Medior | Senior Projectmanager High Tech Systems / Delft



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

From mapping the galaxy and investigating the largest scales of the cosmos, down to the fast measurement and manipulation of matter at the nanometer level: the TNO research group Optomechatronics develops world-class optomechanical and mechatronics systems for customer needs in the fields of Space- and Scientific Instrumentation and the Semiconductor Industry. With some 75 specialists, systems engineers and project managers, we develop working instrument prototypes to show how the technical challenges of our partners and customers can be solved.
    We push the limits of technology, to stimulate Dutch industry and enable scientific discovery. 

Our group is growing fast in the areas of nano-instruments for semicon inspection and metrolgy, and adaptive optics modules for optical sattelite comunication. To build on this success, we are looking for a project manager. 
As project manager you will work on the definition and execution of projects for the realization of complex hardware. You manage multi-disciplinary teams of specialists and systems engineers, mainly in the area of optics, precision mechanics, control engineering and MAIT. Together with your team, you strive to make the impossible possible. As a project manager you naturally deliver results on time and within budget; but you also build and maintain excellent relations with our customers, you look beyond the scope of your projects to the bigger picture, and you work with business developers on the acquisition of new projects. 

What do we require of you?

To be a project manager at the optomechatronics department, it's important that you recognize yourself in the profile as described below. Meaning that you have:
  • A MSc in mechanical engineering, physics or similar;
  • At least 5 (or when applying for the senior position, 10) years experience in a high tech systems envinronment, of which at least 3 (5) as a project manager;
  • Experience in building hardware for paying customers;
  • Experience in writing proposals;
  • A customer- and result-oriented mindset;
  • A structured but pragmatic way of working, you can adapt your management style to the situation, and you are able to operate in an R&D environment and deal with the uncertainties that it brings;
  • An excellent mastery of the English language, both verbal and written.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

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 24th of February, 2019. The process comprises at least three (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.

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: Anneke Geerts
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-556 94125

Hiring manager: Wouter Jonker
Phone number: 08886 66394

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


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