Helsinki, FI

Location Details:  This position can be located in Europe or North America.

Title:  Vice President Biomaterials Paper and Board

We are seeking a driven Vice President Biomaterials Paper & Board to support Kemira’s long-term growth to become the leading provider of sustainable chemical solutions by providing focus, dedication and speed for selected strategic initiatives. The main accountabilities of the role are: 

  • Develop, Scale-Up, Commercialize and Sell new and unique Biomaterials and technical concepts into existing Paper & Board markets, especially in Barrier and Strength applications.
  • Lead a team of Business Development and Technical Sales Experts in providing business ownership, direction and implementation of the final stages of new biomaterial development, including customer proof-of-concept trials, manufacturing and commercial scale-up, product launches at global level, and technical sales of the new products
  • Co-lead collaboration and negotiations with prospective manufacturing and other partners
  • Develop and commercialize of new business models, services and products
  • Co-design and implement Strategy and Strategic marketing for P&B markets to influence and build the market, including: relevant market and technical analyses, value propositions, product development, Go-to-Market plans, pricing, promotion and distribution, as well as long-term stakeholder influencing including value chain partners, decision makers, key opinion leaders and target customers
  • Make contingencies for expansion plans
  • An intergral member of the Growth Accelerator Commercial Management team
  • Build, develop and lead a global team of appx 10 to 12 members including (Sr) Business Development and (Sr) Sales professionals


What you can expect from us: 

  • Work with new and unique Biomaterials in a leading global chemical supplier for pulp and paper industry and a market leader in chemical water treatment
  • Be part of creating a better future by commercializing and scaling up new innovative products that improve the sustaibility of our societies
  • Be part of creating future growth as a part of a new Accelerator Unit which is in the core of the company’s long term strategy and sustainability targets
  • Work in a Global, Finnish company that is committed to innovation, cares for people and is dedicated to customer success
  • A unique and exceptional team of world-class experts and colleagues to work with

What you’ll bring to the team: 

  • Master’s degree or above, majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Paper Chemistry or other relevant technical field; MBA or PhD is a plus.
  • Minimum 10-12 years experience in the chemical industry or other relevant industry; preferably in multiple industries
  • Solid understanding of Paper and Board industry, Biobased Materials and their applications
  • Proven business development and/or Sales track record is required, combined with ability develop partnerships and successfully scale up, launch and commercialize new products
  • Proven team management and talent development experience
  • Strong strategic thinking and courage to develop new creative solutions
  • Deep technical understanding of the field and the industry, combined with understanding of the market and regulatory trends, customer value creation, product development and value-selling
  • Sharp result-oriented commercial mindset combined with techno-optimistic attitude and resilience required for driving long-term commercial projects
  • Excellent communication skills, emotional intelligence and an ability to work across organizational boundaries
  •  Visible leadership and commitment in safety, ethics and compliance


This position can be located in one of our locations in Europe or in North America.


Join Kemira and create better every day

For more information, please contact Sampo Lahtinen, SVP Growth Accelerator by email sampo.lahtinen@kemira.com.


Please apply with CV no later than 17 August 2022 at kemira.com/careers.


Kemira is an equal opportunity employer.


Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2021, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.7 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.