R&D Project Leader


Job description Within their product development department, a client of ours is looking for a Project Leader R&D to join the centrifugal team.
This team is responsible for developing and maintaining centrifugal products and technology. Developments can be starting from a blank paper to upgrading current products as well as searching for innovations together with the R&D-cell and external parties like universities.
The team oversees the entire process from research, design, testing prototypes and entering serial production.
As a project leader R&D you guide a cross functional team from concept phase until a feasibility prototype, while safeguarding the project scope, timing and budget. You manage all risks and issues in a structured way.
You are responsible for defining the project specifications together with all stakeholders and for setting up the entire project approach and plan. On a regular base you report to management and you maintain a good relationship with the customer.
You work according to the NPPI (New Product and Process Introduction) process to guarantee product- and process quality.

As a project leader of an R&D/product development project, you also are responsible for the technical part of the project. This means:
  • Safeguarding of technical coherence during the design phase, supported by the newest CAD-CAE and development tools.
  • Setting up a test program in cooperation with the test engineer
  • Evaluating the test results, together with the test engineer and technology engineer
  • Guiding from concept to a feasibility prototype, which will be the basis for a product development project.

As the focus is mainly on R&D projects, you will need to contribute/participate actively from your solid technical background to the development, and you maintain a scientific but also pragmatic approach.
Your development team will consist out of specialists from different disciplines like aerodynamic engineers, mechanical engineers, software engineers, structural engineers, test engineers, designers, rotordynamic specialists. Depending on the technological projects you are working on, also electrical engineers, magnetic bearing specialist, motor specialists etc can be involved as well as members from other departments like procurement, process and production. You operate in an international setting where engineering and production are not necessarily at the same location.ProfileHard skills:
  • Master (of Science) in (Electro-)Mechanical Engineering or equivalent by experience
  • You have already a first working experience.
  • You have a solid mechanical/thermodynamic/aerodynamic background. Prior CFD experience is a plus.
  • Project management principles are familiar to you. (PMP/PRINCE2… is a plus)
  • Fluent in English; Dutch is a plus

Soft skills:
  • You are an entrepreneur.
  • Your are willing to develop a profound knowledge of turbomachinery and centrifugal compressors in general.
  • You make (technical) decisions in tough situations, consider risks and take responsibility of the decisions taken, whilst maintaining project scope, timing & budget.
  • You implement decisions according to agreement and plans, you stand firm in the implementations.
  • You enjoy working in teams within an international and multidisciplinary environment. You can motivate and inspire people with different backgrounds and personalities.
  • You recruit the right persons for the right tasks in your project team; you clearly define each one’s role
  • You can process big amounts of information whilst keeping focus on the important things. You have common sense.
  • You have a critical mind, you work accurate and take initiative. Decisions are based on facts and numbers.
  • The dynamic environment of product development energizes you. You handle the pressure and coach your team.
  • You are flexible and think outside the box. You challenge the status-quo and you search for opportunities.
  • You are challenged by complex problems, but you like simple and elegant solutions.
  • You express yourself clearly, concisely and effectively.
  • You communicate straight forwardly without fear of raising ‘red flags'.
  • You are willing to travel abroad.
Organisation and department description Our client is market leader in compressed air technology and develop and produce a wide range of industrial compressors and related products. Driven by innovation, we strive to provide the best compressed air systems to our customers around the world and provide solutions to respond to their complex technical issues.

Besides engineering and manufacturing, logistics, purchase, finance and aftermarket are as important. As an employee, you become part of an international working environment with a variety of contacts and numerous career opportunities.Offer Why would you want to work for our client now?
  • Our client is a market leader: so you choose an employer where you take control of your career. If you want more, that's always possible!
  • The client offers the opportunity to carry out international projects as well.
  • You will be given a lot of space to develop your ideas and optimize your processes.
  • Of course, the wallet also wants something: you get an attractive salary package with various extra-legal benefits such as meal vouchers, eco vouchers and group insurance. Via the cafeteria plan, you decide for yourself what you still need.
  • Worklife balance is very important to our client. You get flexible working hours and you are also allowed to work overtime.
  • You get a nice leave arrangement. 

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