Our research, development and innovation unit in Lempäälä is looking for a Head of RDI for the Construction business area

The future is being created today. At Kiilto, we invest in the future every day by promoting occupational wellbeing, encouraging innovation and making our operations more and more sustainable. We are guided by the desire to be an environmental leader, using our expertise to create success stories for our customers. We are local, innovative and insightful. Would you like to add your own chapter to our hundred-year story of growth?


Our research, development and innovation unit in Lempäälä is looking for a

Head of RDI for the Construction business area.


In this role, you will be a leader of our RDI team for the construction business. Together with the entire RDI unit, your team (around ten people) will create solutions which enable Kiilto to achieve its ambitious targets in terms of growth and environmental leadership. The keywords along the way are green innovations, services and digitalisation. Together with your team, you will take care of our new product, solution and innovation pipeline, which includes both incremental and radical innovations. You will explore and identify new technologies, with a view to applying them to help our customers enhance their business. You will develop and leverage influential networks consisting of business partners, internal stakeholders, external industries, academic partners, and standardisation and supplier connections. You will work internationally in close collaboration with our other RDI units and stakeholders. You will report to the RDI Director. We expect you to be permanently located in the Tampere region, but you must be able and willing to travel.

You will be a key contributor influencing the future of the Kiilto Construction business, making it more efficient and environmentally friendly.


Background that would be the best fit for this job:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in the relevant field (mandatory requirement), a doctoral degree would be considered an advantage

  • A proven track record in leading a team
  • A proven track record in understanding customers’ needs
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence effectively
  • The ability to lead your team in a manner that develops individuals and promotes teamwork
  • Skills in focusing on the essential and prioritising
  • Fluent communication in English, other languages (Swedish, Russian and Finnish) are considered an asset
  • Understanding of chemistry
  • Basic understanding and experience of construction would be an advantage


We offer you a working environment within a growing international company, a wide range of interesting duties and comprehensive induction in your tasks. We actively invest in the wellbeing of our staff, for which we have twice been chosen as Finland’s most active workplace. We strive to keep our staff’s skills and knowledge up to date by organising our own training programmes. We have a non-smoking policy at Kiilto.

For further details on the position, please call RDI Director Raija Polvinen at +358400818833, either on 19 August from 3 pm to 5 pm (EET) or on 1 September from 8 am to 9.30 am (EET).

Please submit your application with a salary request and CV here no later than 4 September, 2020.

We operate in compliance with Kiilto’s recruitment process and will treat all contacts concerning the post with absolute confidentiality. We will send video interview questions to some applicants. We also ask applicants to reserve 14 September 2020 for a possible job interview.

Kiilto is a growing family-owned company from Finland, with a hundred-year history and a vision looking ahead to 2080. We develop, manufacture and market chemical industry solutions in four business areas: construction, industrial bonding, professional hygiene and consumer business. The key principles underlying our operations are environmental leadership, localism, and commitment to the future. We have approximately 1,000 employees, whose wellbeing and expertise are critical to our work for our customers. See our website for more information about Kiilto.