Head of Business Unit Powder

Oct 1
Sweden, United Kingdom
Sandviken, Neath
Job category:
General Management
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With more than 150 years of material expertise and 45 years in powder atomization, Sandvik is a globally leading provider of gas atomized metal powder for various advanced manufacturing technologies – such as metal-injection molding (MIM) and additive manufacturing (AM). We offer the widest alloy range on the market and can even customize materials to fit our customers’ specific needs. Our metal powder offering is marketed under the world-renowned Osprey® brand. Metal powder for near-net-shape technologies like MIM and AM (3D-printing) is expected to grow considerably the coming years - and the advantages for the industry and for the environment are many - making it a strategic growth area for Sandvik. Powder metallurgy-based technologies make it possible to create previously impossible designs, minimize material waste and make components lighter, stronger and more flexible than ever before.

We’re now looking for a person with relevant senior executive to Direct and lead our “Business Unit Powder”, which is part of the Additive Manufacturing Division within the Sandvik Group. An inspiring leader with a strong focus on people, profit and planet. Someone who can grasp the full spectrum of our highly advanced metal powder business and who knows what it takes to manage the business and to accelerate our already aggressive growth plan. This is an exciting role, where strategy, people and business management, advanced operational excellence and close collaboration across units are vital keys for success.

Your mission

As Head of Business Unit Powder, you lead our well-established metal powders business and our “controlled expansion alloys” business, both based in Neath, UK, as well as our newly established metal powders plant based in Sweden – with an aim to further strengthen and grow our established business, and accelerate the growth of our new powder business, while maintaining healthy profitability levels.

You will be responsible for the overall financial results of the Business Unit, and you will continue to build on our very strong “safety first” culture and further develop and optimize our ways of working across all parts of the business unit. You have advanced analytical, financial and general business management skills – combined with a strong background and skills in driving “operational excellence” within a complex production environment. With your systematic and target driven approach, you develop, assess and implement winning strategies, involving and empowering your employees, and make sure that your team is aligned on the strategy execution. You know how to develop solid business cases that work in support of our long-term vision and help secure our ambitious growth targets. This includes increasing our customer base and growing our product portfolio, both in existing and new markets – and you work closely with all necessary stakeholders to drive synergies and achieve positive results. In addition, you take lead in driving our defined sustainability targets within Business Unit Powder, and in coordinating this and other relevant areas or processes on a Division and/or Business Area level.

You are customer-, business-, and result- oriented professional, with an empathic, down to earth and coaching leadership style, who acts as a role model within the organization. You are an inclusive and empowering people manager, who is not afraid to make difficult decisions when needed, but who also actively listens and supports empowerment of your employees to continuously ensure that you have a committed and motivated organization. You report directly to the President of the Additive Manufacturing Division, and you will be an important member of the Division management team.

The location for this job will be based at either of our Powder operations sites i.e. Neath (United Kingdom) or Sandviken (Sweden), with global travel a natural part of the job.

Check out the video from the Inauguration of our Titanium Powder facility.




Your background and character

We’re looking for a senior business leader, with a strong background and experience in global manufacturing management and B2B sales. You combine this with the theoretical skills from a university degree in Business Management, finance and/or Engineering. It’s also highly beneficial with knowledge and experience from powder metallurgy, metal manufacturing, and additive manufacturing.

You’re known for achieving strong results, delivering on challenging targets and driving operational performance, and your analytical mind allows you to make the right strategic decisions. We operate in a global and decentralized organization, and you’re skilled in stakeholder management and in communicating effectively across boundaries and cultures. This also means that you must be fluent in English.

You’re guided by integrity, inclusion, curiosity and a strong will to turn strategy into action. We achieve the best results through networks and great collaboration, and you both challenge us and are willing to be challenged. With an honest, genuine, and flexible approach, you build trust when you lead others and empower your organization. You are confident and action oriented, also when faced by difficult decisions.

At Sandvik, we believe in finding that win-win mix between work, family life and interests, and we happily support our employees in balancing this. For us, it’s also clear that our diversities form an amazing foundation for achieving great results and grow as an organization.


Send your application no later than October 1st 2021

Read more about Sandvik and apply at home.sandvik/career, Job ID: R0032079 We kindly ask you to submit your application in English.

Contact information

For further information about this position, please contact:

Michael Ings, Human Resources

Union contacts - Sweden

Thomas Lilja, Unionen +46 (0)26 266 659

Göran Norell, Akademikerföreningen, +46 (0)26 266 574

Peter Olsson-Andrée, Ledarna, +46 (0)26 261 984

For more information about the recruitment process, please contact HR Services, +46 (0)26 261 444.

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Deadline: Oct 1
Job-ID: R0032079

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