R&D Controller

R&D Controller

Company introduction 

Since being founded in Timrå, Sweden, by M.D. Per Uddén in 1967, Permobil has become the leader in the advanced rehabilitation technology industry. Today, Permobil is a SEK 4 billion company with presence in 70 countries and with 1 600 employees. Owned by Investor AB through Patricia Industries, Permobil is one of their core investments. The company has grown consistently each year over the last 20 years, and more than doubled in revenue since the acquisition by Investor in 2013. Permobil has completed several acquisitions, both to expand the product offering, e.g. move into active manual wheelchairs as well as seating and positioning products, and to strengthen distribution channels and sales capabilities. Permobil is determined to continue this growth path with the ambition to double the revenues again in 3-5 years through business development as well as additional acquisitions, all to further support people with disabilities in getting a better quality of life. 

Permobil has a strong customer-centric culture. The founder Per Uddén stated already from the outset: "Every person has the right to have his or her disability compensated as far as possible by aids with the same technical standard as those we all use in our everyday lives." 


About the role

Permobil is now looking for a talented and result-oriented Business Controller to our global R&D organization, primarily located in Sweden and US. The position is located in Kista and will include travelling.

You will be member of the extended R&D management team and work closely with them regarding areas such as performance management (both financial and operational KPIs), R&D business case processes and forecasting of project and product cost development. The position will be a part of Group Finance including nine team members, but you will work very closely with the R&D management team (i.e. dotted line to EVP R&D) as well as R&D project leaders and other stakeholders.

The role is new, and this is an opportunity to establish ways of working and frameworks from scratch. 

Main tasks

  • Lead financial planning processes such as forecasting and business planning activities. 
  • Tracking and forecasting of product cost development and consider financial impact from value engineering projects and R&D project initiatives
  • Performance management reporting for the R&D org. and specific for R&D projects (incl. establishment of operational KPIs);   
    -E.g. project performance/progress vs business cases, both quality/cost/timing and operational KPIs such as product cost targets 
  • Supporting project leaders with business case preparation and involvement throughout our product development processes
  • Budgeting, forecasting and monthly R&D cost analysis for the R&D organization to ensure that R&D teams knows their numbers and can make fact-based decisions
  • Ad Hoc projects, presentations and activities 


  • University degree in finance/business admin or industrial economics, or similar 
  • 2-3 years of experience from project controlling within a multinational company and experience from product development processes.     
  • Fluent in English and Swedish
  • Strong knowledge/ability to work with finance systems, business intelligence tools and MS Office package (mainly Excel and PowerPoint).

Personal characteristics

We need a Business Controller who has the ability to interpret, communicate/present findings and make recommendations in a professional way. You have a sense of structure, logic and quality with strong analytical skills - so you can dive into details, but always able to understand the bigger picture. Working in a growing company, you are positively triggered by working in a changing and multi-cultural environment and work with tight deadlines. We expect you to have good written and verbal communication skills.  

About Sharper

In this recruitment process Permobil is co-operating with Sharper Stockholm. Please apply as soon as possible via the link below and attach your CV and cover letter in English. We screen applications continuously.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please do not hesitate to contact Josefine Wrannvik +46 70 729 87 35. For contact with union representatives, please email: unionen(a)permobil.com

Sharper is a Nordic consultancy and recruitment company and work with qualified recruitment, such as management and specialist positions. 

Sharper is active within: 

  • Marketing & Communication
  • Engineering & Supply chain
  • HR
  • Finance 

Keywords: Business Controller, Controlling, R&D, Cost Controll. 

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