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Director R&D - VSM Group AB

SVP Worldwide is the world’s largest consumer sewing machine company and source of the SINGER®, HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® sewing machine brands.

As a global leader doing business through its affiliated companies in over 180 countries, SVP Worldwide specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative consumer and artisan sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, accessories, embroidery designs and software. Find out more at http://www.svpworldwide.com/

The Sr. Director of R&D will oversee the R&D team based in Huskvarna. This is a critical, broad-based leadership position integral to the success of the company and will be responsible for driving new product development and technologies as well as maintaining and improving current product offerings. Responsible for managing the daily operations of the R&D team in Sweden, as well as working on long term strategies together with other management functions located globally. The role also includes legal responsibility as site manager for other SVP departments located in Sweden. The position is based in Huskvarna and reports to Senior Vice President, Research and Development based in Nashville.


  • 10+ year managing Engineering or R & D organization
  • 3+ years of working in a global engineering / manufacturing organization
  • Experience in simulation and engineering software (FEA, Creo, MATLAB, G-Tol, etc.)
  • Experience in design of consumer appliances is highly desirable
  • Must have experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Must have strong leadership, oral, and written communication skills
  • Must be fluent in Swedish and English language both oral and written
  • Master’s degree in Engineering
  • Good in teambuilding and building corporate culture with engagement

Mission and responsibilities

  • Drives new product development
  • Effectively collaborates with project stakeholders, ensuring optimal performance
  • Effectively manages all R&D operation on site
  • Creates positive working environment
  • Attracts and retain top engineering talent
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Proactive communication

Personal characteristics

  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Proactive communication
  • Teamwork
  • Coaching and developing others
  • Drive and persistence
  • Energy
  • Commercial focus   

In this recruitment we are cooperating with K2 Search. For further information about the role please contact Torbjörn Malmström 070-287 36 00 or Ann Kugelberg 076- 000 18 21. All applications and contacts remain confidential. Selection is ongoing so do not wait to submit your application. Please submit your application on www.k2search.se

SVP Worldwide, doing business through the legal entity of VSM Group AB, (Registered No. 556538-8666) Huskvarna, Sweden.