tiina Nakari-Setälä 
Head of Business Development  
tel. +358 40 821 5794

September 29 at 16-17 (EET) or October 7 at 8.30-9.30 (EET)


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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