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Primary Location: 

Finland - Helsinki, FI

Function:  Human Resources
Job Category:  Support Functions

Operational excellence thesis worker

Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company known for being a forerunner in the Marine and Energy markets. Every day, we – Wärtsilians - put our hearts and minds into turning Wärtsilä's purpose of enabling sustainable societies with smart technology, and our Smart Marine and Energy visions into reality. Our ultimate aim is to provide increased value to both our customers and society. New, game-changing ideas and continuous improvement have been part of our DNA since 1834. Together, we can create new business opportunities and more sustainable future that we can all be proud of. 

We want to transition the world towards a cleaner future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we can make it work. We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent – want to join the ride?


Are you looking to do your thesis work in a multicultural company while working abroad? We have an amazing opportunity for you! 


We are looking for an Operational Excellence Thesis worker to Wärtsilä Suzhou Ltd, which is a multi-product assembly factory that currently has around 150 employees and is constantly growing. 


The position is located in Suzhou, China.


Main tasks and responsibilities


  • First and foremost, your thesis. The exact topic will depend on your background and your interests. A generally good topic in the context of the factory is something related to material and information flow. 
  • Additionally, with your line manager you will be identifying and prioritising operational improvement needs. You will be supporting and sometimes personally driving the implementation of operational excellence initiatives. These can be related to your thesis and are a valuable way to collect data.



  • Nearly completed Master of Science in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information and Knowledge Management or equivalent.
  • Very good written and oral English
  • Very good use of MS Office tools
  • SAP, Power BI, UiPath skills are seen as a plus
  • General skills & characteristics:
  • Communication, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Cost awareness & effectiveness
  • Cultural knowledge (China vs Europe)
  • Presentation skills
  • Reporting & analysing skills
  • Teamwork skills 
  • Open mindset and curiosity
  • Learning & development skills


Professional skills:

  • Process knowledge
  • Value stream mapping
  •  Demand-driven flow and analysis skills
  •  KPIs and target definition
  •  Performance management systems
  •  Strategic planning and target setting
  •  Change management skills
  •  Problem solving and decision making
  • Quality, safety & environmental understanding


Please apply by 16th December, 2019. 

For further details please contact: 
Julia Shi, julia.shi@wartsila.com or Echo Xu, echo.xu@wartsila.com 

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at www.wartsila.com