Type dienstverband:
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Senior Project Manager Defensie | The Hague

Contributing to innovations that advance the Defense organization. This is our time! Become a project leader at TNO in The Hague.

About this position

The Dutch Defense organization is renewing its ways of working and business operations, with a focus on information. Combined with new technological possibilities, this creates interesting challenges. Think of developing technical IT building blocks and IT architectures that align information processing with business processes. In this context, you play a crucial role. As a project leader, you integrate the ideas of colleagues and collaborators into solutions for the challenges that Defense faces. It is a job with impact, where you contribute to the development of the Defense organization and, thus, to peace and security.

What will be your role?

You will work on multiple projects simultaneously, collaborating with colleagues to develop new architectures and concepts in interaction with the client. Within the Defense domain, we have two types of projects: target funding for knowledge building (long-term) and client projects (shorter-term). For target funding projects, you, together with the program leader, translate it into concrete projects with corresponding teams. In this role, you are responsible for the progress of projects and ensure that the results are implemented within Defense. You also have specific attention to setting up follow-up projects where acquired knowledge is applied. For client projects, you, together with the business developer, prepare the proposal, focusing on feasibility within the defined constraints (time and cost). After the contract is awarded, the Defense contact person becomes your client, and your task is to complete the project within the specified constraints.

Your home base within TNO is the Advanced Computing Engineering research group. In this group, we demonstrate the feasibility and value of innovative applications of information technology for businesses and the government. We work on challenges related to designing and testing cloud & edge applications for defense with certain constraints (such as poor network connection), processing and analyzing large amounts of data, and applying AI/ML in distributed environments. Our teams in The Hague and Groningen consist of approximately fifty experts, a mix of applied researchers, system architects, and IT systems and processes consultants. We are a social team, and we are all here to help you. At the same time, we are very curious about what you have to teach us!

What we expect from you

You derive energy from contributing to innovative concepts that promote peace and security. With your communication skills and persuasive power, you know how to get partners, financiers, and colleagues on board with your proposals. Additionally, you bring out the best in the people you work with. While switching between projects, you maintain an overview and keep the overarching strategy in mind. Moreover, you approach unforeseen issues with flexibility and a results-oriented mindset. Furthermore, you bring:

  • A master's degree or PhD in computer science, technical business administration, business information technology, or a related field.
  • Proven experience as a project leader, based on an IPMA C accreditation or equivalent.
  • Preferably, knowledge of the Defense organization, operational processes, and ICT systems (C4I), or the drive to deepen your understanding in these areas.
  • Good verbal and written skills in Dutch and English.

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 € 5.300,- and € 7.100,- (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.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.
  • 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, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • 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 27th of June, 2023. 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.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job at TNO.

As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening.

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.