/Senior Project Manager Sustainable & Urban Environments

Senior Project Manager Sustainable & Urban Environments

Business Operations - Gent | More than two weeks ago

Are you passionate about researching the digital instruments that will drive and accelerate tomorrow’s sustainability and environmental challenges? Would you love to join a multi-disciplinary and talented team? Then you might be the Senior Project Manager we are looking for!

Senior Project Manager Sustainable & Urban Environments 

imec EDiT

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 prominent role in realising societal & economical impact by conducting demand-driven R&D, in collaboration with authorities, other imec divisions, (academic) research institutes, companies, and citizens’ organisations. Our mission is to focus on the most complex challenges (‘wicked problems’) in 3 key domains: Sustainable & Urban Environments, Mobility & Logistics and Health. We are guided by an “Open for Impact” vision, which puts an emphasis on sharing all that we learn as open knowledge, open source, and open data.

EDiT Sustainable & Urban Envirmonts (SUE)

You will join EDiT’s Sustainable & Urban Environments or ‘SUE’ cluster, a multi-disciplinary team of domain experts, developers, architects, innovation experts and project managers, collaborating on projects that aim to support the public sector with research into digital instruments to meet their sustainability and climate goals, and to make urban environments a better and healthier living environment.  

We are focussing on specific complex challenges like climate neutrality (CO2 footprint), climate change impacts (flooding, heatstress, water scarcity,...) and circular economy (impact on sustainability) in the public sector. It starts with creating awareness about the current situation in urban environments, and more and more insights will come from data in the coming years. We want to unlock the value of this data to provide the necessary insights, and make better data-driven decisions about the measures to be taken and their effects. We are already looking into technologies like Data spaces to enable better data sharing & Local Digital Twins to support this. 

Relevant projects to illustrate the current focus of the SUE cluster:

What you will do

As a senior member of EDiT’s SUE cluster you will be responsible for the timely & successful delivery of innovative SUE projects.  

Your day-to-day activities are: 

  • Familiarize yourself with & own the content & topic of a SUE project. 
  • (Co-)shape and scope the vision & strategy of a project in line with our broader SUE ambitions. 
  • Decide on the directions a project should evolve to, managing expectations of internal and external stakeholders, the project goals and the broader SUE vision & strategy. 
  • Analyse & understand the needs of stakeholders, clarify uncertainties, prioritise and translate this to a clear project scope that can realise maximum value within time & budget. 
  • Translate the project scope in a clear roadmap which you socialize, discuss, iterate & monitor with the team. 
  • Communicate proactively and in a constructive manner with internal and external stakeholders to manage expectations. 
  • Share your expertise and experience within a young and motivated team, coach your peers wherever and whenever you feel valuable. 
  • Keep yourself up-to-date on new and innovative technology developments in the SUE sector. 
  • Help shaping exciting new project ideas.  

What we do for you

EDiT’s main offices are centrally located in Ghent & Antwerp, but we are also present at imec’s HQ campus in Leuven. We embrace a hybrid working culture where teams and individuals are empowered to strike a balance between multi-site office presence and remote/home working. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

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. 

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits. 

Who you are

“Must-haves” (essential skills): 

  • Master level  (or equal by experience) 
  • Minimal 5 years’ experience in project management or equal responsibilities 
  • Notions of (agile) project management methodologies (PMBOK, Prince2,…) and can put them to practice 
  • True team player [accustomed to Scrum or similar Agile process] 
  • Constructive communication approach 
  • Strong analytic reasoning & problem-solving capabilities 
  • Knowledge on the key stakeholders in the Flemish/Belgian sustainability ecosystem and its relations 
  • Experience / expertise of digital transformation (including software development) 
  • Enthusiastic about sustainability topics and how technology can play a role in improving these topics 
  • An interest in research & innovation with societal relevance. 
  • Dutch (preferred) & English (professional proficiency). 

“Should-haves” (a great candidate is familiar with most of these): 

  • You don’t shy away of cooperation with governmental institutions, Cities and/or sector organisations 
  • You have previous experience in the sustainability domain 
  • You have managed projects that had data at its core 

“Could-haves” (it is nice to tick a few of these boxes): 

  • Strong professional network within the Flemish/Belgian sustainability domain. 
  • Experience in (managing) or have made contributions to open-source projects (please mention in your application!) 
  • Expertise in writing project proposals (for funded projects, either local or European)