R&D Manager, Water Treatment

R&D Manager, Water Treatment

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemistry for water intensive industries. For more than 100 years, our chemistry has advanced human progress and quality of life. We call it chemistry with a purpose, better every day. At Kemira, we foster a collaborative and inclusive work culture that empowers our employees to thrive and make a difference. Learn more about Kemira at www.kemira.com/careers.

We are now looking for an innovative, inspiring and result-oriented R&D Manager, Water Treatment for Kemira R&D and Technology function.


Kemira R&D and Technology is a critical enabler within Kemira, securing organic growth and further differentiation in the market through co-creation and innovation with our customers. The position is temporary (2.9.2024 – 30.9.2025) and is based at our R&D Center in Espoo, Finland.


You will work as a leader for a team of experts working in multiple areas of water treatment. This team is developing new water treatment chemicals and solutions for drinking water, raw water, waste water and sludge treatment both for municipal and industrial customers (specifically in Pulp & Paper and Mining customer segments). As a team manager you will set clear targets, follow and evaluate performance, improve safety culture, mentor and coach project managers and project scientists and take overall responsibility of specific laboratories in your responsible area. You are responsible for developing competences of your team members, scouting new technologies, exploring customer needs and proposing new project ideas in your area of competence.


What you’ll bring to the team:

  • Strong commitment and drive to continuously improve safety culture in our day-to-day operations
  • You are expected to have MSc/PhD in the area of chemical engineering, process engineering, chemistry or other relevant field of technology
  • You have several years of industrial experience in developing chemicals or applications for water-intensive areas or experience of municipal water treatment sector. Knowledge of water treatment technologies, digital solutions in water treatment and/or inorganic chemistry is an advantage
  • Experience in coordinating laboratory work tasks, setting targets, and driving performance and competency development within a team is seen as a benefit
  • Experience in project management is seen as a benefit
  • Ability to thrive in a multicultural environment, creating networks and helping the team to deliver success with our customers
  • You are fluent in both written and spoken English, knowledge of Finnish is considered a strong advantage


 What you can expect from us:

  • Possibility to work in a global, Finnish company that is committed to innovation, cares for people and is dedicated to customer success
  • Possibility to work in a state-of-the-art R&D laboratory of a market leader in chemical water treatment and a leading global chemical supplier for pulp and paper industry
  • A unique and exceptional team of world-class experts and colleagues to work with


Ready to create better every day? Join Kemira!


For more information, please contact Nina Nurmi, VP, R&D and Technology, EMEA by phone +358 40 592 9917 on June 19, 2024 at 9-10 or June 25, 2024 at 10-11. Please apply with CV no later than June 30, 2024 at kemira.com/careers. Please note that we might start recruitment interviews already during the application period.


Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water-intensive industries. Our customers include industrial and municipal water treatment operators, and pulp & paper industry among others. We provide the best-suited products and services to improve our customers’ product quality, process, and resource efficiency. Our focus is on water treatment, renewable solutions, and digital services. In 2023, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 3.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. For more information, please visit our web site www.kemira.com/careers and LinkedIn.

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