Project manager sustainable building innovation

Contributing to sustainable building innovation. Envision it. Become a project manager at TNO in Delft.



Education type



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

As a project manager, you’re responsible for achieving project results on time and within budget. What those results are depends on the particular project. Sometimes it involves designing a model to predict a building’s energy consumption and using data and AI techniques to improve the model. 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 the various subjects. 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, including ministries, housing associations, manufacturers of building materials, and SMEs in the building and installation sector. You’ll develop a keen understanding of the needs underlying research questions and the frameworks and interests involved in the project. On this basis, you’ll then plan and organise the research. In projects, you’ll lead a team with colleagues and sometimes also employees of partners in the projects. Your colleagues in these projects will be systems engineers or subject experts. As project manager, you’ll maintain contacts 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 buildings and construction, 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 construction. The department consists of a diverse, growing team of some 45 professionals with a background in architecture, systems engineering, physics, and other disciplines. The department has two expertise teams (Building physics and Systems engineering). 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 activities are therefore very diverse and different every day, carried out in a close-knit team within a culture of openness and informality.

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 project manager who relishes the challenge of independently getting complex projects and programmes on track and bringing them to a successful conclusion. You speak the language of the engineers, but also demonstrate your added value in meetings with clients. You excel in translating technical and scientific research into usable solutions for the market. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO: 
  • A university Master’s degree or PhD in a technical discipline, preferably engineering/mechanical engineering, building physics, physics, industrial design or mathematics.
  • A talent for group-oriented leadership and an ability to connect people and get the best out of a team.
  • Preferably some experience as a project leader of R&D projects. 
  • Experience of leading innovative projects in the building and technology sector. A pragmatic mindset and a strong ability to plan and organise. 
  • An excellent command of both Dutch and English (both at least level B1).

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 € 2.900,- and € 3.700,- (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:
  • 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 our Talent Development Programme.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • 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.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
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.

The selection process

Please apply before September 27. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on October 5 or 7. The second interview round has been scheduled for October 14. 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: Frank Bax
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 113 20080

Hiring manager: Nancy Westerlaken
Phone number: 08886 63422

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


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Nancy Westerlaken MSc

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

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