Senior Project Manager

Department General
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Careers at the von Karman Institute: Construct the future together!

For 65 years as international center of excellence in fluid dynamics, the von Karman Institute brings together young engineers and scientists from all over the world to study, improve their skills and perform their research.

Construct the future together! Besides its mission of education, the von Karman Institute gathers the top-level scientists and engineers to work on very challenging projects as the next generation of engines, new propulsion concepts, the new green energy, the safety of industry, solutions for a cleaner space, the Mission to Mars and many other fields of research which can make the difference for the human kind. Those scientists have access to more than 50 wind tunnels and test rigs, some of them unique in the world to help them in their projects.

VKI is a team of people looking in the same direction, for a better future, not only scientists and engineers but also students, PhD candidates, PostDocs, IT, Human Resources, accountants, librarians, designers and technicians and more....

“A scientist studies what is, whereas an engineer creates what never was“, Théodore von Kármán

Job description

The Sr Project Manager position is part of the Project Office and reports to a Research Manager. This position will be responsible of:

A) supporting his/her Research Manager by:
• Managing a team of test engineers, senior test engineers, research engineers, project engineers and managers with respect to project/proposal life cycles and their career evolution within the Institute.
• participating in daily portfolio management activities, such as collaborating with the Project Office, Faculty and Assets & Resources for the progress of his/her proposals/projects.
• supporting the strategic development of research expertise group roadmaps

B) And:
• take the project management responsibility of medium to large size research projects in order to reach the project scope, planning and cost objectives
• participate in market surveillance activities for early identification of contract opportunities and to take the proposal management responsibility of medium to large size proposals
• identify, protect & valorize the IP generated during his/her projects
• take in charge multiple engineering activities related to his/her fields of knowledge within one or more proposals & projects of the Project Office.

Requirements and Qualifications

• Master in Engineering Sciences in fluid dynamics (or another relevant field)
• Project Management Certification (PMI PMP level or similar)
• Min 5 years ‘experience in R&D
• Min 5 years’ experience of Project/Proposal Management
• A first experience in People Management
• Leadership and coaching skills
• Team spirit
• Extensive professional network
• Strong IP awareness
• Organizational skills and problem-solving capabilities
• Written & oral communication skills in technical English (Able to write technical reports and presentations)

We offer

• A Permanent full time contract
• An attractive salary package, including group and hospitalisation insurance and other fringe benefits
• A stimulating and challenging job
• Work with enthusiastic people driven by passion
• An international environment with students, as a research and educational institution

Localisation :

Rhode-Saint-Genèse (Flemish-Brabant)


Please apply online via the "Apply for" button (below the page). Make sure you complete following fields:

- Individual info Tab: Personal data + upload CV & Cover letter (The other fields are NA)

- References info Tab: nice to have

(Recruiting Mgr: Christophe Semaille)