Project Manager Military Operations Research

Contributing to a safer society in a dynamic and innovative position. Envision it. Become a Project Manager Military Operations Research at TNO in the Hague.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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With us, you’ll quickly discover how fascinating and multifaceted the world of defence and security is. As a project leader, you’ll support the Netherlands’ Ministry of Defence in analysing problems and making decisions. You’ll fulfil a project-management role, conducting research into technical and operational issues surrounding themes relevant to defence and security. This could involve interpretating new technologies, developing new ways of acting, or offering advice on the deployment, acquisition, and maintenance of equipment. Your projects will impact the maritime, land, air, and even space domains, and touch on national security. Concrete examples of projects include the optimisation of the integrated deployment of weapons and sensors on military platforms, or the development of new modes of response against current and future threats in the maritime domain.

What will be your role?

As a project leader, you’ll be responsible for the execution of various national and international multidisciplinary and applied innovation-oriented projects. Working in a team, your challenge will be to optimally position all your team members to achieve the best results. Part of your task will be to maintain an overview of all the work being done. You’ll create the context in which everyone can function optimally to do the work that will help our clients move forward. In addition, you’ll make sure that projects are carried out on time, within budget, and in line with the quality requirements set by the client.
You’ll also contribute to the department’s strategy, planning, employee development, as well as the processes that lead to greater efficiency and quality in the execution of projects and the documentation of results to expand the department’s knowledge base.

You’ll work within the Military Operations (MO) department. Military Operations carries out multidisciplinary projects that analyse problems of a strategic, operational, tactical, and logistical nature. The department primarily focuses on structuring and analysing complex problems within the military and security domains (e.g. by providing insight into the consequences of various alternative solutions). In addition, employees solve logistical problems and provide insight into the expected costs of equipment replacement or maintenance. They also offer support during the planning, execution, analysis, and evaluation of operations on land, at sea, and in the air. Read more about Military Operations and the Defence, Safety & Security (DSS) unit.

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 enjoy managing project teams and generating amazing results for Defence together. You have strong leadership qualities and are able to motivate and coach project members. You work in a structured and highly result-oriented manner. You use your strong communication skills and understanding of client needs to develop successful proposals and offers. You’re able to communicate at an appropriate level, formulate proposals, present and transfer results.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:
  • A completed technical, econometrics, or mathematical university degree.
  • Experience working on complex problems. (Programming experience is considered an advantage.)
  • Relevant experience setting up and leading projects (at a minimum of an IPMA-C level), and experience conducting and directing scientific research.
  • An interest in complex technical systems and the drive to improve/innovate those systems are important factors.
  • Affinity with defence and security.

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 (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.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • 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.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

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 23rd of May, 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In 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: Jane Duinisveld
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-294 07566

Hiring manager: Ingrid Bemmel, van
Phone number: +31(0)6-211 34580

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


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