Technical Project Manager

24 June 2019

With a team of researchers you make technological breakthroughs happen in manufacturing industry. 

Take technical lead of innovative projects and ensure industry relevance

As a Technical Project Manager you steer the execution of industry-driven technology research projects.

With a high level view, you :

  • Take the technical lead and encourage the researchers of several Flanders Make Core Labs to look for new solutions (read more about the core labs on;
  • Build a collective ambition with all stakeholders for the determined project;  relevant user groups (Automotive and Machine Building Companies), and knowledge partners (Research Labs at Partner Universities);
  • Drive for an excellent execution and lead the project team;
  • Ensure that project results are relevant for industry and excellent (scientific).

In infrastructure projects you also build up research infrastructure.

 “As a technical project manager, you spend time discussing and challenging people. In the project I get really enthusiastic when we are trying different things. I learned never to make conclusions in a premature phase. …I give input to challenge researchers and make sure we are looking beyond the current possibilities.” (Abdel, Technical project manager since 2012 @ Flanders Make) 

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You have :

-       A PhD or Master’s degree in a relevant technical domain;

-       At least 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in research and/or on innovative product or production technologies in an academic or industrial context;

  • Project management skills;
  • The ability to build sustainable relations with different stakeholders;
  • Coaching skills for knowledge workers;
  • Organizational Sensitivity;
  • Good communication skills and flexibility,  depending on different team constellations.

Working together with so many partners (private and academic) keeps your scope quite open. My territory is never narrowed down to one specific technical detail. Before Flanders Make I had some management experience for a supplier to the automotive industry. My knowledge background is electro-mechanical and mechatronics. Today one of my projects is totally out of my own field of expertise, it is about additive manufacturing processes.” (Chris, Technical project manager since 2016 @ Flanders Make) 

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Depending on your place of residence or preference, you can work on one of our sites (flexible workplace policy).

About Flanders Make

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. From our sites in Lommel, Leuven and Kortrijk, we stimulate open innovation through excellent research.

Our purpose: realising a top-level research network in Flanders that delivers full support to the innovation projects of manufacturing companies. This way, we want to contribute to new products and production processes that help to realise the vehicles, machines and factories of the future.

Because of our unique position between industry and research, our teams combine application and system proficiency with technological and scientific knowledge.

We focus on 4 key competences, all based on modelling and virtualisation:

1.            Decision & Control

2.            Design and optimisation

3.            Motion product specification, architecture, and validation

4.            Flexible assembly specification, architecture, and validation

How to apply :

To apply, go to

Please fill in the online application form and upload a motivation letter and cv.