PrintoCent is looking for a new Co-creation Manager


Co-creation Manager, PrintoCent

PrintoCent was established 11 years ago for commercialization and industrialization of Printed Intelligence by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, and Business Oulu. Today, the key elements are the Pilot Factory, Industry Cluster, new business and start-up activation supported by world-class research. Currently, Printed Intelligence employs more than 450 experts both in industry and research and the companies have a strong desire to grow in the Oulu region. PrintoCent has a very wide global reach with its international member companies and research partners. The overall programme is coordinated by VTT.

PrintoCent has clear goal to establish in Oulu a strong Printed Intelligence Development and Manufacturing Hub, which has satellite partners widely around Europe. This enables the introduction of printed intelligence components, systems and products to wide range of application areas such as automotive, health and wellness, lighting and energy harvesting – actually, the opportunities are endless. Integration in structures like glass, plastics, laminates, composited and textiles, rapid disposable diagnostics, smart flexible lighting elements, IoT with sensors and energy harvesting are also clearly driving the new business opportunities.

We are looking for an active and innovative Co-creation Manager in the field of Printed Intelligence to work for the PrintoCent community. As a Co-creation Manager, your key goal is to drive industrialization and commercialization of Printed Intelligence to the benefit of Printocent members. As an operational leader, you will be responsible for Printocent Industrial cluster strategic target setting, roadmap creation, planning, development and operational activities. The position is located in Oulu.


Your key responsibilities include:

  • Leading the co-operation of partners and coaching Printocent members to screen and identify new innovations, collaboration projects, future products and business opportunities that lead industrial impact.
  • Leading actions based on Printocent member needs and recommendations towards jointed marketing activities, education for future talents, identified research topics, as well as improved design and manufacturing capabilities and capacity.
  • Leading and hosting PrintoCent Innovation stream- InnoFest, Printo$ampo and PRINSE activities plus regular PrintoCent Industry Cluster meetings.
  • Continuously identifying, building and developing new local and international networking opportunities and partnerships, which support the strategy of the PrintoCent.


Who we are looking for:

You understand innovation ecosystems and business logics of the industry. You know the key actors and are able to form a joint strategic target setting which combines the partners’ targets under an ambitious vision. You are aware of trends, major national and international activities, and can create practical roadmaps, programs and implementation action plans with complementary synergies.


Ideally, your background includes following

• Experience from relevant industry and research organizations, national and international innovation system and funding entities. Start-up experience is considered a plus.

• Wide global networks

• Business development and sales experience

• Excellent communication, presentation and networking skills

• University degree at Master´s or PhD level in relevant field

• Fluent command of Finnish and English


As a person you are:

• Vision driven and energetic with intrinsic “Can do” – attitude

• Open-minded networker, and able to work under pressure

• Creating positive drive and getting people excited

• Eager to innovate and learn new things

• Well-organised with excellent collaboration skill


We offer:

As VTT’s PrintoCent Co-Creation Manager position you will be in central position to boost Printed Intelligence industrialization and business growth together with our PrintoCent members as well as other national and global customers and research networks. You will be deeply affecting the next PrintoCent 2022-2024 programme and its implementation.

At VTT, we believe that our impact is built on scientific and technological excellence in all our work. Our people are the core of the next generation VTT. Our personnel’s wellbeing and competence development are key priorities. You will be a part of a creative and international working environment. We offer versatile, independent and challenging tasks and the needed support and coaching.


To apply & further information

Please contact Jussi Paakkari, Printocent Board Chairman (, +358405485286) and Kari Rönkä, Vice President Sensing solutions (, +358407749846).

We hope you are interested in joining us! Please send your CV and application with your salary request as soon as possible but 13 June 2021 at the latest. Please send your application through VTT’s online recruitment system.

Apply between 28 May 2021 and 13 June 2021 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)
Employment type: Full-time, permanent


Funding from

Printocent | VTT, Kaitoväylä 1, 90571 Oulu, Finland

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