Aalto University

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Alkuperäinen julkaisupäivä 7.9.2021

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with over 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

Are you interested in a versatile Assistant controller position in the constantly renewing Aalto community? Are you looking for meaningful work in an international atmosphere? Then this could be your next career step.

We are now seeking an



to work in the vibrant and inspiring community of students, researchers and experts at the School of Science. The position is permanent and located at the rapidly developing Otaniemi campus, with excellent transportation links.

The position is based at the Department of Applied Physics (more information here), an internationally-oriented community and home to world-class research and teaching. The department is known for long-term, high-quality and innovative research carried out in cooperation with the world's leading research groups. With 22 professors and more than 300 employees from 41 countries, it is one of the largest departments at Aalto University.

Your role

As an assistant controller, your main responsibility is to support the department’s personnel in financial administration. You will produce financial information to support decision-making and ensure and develop a solid base for the finances of the department. You will also be responsible for financial administration of the department’s infrastructure.

As part of your duties, you will participate in budgeting, forecasting and monitoring the various sectors of the department’s operations by delivering calculations and reports related to them. You will work in close cooperation with for example the department’s HR and research support services.

Your experience and interests

In this position you need strong knowledge of financial administration and accounting. We hope that you already have a few years’ experience in tasks related to financial administration, and a relevant degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) in accounting, finance, economics or other related field.  We also appreciate knowledge of the main funding instruments, for example EU, Academy of Finland and Business Finland. We expect you to have good IT skills (strong skills in Excel and knowledge of financial data systems), as well as fluent skills in English and Finnish.

This position includes customer service and cooperation with your own team, as well as other services. It is important that you like customer service and have strong communication skills and courage to voice your views. As assistant controller you will also need analytic and precise working style, as well as the ability to work independently. You have the ability to handle challenging situations in a constructive manner and you are used to keeping deadlines. We hope you will challenge our thinking with your forward-looking approach and open up new perspectives.

We offer

In Aalto, we are committed to ambitiously building a better world. We offer you a chance to promote societally important goals in the field of science and education. In addition, we offer you a versatile and interesting position in a multi-cultural academic environment, good introduction to your tasks and support from our professional team that is nice to work with.

We also offer flexible working times, wide range of staff training opportunities and a possibility for partial remote working also after Corona restrictions. Aalto University follows the salary system of the Finnish universities.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please send your application no later than 3 October 2021 through Aalto’s recruitment system. To apply, please share your CV and motivation letter. If you are already working at Aalto, please apply via our internal system Workday -> Find Jobs.

Should you have any questions about the position, we will be happy to answer. Please contact the controller of the department Katariina Toivonen – she is available on 22.-27.9. at 10-12, tel. 050 344 2530. Or give a call to our financial manager Ilkka Leppänen – he is available on 15.9. – 3.10., tel. 050 431 0420. Emails:

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