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Site manager / Project manager R&D location Gratkorn (m/f/d)

Country:  Austria
Country/Region:  Au
City:  Gratkorn




Technology is a cornerstone of our business and is supported by technology centres in each region, covering every section of the value chain. The R&D focuses on consolidating and growing our position in our targeted markets segments by developing and commercialising packaging and speciality paper products, energy opportunities from sustainable renewable resources, developing new products and optimising our forestry assets.


Our technology centres across the world cover a diverse spread of research and development. In this role you will be working at the Research and development department in Gratkorn, Austria. This centre covers new Technology Development Centre,  Nanocellulose Competence Centre and Papermaking processes



Role and responsibilities:


  • Responsible for all legal requirements of the R&D center which operates under Sappi Papier Holding GmbH
  • Responsible for the Safety, Risk and health management systems – the incumbent needs the skills to manage this responsibility
  • Manage the technology portfolio pipeline of the R&D location Gratkorn competence centers in alignment with the Director R&D and in support of the Sappi strategy
  • Liaise with Universities an institutions to promote a collaborative working relationship (not responsible for the work programs but relationship management)
  • Be abreast of EU R&D funding mechanisms and identify opportunities to secure funding of projects as available  
  • Preparations of annual budgets and resource planning
  • Line manager of the employees in R&D location Gratkorn, including management of engagement plans and development of the team, drive open communication and promote engagement within a multi-culture team environment, manage a succession pipeline via the development plans to allow employees opportunities to grow in functional and organizational skills  
  • Manage maintenance and upkeep of the buildings, laboratories and equipment
  • Ensuring that research and design methodologies meet established scientific and technical standards
  • Develop a resource plan in terms of skills, capacity, equipment, and services to deliver the annual KPI’s, ability to report technical and non-technical updates to line manager and relevant fora
  • Offer an analytical service to mills and R&D competence centers  
  • Monitor R&D activities and optimize the productivity of the center to ensure delivery of tasks and projects on time and in full as agreed with the internal customer
  • Develop an agile environment where teamwork and One Sappi principles deliver results with speed
  • Collaborate with the HR, communication, procurement, IT, IP and finance departments to achieve the departmental deliverables and KPI’s
  • Promotes collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, promote external collaboration to accelerate project delivery where Sappi may lack competencies
  • Responsible for reporting technical and non-technical updates to R&D EU Director, competencies expected in aligning with line manager and translate strategy and decisions into R&D portfolio



Required qualifications:


  • PhD or Masters level in Chemical Engineering / Process Technology (University / University of applied sciences)
  • Minimum of 5 years management experience in a technology environment (Management development program will be advantageous)
  • Experience in field of papermaking (fibre, pulping and coating technology) is required
  • Experience in field of label technology
  • Business acumen coupled with out of the box thinking, networking capabilities and team player
  • Willingness to travel and work cross functional
  • Fluent German and English mandatory



Good to have


  • High energy and enthusiasm, with a strong commitment to exceeding company expectations 





This job is located in Gratkorn.





Occasionally, it is sometimes necessary to travel to the group's locations (Belgium, Germany, Netherland, Austria, South Africa, North America)



We are hybrid and Flexible:


Together with your team, you can decide of a hybrid working model where you can meet business, team and individual objectives.



What we offer: 


  • An excellent opportunity to work, learn & grow with us. With our culture of learning & development, you can access thousands of online trainings
  • A multi-cultural & international environment to share and collaborate with colleagues from more than 68 nationalities in 31 locations globally.
  • A unique opportunity to join a global wood fibre solution company. We are constantly innovating toward a circular economy working to achieve our sustainability goals & reduce our carbon foot print.
  • For this position we offer an annual gross remuneration of EUR 90.000,--  Depending on qualifications and/or special professional experience, a higher salary may be agreed upon.
  • Parking slots around the area
  • Pension scheme
  • Canteen
  • Various health programs (sport courses, company doctor, …)
  • Childcare



Our comment on Diversity & Inclusion


D&I is a key strategic component and enabler for us to unlock the full potential of our diverse talent and encourage diversity of thought, to promote successful collaboration and innovation. Embedding inclusion in our culture is helping us develop a positive employee experience where everyone at Sappi feels valued and engaged, with our stakeholders recognising us as a trusted partner. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment, regardless of their race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, pregnancy, neurodiversity, disability, or any other aspect that makes them unique.





Ute Grossegger 

Telephone: 2321 


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