Head of Sustainable Solutions

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Alkuperäinen julkaisupäivä 16.2.2021

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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

Ready to take on a new challenge?

Aalto University has just entered a new living strategy. The strategy emphasizes three cross-cutting approaches: Sustainable solutions, Radical creativity and Entrepreneurial mind-set. We are now seeking a

Head of Sustainable Solutions

to an influential and multi-faceted role in supporting a significant change initiative at the University.

Your goals

We at Aalto University connect our strengths to create solutions for grand challenges and pioneer sustainable solutions in our operations. In this position, you will help our top researchers and students of art & design, business, technology and science to find solutions for the grand challenges our planet is facing. You will be a key player in supporting the whole Aalto community to develop more sustainable technologies, services, businesses, design and other much needed solutions, on our campus and elsewhere.   

In this new role, you get to give your ideas and contribution to the development of the University strategy and its implementation in

  • coordinating the long-term planning of the Sustainable Solutions and its integration to all our activities
  • coordinating the follow-up of the plan according to the annual management processes
  • increasing awareness and promoting Sustainable Solutions widely within the community
  • making sure that the theme is regularly in management teams and discussion forums and organising annual events

You work with Aalto leadership and community to promote the cross-cutting approach in all Aalto activities. You report in matrix to Vice President Ossi Naukkarinen and directly to Development Director Sirkku Linna and work in close collaboration with Aalto leadership. The position is fixed-term and ends in the end of 2024.

Your experience and ambitions

You have deep knowledge of some sustainability areas and good understanding of different aspects of sustainability: you have expertise in a relevant area but you are interested in other approaches to sustainability and willing to learn more. You have experience in strategic development of organizations. We hope you will challenge our thinking with your forward-looking approach and open up new perspectives. You foster collaboration with your strong interpersonal skills and the will to work together with people. You have excellent organizational and negotiation skills. You communicate fluently in Finnish and English. You have PhD or similar qualifications and a drive for continuous personal development.


If you see yourself in this role, send your application and CV through our recruitment system no later than 7.3.2021.

Should you have any questions about the position, Development Director Sirkku Linna will be happy to answer them on Wednesday, 3.3. at 16–17, tel. +358 40 051 5346, or by email: sirkku.linna@aalto.fi. In questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Söderlund, +358 50 338 7437 or kirsi.soderlund@aalto.fi.

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