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Contribute to a reliable, secure, and sustainable digital infrastructure. Envision it. Become a Senior Project Manager at TNO in The Hague.


About this position

A powerful digital future in The Netherlands and Europe is unthinkable without research and innovation. Fortunately, TNO has established an exciting and promising research portfolio which you can bring into fruition. As a Project Manager at TNO, you will work at the forefront of applied research and pragmatic ICT solutions. Join our dedicated team of researchers & ICT specialists and support the digital transformation, a critical step to resolving the complex challenges faced by industry and society as a whole!


What will be your role?

At TNO’s Networks department within the ICT unit you will be bridging the world of research and pragmatic ICT-driven solutions for a fast, secure, and sustainable digital transformation. As a Project Manager of R&D projects in the ICT area, you successfully complete complex projects involving a multitude of stakeholders, including market players from domains such as IT & telecommunications, mobility, and defense, as well as governmental policy makers both in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.

Projects focus areas include 5G/6G mobile networks, media networks, and cloud computing infrastructure. The projects you will manage range from longer-term research & development, technology strategy, standardization, to simulations and (field) trials of technology and applications.

Your project teams vary from five to twenty people, and you will manage several projects simultaneously. The neutrality and multi-disciplinarity of TNO helps you focus on the bigger picture, in which stakeholder management is key. It will be your challenge to mobilize and unite parties, manage project-related risks, and flexibly handle with your team the intrinsically volatile goals and planning to deliver future-proof system architectures and digital services.


What we expect from you


You are familiar with the ICT sector and thrive in an applied research environment geared to developing viable, practical ICT solutions. Structuring and channeling the creativity of researchers, you are driven by the challenges that project management presents. You willingly accept the inherent uncertainties of applied research projects and the creative dynamics of the innovation process. Inspiring and motivating people, you initiate and manage projects for which you take responsibility. Your cultural awareness and communication skills help you navigate sensitivities and positively influence teams, customers, partners, and other stakeholders to shape and reach your common goals. At TNO we work according to the International Project Management Association (IPMA) guidelines. Therefore, familiarity is desired with IPMA methods or at least with other project management methods and practices such as PRINCE2 or PMBOK. Your role may involve travelling within the Netherlands and abroad to attend conferences and consortium meetings with partners.

The knowledge and experience you bring to TNO include:

  • a Master’s Degree in computer science, telecommunications, or equivalent engineering fields;
  • at least 8 years of experience of project management;
  • knowledge and experience within at least one of the domains (IT & telecommunications, mobility, and defense) involved and its digitalization challenges.


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 (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.

  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.

  • 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 Networks research group consists of a strong and enthusiastic international team that deals with innovations in digital infrastructures. We contribute to innovations in data connectivity, storage and processing that are the foundation for all digital infrastructures.

Our experts fulfil internationally leading roles such as working group chairing in global standardization (e.g., ETSI, 3GPP) and governing board membership in the body in charge of setting the European research agenda. In parallel, we experiment with in-house reference implementations for 5G, cloud and eXtended Reality (XR). These reference implementations are used in field trials in collaboration with ecosystem partners and customers.

Our excellent facilities such as our research cloud, 5G test network and media lab are an integral part in many of our research activities, e.g., in creating reference implementations and proof of concepts for validation of our innovations.
At Networks we are addressing three key challenges: (i) creating high-performance and ubiquitous digital infrastructures (ii) supporting tailored virtual infrastructures on top of a larger shared infrastructures and (iii) to facilitating collaboration at distance through networked XR.


The selection process

Please apply before the 20th of December, 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.