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Project Manager Natural Capital Accounting

  • Mol, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
R&D & Engineering

Job description

VITO develops technology to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable society and economy. One of the key technologies applied in this context is Remote Sensing. The Remote Sensing Unit of VITO celebrated last year its 25th anniversary but Remote Sensing has never been more fascinating than today. With the increasing number of satellites, drones, processing facilities and technologies like artificial intelligence, the opportunities with remote sensing are larger than ever.

Meanwhile the Remote Sensing team of VITO counts more than 120 motivated scientists, IT engineers and project managers. To facilitate the growth of our ambitions we are looking for an extra colleague, more specifically a project manager.

You will be full time employed as a project manager in VITO’s Remote Sensing team. This means that you will manage large projects (up to a few meuro) for institutional clients like the European Commission, the European Space Agency, or the United Nations. While the majority of your portfolio will be institutional clients, also commercial clients could be part of your account. You will oversee projects from initiation till closing, making sure the work gets done efficiently and satisfactorily.

Job requirements

  • You hold a Master or PhD degree related to bioscience engineering, civil engineering, or environmental sciences;
  • You have proven knowledge and expertise in project management. Experience in all core PM duties through project start up, design, procurement, execution and handover stages;
  • You even have proven knowledge and expertise in effective project management techniques;
  • A project management certificate is an asset;
  • You have excellent management skills, social skills, negotiation power, planning & budgeting experience, and a delegating attitude;
  • You should be a borne problem solver and in the end create the perfect environment for your internal and external R&D colleagues who perform the scientific work;
  • You don’t have to be an expert in Remote Sensing, or Natural Capital Accounting. But a basic understanding of these domains and knowledge of the funding ecosystem in which we operate is a strong asset;
  • You will communicate frequently with clients and partners. Hence, excellent writing and presenting skills are key.


  • 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 head office is located in Mol. Part-time working from home and/or a satellite office in Antwerp-Berchem, 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.