Department Manager Chemistry & Materials

Department Manager Chemistry & Materials


NKT, a world-leading supplier of cables for the energy sector, is investing to reach further success in innovation and R&D. As part of this investment, NKT has established a Technology Consulting center (TC) in Västerås through acquisition of parts of ABB’s Swedish Corporate Research Center. From the site in Västerås, technical experts and scientists have worked with industries worldwide in cross-disciplinary R&D projects and technical investigations, for more than one hundred years. 

The role

As Manager of the Chemistry & Materials department within Technology Consulting you will lead and coach a team of around 15 people, all highly skilled engineers engaged in both cable related R&D projects as well as consulting assignments related to different material challenges. They are working in a modern chemistry & materials laboratory that has a broad range of state-of-the-art analytical instruments and processing equipment that provides great flexibility and capability to support in R&D projects and technical investigations. Your team within NKT Technology Consulting works with various customers, both internal and external.

The role includes:

  • Securing and development of departments competence base by actively working with people´s development and recruitment
  • Secure professional operations of the department
  • Secure operational results incl financial result
  • Budget responsibility for the department
  • Facilitate and secure high-quality results and delivery in R&D projects and customer assignments
  • Look for technology and market opportunities to bring the department forward
  • Secure excellent collaboration between departments and best in class operation of the whole site as part of TC management team
  • Build and develop strong relationships within NKT and with external customers
  • Develop and secure lab infrastructure
  • Ensure operations and safety in department laboratories


Technology Consulting is a dynamic workplace with an atmosphere characterized by development and learning. Facilities include modern laboratories and you will be working with colleagues who are experts in their specific fields. Through the range of different R&D projects and customer assignments, there will be great opportunities to build a wide, global network of technical partners and business units.

Who are you 

Our next colleague should have natural skills in networking and working with customer relations as well as being an excellent leader. To succeed in the role you are a good team player with good communication skills as well as a service-oriented mind. Working with people from different cultures and nationalities is something you find rewarding as this team represents 6 countries. You are also a highly trusted person with a strong business acumen and a strong drive towards commercial success.

Apart from this you do also have:

  • PhD degree or MSc with at least 5 years working experience, preferably in area of Materials or Chemistry
  • Proven management skills
  • Hands on experience in Material characterization and analysis
  • Project management
  • Experience from R&D is meritorious
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, meritorious also in Swedish

Contact and application

NKT is partnering with Compass HRG for this recruitment, please apply via the link. If you would like more information about the position, please do not hesitate to contact Consultant Hans Jansson +46 73 461 36 03 or Consultant Jens Holmberg at +46 70 377 06 20. All inquiries are treated confidentially. Union Representative from Sveriges Ingenjörer – Malena Bergsblom, +46 730 29 29 89.

About NKT

Join a diverse and international team of experts developing the power cable technology of the future with focus on deeper sea, lower losses and higher performance. Technology is leading the corporate R&D program including material development and operating some of the most advanced high-voltage test centers in the industry. NKT also operates a Technology Consulting center in Sweden, where technical experts and scientists supports industries worldwide in cross-disciplinary R&D projects and technical investigations.

NKT connects a greener world with high-quality power cable technology and takes centre stage as the world moves towards green energy. NKT designs, manufactures and installs low-, medium- and high-voltage power cable solutions enabling sustainable energy transmission. Since 1891, NKT has innovated the power cable technology building the infrastructure for the first light bulbs to the megawatts created by renewable energy today. NKT is headquartered in Denmark and employs 3,900 people. NKT is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen and realised a revenue of EUR 1.3 billion in 2019. NKT – We connect a greener world.