R&D Project Manager

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R&D Project Manager

IMS Almelo

What is required?

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience
  • Project management skills
  • Good command of the Dutch and English languages, both verbally and in writing
  • Organizational skills

What will you get?

  • €5.000 - €7.500 gross p/m, depending on knowledge and experience
  • 40-hour working week
  • 27 holiday days + 7 atv days
  • Personal training budget

What will you do?

  • 60% Coaching and guiding colleagues, coordinating projects
  • 10% Aligning colleagues
  • 10% Aligning System Architects
  • 10% Aligning clients
  • 10% Project administration

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As a R&D Project Manager at IMS, you are responsible for leading R&D development projects and the success of these projects. You will lead the internal R&D project team and make sure that by taking the right decisions, the project deliverables will be delivered on time, with the right quality and within budget.

Moreover, you regularly brainstorm with the System Architect about the first designs, which are often in the form of a system or a machine. So you not only coordinate and manage, but also advise and collaborate on the content. A project starts with an extensive introduction and kick-off, after which the client's requirements are clear. You work these out and communicate them to your team members accordingly. From then onwards, you remain closely involved by continually fine-tuning matters.

Especially in R&D projects, proper communication is essential because it is often necessary to adjust goals. While doing this, you also keep commercial project objectives in mind and know how to find the balance between a good result and the investments previously made to achieve this result.

You will work in the R&D team consisting of various Engineers, for example in the field of Mechanics, System & Control and Applied Mathematics. It differs per R&D project what your team exactly looks like, how much budget and time you get from your supervisor and the client, and what the (internal or external) project deadline is.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated. We do not derive rights or obligations from profiles and cv's that are sent unsolicited. Therefore, we regard them as not being sent.

If you enjoy communicating with all kinds of colleagues and parties, conveying your story with determination, and find it challenging to be decisive when an R&D project is slow, then this is a job for you.


R&D Project Manager

During an interesting working day, you have meetings with the Business Developers, the Managing Director and some Mechanical Engineers. You are also working on the preparations for the kick-off of a project, which gives a lot of energy.

During a less enjoyable day, a client asks if the project deadline can be postponed for a week. As a result, you have to rearrange the planning and make a lot of arrangements to meet this deadline.

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    • Lunch
    • Email
    • Meeting Business Developer and R&D Director
    • Meeting Mechanical Engineers
    • Meeting Project Managers consortium
    • Preparing project kick-off
    • Preparing presentation stakeholders
    • Project administration
    • Lunch
    • Travelling
    • Travelling
    • Reviewing project designs
    • Meeting System Architect
    • Project coordination
    • Project coordination
    • Adjusting the planning
    • Urgent meeting Engineers R&D Project team
    • Adjusting the planning
    • Meeting Optical Engineers
    • Learning Cycle Event (internal project)
    • Meeting Project Managers consortium
    • Supporting R&D Engineers
    • Email
    • Lunch
    • Working on risk analysis
    • Meeting Salesteam
    • Meeting Manager
    • Project coordination
    • Meeting R&D Project team
    • Meeting System Architect
    • Reviewing deliverables

Firsthand experience

You have a progress meeting about a project, but you notice not everything is clear to the client yet. How do you proceed?

Prior to the project kick-off, you had an extensive whiteboard session with the client and your project team members regarding the action plan. It was clear what the client needed, which enabled you to make a proper allocation of the tasks.

Then, in addition to coordinating and directing, you could focus on matters such as the budget and the planning. After the first deliverables have been shared with the client, you notice the client had something else in mind. It is then a matter of re-opening the discussion, preferably together with the System Architect.

Various changes need to be made to the designs, and you also want to ensure that incorrect or unrealistic expectations are avoided in the future.


The growth path within IMS is not fixed. You will be given the opportunity and room for personal and professional growth, for example by following training courses. IMS makes a budget and set time available for this. In addition, initiative and entrepreneurship are highly valued within IMS.

R&D Project Manager

Working at IMS

IMS (Integrated Mechanization Solutions) develops and supplies highly accurate production systems. IMS has been doing this for twenty years, with Almelo as its place of business. IMS specialises in building (automated) assembly lines and in process automation for small, complex products and assemblies. IMS always strives for accuracy and high volumes in the assembly lines.

The customers IMS supports are mainly OEMs and TIER 1 suppliers in the field of automotive, photonics, smart devices and the medical world.

*Acquisition in response to vacancies is not appreciated. We do not derive rights or obligations from profiles and cv's that are sent unsolicited. Therefore, we regard them as not being sent. 

  • Headquarters in Almelo
  • Installations based in more than 20 countries
  • 120 employees in the Netherlands
  • 20 % / 80%
  • Average age 40 years
  • Possibility to work from home 20% of your time


Daniël (30) - Mechanical Engineering

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At IMS you work for a lot of types of clients, although you also go into depth. That attracted me more than going for one niche in mechanical engineering. Moreover, we develop our machines ourselves from start to finish. It is also very nice to see that something, which you have thought up and calculated yourself, really works.

What did you study?
Master Mechanical Engineering at University of Twente.

What do you do in your spare time?
Producing music

Bart Oude Lohuis (34) - Lead Engineer (Mechanical Engineering)

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At IMS you are involved in the development and realization of a machine from the beginning to the end. What you come up with and design, is in front of you a few weeks later and needs to be tested. There is also a lot of variety in the projects: from machines for automotive products to components for smartphones and medical implants. At IMS it will all pass by!

What was your previous job?
Mechanical Engineer at Viro

What do you do in your spare time?
Mountainbiking and running

Richard Lubbers (33) - R&D Engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Technically challenging, varied and making machines from the beginning to the end (invent, design, build and install).

What was your previous job?
Project officer at a consulting and engineering company in Deventer

What do you do in your spare time?
Soccer and mountainbiking

Dennis Meijerink (27) - Controls Engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
During my studies, I carried out my graduation project at IMS. During this period I got a good impression of the company. The projects and the techniques used at IMS really appealed to me.

What did you study?
Bachelor Elektrotechnique at the Hogeschool Saxion

What do you do in your spare time?

Application process

Telephone introduction with recruiter
± 2 days
First meeting with recruiter and hiring manager
± 3 days
Second meeting with two colleagues
± 3 days
Terms of employment interview
± 2 days
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