Development Engineer

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Alkuperäinen julkaisupäivä 22.12.2021

Development Engineer

Are you looking to join a dynamic, innovation-driven, international company, building a better future for us all? UPM leads the forest based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven, and exciting future. The competence, integrity and drive of our people make us unique. We live by our values – trust and be trusted, achieve together, renew with courage.

We are now looking for a Development Engineer to join our Biorefinery Development Center in Lappeenranta Finland for a permanent position.

Greetings from your future manager  

“Please be welcome to our challenging field to operate with new innovations of UPM future products. Our work is to run pilot scale trials in several different business areas. Our aim is to find new solutions to produce future products and possibility to upscale them into production scale.” -Timo Westerholm, Manager UPM Biofore Base Piloting

 What you’ll do  

As a development engineer you are responsible of Piloting plant operations and development. You lead a team of operators and you work in close co-operation with our Biofuels, Biochemicals and Pulp businesses. You take new pilots into use and improve existing ones. In addition, your responsibilities include:

  • Responsibility of pilot trials safety, organizing, scheduling and resources

  • Responsibility of the team members safety and pilot plant development

  • Planning, developing and modification of new and existing pilot processes

  • Handle pilot processes and used methods deeply

  • Act as a substitute for chemical controller of the plant

  • Act as a substitute of the other pilot plant development engineer

Who you are  

  • You have a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical/process engineering

  • You have knowledge of quality control and responsibility of maintaining it

  • You have good knowledge of IT tools (MS Office, LIMS, QF Handbook, OWD, SAP, OneSafety)

  • You have experience in leading teams

  • You have good problem solving and communication skills and you can work under pressure

  • You have desire and willingness to develop your skills at work

  • You are fluent in Finnish and have a good level of English

This is what we offer for you

  • Meaningful job: We are proud of what we do. Our work highlights the expertise of our personnel, the high quality of our products and the company's values.

  • Inspired and motivated teams: We have highly skilled workforce. We are a multifaceted, international organization that works as a team to achieve our shared objectives.

  • Development opportunities: With us you can build up your expertise. We provide opportunities to support your development throughout every stage of your career.

  • Responsibility for people and environment: Our ethical principles embrace people as well as the environment. We are always striving to build a more sustainable future.

Additional information  

For further information, please contact Timo Westerholm, Manager of the UPM Biofore Base Piloting at or tel. +358400953169.

Please apply via the link and attach your CV and cover letter by 20 January 2022.

For support with submitting your application, please contact the HR Service Center at or tel. +358204146600.

A security background check may be performed for those selected to UPM positions, in accordance with the company recruitment guidelines and the Security Clearance Act 726/2014. 

UPM is a non-smoking workplace in Finland. 

We deliver renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. As the industry leader in responsibility we are committed to the UN Business Ambition for 1.5°C and the science-based targets to mitigate climate change. We employ 18,000 people worldwide and our annual sales are approximately EUR 8.6 billion. Our shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. UPM Biofore – Beyond fossils.

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