1. Vacancies
  2. Impact Development Manager Digital Transformations

Impact Development Manager Digital Transformations

Are you passionate about developing research into real-life solutions? Do you enjoy developing innovative ways of collaboration between researchers and the public or private sector in order to develop a value for our society? The Strategic Business Development (SBD) team at the University of Twente can offer you that opportunity.

Apply now
  • Hi! Are you my
    new colleague?
    Geert Dewulf
  • Hi! Are you my
    new colleague?
    Janneke Hoedemaekers

Key takeaways

  • Hours 32 - 38 hr.
  • Salary indication € 4,814 - € 6,702
  • Deadline 16 Dec 2022

To further develop our UT proposition in the field of Digital Society, we are looking for an impact developer. At present, we concentrate, in particular, on the following major topics: Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, notably their applications in society and technology, data-driven solutions for industry and digital security and its relation to societal safety.

In general, we operate in the grey area between digitalization (developing and applying, often advanced, digital technologies) and digital transformations (where those technologies change processes and ways of working). It is in this gray area where impact is often most profound.

In this position, you are working in the Impact Development team of Strategic Business Development and will collaborate closely with the lead researchers of Digital Society Institute, being staff from different UT faculties.

Your main activity is to identify the key stakeholders inside and outside UT, to connect these and to further develop the DSI portfolio of collaborative and lasting programs.

Your profile

  • You have a MSc/PhD in science, engineering or business administration (technology based), and demonstrable affinity with digitalization and digital transformations.\
  • You have experience in setting up PPP research programs, building sustainable partnerships and attracting dedicated funding
  • A strong relationship builder who can switch between different layers of the organization. You have experience in building successful public-private partnerships and you can motivate researchers to participate in these multi-disciplinary initiatives. You know how to work in a team of professionals and contribute to the overall success of the team.
  • You are responsible, jointly with others, for establishing and putting together sustainable relationships with major industrial partners, governments and networks, including the development of propositions/roadmaps and acquisition of external funding in the area of digitalization and digital transformations sketched above.
  • You support, advise, and guide researchers and consortia within the organization, and expand the network of contacts.
  • You create, in close collaboration with the lead researchers and management, a vision and future plan for a selection of relevant topics.
  • You create support for your plans at all levels and you are closely involved in their implementation and evaluation.
  • You have a vision on how to connect the (digitalization) needs of external stakeholders with the expertises and competencies of scientific researchers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, both in Dutch and in English (*C1), and German is well appreciated.

Our offer

  • We offer a challenging position (32-38 hours/week) in an inspiring multidisciplinary and industrial-academic environment, within a university which continuously improves the collaboration with industry and start-ups.
  • The successful candidate will be employed for the duration of 1 year (with the prospect of a continuation for another year).
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • The rating will be based on your background and relevant experience and can vary between € 4.814,- and € 6.181,- (scale 12) or between € 5.506,- and € 6.702,- (scale 13) gross per month.
  • An 8% holiday allowance, and an 8,3% end of year bonus.
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. Full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • You will work in a lively, inspiring, and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on internationalization, where you will have a high degree of responsibility and independence. You will join an ambitious, diverse, and fun team.
  • Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).

Information and application

For more information please contact J. (Janneke) Hoedemaekers, Business Director Research and Innovation Partnerships  (j.hoedemaekers@utwente.nl, +31 53 489 2024).
A reference check or an assessment can be part of the procedure.

Share this vacancy

About the department

The SBD team develops partnerships between the university and its stakeholders with the objective of growing the university’s impact. For our impact development activities, we are seeking partnership developers, stakeholder manager, and business developers to strengthen our growing team.

Can you add a new perspective to our team? We are excited to meet you!

About the organization

The Strategic Business Development (SBD) team works to increase the economic and social impact of the University of Twente by connecting the university’s outstanding research capabilities with the market and wider society, both in the Netherlands and beyond, in ways that are effective and distinctive.

SBD contributes specifically to the university’s broad knowledge transfer objectives by both increasing and expanding its strategic and sustainable partnerships with companies, funds, Top Consortiums for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs), non-profit organisations such as hospitals, and government bodies at regional, national and international level.

SBD operates proactively, creating and responding to opportunities as they arise in order to generate impact and achieve the ambitions expressed in ‘Shaping 2030’. SBD acts in response to society’s demands and supports scientists in the initial phase of their collaborations.

SBD also provides expertise to the university’s organisation and its stakeholders with a view to shaping collaboration, ensuring that promising initiatives find their way within relevant faculties and/or research groups.

SBD creates new opportunities for the University of Twente, connecting external parties with the right scientific domains and positioning the Chief Development Officer as a leading ambassador for the organisation.

SBD believes in the power of collaboration both within and beyond the university. SBD’s role is one of facilitation, while providing direction and coordination wherever necessary, all in close collaboration with research institutes, faculties, research centres, Novel-T, HTT, and other parties.

In terms of organisational structure, SBD consists of a Chief Development Officer, Managing Director, Grants Office, Project Management Office, Impact Development Office and a secretariat. The team sources internal or external expertise as necessary. The Chief Development Officer works on a creative and cooperative footing with the directors and managing directors of the faculties, Novel-T and HTT. All of the groups and individuals involved engage in close and structured collaboration in multidisciplinary teams.

About the SBD team

Curious about what Strategic Business Development (SBD) stands for? Check out the SBD website for more information.

A job that matters

Create new opportunities for yourself, your colleagues and our society. Scientist or teacher, administrator or facilitator, thinker or doer, energetic leader or silent support – your work at the University of Twente matters. And you too!

How to apply

Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

Apply now

Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

Want to know more?

Steen, M.R. van (Maarten)

Steen, M.R. van (Maarten)
Scientific Director Digital Society Institute

Steen, M.R. van (Maarten)
Scientific Director Digital Society Institute

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Maarten for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.

Your Colleagues

  • Our mission
    Human Touch

    At the UT it’s all about people, in line with our university’s High Tech Human Touch philosophy. In everything we do, the well-being and future of our students and staff are paramount. From research and teaching to personnel management, campus management and the use of new technologies.

  • Our mission
    We are a university of technology

    Our university is a public institution that serves society. We are accountable to society for the ways in which we use our academic freedom. We are responsible for ensuring that the power of science and technology is harnessed to achieve the best possible impact in a changing world. We cherish our rich tradition of combining technical and social sciences in our five profiling themes: Improving healthcare by personalized technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

  • Our mission
    We help to strengthen society

    We help society meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. But we are also transparent about what science and technology can and cannot do in finding sustainable solutions. And help translate these solutions into everyday life.

  • Our mission
    We are sustainable

    We want our communities to flourish and show resilience, so we seize opportunities for innovation. We are knowledgeable and have an eye for what society needs. Our students and staff receive all the guidance they need in their quest for ecological, social and economic sustainability.
    “The University of Twente is all about people. Our sustainable technologies help to strengthen society.”

Browse all jobs