Senior Manager Solar Energy

The world is changing fast and the demand for innovative solutions and smart applications for a sustainable society is urgent: a transition to a sustainable energy system is inevitable. With and for the market, ECN develops applied knowledge and technology to enable this transition. ECN is a creative, dynamic and success-oriented organisation where people enjoy their work. The success of ECN is the result of the commitment and quality of our staff and their mutual cooperation and respect.
ECN Solar Energy
The overall focus of ECN's unit Solar Energy is to carry out research on the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity, i.e. the field of photovoltaics (PV). Within the unit, 80 employees develop solar cells and modules with the ambition to enhance conversion efficiencies, to improve reliability and lifetime, and to lower the cost of PV systems and components. We have established a worldwide network in which we cooperate with universities, research institutes and PV industry. Our R&D portfolio comprises wafer-based crystalline silicon solar cells, thin-film solar cells and module technology.

The function

As a senior manager you are responsible for the day-to-day management of a group of about 20 researchers within the business unit Solar Energy. The scientists and engineers develop, test and apply innovative photovoltaic technology.
In this role ..
You are accountable for the optimal deployment of the professionals and other resources in your team to achieve the best possible results in terms of technology development
You are responsible for both the technical and the personal development of the employees in your team
You are accountable for the realization of the established objectives of your group.
You draw up the operational and financial plans of your group, and contribute to the plans of the unit
You are responsible for the overall execution of the R&D activities within your group. You supervise the project leaders in your group and monitor the progress of their projects.
You supervise the laboratories and carry responsibility for the quality of the work delivered by the researchers and consultants

What more.
You are reporting directly to the Director Solar Energy. As a member of the management team, you participate in the development and execution of the vision and strategy for the whole unit.

Your profile

You have
a graduate degree (Master or Doctorate) in physics, chemistry or electrical engineering.
worked for at least five years in research and development.
preferably, experience in silicon solar cell- or semiconductor processing.
You are
an experienced people manager with strong analytical skills
used to planning resources and projects,
smart in delegating and monitoring.
Result focused, service minded, entrepreneurial

You enjoy working with fellow professionals and are able to bring out the best in them. You create space for personal development without losing sight of the intended results. You have experience managing in a matrix organisation and are used to working with partnerships.

We offer

A challenging position in a dynamic work field by which you can make a clear contribution to a sustainable energy system.
And off course:
Solid remuneration package
Good personal development opportunities
An ambitious team with highly qualified professionals


For more information please contact Paul Wyers, Unit Director of Solar Energy, at +31 88 515 4407.
You can submit your application only through the link below.

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vacature geplaatst op 15 Sep 2014 door ECN



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