R&D Director to the global and ambitious Finnish company, TEKNOS

Do you want to be responsible for the Danish R&D organization and people management within? Do you want to be a part of securing, that the Danish R&D tap into and get the best out of being a partner of a global company organized in a matrix structure? Do you want to play an active role in the DK management team, representing R&D and participate in the development of TEKNOS business according to their group strategy and roadmap?

Then you might be the one we are looking for to be the new R&D Director at TEKNOS.

As R&D Director, you will report directly to the Managing Director and in dotted line to the Group R&D Director.

You have 5 direct references with a total of 45 in the team under you.

Who are you?

You are creative and have an innovative way of thinking, seeking new solutions and are capable of adjusting present solutions to different kind of situations. When faced with a difficult task, you are able to troubleshoot, even in stressfull situations. You seek to improve your own and the organizations knowledge, expertise and performance all the time. You coorperate actively between functions and other R&D organizations. Supports best practice sharing and enables cross border communication forums between people and teams.

You initiate long term commitment on ongoing improvements of products and processes through incremental and breakthrough improvements.

The most important daily tasks and responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading, coaching and development of R&D employees and organization through execution of people process
  • Being a member of the Danish Management team, by participating in management team meetings and playing an active role in variuos internal working groups, task forces and teams with all relevant stakeholders and functions
  • Annual Danish R&D budget
  • Improving working environtment in the Danish R&D
  • People and organization development
  • Working according to, following and implementing TEKNOS Group Strategy, Group R&D roadmap and TEKNOS A/S roadmap.
  • Supporting sales with needed technical service, specifications, documentaion and training.

Your qualifications

  • Over 5 years working experience with leadership and people management. Experience with leadership by leading other leaders is essential.
  • Over 5 years working experience in R&D related to chemical industry.
  • A relevant academic background e.g. University level degree in chemistry or chemical engineering. Min. Master degree.

The Company

TEKNOS is a global company that produces high-quality coatings for industry, construction and consumers.  They are one of the leading suppliers of industrial coatings and have a strong position within DIY and building painting.

Teknos is a family-owned company, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. They have production in 8 countries: Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Russia, the Netherlands and China, as well as sales departments in 18 countries.

Teknos has grown rapidly in recent years, exporting to more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the United States. The company employs approximately 1800 people worldwide, with net sales in 2020 of €348 million.

More than 100,000 tonnes of paint is produced, with a range of 6-7000 stock keeping units (SKU’s).

The goal is to offer intillligent, sustainable coatings that protect and extend lifespan. Teknos' goal is to be seen as the most innovative partner in the coatings industry, and they are constantly searching for new raw materials and efficient technologies to produce innovative solutions. 

Their current strategy aims at rapid and profitable growth and a net target of EUR 1 billion by 2025. In addition, work with the 5 strategic initiatives: Balance, customer experience, sustainability, culture of continuous improvement and innovations.

The department in DK (Vamdrup) primarily produces watery paint for wood, metal and UV protection, of which 60 - 65% of the volume goes to affiliates. DK is pure B2B,  makes up 25% of Teknos and generated a revenue of DKK 600 million in 2020.


Application deadline:
As soon as possible

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kim Tapping
Partner Birn+Partners
Tlf.: +45 40 79 66 55



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