Business Analyst - Logistics
As a high-tech research centre that is partially publicly funded, imec carries a responsibility to ensure global as well as local impact. imec’s EDiT (“Enabling Digital Transformations”) department plays a major role in realising local impact of digital technology by conducting demand-driven R&D, in collaboration with authorities, other imec divisions, (academic) research institutes, companies, and citizens’ organisations. Our mission is to tackle so-called “wicked problems” in 3 main domains, or “clusters”: mobility & logistics, public health and sustainable environments. Our activities are guided by an “Open for Impact” vision, which puts an emphasis on open knowledge, open source, and open data. Examples of our research programmes include City of Things, Mobilidata (https://mobilidata.be/nl), PILL (https://www.imec.be/nl/vlaamse-innovatiemotor/samenwerking/vlaamse-onderzoeksprogrammas/physical-internet-living-labs). Pioneers (https://www.imec.be/nl/press/pioneers-consortium-gecoordineerd-door-port-antwerp-neemt-voortouw-vergroening-van-europese) and Token. EDiT is primarily based in Ghent and Antwerp, but also maintains a presence at imec’s main campus in Leuven.
What you will do
As a medior member of EDiT’s Mobility & Logistics cluster you will be responsible for scoping and supporting Logistics projects and supported solution(s) (components) based on knowledge and insights into the Logistics sector and its ecosystem. This includes knowledge into the main stakeholders and current (wicked) problems. Key activities are communicating with and involving stakeholders within these innovation projects; analyzing, summarizing and communicating the insights and lessons learned out of these interactions; supporting the functional analysts, innovation specialists and other functional profiles in designing, conducting, reporting, scoping and co-creating workshops; as well as interviewing, desk research and testing activities.
As a Business Analyst for Logistics you will also join EDiT’s Business and Domain Experts competence centre, where we will provide coaching, arrange training, evaluate and fine-tune your role and responsibilities, and plan your path within EDiT/imec together. Additionally, through our EDiT Communities of Practice initiative, you will regularly interact with other developers, architects, designers, and user researchers across EDiT.
Who you are
We are looking for a medior business analyst in the domain of Logistics (+/- 5 years of relevant experience).
You are expected to
- Make analyses based on knowledge of the wicked problems, the ecosystem and the solution(s) at hand in order to scope and advance innovation projects
- Build and maintain strong relations with all relevant (Quadruple Helix) stakeholders in the logistics domain
- Have a good knowledge on the stakeholders: their relationships, needs and challenges in the domain of intermodal/synchromodal transport, urban logistics, physical internet, supply chain management
- Scope innovation opportunities and projects in terms of the business needs and EDiT’s strategic roadmap and solution components
- Provide insights into the main business processes of stakeholders in the target domain
- Being able to understand and formulate business model implications
- (Co-)Design new business models based on EDiT’s solutions
- Spotting opportunities for improvement and for applications of EDiT’s solutions
- Contribute to the business development of cluster opportunities (partners, problem & state-of-the-art definition,...)
- Master or PhD degree in business, engineering, management, or equivalent
- Experience with funded projects and proposal writing (SBO VLAIO, ICON, Horizon Europe etc.)
- An innovative mindset, capable of organizing and workshops
- Affinity with co-creation and business modeling
- Strong social and communication skills to manage a diverse ecosystem of stakeholders
- Proactive problem-solving abilities and an analytical mindset
- Passion for research, business and new technologies
- Eager to learn
- Operations research background/experience
- Keen on exploring the applicability and relevance of data spaces in logistics (such as DTLF, GAIA-X, Flemish Sensor Data Space etc.)
- Basic understanding of Digital Twins and their potential value in the logistics domain
- A strong network of local stakeholders in the domain of urban logistics, and a solid understanding of the needs and challenges of local authorities, logistics companies, cities in this domain.
- Fluent in Dutch and English
What we do for you
In exchange for your talent, passion, and expertise, imec offers you a stimulating high-tech environment and a stimulating diverse culture. Employees enjoy market-competitive compensation and benefits packages, engaging career opportunities, and state of the art facilities. EDiT’s main offices are centrally located in Ghent & Antwerp, but we are also present at imec’s HQ campus in Leuven. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is currently the default across imec. Once governmental and imec-specific restrictions allow, you will be able to choose freely at which of our sites you spend most of your time. We have always been, and will remain, quite flexible with regards to working hours and remote working, as most team communications take place online.
We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.