Program Manager System Lifetime & Productivity Improvement
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About this position
European and US ambitions in the semiconductor domain have been sharpened considerably in recent years. The EU and US’ Chips Acts reflect the ambition to again produce a significant proportion of semiconductor chips domestically. Dutch industry has an important role to play in achieving this ambition. Because besides a higher quantity, we also want to produce a higher quality of semiconductors. TNO in particular has already had a unique role in this for many years. Would you like to help connect TNO’s knowledge to the challenges these companies are facing, so they can continue to innovate?
What will be your role?
In your role as programme manager in System Lifetime & Productivity (SL&P), you’ll be at the interface of scientific knowledge, domain knowledge, strategy, organisation, and market developments. The programme consists of a collection of projects aimed at increasing the lifetime of optical components and materials of lithography machines and their productivity. You’ll be a sparring partner for the associated scientists and business developers, and will fulfil an entrepreneurial, initiating role in identifying and developing new project initiatives (both contract research and public-private partnerships) based on the knowledge position or competing technologies.
You’ll ensure that pre-identified objectives are achieved; sometimes within the projects of the programme, but just as often arising from the mutual synergy of these projects. You’ll monitor the coherence between the various topics in the programme and clarify it to stakeholders. In doing so, you’ll be in close contact with the market director, operational management, and the principal and senior scientists.
You’ll also support other project managers in this domain in acquiring and driving projects. You’ll maintain an overview of the relevant projects and execute part of these projects yourself as a senior project manager.
All this will be done from your Nano Instrumentation (NI) home base, a department of 70 professionals with diverse backgrounds and an exceptional understanding of the market. The System Lifetime & Productivity Improvement programme has been running for many years. Due to circumstances, it now needs a new programme manager. As such, you’ll have every opportunity to reinvigorate the programme.
What we expect from you
You’re a senior project manager. You know how to build relationships independently and bring projects to successful completion within a complex stakeholder field while also considering the underlying goals for Dutch industry. In doing so, you’re able to connect parties and knowledge in a professional environment in which interests are large (and sometimes conflicting). You have experience conducting strategic discussions at a board level. Your powers of persuasion will come in handy for this. Commercial insight and programme-based thinking skills are of course also among your competences. You’ll advise and support other project leaders. You’re politically sensitive, organisationally aware, entrepreneurial, and have highly developed communication skills. You’re able to distinguish primary issues from secondary issues and to make sense of complex matters in a simple and structured way. You’re also able to cope well with the uncertainty associated with the complex scientific and engineering issues we work on at TNO. You know how to create space for the (principal) scientists to develop themselves and their area of expertise, while prioritising the results required for the projects.
To perform the role of programme manager System Lifetime & Productivity well, you recognise yourself in the following profile.
In addition, you have:
- A university master’s degree or PhD in a technical discipline (ideally mechanical, physical, or electrical engineering).
- At least 10 years’ experience within a high-tech environment, some of which was in the semiconductor domain or in a role in which you demonstrably delivered substantial, new, complex projects or collaborations from start to finish.
- Relevant experience in realising experimental research projects for clients.
- Experience in programme management, project management, and project development. Ideally, you have also completed training or courses on project management.
- You have a network in the international semiconductor industry and have an affinity with commercialising knowledge or products.
- Experience developing a strategy at a programme level.
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 € 6.100,- and € 7.958,- (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the 13th of February, 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place in week 8. 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.
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