Program Manager Brightlands Materials Center | Geleen

Are you energized by managing a full program line for a shared research and development center in the field of plastics packaging in order to change the packaging markets by developing fully circular packaging?



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

The program “Circular Packaging” is a new program line within Brightlands Materials Center, with the aim to accelerate the transition towards circular packaging by applying polymeric materials knowledge into the re-design of multi-functional and multi-material plastics packaging. 
You are responsible for the short and long term strategy of this program. You initiate and coordinate the portfolio of projects and activities within the program, with the aim to come to breakthroughs in packaging and recycling technologies in which polymeric materials play a crucial role.

The Program Manager plays an active role in setting up external collaborations with leading Brand Owners, Packaging Suppliers and Converters, with universities and research institutes and with the relevant players in the recycling value chain. In the R&D eco-system of collaborative partners, you create an inspiring technological environment in which the R&D program leads to new insights and new breakthroughs in packaging technologies.

The Program Manager will take a leading role in acquisition of the major target partners in his Program. Based on industrial needs and available knowledge, you will build and execute your Program Plan. You will be responsible for the revenues and costs within your Program.

As the materials and packaging fields integrate many expertises, you will regularly be engaging with other parts of TNO and other organizations at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. You will also be part of the Core Team of Brightlands Materials Center and of the Circular Plastics Product Market Combination cluster of the unit Circular Economy and Environment.

What do we require of you?

To be able to fulfil the above role, the Program Manager should have the following capabilities:
  • A university degree preferably in Materials, Chemistry or Engineering.
  • A proven track record and network in the Materials, Packaging or Recycling industry, and at least 8-10 years of experience in complex business development.
  • You have strong leadership capabilities and experience in leading (multidisciplinary) teams of professionals.
  • Capable to translate innovative ideas into practical research proposals, with strong experience in project and/or program management.
  • You are an excellent communicator, fluent in English and preferably very good in German.
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis within Europe.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organization whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3500 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 organizations. 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.

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

What can TNO offer you?

Everyone has his or her own notion of what pleasurable work is. TNO wants to help you find your professional and personal balance. You want to work on your career and have an enjoyable social life at the same time. This is why we offer, for instance, à-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that enable you to vary employment conditions on an annual basis. Flexible working times and various leave schemes also give you plenty of choice to create the package that best suits your situation. Of course, your pay is also good and the secondary conditions are excellent. TNO really is the innovation and knowledge organization par excellence. In other words, we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. There are many opportunities for you to further your own development: conferences, education, workshops, coaching, peer group coaching, mentoring and job switching. You have a big say in the speed and direction of your own development.

Application process

You can apply until the 21st of June. 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.

For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

We look forward to receiving your application! For more information about the position or the application process, please feel free to contact us.

Recruiter: Paul Verschoor
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-29236794

Hiring manager: Jan Pieter Maurice
Phone number: 08886 65764

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


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Dr. Jan Pieter Maurice, MSc


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