Would you like to join a global, growing company that innovates for a more sustainable tomorrow? UPM could be the team for you. We are frontrunners in developing renewable alternatives to fossil-based materials. Besides enabling both businesses and consumers make more sustainable choices, we strive to create a positive UPM experience for all our employees around the world. We live by our values – trust and be trusted, achieve together, renew with courage. Join us in creating a future beyond fossils!

We are now looking for a Senior Manager, Business Control, Biochemicals (m/f/d) to join our team. The position is located in Leuna, Germany; UPM locations in Finland can also be considered.

Greetings from your future manager

“This is a role in the core of the UPM ‘Beyond Fossils’. You will work with a team of inspired professionals and be involved in building a new business, UPM Biochemicals. This is a rare opportunity to join an industrial-scale greenfield business! “ – Eeva Niiranen, Director, Business Control

In this role, you are responsible for the business control operations and team for UPM Biochemicals, a greenfield business gearing for a start-up. You will provide future-oriented insight for decision making and act as a sparring partner to business management. You will add value by turning financial data, plans, and drivers into clear analyses, proposals, and focused actions. The position offers complex responsibilities in a business experiencing significant development.

You will be a member of the UPM Biochemicals management team and:

  • Contribute to business value creation through future-oriented finance insights to business steering, business development initiatives, and strategy work
  • Manage and develop finance and business processes, tools, and analytics in co-operation with various finance and business stakeholders
  • Initiate actions to optimize financial performance
  • Support target setting and follow-up
  • Have ownership of internal controls, risk management and compliance related tasks
  • Lead a team of business controllers

  • You see patterns where others see chaos, and you aim to influence with your vision
  • You build bridges connecting people, ideas, and opportunities, as well as inspire your team
  • You have high integrity and are self-driven
  • You have a relevant degree (e.g., finance or industrial management) and 5-7 years of impactful work experience in the field
  • You understand finance and business processes and command relevant tools (Excel, PowerPoint, PowerBi, SAP S/4, OneStream) with ease
  • You are fluent in English; German skills are considered an asset

  • A meaningful job – We have an inspiring purpose: ‘We create a future beyond fossils.’ Our work is impactful and transformative.
  • A caring community – Our community is built on great team spirit and shared commitment. We care about each other and the well-being of our colleagues. We support the work-life balance of all our employees.
  • Development opportunities – We offer you great opportunities to learn and grow throughout your career. We are an international, multi-business organization offering plenty of avenues for personal growth.
  • Responsible employer – Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. We are committed to ambitious, science-based sustainability targets in all areas from climate change to biodiversity. We foster diversity and inclusivity, offering a work environment in which everyone can be themselves.

Additional information

The position holder will report to Ms. Eeva Niiranen, Director, Business Control. For further information, please contact Eeva Niiranen at or tel. +358405328664.