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Senior Project Manager R&D

TOMRA Food is a global market leader in the development of state-of-the-art sensor-based sorting and processing technologies for food, recycling and mining industries. Our team in Leuven comprises of over 60 engineers and scientists working on next generation optical sorting platforms. We help our customers to maintain highest standards in food quality and safety by achieving excellence in technological innovation. As Senior Project Manager R&D within TOMRA’s R&D team you are helping TOMRA Food to remain market leader in food sorting by driving our multi-disciplinary technological projects.

 For our HQ in Leuven we are currently looking for a Senior Project Manager R&D. 




Being our technical specialist and organizer your  job profile would look like this:

Target Areas:

* Managing large product development projects aiming at a project completion within budget, time and specifications at agreed quality.

* Responsible for the project management from the initiation till industrialization.

* Cooperates closely with all departments and stakeholders in the project. 

* Acts as an ambassador for the project internally and externally.


  1. Project Management


* Generate a deep understanding of the project requirments

* Drive the process of translating requirments into a solution/concept

* Maintain scope (manage change requests)


* Create and maintain project plans

* Define work-packages for teams

* Ensure adequate resourcing is available for the project

* Maintain clear vision of roles/responsibilities within the project

* Drive on-time delivery of all teams


Manage the project budget


* Report to stakeholders on progress/problems

* Manage risks


  2. Cooperation with all stakeholders

 * Act as a focal point for all project communication

* Maintain a close cooperation with Product Management to regularly review specs and possible solutions

* Make status reports for (Top) Management

* Drive and organise the meeting structure within projects

* Negotiate with team leaders and managers about the allocation of team resources

* Ensure a good collaboration between all teams involved (mechanical, electrical, TW, applications, research, SW, purchase, operations)


  3. Be the ambassador

 * Be the face of the project between other departments (Sales, Service, Management)

* Have customer contact (to answer questions) in the early roll out of production (y1)


This job might be interesting for you if:

* You are a passionate, responsible person with broad field of technical knowledge

* Experience in the management of lager (internationally organised) product development projects (multidisciplinary teams with +30 members)

* Experience in managing complex product development projects, preferably in the machine building industry

* You have a Master's degree in a technical field

* You have a proven track record in managing multi-partnered industrial projects and can practice formal project management

* You have good judgement

* You have good presentation and synthesis skills

* You enjoy interacting with people that can have diverse backgrounds.

* You can convince people of the value of you project(s) and idea('s)

* You like to occasionally travel to other TOMRA sites or customers’ sites, domestic and abroad

* You have excellent English communication skills in writing as well as orally. Other languages, especially Dutch are assets


Interested? Please send your CV and your motivation letter to :