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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Application & Product Management

Tampere, FI Ljungby, SE Helsinki, FI

Chief Engineer, Robotics

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.


Kalmar will be breaking the laws of gravity by introducing its Robotic Solutions. The intelligent and flexible Robotic Portfolio will be available for the entire material handling industry. With more intelligent equipment built on a common platform and without the need to invest in heavy infrastructure, Kalmar’s Robotic Solution will be easier to deploy, maintain and scale up. Moving our customer business towards fully autonomous, unmanned material handling with zero accidents, zero emissions and maximum productivity.
This role takes you into the center of technology leadership. As a chief engineer of robotics you will be taking full responsibility for autonomous driving and load handling architecture and engineering in Kalmar. Join us to create the future Robotic offering for Ports & Terminals, Distribution and Industries.


Purpose of the position


The purpose of this job is to ensure robotics technology leadership in the ports & terminals, distribution and industrial segment solutions. Chief Engineer of Robotics works in the technology department of Kalmar Mobile Solutions. His/her role is to ensure state of the art architecture design and professional development of the robotics technology platform. The person in this role takes full responsibility for the robotics architecture and robotics technology development and collaborates with multidisciplinary teams.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Chief architect for robotics systems
  • Chief engineer for robotics development and engineering
  • Co-design with your peers the equipment automation readiness (vehicle control system and actuators) and the end-to-end systems, i.e. robotised equipment, automation software, remote operations center, and infrastructure systems.
  • Ensure the progress of robotics technology development and availability of professional development environments and tools.

What you’ll need to succeed:



  • Master or Doctoral degree in relevant fields


  • Technology development in robotics or equipment automation
  • Senior technology specialist / technology manager roles
  • Automation of mobile machines and cargo handling application experience is considered as a benefit


  • Deep knowledge on at least one of robotic topics and familiarity with the rest of the topics including  (perception, machine vision, planning, mapping, sensor fusion, localization, motion control, mobile manipulation, machine learning) and good understanding of vehicle control systems and functional safety
  • Development and systems engineering process understanding
  • Analytical and problem solving mindset and mindset of big picture
  • Vision for direction and management skills for execution
  • Collaboration mindset and confidence in communications with multidisciplinary teams of experts and managers
  • Skilled to challenge technology status quo and identify smarter ways of working
  • Project management experience is considered as a plus
  • Good verbal and written English
  • Earlier experience on automation project engineering is considered as a plus
  • Knowledge on operation at ports & terminals, distribution centers or industrial terminal is considered as a plus

Working together with:


Product management, software and automation development teams, business division R&D teams, robotics technology partners and suppliers, live equipment test engineers, product integration, project delivery, maintenance & support services.

Interested to join?


If you are excited about this opportunity, please submit your application.
We are looking for a candidate who is located close to any major Kalmar site in Europe or the USA. e.g., Tampere Finland, Helsinki Finland, Ljungby Sweden, Stockholm Sweden, Ottawa KS USA.  Primary location Tampere Finland.

Please contact Jari Hämäläinen (jari.hamalainen@kalmarglobal.com) for further information about the position.



Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move. www.kalmarglobal.com


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2020 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,500 people. www.cargotec.com