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IP Development Manager

Mol, BelgiumBusiness Development & Sales

Job description

Geen Nederlandstalige vacature beschikbaar aangezien kennis van het Engels noodzakelijk is voor deze job.

VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of cleantech and sustainable development. Our goal? To accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We do this by conducting innovating applied research into the fields of renewable materials & biobased chemistry, water and energy and monitoring of our living environment. VITO is organized in 3 business units, each focusing on a specific theme, in which innovations are developed and conducted.

As a member of the sustainable chemistry and materials unit you make sure that technology being developed at VITO, will eventually be used in the market. We do this by co-developing our technology with companies and transferring our technology into existing companies.

You work in the materials and chemistry unit, with a first assignment on sustainable polymer technologies, and you align with the central IP-management, responsible for filing and maintaining patents. Your focus is to bring ideas for patents into real development plans, identify the right partners for co-development, and finally license and sell patents to industrial clients:

  • You analyze market opportunities based on industrial insights and existing patents from others. Based on a global landscape analysis you are able to define the white spots.
  • Within VITO you team up with researchers, identify strong technologies and develop IP plans (patents and know-how).
  • Together with the concerned researchers, and the program manager involved, you set up a strategy to develop and commercialize this IP.
  • You prioritize in the existing IP portfolio by identifying primary partners.
  • You search for potential license holders and give your support when following other valorisation routes.
  • You negotiate license-deals or explore other innovative business approaches.
  • You work closely together with other services within VITO such as the legal department, the IP-management and your colleagues of the Tech Transfer Team.

Job requirements

  • You are technical savvy as to understand new technologies and to see the valorisation potential in a certain technology.
  • You have a background in polymers and materials.
  • You have experience in (commercializing) patents. You are able to think out-of-the-box in business creation.
  • You are commercially equipped; you easily make new contacts and know how to build relationships. You understand your clients needs and create win-win deals.
  • You can translate a deal into a concept of contract: you have a sharp eye for detail and make sure that the contract defines the business deal clearly and correct.
  • You enjoy working with colleagues from different fields and adapt your style and way of working to the situation at hand.
  • You are fluent in English, both written as oral, fluency in Dutch is a plus.


  • A competitive salary with a range of benefits, including allowances, insurance and a modular package of vacation days.
  • We work activity based; our activities lead us to our location. Our research team is located in Mol. Hybrid work arrangements and/or working in a satellite office in Antwerp-Berchem, Ghent, Ostend or Genk is possible.
  • A great deal of freedom and flexibility in your job, allowing you to achieve an attractive work-life balance.
  • 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 organization 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.