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Head of Quality

Do you want to be part of establishing an environment where employees live quality in everything they do? We are looking for a senior Quality professional ready to take on a new challenge.

At Valmet, we get things done by working together. We are a global industry and recognized sustainability leader and we know that one of the key components of our success is the people who join our team - talents like you.  We are now looking for a Head of Quality to Valmet's Paper business line Operational Excellence organization to help us drive our business forward.

In this position, you will be responsible for the quality performance of the business line. You will lead the development of quality management and assurance processes and drive continuous improvement and transformation initiatives in a matrix organization and in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders.

If you are an ambitious quality professional with a growth mindset, this is your opportunity to make an impact on the paper business scene. We strive for a combination of high-quality products, services and customer service to build a more sustainable future.

As a Head of Quality you will report in solid line to VP, Operational Excellence in Paper business line and in matrix to VP, Quality in Valmet. You will represent the business line in the Valmet quality core team.

The position will be based in our major location in Finland (Jyväskylä, Järvenpää or Tampere) or Sweden (Karlstad).

Your responsibilities

As a Head of Quality you are the key ensuring the development of Paper business line's quality management and performance. You will lead the quality network proactively towards the targets, such as improving customer experience, reducing cost of quality, developing efficient quality processes and overall continuous improvement, as well as drive necessary change initiatives and action plans.

You will be challenged by a wide range of projects and contribute to success in all areas of quality development.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the development of end-to-end quality assurance process

  • Leading the implementation of strategic quality initiatives, e.g., quality transformation program

  • Defining quality roles and responsibilities, implementing resource management and competence development within quality network

  • Leading the GMS administration, auditing process and certification in Paper business line

  • Reporting on quality performance and developing of the metrics used for performance evaluation

Who is the professional we are looking for?

We are looking for a person who has a strong track record of developing quality performance in an industry environment. You already have an understanding of quality requirements in automation, pulp and paper, energy, marine or other relevant industries.

You have experience in driving change processes successfully, including demonstrated success in stakeholder management. As a leader, you have strong decision-making and problem-solving skills. You have good facilitation skills and ability to communicate effectively to create engagement in others. Proactive and systematic networking in international matrix organization is essential, thus your networking and negotiating skills are excellent in order to influence people.

To succeed in this role we will also expect you to have

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Finnish

  • Relevant educational background, Master's level degree in relevant field

  • Knowledge of international quality management and assurance standards

  • Line manager experience

  • Lead auditor and Lean/Six Sigma qualification and experience is seen as beneficial

Who are we and what do we offer

Paper business line is the home of Stock preparation, board, paper and tissue technologies in Valmet. We provide sustainable and efficient technical solutions to customers all over the world. Operational Excellence is responsible for the management and development of Paper business line's operations in supplier development and category management, quality, HSE and operational development.

We are undergoing a major transformative process not many have the chance to experience during their career! We offer you a challenging role in an energetic and forward-looking team. This is a truly global opportunity allowing you to work with an international network of colleagues to enable the long-term success of the company. What is also important to us is that we have fun doing what we enjoy!

With us you can build up your expertise. We provide opportunities to support your development throughout your career. We have both local and global talent initiatives to offer you to reach your maximum potential.

Additional information

These roles are few and far between so if this caught your interest, let's talk. For any questions or additional information about this position, please contact Krisztina Kuusisto, VP Operational Excellence, +358 40 0174048, on Thursday August 4, 2022 at 1:00 - 4:00 PM (Finnish time).

Please apply through our recruitment system by 10 August, 2022 with your CV and additional motivation letter in English. We are looking forward to hearing especially, how your expertise would help us move forward in the quality performance development.

We will start processing the applications as they come in, so apply soon! The selected candidates will be invited to a video interview.

Valmet is a smoke-free workplace.

When everything works together

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our 17,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day.

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Head of Quality

Permanent, Full time

Published on 11.08.2022

Company Turnover: 
Yli 100 000 000 €

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