As a dynamic and highly motivated Project Manager you will manage international projects with the European Commission and the European Space Agency as most important stakeholders.

You are the driver in an ecosystem of remote sensing data and platforms and ensure project execution from proposal to final review meeting. You work within a team of software developers and operation engineers. Together with the team you translate the project requirements in an efficient and operational service. You scan the market for opportunities to contribute to and to execute the internal vision and roadmap on Copernicus services.


You'll become part of a talented, dedicated team working in a fast-paced, challenging international environment. We thrive to develop added value products on cutting edge technologies that will be used by a broad public, industry, the public sector and universities.


The Remote Sensing unit of VITO processes petabytes of Earth Observation data. We specialize in the extraction of information from the vast amounts of incoming images. Information required by our customers worldwide. Our extensive group of customers can be found within the domains of land use, civil infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, water management, heritage and ecological development.

Your responsibilities:



  • Project management in its broad context: Responsible for tasks, deliverables, risk assessment and mitigation, project administration, documentation within time and within budget. This in close cooperation with international partner companies and institutions. Reporting towards management and customers.
  • Representation of your project portfolio on international, mostly scientific conferences
  • Translation of project opportunities to actual proposals.
  • Planning of necessary resources including subcontractors
  • Keep track of a strong user-oriented approach
  • Team coaching: setting project strategy and keeping the team aligned to the goal and vision
  • Continuous improvement in the project and IT development processes
  • Stay on the leading edge of the evolving remote sensing and IT world


  • Master degree/Phd in Industrial Engineering, ICT or Bio Engineer
  • Experience with remote sensing or Copernicusdata
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in project management in an international context
  • Understanding of big data ecosystems: Public cloud and cluster computing
  • Understanding geospatial data-analysis: data science, GIS and algorithm development in Python, C/C++, Java is a plus
  • Experience of working within a context of European Commission, EEA, ESA or Copernicus services
  • Knowledge of agile development principles and having a DevOps mindset is an asset
  • Excellent command of English
  • Management skills in interdisciplinary and international scientific teams
  • Proven reporting, communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in project acquisition and supporting proposal management is a nice to have
  • Autonomous and self-responsible working as well as team working skills

Do you want to be part of the Remote Sensing unit? Please apply, we look forward to your application.

  • Optimal homeworking for non-workplace functions during COVID19
  • A competitive salary
  • A range of benefits including allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package
  • Flexible working hours and workplace
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level




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