R&D System Architect

R&D System Architect

IMS Almelo

What is required?

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • At least 10 years relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of high-end engineering methods
  • Decisive, able to keep an overview, good at multitasking
  • Good command of the Dutch and English languages, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work both conceptually and pragmatically

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?

  • 40% Developing (or having developed) the system architectures
  • 30% Coaching and assisting R&D team members
  • 10% Coordination with Business Development department
  • 10% Internal consultation
  • 10% Coordinating requirements and specifications with clients

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Vacancy

As a R&D System Architect at IMS, you are responsible for the creation process of system architectures for various projects. This is a multidisciplinary process involving several colleagues from the R&D team (mainly Engineers). It is up to you to keep the overview and coordinate all technical steps, and to interpret the playing field between system properties, product costs and product quality.

You ensure that the requirements of the client are correctly translated into a technically consistent architecture. You collect and interpret data from the client and convert it into concepts. On the one hand, you work in an abstract and strategic manner with the end result in mind. On the other hand, you are closely involved in the detailed elaboration of all deliverables for the R&D team members. Therefore, the technical completion of a project becomes your responsibility. You take all technical and commercial decisions related to the system, for which it is essential to be social. You are able to lead and coach team members, but also to think from the client's point of view, to focus on requirements and to clearly explain deliverables.

On the one hand, you work on a project basis; on the other hand, you ensure that the general architecture quality within IMS improves. You are an expert when it comes to system architectures and therefore able to share your knowledge and experience within the organisation. The communicative aspect is also important here: you can get colleagues’ support and coach them in the R&D field.

You will be working on several projects with varying lead times; other colleagues from the R&D team are involved in each project. This team consists of different Engineers, for example in the field of Mechanics, System & Control and Applied Mathematics.

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 thinking creatively, technically and analytically, and find it challenging to be decisive and act as an expert within projects, then this is a job for you.

Calendar

R&D System Architect

During an interesting working day, you consult with colleagues from Business Development. In the afternoon, you develop the ideas from these meetings into a first version of a system architecture.

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.

  • 08:00
  • 09:00
  • 10:00
  • 11:00
  • 12:00
  • 13:00
  • 14:00
  • 15:00
  • 16:00
  • 17:00
  • 18:00
    • Working on system architecture
    • Meeting R&D project team
    • Working on system architecture
    • Lunch
    • Working on system architecture
    • Meeting R&D Project Manager
    • Working on system architecture
    • Lunch
    • Travelling
    • Introduction meeting client
    • Travelling
    • Project coordination
    • Coaching R&D colleagues
    • Working on system architecture
    • Meeting R&D Project Manager
    • Working on system architecture
    • Lunch
    • Project coordination
    • Coordinating requirements with client
    • Coaching R&D colleagues
    • Meeting Business Development department
    • Coaching R&D colleagues
    • Working on system architecture
    • Meeting R&D Project Manager
    • Project coordination
    • Meeting Optical Engineers
    • Learning Cycle Event
    • Working on system architecture
    • Lunch
    • Coaching Engineer
    • Meeting Salesteam
    • Working on system architecture
    • Coordinating requirements with client
    • Meeting Business Developer
    • Adjusting and submitting system architect

Firsthand experience

You are discussing the requirements with a client, but they are not compatible and impossible to combine. How do you solve this?

Requirements can be very specific and in some cases contradict each other, making the technical realization of a certain architecture impossible. An example is the design of a car for which the client has two requirements: 1) the car must be able to drive 200 kilometres per hour forward and immediately afterwards 2) it must be able to drive 200 kilometres per hour backwards. These two quantities contradict each other and cannot be realized in one technical system.

Moreover, the budget for this is capped, making the combination of these requirements too expensive and inefficient to realize. You can clearly explain this to the client, after which you discuss and advise on alternative requirements.

Growth

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 System Architect

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

Colleagues

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?
Crafting

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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