Vice President, International Affairs and Policy

Are you looking for a new opportunity in the field of policy work in an organisation that strongly supports professional growth? Would you like to use your expertise to drive a sustainable future while working in an inspiring community at the cutting edge of science and technology? Do you enjoy influencing various stakeholders together with your team? VTT might be just the place for you! 

VTT is one of the leading research and technology organizations in Europe. At VTT, you have an opportunity to be part of our innovative work community of brilliant minds. We have over 2000 encouraging and inspiring colleagues from over 50 different nationalities waiting for you across Finland. Our purpose is to bring together people, business, science and technology to solve the biggest challenges of our time. 

We are now looking for a Vice President to lead VTT’s international affairs and policy work.  

VTT is a highly international research organization. 45% of VTT’s net turnover comes from abroad. VTT is an active player in global research and innovation networks and Finland’s largest funding beneficiary from EU’s framework programmes. This is based on a long-term commitment to building the capabilities required in international R&D cooperation.  

VTT engages in societal dialogue in various areas of research and innovation policy, as well as in VTT’s different core areas of expertise, both in Finland and internationally.  We work actively with research organisations, companies and other stakeholders through direct engagement, official fora, and strategic alliances both at national, European, and international level.  Read more about our thoughts here: VTT's vision paper: Most promising technologies -Perspective on sustainable growth and effective innovation policy in Finland.

With the International Affairs and Policy team you  influence and build ground for Finland’s competitiveness in international research and innovation. The team has the core task of ensuring that VTT conducts its international activities and policy work in a coordinated way and in alignment with our strategy. The team is responsible for VTT’s public affairs and establishing VTT’s positions in key research and innovation policies. The team also takes part in building ground for developing VTT’s research portfolio and international business.  

You will be working with a team of skilled professionals, as part of VTT’s strategy function. 

With us, you will be responsible for: 

  • Leading the International Affairs and Policy team. You ensure an ambitious strategic direction of VTT’s policy work and international affairs. You actively build external relations and networks. 

  • Establishing a coordinated approach to policy work and building VTT’s positions.  

  • Bridging EU and national policies, delivering VTT’s messages to key policy processes in a coordinated manner. 

  • Following developments in geopolitics and contributing to steering VTT’s international priorities 

  • Ensuring clear objectives for the team and building efficient ways of working. 

  • Supporting VTT’s leadership team and working tightly with the strategy function in setting strategic direction and building external relations and visibility. 

We expect you to have: 

  • In-depth expertise in policy work, public affairs, and extensive stakeholder networks in Europe. Additional stakeholder networks outside Europe are a plus. 

  • A strong track record in EU policy and funding programmes work. 

  • Understanding of geopolitical developments. 

  • Knowledge of the Finnish innovation system and key stakeholders.   

  • Strong people and communication skills.  

  • Proficiency in English language and at least a reasonable ability to use Finnish as a working language. 

  • At least a Masters-level degree. A doctoral degree and industrial experience are a plus. 

As a person, we are especially looking for: 

  • A strategic thinker with good dialogue and negotiation skills. 

  • Curious, willing to learn and hands-on attitude.    

  • A true team player with an ability to coach and develop people. 

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 solutions for 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 professional skills. Read more about our strategy, the path of exponential hope, and our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work.  

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 witness and influence the future of science and technology as it happens.  

Career and learning opportunities. As a scientific expert organisation, we emphasise learning and development and support our people in reaching their full potential. People stay at VTT for more than ten 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 excellent 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 and cognitive ergonomics training. 

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 10 October 2022. We will process applications as they come in and fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate. 

Interested and want to know more? 

For further information, please contact Senior Vice President Laura Juvonen,, +358405896263 on Friday September 23rd between 12-13:30 or on Tuesday October 4th between 12:30-13:30.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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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 80 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

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