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Chief Technology Officer | Flanders Make

  • Project & Program Management
  • Permanent Contract
  • Vlaams Brabant

Context | Organization

Flanders Make (www.flandersmake.be) is the strategic research center for the manufacturing industry in Flanders. From sites all over Flanders, Flanders Make stimulates open innovation through excellent research, and brings together companies and research institutions to realize product and production innovations in the vehicle industry, in mechanical engineering and in production environments. The intent is to create value for the manufacturing industry by contributing to the technological development of the “vehicles, machines and factories of the future”. Flanders Make helps companies to innovate better and faster, in close collaboration with national universities and international research projects. Today Flanders Make counts 600 researchers who work full-time as a unique research community on a joint industrial research agenda. To define the research strategy, with focus on its long-term consistency with the companies’ roadmaps and the global trends of research, Flanders Make seeks to appoint a (m/f) CTO.

Create “industry value” by aligning research trends and industrial needs

  • You will be responsible for the research strategy review and (re)definition, focusing on its long-term consistency with the companies’ roadmaps and the global research trends, and design the framework for leveraging research activities.
  • You will be responsible for the roadmap process, the organization of the scientific and industrial advisory boards, and will contribute to the regular reviews, coordinated by the COO, of the competence clusters related to technology evaluation.
  • You are supported by, and leading, the core lab committee principally composed of the Flanders Make university core lab leaders, and the intra-muros R&D manager.
  • The goal is to provide a view on the future, inform the management about major changes in the market and important research trends which can strengthen the competitiveness of the manufacturing companies within the Flanders Make ecosystem.
  • As a complement to the competence cluster managers, you will launch project ideation, perform SWOT analysis on missing competences (based on trends and project portfolio) and follow up on KPIs and corrective actions to meet the objectives related to research programming.
  • Through research for EU companies, in close cooperation with the Chief Valorization officer (CVO), you will put the research institute on the European map, contribute to European road mapping exercises and develop the European expansion.
  • As a member of the management team, you will work closely with the COO, CVO and CEO, and inspire the cluster managers at Flanders Make, while developing close relationships with universities and a consortium of companies.

Trend-watcher who bridges industry needs and excellent research

  • You hold a master degree (for example in civil, electrotechnical or industrial engineering ...) with a strong experience in relevant technological domains (mechatronics, Artificial Intelligence, interconnected machines, robotics, flexible production, model based design …).
  • You have a vivid interest in (specific domains of) the manufacturing industry (automotive, mechanical engineering and/or production environments) and understand the technological challenges that manufacturing companies face.
  • You have significant experience in research and development (R&D) on a senior management level, as well as in building an organization’s reputation in the market. Experience with international research strategy and it’s development is a plus.
  • You are eager to trend-watch the global research evolutions in technology and to align those to the strategic challenges of our manufacturing industry, develop meaningful relationships and network with a high level of credibility. English is a requirement.

Become an international authority in product and production innovation

  • You will be part of a dynamic, ambitious and knowledge-driven research center, offering the opportunity to have a significant impact on the manufacturing industry, both in Flanders as well as on the European level as R&D partner.
  • You will enjoy national and international visibility and become an authority in an organization which contributes to societal progress by helping companies to innovate better and faster, and to develop the “vehicles, machines and factories of the future”.
  • As a privileged partner for many leading manufacturing companies, you will acquire insights into the strategy related to future technological developments, and co-drive the development of the manufacturing industry in Flanders.
  • Flanders Make offers a very attractive salary package that valorizes your experiences, complemented with a complete set of fringe benefits: company car, group and health insurance, meal vouchers, expenses, home office …
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    Interest?
     
  • Send your resume and written motivation to Stefan Peetroons, partner at Accord Group Belgium. 
  • For questions or additional information, reach out to Stefan: 0032 (0)2 474 03 90.
  • We assure your that your application will be treated with the utmost discretion.

Interested?

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