Team Leader, Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding (fixed-term until 31.8.2023)


Are you looking for a meaningful opportunity in the field of talent acquisition? Would you like to use your expertise to help drive a sustainable future while working in an inspiring community at the cutting edge of science and technology? Do you want to be part of making VTT achieve its goals by ensuring our recruitment process works optimally and our employer branding activities are fresh and creative? VTT might be the place for you.

VTT is one of the leading research organizations 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. We invest in our talent acquisition and employer branding activities as we are constantly seeking for new innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers as well as research talents.


We are now looking for an ambitious and motivated Team Leader to join our Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding team!

As a Team Leader, your key goal is to coach and lead a team of four to five professionals responsible for VTT’s Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding activities. You are responsible for developing impactful sourcing strategies to attract talents, creating an inspiring team vision through relevant discussions, setting clear goals for your team and overseeing their successful implementation as well as ensuring positive candidate and manager experience at VTT - all these activities are carried out in close collaboration with your team and relevant business functions. In addition, you will be working in the recruitment processes in your designated business area and you coach managers together with your team in the recruitment activities.

In the position, you will ensure VTT achieves its goals by attracting and selecting the best professionals for each role. You create innovative talent attraction strategies to reach both local and international talents. Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding is considered a key player at VTT and we constantly invest in these activities to stay at the top of our game. At VTT, you have a possibility to work in an organization with a meaningful mission to solve the greatest challenges of our time through science and innovation.

This is a fixed term position until the end of August 2023 due to parental leave. Ideally, you would start already during October 2021. The position is based in Otaniemi in our brand new FutureHub office, but our working style promotes flexible working arrangements.


Your key responsibilities include:

  • As a Team Leader you proactively identify and understand recruitment needs at VTT level, analyze recruitment data and actively discuss with internal business stakeholders. You develop and implement impactful sourcing strategies according to the recognized needs.
  • You plan and implement recruitment and employer branding actions to support successful talent acquisition and VTT’s employer image.
  • You make sure your team has an inspiring team vision and clear goals. You are responsible for coaching and helping the team reach its targets.
  • You make sure that your team works efficiently and is able to succeed its goals by planning and prioritizing the team’s actions. Your team members’ well-being, their performance and competence development are also in your priorities.
  • You follow the recruitment team’s success proactively using selected KPI’s and inspire your team to actively benchmark the best practices and new topics the field of talent acquisition and employer brand.  
  • Together with your team, you ensure the best possible candidate and manager experience with customer service mindset in VTT recruitments.
  • You participate in the recruitment processes in your designated business area, coach managers in recruitment activities and provide recruitment services performed by the entire team such as aptitude assessments.  
  • You participate in diverse development projects in your team and the HR team.


Who we are looking for:

To succeed in the position, we are looking for an experienced Talent Acquisition leader with a visionary approach and excellent knowledge in the field of talent acquisition and employer branding. You have a strong track record of recruitment and employer branding activities preferably in the field of technology and/or science and you are especially enthusiastic about developing candidate attraction methods using recruitment marketing, social media and direct search. You are familiar with diverse recruitment, sourcing and assessment tools. As an educational background, you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field.

As a team leader, you want to create positive drive and get people excited by coaching and setting ambitious targets together with the team. With your high ambition level and goal-oriented mindset, you ensure the high quality as well as constant development of the team activities. You have excellent communication skills and are able to communicate effortlessly both with Finnish and English. You collaborate proactively with within VTT and have the ability to build networks both within the company as well as outside of it.  You report to Manager for Talent Acquisition, Employer Branding, Digitalization, Analytics and Mobility.  


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 September 23, 2021. 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 Mari Kattilamäki (Team Leader for Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding) on September 9 between 14 - 15 o’clock or September 22 between 14 - 15 o’clock EEST by phone (+358 50  5724372) or Iris Lagerström (Manager for Talent Acquisition, Employer Branding, Mobility, Digitalization and Analytics) on September 13 between 16 - 17 o'clock EEST by phone (+358 40 1645259). 


We look forward to hearing from you! 


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Employment type: Full-time, temporary


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: Tekniikantie 21, Espoo


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