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Project Manager Research 

Are you passionate about project management with a focus on engineering development but still with a strong connection with Research?

Do you want to define and implement projects, and deliver the results in a timely manner and within budget?

Join us on our mission!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond (part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation) or remote from the comfort of your own home office or in one of our hubs 
DomainProject Management Office
Experience: 3+ years in a similar role
Degreea Master degree in a technical direction (preferably mechanical, thermal, or aerodynamics)

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations. 

What will you do as Project Manager Research?
As a project manager or coordinator Engineering you will play an important role together with the research track leads, engineering domain experts and VPs to create the bridge needed between research and engineering.  The goal is to define and conduct engineering projects within Lightyear, and deliver the results in a timely manner and within budget. You are a great communicator and connector, having a broad but relevant technical skillset focussed on a thermomechanical background with relevant experience in aerodynamics. You will apply your excellent management skills to ensure the success of each project. Your responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Support VPs and work together with other project managers/coordinators within the Technology circle to manage existing engineering projects.
  • Support research track leads and engineering domain experts to translate technology roadmaps and domain short/long lists into engineering projects. Initiate steps required to kick off these projects, including facilitating the ideation phase, creating overall project plans, and carrying out the necessary resource allocation process.
  • Support project leads and project team members during the duration of the project to ensure its success. Take a lead in periodic tracking of project progress and finance (budget and expenses). Lead the monitoring of project milestones and deliverables to ensure the identification of any constraints or bottlenecks that might affect timely project deliveries.
  • Provide assistance in resolving project issues. Continuously align project approach and objectives with other organizational areas (i.e. Technology, Design, Finance, Operations, etc.) to maintain synergy. If needed, take a lead in the priority setting of available resources with internal stakeholders.
  • Ensure the implementation of Agile way of working within each project.
  • Continuously manage expectations of various internal and external stakeholders (product owners, project managers, engineering domain experts, research leads, research track leads, engineering domain experts, resource group leads, VPs, CTO, external research partners, etc.).
  • Play an active role in establishing and maintaining collaboration with external partners. Represent Lightyear in multiple external project consortia, including leadership in relevant work packages/use cases in collaborative projects.
  • Prepare reports to support the tracking and on-time delivery of running projects. These also include organizing and facilitating project reviews, project meetings, and other internal reporting systems at Lightyear.

You might wonder what a day in the life of a Project Manager Research at Lightyear looks like?
Let's start by saying Lightyear is very flexible in terms of your working hours, we offer near-full remote working with any office equipment we need to work ergonomically (and a work-at-home budget to upgrade your internet). If needed, or desired, you can spend your working time at our modern office at the Automotive Campus in Helmond. Here you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, fresh fruit and experience the buzz of the office and the labs and of course the shop floor. 

So, let's assume it's Friday, you chose to come to our office and the first thing you do is grab your favorite wake-up drink before rolling into your first task of the day:

You are leading a sprint review of one of your projects to align the status of activities of the week with all the team members. You particularly need their input on the results of the final design verification in order to have a clear overview of whether the design milestone in the upcoming month could be reached. It turns out that the latest series of tests were a success and only some minor adjustments would be needed for the final design, cool!

You finish your meeting on time which gives you ample time to go to one of the meeting rooms at the office to host an online review meeting of a consortium project with several external partners. You are accompanied by several engineers specializing in thermodynamics who are responsible for the technical content of the project. The meeting goes rather well and all parties agree to continue working together on two prototypes prior to the next project milestone in the following quarter. However, the team envisages two major issues which can hinder the progress of the project in the upcoming months. You suggest several mitigation strategies and the team agrees to adopt one. To implement this mitigation strategy, you then volunteer to facilitate a follow-up technical workshop between two teams of engineers who manufacture the prototypes in the upcoming week. After your final meeting, your (smart)watch indicates; time for lunch!

You decided to go for a walk together with a few colleagues because the weather is perfect today (well, the sun is ALWAYS shining in Helmond of course!). During this walk it's not all about work, you mainly talk about what you have planned for the upcoming long weekend. After lunch, you join a brainstorm session organized by our VP Research and attended by research track leads and the Research project manager to discuss the necessary resources for five projects which will start in the next two months. To recap the afternoon, you attend a regular 1-on-1 session with the research project manager to discuss your weekly progress as well as your plan for the upcoming week. 

At the end of the day, you enjoy your well-deserved Friday afternoon drink or one of the fun activities our happiness team comes up with! 

What do we expect from a Project Manager Research?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for people with an ambitious attitude, who learn from the past (tried and tested), and who strive to set new standards when needed. You can work within a team or independently. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore, we are looking for someone with;

  • a Master's degree in the direction of thermal, or aerodynamics 
  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role
  • background experience in working/aligning with multi-disciplined departments throughout the value chain (from research to engineering/product development and/or to manufacturing). 
  • Experience or certification with regards to Lean Six Sigma, Agile/Scrum, PLM, Prince2, PMP is considered as a plus
  • Knowledge of Jira and  MS Project
  • You have a track record with regards to strong coordination skills

  • You have the natural ability to connect with others

  • Strong communication skills in English is mandatory. A (native) Dutch language skillset would be ideal for this specific role and considered as a tremendous plus. 

  • Availability of 40 hours is strongly preferred but at least 32 hours per week is mandatory

This role is meant for candidates with a strong technical background and relevant engineering experience who have career affiliation /aspirations and prior experience in project management. Candidates should be result-oriented, possess a highly structured way of working, and lead by serving others (servitude leadership).

On a more personal level, you could be described as a strong communicator with a results-oriented mindset, who takes ownership. You are well organized and structured and looking at all stakeholders you interact with you have a team player mindset. You can levitate between directiveness and build up consensus. You approach situations with an open and constructive mindset and you strive for continuous improvement and an overall agile way of work.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest growing technical companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks

About Lightyear

Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal, and we’re working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We each bring diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and we believe that our future becomes more secure as our team becomes more diverse. So we take action to ensure equal opportunity for your application, regardless of your background. If you have a specific access need, please let us know when you apply so that we can provide proper assistance.

We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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