Permanent employment
Den Haag
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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What will be your role?

As a project manager, you’re responsible for achieving a shared set of project results on time and within budget. What those results are depends on the project in question. It could be a feasibility study or an analysis, a prototype, or even an end product. You always work on multiple projects simultaneously. This means you’re constantly switching between topics during your work day. Your work will usually be commissioned by customers in the defence and space domain. You’ll develop a keen understanding of the needs underlying customer questions and the frameworks and interests involved in the project. You’ll then plan and organise the research.

Within the projects, you direct your team to provide high-end answers to customers and strengthen the knowledge base of your department. Thanks to you, the members of the project team know exactly what is expected of them and are given the chance to develop themselves fully. You pay particular attention to the development of starters in your team. You also go in search of new ways to bring the knowledge your department is developing to market. For this, you collaborate with subject matter experts and business developers.


What we expect from you

You’re a true organiser who enjoys the challenge of independently setting up complex projects and bringing them to a successful conclusion. You speak the language of technicians, but more importantly, are able to translate the added value of our work into a message our customers understand. You excel in translating technical and scientific research into usable solutions for the (international) market.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A university master’s degree or PhD in a technical discipline, preferably physics, aerospace, electrical engineering, or business administration.
  • You’re interested in technologies related to radar technology.
  • You have at least three years of experience as a programme and project leader.
  • A clear affinity with the Defence domain is an advantage.
  • You have a good command of the English language and the willingness to spend short periods working at different locations in the Netherlands when needed.

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 € 3,500,- and € 4,500,- (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.

Perhaps you would like to grow your career in the direction of commerce or consultancy? Or would you like to become a project manager? Immerse yourself in sustainable innovations? Or carve out a career as a technical expert?

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.
  • 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 October 2nd 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.

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.