Competence development professional | Eindhoven

Contributing to tomorrow’s world. Envision it. Become a competence development professional at TNO in Eindhoven.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Having real impact on human capital in Dutch high-tech industry. Can you picture it? Contribute to the world of tomorrow as a competence development professional at the Eindhoven-based ESI - TNO.

What will be your role?

You will have the unique opportunity of raising the systems engineering competencies in the high tech industry to higher levels, building on the knowledge and insights generated by the research projects performed by your colleagues at our industry partners (ASML, Canon, ITEC, Philips, Thales, ThermoFisher Scientific and Vanderlande). You will be part of the Competence Development Program (CDP) team at that develops, organizes and operationally executes learning programs. The CDP program works at three levels: share, learn and accelerate. Sharing means bringing engineers from our ecosystem together to share knowledge and experience, learning takes place in short training programs and acceleration refers to programs with a length of 3 months to 1 year in order to widen the system perspective of professionals in the high-tech industry. 

You will be responsible for program management of our existing acceleration programs: system engineering, system architecting and system integration. Further, you will co-facilitate technical oriented learning tracks together to one of our technical trainers, e.g.: software legacy and interface management. In addition, you will develop, guide and facilitate (online) dialogue-  and networking sessions with one or multiple industry parties.
You will also have the opportunity to work with the ESI research projects by supporting and advising them with the transfer of results (methods, tools, competencies) to industrial application via development of workshops, courses, etc.
Finally, you will have the chance to do experiments and create and validate a methodology how to include a people and organization perspective in early technical research in order to support the embedding of innovative results in high-tech industry.
Read more about ESI Academy  or watch this video introducing ESI

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

You are a goal-oriented and self-driven professional energized by delivering high quality results and willing to learn from new experiences and your colleagues. You are passionate about helping improve the industrial engineering way of working by raising the relevant competences of individuals and teams. You have an affinity with the high-tech world and are fascinated by the role of human aspects in innovation and technology development. At the same time you are resilient in the face of organizational and operational difficulties that are part and parcel of the dynamics of the high tech industry. You can adapt and respond fast.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO: 
  • You have a background in either the social sciences (e.g. organization & change, psychology, or corporate anthropology), in business administration or you have proven capabilities to connect mono-disciplines in the high-tech domain 
  • You have experience or proven affinity with development and/or operational execution of learning programs or competence development activities
  • You are a team-player
  • You can give energy to a group
  • You look at things from a systems perspective (business, customer, technology)

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 3.800,- and € 5.950,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • A good pension scheme.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

ESI is an open and diverse innovation research centre hosted by TNO with strong partnerships with industry-leading high-tech companies. ESI addresses the ever-increasing complexity the high-tech industry is facing in the systems they create through the development of new methods and techniques for system design and engineering. Its extensive research programme aims to advance high-tech industry in improving lead-time and effectiveness of their product innovation process, as well as the functionality, quality and societal impact of their products. The ESI project teams are motivated to accomplish a difference for their eco-system within an informal working ambience. In addition, ESI provides specific programmes for innovation support and competence development of system architects and senior engineers.

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 10th of June, 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on the 20th of June, 2022. TIn a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Recruiter: Anouk Bos 
Mobile: +31(0)6 – 41374015 
LinkedIn: Anouk (Scheffers) Bos | LinkedIn
Hiring manager: Wouter Leibbrandt
Phone number: +31- 631748679

Recruiter: Anouk Bos
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-413 74015

Hiring manager: Wouter Leibbrandt
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 65560

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


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