Business Developer Optical Materials - Geleen



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime - 40


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What will you be doing?

Your main goal is to globally identify companies along the value chain for Optical Materials for Sustainable Building Envelopes, to develop an attractive and valuable proposition for these companies to participate in the program, to negotiate the scope and conditions and to finalize the contract in order to conclude the deal. Besides bringing in program participants you are responsible for developing opportunities for contract research and consultancy within the materials domain.

To realize these ambitions, you will work closely with the program manager as well as other Business Developers and senior experts. As the optical materials field smart integration of many expertises, you will regularly be engaging with other parts of TNO and also be part of the Business Development Team within TNO responsible for the chemical value chain.

What do we require of you?

You are a self-propelling, excellent communicator with a business-minded approach and a can do mentality. Experience in the (optical) materials value chain for the construction industry would be a strong asset. You have:
• A university degree preferably in materials or chemistry, supplemented by strong business development experience on a senior level
• A proven track record and network in the materials industry and/or manufacturing industry and 3-10 years of working experience in complex business development
• Strong negotiating, networking and stakeholder management skills
• Willingness to travel on a regular basis in Europe
• You are fluent in English and you preferably have good skills in German

What can you expect of your work situation?

Brightlands Material Center in Geleen, a cooperation of the Province of Limburg and TNO established in March 2015, performs programmatic industrial application driven research in the field of polymeric materials that provide solutions to the societal challenges of tomorrow. Located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, it is intended to become the meeting place for a global network of leading companies along the value chain and renowned universities and institutes. See also

The energy consumption and comfort of buildings are hot topics in the construction sector. This is the case for new buildings as well as for renovation. Materials play an important role in finding solutions to reduce the usage of energy or even the generation as well as the influence on the comfort. Light management within transparent (glass) and non-transparent building parts (façade) plays an important role. Making materials adaptive to the circumstances provides extra opportunities. These are the challenges addressed by Brightlands Materials Center in its program Opto Electronic that focuses on ‘Optical Materials for Sustainable Building Envelopes’. BMC aims to bring together a wide range of parties involved in this field and to speed up the pace of innovation by executing it jointly. We are now looking for an entrepreneurial Business Developer, to be employed by TNO, taking the lead in further expanding this innovation ecosystem.

The research laboratory facilities at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen are strongly growing and so is the group of researchers involved. They work together with a variety of industrial partners, research organizations and universities. Developments are contained in multi-year, multi-client programs and in adjacent contract research and consultancy projects.

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.
TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Application process

You can apply till the 30th of July.

Has this vacancy aroused your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! 
Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ilona van Maanen, recruiter of TNO at +31648013968 or

Recruiter: Anouk Bos
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-46966194

Hiringmanager: Peter Wolfs
Phone number: 08886 65645

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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