Head of Communication


Our curiosity and persistent drive to develop and improve leading materials, products and solutions for our customers has helped Sandvik set the standard again and again.

Our curiosity and persistent drive to develop and improve leading materials, products and solutions for our customers has helped Sandvik set the standard again and again. Our unique expertise in materials technology and our excellent people – is what makes us industry leaders and world-class performers in many markets. And we are constantly exploring new ground – making a true difference in many different ways. With our core expertise in materials technology and advanced materials, we are contributing in solving some of the world's greatest challenges, especially the energy and climate challenges, and also enable important technology shifts in these areas.

To ensure exceptional communication, externally and internally, the Business Area (BA) Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT) is now looking for a passionate and excellent leader to head our highly competent staff function for Communication into the future – someone who wants to take an active part in the overall strategy and continuous development of SMT. The location for this position is Sandviken, Sweden.


Your challenge

As Head of Communication, you are responsible for SMT’s corporate communication, both externally and internally, and you ensure continuous development of our communication strategy, channels and structure. This role comes with both freedom and responsibility and you are initially expected to design the most suitable structure and way of working for a new organizational set-up. You actively lead the team which is responsible for creating, maintaining and developing all aspects of communication, including executive management communication, strategy communication, change- and crisis communication, branding, events, sponsoring, PR and media relations – as well as the internal and external web channels. In addition, being accountable for our social media strategy and focusing on the possibilities in digital communication are important parts of your mission. As an expert within your field, you (and your team) are the sounding board to our BA President and the Management Team in matters of communication, media relations and other external relations.

Your mission includes being the coordinating chairman of Sandvik Materials Technology's Communications Management Team, which includes the Communications Managers of the Product Areas – and as a member of the Communication Council of the Sandvik Group, you ensure alignment to the overall communication strategy and participate in common Group-initiatives. Furthermore, you are a true ambassador of Sandvik’s culture and values and an external spokesperson for Sandvik Materials Technology.

You report to the Vice President of Strategy and have ten communication specialists in your team, including web specialists. Occasional international travel is part of the job.


Your profile

We are looking for someone with an academic background within communication or marketing and more importantly, someone with an extensive working career in this field. You have a history of working with management teams and successfully leading other people in an international setting, as well as solid experience from leading communication projects, including events. In this position, you need profound knowledge of communication planning, strategy and branding and you have a proven track record from working with change communication. You are highly experienced in handling media contacts and cooperating with external agencies and also, you have good knowledge in digital communications and content marketing – including web, digital marketing and social media. As we are based in Sweden but act on the international arena, your communication skills in Swedish and English are exceptional, both verbally and in writing.

We believe you have a winning personality, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and know-how to drive ideas and projects from start to finish. You have the confidence to take front position in projects involving senior management, act with integrity and have both the interest and the ability to lead, develop and motivate people in a virtual and global organization. You easily build trust and are an excellent networker with good understanding of stakeholder management and, with your strategic and holistic view; you understand the business requirements and are able to act on urgent, short-term and long-term objectives.

We are a company with an open-minded culture, actively working to create a workplace that is characterized by diversity and inclusion.


Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world-leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2016, the Group had approximately 43,000 employees and sales of 82 billion SEK in more than 150 countries within continuing operations.


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Head of Communication

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Contact information
Lena Berg, recruiting manager and Vice President and Head of Strategy, +46 (0)70 633 83 08
Patrik Skagerlind, Human Resources Business Partner, +46 (0)26 265 038

Union contacts
Lars Carlborg, Akademikerföreningen, +46 (0)26 263 985
Mikael Larsson, Unionen, +46 (0)26 263 166

For more information about the recruitment process, please contact HR Services, +46 (0)26 261 444. Recruitment Specialist André Söderholm