Medior Projectmanager Sustainable Building Innovation

Working on sustainable innovation projects in the building sector. Envision it. Become a sustainable building innovation project manager at TNO in Delft.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


Apply now


What will you be doing?

As a project manager, you’ll be responsible for delivering results on time and on budget. What those results are depends on the particular project. It may be a feasibility study or analysis, such as researching possibilities for industrialisation in the building sector. It may also involve a prototype or an end product, such as a new measuring method for evaluating ventilation concepts, or a new renovation concept for 1930s homes. You’ll always be working on several different projects at the same time, so in the course of the working day you’ll need to switch between them. These projects will often involve research and innovation, and will therefore be multidisciplinary. The client portfolio is a varied one, based mainly in the Netherlands, and includes ministries, housing corporations, manufacturers of building materials, and SMEs in the building and technology sector.

You’ll develop a keen understanding of the needs underlying research questions and the frameworks and interests involved in the project. You’ll then plan and organise the research together with the subject experts so as to come up with a plan setting out specific goals and results. In the course of the project you’ll oversee the financial progress and planning and monitor the actual content, working with a multidisciplinary team to make the project a success. Your colleagues in these projects will be systems engineers or subject experts. As the project manager, you’ll interact with internal and external stakeholders. You therefore need to have good communication skills and feel in your element with innovative projects at the interface between building, technology, and practical applications.

Our Building Physics & Systems department carries out applied research in which we come up with innovative solutions that address socially relevant issues related to sustainability and the building sector. The department consists of a diverse, growing team of some 45 professionals with a background in architecture, systems engineering, physics, and other disciplines. You’ll be assigned to the Systems Engineering team. In addition to our own broad knowledge base, our knowledge of innovation processes and our laboratory, we draw on the knowledge of our colleagues in other TNO departments.
The department offers you varied work on multiple projects for a wide range of clients. The scope of the projects ranges from experimental research on new applications of technology, simulation and feasibility studies, and conducting and analysing measurement campaigns, right through to the actual building of prototypes and even end products together with industrial partners. Your work will therefore be wide-ranging and different each day. You’ll do all this in a close-knit team within a culture of openness and informality.

What do we require of you?

We are looking for an experienced project manager who enjoys the challenge of getting complex projects and programmes up and running and bringing them to a successful conclusion. Qualified candidates should speak the language of the tech community, demonstrate added value when talking to clients, and excel in translating technical-scientific research into workable solutions for the market.
Other requirements:
  • a university Master’s degree or PhD in a technical discipline, preferably (mechanical) engineering, physics, building physics, technical business administration, or industrial design;
  • a talent for group-oriented leadership, and an ability to connect people and get the best out of a team;
  • at least five years’ experience as a project manager for R&D projects;
  • experience of leading innovative projects in the building and technology sector;
  • a pragmatic mindset and good at planning and organising;
  • an excellent command of both Dutch and English (both at least level B1);
  • an IPMA C certificate will be a big plus. Candidates who do not yet have the certificate will be expected to acquire it.

What can you expect of your work situation?

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932 we have been developing knowledge and technologies in the general interest. We find common ground in fascination and resourcefulness, and are driven to push boundaries. There is ample room for your talent and ambition. You will be working with people who are a match for you, who inspire you, and who want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to turn your vision into reality. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes a difference. Because with each innovation, you contribute to the life of the future.

Read more about TNO as employer 

What can TNO offer you?

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 € 3,700 and € 5,600 (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:
  • The bullets below are examples only. Please determine the order on the basis of the target group’s priorities and, if necessary, make additions.
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bike.
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field. 
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis.
  • 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. 
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • Access to TNO’s project managers guild: a network of some three hundred equals. The guild organizes workshops, conferences, intervision sessions and other activities for project managers.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package 

Application process

You can apply till April 27. The first round of interviews is scheduled on May 3. The second round of interviews is scheduled for May 12. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

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

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Lara Dimitrovski
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: Nancy Westerlaken
Phone number: 08886 63422

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


Apply now


Nancy Westerlaken MSc

  • Building Physics & Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Building Performance Modelling
  • Product And Concept Development

TNO Job alert


Stay up to date with our latest news, activities and vacancies collects and processes data in accordance with the applicable privacy regulations for an optimal user experience and marketing practices.
This data can easily be removed from your temporary profile page at any time.
You can also view our privacy statement or cookie statement.