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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University, Design Factory is looking for a

Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) Coordinator

”Everybody is generous and at the same time very experienced about what they are doing and why they are doing it. I couldn't imagine a better crew of people who can shepherd cats through hoops, then into a sandpit and come out of the end smiling. I think the collective smarts, generosity of spirit and df knowledge if it were distilled into a whisky would be a good brew.”

- Feedback from a DFGN member after an event in 2019

Is this a description of the team and its purpose you want to work with? Are you familiar with the design-driven innovation and problem-based learning and want to spread the love for interdisciplinary product development to new institutions and countries? Do you believe that experimentation is the most important aspect of co-creation and driving change? If you think these questions are stating the obvious, then you are reading the right job description.

DFGN team is a small group of people working in Aalto Design Factory, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, Europe, Earth. Our team supports the development of new Design Factories and the Design Factory Global Network as a whole. This includes (but is not limited to) planning and organizing events and professional development for representatives of international universities (incl, International Design Factory Week/Festival and virtual as well as on-site trainings), supporting new Design Factories in their setting up phase, hosting international guests at Aalto Design Factory and initiating and coordinating collaboration projects between different Design Factories. Currently, there are 37 Design Factories in the world, and more are interested to join the network.

The goal of our team is simple: to become the most exciting co-creation network for product development, design innovation and experimentation, while breaking down the physical and psychological barriers between the locations.

The position is a two-year, fixed-term appointment starting as soon as possible.

Your role in the team is to help achieve the core mission of the DFGN. You will play a role in supporting the development of new Design Factories and the Design Factory Global Network as a whole. The preliminary plan is to develop the network in line with the new DFGN strategic direction, towards globally shared teaching materials, and eventually a global DFGN course. This is where the new adventures for this role lie, i.e. in the experiments leading up to the DFGN course. You will work as part of the DFGN team in its operations to build the knowledge and relationships needed to achieve the coordination goals.

As a team we share the mundane tasks, and also you will get your share of fun administrative tasks related to the DFGN. We also support the work of Aalto Design Factory when necessary. The working language in the position is English, and we enjoy being part of the diverse ADF community. The role can include some travel abroad, but most of our international collaboration is done online. However, the physical space and our community is very central to our way of life, so expect to work on-site in Otaniemi. Remote work from aboard is not currently possible.

You will be a qualified candidate for the coordinator position if you hold a university degree within a relevant field. In addition, we expect you to have  

  • Fluent skills and a desire to excel in both written and spoken English language.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and spoken)
  • An interest for storytelling and developing compelling materials to drive change
  • Diligence for project management, event coordination and administrative tasks

What helps you hit the ground running in this role is:

  • Experience in any design factory in the world
  • Studies or professional experience in product development/engineering, design innovation or similar
  • Initiative, entrepreneurial attitude and a drive to get things done. 10% planning, 90% doing.
  • Curiosity, which for us also means an interest to understand and engage in a wide variety of topics from pedagogical development to spatial design to prototyping.
  • Appreciation for experimentation culture and a solid track record of using small tests, pilots and prototypes to make anything happen.
  • A passion for the coaching mentality, and a desire to be the best facilitator in the world
  • Jack-of-all-trades -attitude; a capability to navigate different situations and environments from student events to discussing academic research and pitching to industry representatives.
  • The desire to stand up in front of people highly skeptical of your message and aim to get them excited about our mission
  • The ability to read this intimidating description of a unicorn and to know how you can build on it.


Salary is 2915, 08 € per month. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities.

How to apply

To apply for the position, please submit your application containing

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (1-2 pages)

The applications for the coordinator position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply now’ below) no later than February 13, 2022. (If you are already working at Aalto, please apply via our internal system Workday -> Find Jobs.)

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

For more information

For additional information, please contact DFGN Manager Päivi Oinonen (, or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Jenni Koivisto (

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. Aalto University combines disciplinary excellence with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Founded in 2010 to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability, Aalto University is a result of a merger of three leading Finnish universities: Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki.

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