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Primary Location: 

Finland - Helsinki, FI

Function:  Human Resources
Job Category:  Support Functions

Leadership Development Lead


Wärtsilä is on a journey to restore great performance and simplify how we do business. To support this, Wartsila HR is in the midst of a transformation towards ONE fit-for-purpose high-impact HR. As part of our goals we want to add simplicity to the ways we work, increase clarity of roles and responsibilities and bring more speed to decision making. HR plays an important role in ensuring our businesses achieve their goals, which is why we are transforming our organisation together. 



About the Position 


As the Leadership Development Lead you will drive the leadership development strategy, with the ambition of turning Wärtsilians into effective leaders and securing bench strength together with the businesses. You will design a framework to define and build leadership competencies and behaviors through innovative and modern methods. You will be responsible for developing impactful leadership concepts and a leadership development strategy to enhance the performance of our leaders from young potentials to senior executives, focused on developing resilient, transformational leaders that navigate business complexity whilst securing high performance. You will work closely with the HR Business Partners (HRBP) within our businesses and People Services to develop scalable, contextual concepts to ensure the greatest possible impact and effectiveness of our leadership development related services.


In this role, you will focus on:


Strategy & Framework

  • Identify, develop and implement leadership concepts and a leadership development strategy to support both cultural alignment as well as each of our businesses in their growth plans
  • Ensure the leadership development strategy is grounded in both the art and the science of organizational and individual learning and development as well as effective leadership
  • Build strong working relationships with business leaders and HRBPs to gather insights and develop a deep understanding of our leadership challenges


Needs Assessment

  • Work closely with business leaders and key HR stakeholders (HRBPs, the wider Talent & Leadership team, etc.) to assess and diagnose both our shared and unique leadership development needs, aligned to our overall people priorities and strategy
  • Analyze performance needs, diagnose their root causes, assessing options and recommending solutions


Analysis & Portfolio Effectiveness

  • Establish, monitor and regularly report on leadership development metrics: evaluating effectiveness, measuring ROI, and proactively improving and evolving as we learn from experience
  • Build a narrative around the effectiveness of our leadership development strategy and solutions


Thought Leadership & Best Practices

  • Apply leadership development theories/models, benchmark best practices/trends, and maintain knowledge of cutting-edge approaches in order to deliver sustainable leadership development concepts that drive true business impact
  • Keep pace with industry trends and define a roadmap to promote progressive business practices
  • Serve as an internal consultant to provide insight and expertise


Your people leadership responsibilities will be:

  • Work effectively across reporting lines within the Communities of Expertise, across HR and the businesses, in project mode covering agile and traditional waterfall



About You


To succeed in this role, we are looking for someone with:

  • The ability to understand business strategies and the related leadership requirements
  • A deep understanding of effective, contextual leadership
  • Leadership coaching experience highly desired
  • Experience building leadership models, concepts and strategies
  • Experience with the impact assessment of leadership growth solutions
  • Experience in designing and rapidly implementing new ways of working and a demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Track record in delivering change that influences business performance
  • Effective in ambiguous environments; able to deliver expected results with minimal direction and guidance
  • Systematic problem-solving skills including effective task management and execution
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with others in high-pressure situations
  • Demonstrated curiosity and capacity for learning
  • Outstanding communication and influencing skills
  • Passion to continuously develop a culture of learning, enthusiasm for a coaching approach, and sharing knowledge to empower others
  • Ability to give and receive feedback and course-correct when needed
  • Seamlessly switching from strategic to operational thinking as needed



What we are looking for in all Wärtsilä HR colleagues:

  • Business acumen: Understanding our businesses interdependencies and performance drivers. Integrating business priorities, perspectives and desired outcomes with HR decisions, operations and activities to drive HR initiatives from a business angle.
  • Communication: Conveying and exchanging thoughts, ideas and information effectively through various mediums and approaches.
  • System thinking: Performing problem solving within complex environments. Understanding the effects of parts onto the whole by looking for patterns and behaviours.
  • Service Orientation: Committing to exceeding both internal and external customers’ needs. Proactively identifying customer needs and sustaining a culture of service excellence within the organization.
  • Leadership: Leading others to achieve objectives in the most effective way. Providing an inclusive workplace that cultivates workplace relationships and teamwork, and fostering the development of others
  • Decision Making: Choosing a course of action from various alternatives using a reasoned process to achieve intended goals 
  • Developing People: Helping others to learn and develop their capabilities to enhance their performance and achieve personal or professional goals 



Join us in creating something entirely new!




What we offer you 


We have an amazing team and a clear purpose to exist. We are passionate about the work we do and hope to find a colleague to share our passion with for putting people are at the heart of everything we do. We are also offering the unique opportunity to help us to build an entirely new value offering to the business and the possibility to create long term business impact. 


If you feel excited about being part of this dynamic working environment and you think your personal skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your application, together with a Curriculum Vitae before the application deadline on October 25th by submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process all the way. The location for the position is one of our main Wärtsilä hubs.


In case you have questions about the open position, please contact Tiia Leino, HR Director (Global Functions) (tiia.leino@wartsila.com).