Deputy Research Manager Naval and Offshore Structures – TNO – Delft

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What will be your role?

A liveable future for all! Would you like to play a key role in this and have the opportunity to experience the challenges of research group management? You can, as Deputy Research Manager at the department of Naval and Offshore Structures (NOS) within the MBE unit. In thisunique role, you can develop yourself and make a crucial contribution to the growth of your colleagues. In the process, your responsibilities and your role as a key contact for the department also grow.

Who are we? The department of Naval and Offshore Structures consists of about 50 highly motivated experts with backgrounds in maritime engineering, civil engineering, aerospace, and mechanical engineering work. Our main market areas are defence and maritime & offshore. We focus on designing, analysing, and testing a wide variety of mechanical structures, mostly on water. It concentrates in particular on the dynamic behaviour of those structures, often under extreme conditions. Thanks to our well-equipped lab, practical and theoretical knowledge go hand in hand, perfectly positioning us to solve even the most complex problems. Examples of our research vary from shock-resistant ship constructions to the structural safety of offshore wind turbines and safe use of alternative fuels. The energy transition and increasing focus on safety at sea will result in a great deal of work for and the continued growth of the department in the period ahead.

What you will be doing
As Deputy Research Manager for NOS, you will be working closely with the department’s Research Manager. Together, you are responsible for all aspects of your department. From strategy to operations and from planning to execution. You will also be responsible for certain personnel matters, in which context you will encourage your team members to pursue their personal development. It’s typical at TNO for managers to work together closely with their team members.

You’ll understand the broad strokes of what they’re working on and create the ideal conditions for them to do their work in the best way possible. You will discuss and tailor your tasks and responsibilities together with the research manager, among others based on your interests, qualities and ambitions. Your tasks and responsibilities can be amended to with, for example, project or programme management, or other roles fitting the department and your role of deputy research manager.

What we expect from you

You’re ready for the next step with managerial responsibilities, combining business acumen and initiative with a result-oriented and human approach. You feel at home working on innovative projects where we can employ our technological knowledge to contribute to finding solutions for social problems. Coaching, connecting, and motivating colleagues with diverse qualities and cultural backgrounds is something you do well. You encourage responsibility by offering space and trust, and by listening and supporting when needed, smoothly tailoring your approach and agenda to the situation. Our clients are both Dutch and international, and many of your TNO colleagues speak English. Therefore, you have outstanding communication skills and have an excellent command of both languages. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • Knowledge of and affinity with Naval and Offshore Structures’ areas of expertise and knowledge of Maritime & Offshore and/or defence are a plus.
  • You match the TNO leadership profile; You’re good at planning, organising, prioritising, and keeping an overview in a complex environment involving a variety of people, interests, budgets, and strategies;
  • You have good instincts when it comes to political-strategic decision-making, and you are sensitive to signals from your environment.
  • 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 € 5.,- and € 7.,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € ). 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.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.
  • Great social events with your team and other . That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Read about tailoring your benefits package.

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