Industrial Decarbonisation Lead

Are you a team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive a positive impact in the world? Do you feel passion to solve the challenges of decarbonisation and renewal of carbon intensive industry and create growth opportunities to make a difference for business, society and people?

VTT is one of the leading research organisations in Europe. What unites us at VTT are curiosity, a passion of learning and a devotion to finding solutions to global challenges and answers to our customers’ needs. 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. You can familiarize with us further by exploring VTT’s research infra through VTT World.

We are now looking for Industrial Decarbonisation Lead to drive the creation of future customer and business solutions!

As a Lead, you will act as a spokesperson for VTT’s industrial decarbonisation research and development. You are responsible for the creation of new collaboration in the field of industrial decarbonisation together with national and international partners. You are a thought leader with a focus in networks and new business opportunities.

The job is located in VTT’s Industrial Energy and Hydrogen research area. VTT is a key partner in research, development and innovation and technical support for solutions to decarbonize carbon intensive process industry. We provide cost-efficient solutions to various industries through electrification or carbon neutral energy carriers, sector coupling and CCUS. These include technologies related to hydrogen, P2X, heat pumps, industrial waste heat applications, gas engineering etc. Our excellence is delivered by more than 100 researchers.

With us, you will be responsible for:

  • Creating and setting up new project opportunities and management of large projects based on our versatile research infrastructure, our computing and modelling capabilities and our long experience of close co-operation with research organizations and industry
  • Co-creating together with researchers and customers to find viable solutions to be implemented in relevant industries and driving technology development towards industrial demonstrations
  • Implementation of new partnership models for existing and future customers. Success is ultimately measured in increase of number of new customers and increase of project portfolio.

Your profile and experience:

  • Good understanding of technologies related to decarbonisation of process industry; Iron and steel, cement, chemical and petrochemical industry and/or pulp and paper industry. Knowledge of R&D is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge operational environments of process industries
  • Networked with companies (Finnish and especially international) and ability to collaborate successfully within networks and internally with research and sales teams
  • Experience in setting up and management of complex projects in addition to consultative sales and opportunity creation
  • Versatile experience, min. 5-10 years, from relevant industry or consultancy, equipment manufacturer or engineering company
  • At least MSc in a relevant field e.g. in energy, process, chemical etc. engineering
  • Knowledge of R&D and innovation funding mechanisms and experience in setting up publicly funded projects is an asset
  • Professional English and Finnish language skills (spoken and written).

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • Passionate for innovation, technology and fighting climate change
  • Able to see the big picture, to formulate business opportunities from different building blocks, and to build the bridge from planning to implementation
  • Customer and network focus with business development mind-set
  • Self-driven and ambitious with a “can-do” attitude
  • Pro-active and collaborative team-player with the ability to form and inspire teams
  • Good communication and networking skills are expected as you will be working in close collaboration with researchers, R&D management and customers.

What we offer you:

  • Global industry renewal. We offer an opportunity to advance the global industry renewal and growth together with top international partners, challenge-driven work and great learning opportunities as well as inspiring working environment with enthusiastic, highly skilled colleagues and enabling high-tech test facilities.
  • 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 real, positive impact. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • 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 31 January 2021We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate.

Interested and want to know more?

For further information about the position, please contact Antti Arasto, Vice President Industrial Energy and Hydrogen, on Tuesday 11 January at 13:00 - 14:00 or Friday 14 January at 9.00-11.00.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Job location: Espoo, Tampere or Jyväskylä, Finland (hybrid)

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent


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.

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