Head of Fab Operations

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About Fab

The semiconductor wafer fab located in Micronova facilitates the whole chain of research, development and small-volume production. The total area of the cleanroom is 2 600 m2, and there is an installed equipment base of 200 processing and measurement tools, enabling fabrication of devices for silicon photonics, radio, MEMS, quantum and hyperspectral applications. The current main wafer size is 150 mm, but the equipment will gradually be renewed or upgraded, in order to facilitate a full process capability on 200 mm wafers by in 2024.

Micronova is a vibrant ecosystem, where more than twenty companies have access to the fab, for the fabrication of their own products, and Aalto University operates independently in part of the facility. The operating income related to Microelectronics was € 30 million in 2021.

We are looking for Head of Fab operations for the Microelectronics and quantum technology research area

With us you will be responsible for leading and developing VTT’s infrastructure and processing capabilities in the Micronova fab. A key objective is to support VTT’s plans for business growth that will further increase fab utilization.

One the core responsibilities is to develop the infrastructure to support VTT research teams and the customers around the the ecosystem. You will lead a group of over 40 people responsible for maintenance of the facility and equipment, fabrication, process engineering as well as quality and yield improvement. In addition to this, you will be responsible for driving the continued implementation of new initiatives designed to increase the efficiency and quality of fab operations, including the ongoing project to upgrade the fab to 200 mm wafer size. You will be responsible for finding new funding sources for equipment investments.

As a key member of the Microelectronics and quantum technology leadership team, you will work together with the VTT research teams using the fab. You will also work closely with customers to facilitate continued development with existing customers. You will be responsible for cleanroom operating process, and together with financial support responsible for planning and reporting of corresponding financials. You will also be a primary operational interface with the local ecosystem of companies who independently use the facilities under an access contract. You will have an exciting opportunity to take a challenging role to facilitate new business growth in research and manufacturing services.

We expect you to have

You have a higher technical degree in an engineering discipline and a minimum of 5 years of experience working in a senior operations or quality management role in a commercial fab. You have a deep understanding of MEMS/Semiconductor manufacturing processes and will have worked closely with customers with demanding requirements for quality and traceability.

Additionally, you have direct experience of product introduction, taking new devices into manufacturing and driving the yield improvement cycle to ensure profitability. Also, you have a strong understanding of cost accounting and general business processes.

The head of fab operations will be a direct interface with multiple international customers and is expected to be fluent in English and capable of participating in complex negotiations requiring a strong understanding of cost factors, capabilities and resources that drive VTTs ability to deliver value to our customers.

As a person, we hope that you are:

Since fluent operations in the cleanrooms between manufacturing and research projects is a key to success, experience of leading persons in different kinds of roles and leading change is important in this position. You have the drive and enthusiasm to develop the infrastructure. You can bring people together and resolve complicated and potentially conflicting requirements. You are open-minded and have the courage to find new opportunities and possibilities

With VTT, you’ll enjoy: / What we offer you:

  • Visionary work in technology. We offer positions at the cutting-edge of technology and engineering from next-generation microelectronics and quantum technology to automation and robotics, energy systems, and more. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating sustainable growth by solving systemic and technological challenges, so your work will go towards creating a real, positive impact. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Fascinating projects, excellent research environment. Our researchers get to work on a combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects, both locally and internationally. At VTT, you’ll have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal, such as Micronova, the Finnish research infrastructure for micro-, nano-, and quantum technologies.  
  • Great career opportunities, superb colleagues. At VTT, excellence in research is a strategic priority. We offer long-term positions and stable career paths in top-level research. People tend to stay with us for over 10 years since there are always new roles and responsibilities to grow into. Collaborating in a cross-disciplinary community with superb colleagues is a source of learning, inspiration, and fun.
  • 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 programs and training on cognitive ergonomics.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Please send your CV and application with your salary request at the latest by Sun 25th September 2022. 

Interested and want to hear more?

Contact Tauno Vähä-Heikkilä, Vice President / Microelectronics and quantum technology, for more information on Fri 19.8 at 11.30-12.30 o’clock or Fri 2.9. at 9-10 o’clock by phone at +358 40 758 7941 (Europe/Helsinki, UTC +3 hours)

Employment type: Full-time, Permanent

Location: Espoo

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