We are now looking for an
to our new Group R&D function.
Metsä Group has recently decided to broaden its R&D activities by founding a group-level R&D function with the goal to help and activate the development of its current businesses. This new function, named ‘Group R&D’, was set up inside Metsä Spring Ltd, the innovation company of Metsä Group. Metsä Spring was established about three years ago and it has, to date, been focusing on development of new businesses, essentially on implementing investments into startup companies and own demonstration projects. Examples of the latter include our textile fibre and 3D fibre product development projects. In this role, Metsä Spring is hereby starting to strengthen the Group R&D team and is, therefore, now looking for a R&D Manager.
What is your role in the future of Metsä?
You will be a key member of the new Group R&D team inside Metsä Spring, led by Katariina Kemppainen, VP Group R&D. In this role your primary network includes the R&D teams of the current business areas of Metsä Group (i.e. Metsä Forest, Metsä Wood, Metsä Fibre, Metsä Board and Metsä Tissue), the other Group Services teams (e.g. IPR, Energy and Sustainability), as well as the various R&D stakeholders (universities, public funding agencies, etc.) related to the research and development of the current business areas of Metsä Group. You will also support the Corporate Venturing activity of Metsä Spring as a technology expert.
Your tasks will include participating in the planning, setting up and managing new ways of collaboration and innovation inside Metsä Group and supporting Metsä Group’s business areas by leading and/or providing expertise in joint R&D projects. You will plan and lead complex R&D projects or programmes that involve external partners and public R&D support. You will also get to dig into science & technology in selected areas, interpreting research results and developing them into business concepts. In addition, you will monitor closely the innovation landscape related to the Metsä Group’s area of operations and participate in assessing startup investment opportunities as a part of the Metsä Spring team. You will be networking with Finnish and foreign universities, RTOs, technology and service providers, startups and major companies in our innovation ecosystem.
What we are looking for?
To succeed in this position you need to have relevant, at least 5 years of experience from R&D, business development, consulting or similar, in academia or industry, related to bioeconomy and preferably related to forest industry. Applicants with 10-20+ years of experience are also welcomed. All kinds of competence and experience from the following industry fields is seen beneficial: pulp & fibres, paperboard & packaging, tissue & greaseproof papers, timber & engineered wood products, textile fibres, other new wood-based bioproducts and forest management.
You have a Master’s degree or a PhD from a technical field or natural sciences, relevant to bioeconomy or forest industry.
You need to have proven project management experience and skills, and an interest and ability to plan and handle large complex initiatives. We hope you understand Finnish and European public funding instruments, are able to participate in proposal writing and have your own existing networks in the Finnish R&D landscape. In addition, we hope you have competence to carry out technical feasibility, techno-economic, and/or sustainability assessments for new business concepts. Understanding of patenting and a good ability to interpret patent texts are seen beneficial for carrying out this task.
As a person you need to have strong networking and communication skills (oral and written). We hope you have a curious, quick-learning and analytical mindset and a proactive way of working. Fluent English is a prerequisite for this task. Finnish language skills are seen beneficial but not mandatory.
Location for this position can be any Metsä Group mill or office site.
What we offer
This is a truly unique opportunity to get to work with cutting-edge wood-based innovations, as a part of a small enthusiastic and innovative team inside a large corporation in the core of sustainable bioeconomy. You will get a first-row seat to the R&D and innovation landscape within the forest industry and get to support the development and commercialization of new wood-based bioproducts. In addition, you get to participate in developing Metsä Group towards an even more innovative and networked future.
Can you imagine yourself having a career at Metsä? Find out!
For more information, call Katariina Kemppainen VP, Group R&D (tel. +358 50 375 2212). The best time to reach her is on Monday 2.8. at 8-9 and Thursday 5.8. at 15-16.
What happens next?
Submit your application using the link "Apply". Do it as soon as possible, as we will start processing the applications already during the application period. Include your CV (and also tell us your salary request). The search is open until 8.8.2021. We wish you luck!