The Remote Sensing unit of VITO processes petabytes of earth observation data. We primarily specialize in Big Data analysis with the use of machine learning and deep learning techniques in the application workflows.  That is our passion: the extraction of information from the vast amounts of incoming images. Information required by our clients. Our extensive group of clients can be found within the domains of land use, civil infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, water management, heritage and ecological development.


For our big data services development team, we are looking for a dynamic and highly motivated R&D Project Manager Remote Sensing Platforms. In this role, you are the driver in an ecosystem of earth observation and big data platforms and ensure project execution from proposal to final review meeting. Projects are situated in a context of Belgian space programs, the European Space Agency and the European Commission and have a close link to supporting the remote sensing application projects.

As a Project manager, you will work within a team of solution architects, software developers and operation engineers. Together with the team you translate user requirements in a system and service design. You will scan the market for opportunities to contribute to and execute the internal vision and roadmap on big data and processing platforms.

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

  • Project management in its broad context: responsible for tasks, deliverables, risk assessment and mitigation, documentation within time and within budget. This in close cooperation with international partner companies and institutions and the customer
  • Project administration and reporting towards the customers and management
  • 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
  • Continuous improvement in the project and development processes
  • Stay on the leading edge of the evolving remote sensing and IT world
  • Master's degree or equivalent by experience
  • Excellent command of English
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • (Project) Management skills in interdisciplinary and international teams
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Skills in presenting project results 
  • Proven reporting and communication skills
  • Experience in project acquisition and supporting proposal management.
  • Autonomous and self-responsible working as well as team working skills
  • Understanding of big data ecosystems: Public cloud, cluster computing, data science, machine learning, …
  • Experience of working within ESA, EC or in Copernicus context is a plus
  • Knowledge of agile development principles and having a DevOps mindset is an asset
  • Exposure to geo-information (e.g. OGC services) or other big data services is an added value


  • 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


R&D & Engineering