Program / R&D Manager

Job title

Program / R&D Manager


High Tech Campus, Eindhoven



Location:              High Tech Campus, Eindhoven The Netherlands

Fulltime:               40 hours a week

Direct Report:      CTO

Job responsibilities and qualifications

In the current life-cycle of our company (scale-up, 65 employees) as a program/R&D manager, you have a broad role and you will;

  • Monitoring of the multiple complex technical R&D projects of SMART Photonics. Not only internal projects but also projects that are part of bigger consortia (e.g subsidized projects from EU, WBSO, Innovation, government etc.). You will guide the senior engineers in their projects and monitor the projects from initiation through delivery.
  • You will work intensely with the engineers to get the right technical information to manage relationships and projects with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Monitor strategic projects from initiation through delivery including planning, schedules and monitoring budget.
  • Coordinate cross-functional project teams and activities, focused on delivering the results. You have the overview and report the status and progress. You ensure the completion of the project is on schedule.
  • Communicating project status, issues, and results via presentations, written reports, and conversations.
  • In a dynamic environment as SMART Photonics is, it is necessary to continually proactively review the project plan internally and externally. Not afraid to adjust project scope if required and celebrate successes.
  • Be responsible for the people management, coaching, way of working and output of the R&D engineers.
  • Work closely together with the R&D, Engineering and Operations teams.
  • Be responsible for mentoring and nurturing the team and facilitating effective and efficient workflows.
  • Be responsible for the resource management and allocation to all project & department activities.
  • Establish project documentation and develop methods for standardization.
  • Keywords for this job are: leadership, systematic work, stakeholder analysis, risk management, expectation management and progress measurement.

We are looking for a person who

  • Successfully completed a relevant Master and preferably a PhD degree in Electronics, Physics, Optics, Chemistry or closely related field.
  • Has experience in project and people management.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor fabrication technologies and product is a must.
  • Knowledge of agile, lean product development and green/black belt is a plus.
  • Strong analytical and creative thinking skills for effective decision-making
  • Strong data analysis skills and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills – oral, written, and presentation
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to plan strategically as well as execute on tactical day-to-day activities
  • Ability to effectively manage an urgent/crisis situation and drive a team to find quick solutions to critical problems
  • Affinity with photonics is an advantage.
  • Has a natural independent drive to take responsibility/ownership to get the job done, stay focused and be pro-active.
  • Embodies cooperation and co-creation. These are key to our success.

What we offer you
The opportunity to become part of a new revolution in chip technology in the field of Photonics, like micro electronics was in the ‘70s. At SMART Photonics you will work with talented and passionate people in an informal, sincere and open culture.

Being part of a scale-up means you will have a broad and entrepreneurial role in a dynamic & exciting environment with the opportunity to grow rapidly alongside our company’s growth while you truly see the results of your efforts and added value. We keep our processes simple and functional to stay agile, also in our growth from lab to fab in the coming years.

Are you ready to join us and develop SMART Photonics into a market leader?

Are you interested?

Please send your motivation letter and resume to: attn. Yvonne Stas, HR manager. If you have any questions, please contact Luc Augustin, CTO, 040-3046433. We are looking forward to your response!

See also our website for more information about the company;

Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

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