Project leader at Maastricht University's Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Project leader at Maastricht University's Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Job description

We invite you to embark on an exciting career opportunity as a University Project Leader at Maastricht University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic project leader to join our team and take a pivotal role in driving and managing entrepreneurial and innovative projects within the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). As a project leader, you will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating a range of projects, ensuring their successful execution, and contributing to the growth and development of CEI. If you are a proactive and resourceful individual with a passion for project management in an academic context, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Project Planning and Execution: Lead the planning and execution of complex academic projects, ensuring they are delivered on time, within scope, and on budget.
  • Stakeholder Management: Build and maintain strong relationships with project stakeholders, including faculty members, researchers, administrative staff, and external partners, to ensure clear communication and project alignment.
  • Team Leadership: Manage project teams, providing guidance, setting expectations, and fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Identify potential risks, issues, and challenges within projects and develop strategies for mitigation.
  • Reporting and Documentation: Prepare comprehensive project reports, documentation, and updates for university leadership and stakeholders.
  • Quality Assurance: Implement quality control processes to ensure that project deliverables meet academic and professional standards.
  • Budget Management: Oversee project budgets, ensuring financial accountability and efficient allocation of funds.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • A master's degree in in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation, strategic management or organisational behaviour
  • Experience in project management, preferably in an academic or research environment is a big plus.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, and interpersonal abilities.
  • Proficiency in project management software and tools.
  • A proactive and solutions-oriented mindset.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse and academic-oriented environment.
  • Proficiency in Dutch, both speaking and writing, is a strong bonus.

Conditions of employment

What we offer

As Project Leader at School of Business and Economics, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 10 according to UFO profile 'Projectleider', with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from € 3,226 and € 5,090 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 24 months with a scope of 1.0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Click here for more information about UM.


The School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is one of Maastricht University’s six faculties. Our mission is to contribute to a better world by addressing societal problems, by co-creating knowledge and developing team players and leaders for the future.

By joining SBE, you will be part of the 1% of business schools worldwide to be Triple Crown accredited (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). You will join an inspiring and international environment, where learning and development is priority.

The Maastricht University Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is a dynamic and forward-thinking institution dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation within the academic and broader business community. Located at the heart of Maastricht University, this centre serves as a hub for students, researchers, and entrepreneurs, driving the growth of innovative ideas, startups, and businesses.

Key features and components of the Maastricht University Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation include:
  1. Interdisciplinary Approach: MU CEI promotes an interdisciplinary approach, encouraging collaboration among various faculties, researchers, and students. This approach allows for a diverse range of perspectives and expertise to be applied to entrepreneurial and innovative projects.
  2. Education and Training: The centre offers a wide range of programs, courses, and workshops designed to nurture entrepreneurial skills and a mindset of innovation. These programs are accessible to both students and external participants, providing valuable knowledge and practical experience in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  3. Research and Development: MU CEI is at the forefront of research in entrepreneurship and innovation, conducting groundbreaking studies that contribute to the academic understanding of these fields. Its research activities focus on various aspects of entrepreneurship, including startups, social entrepreneurship, and corporate innovation.
  4. Incubation and Acceleration: The centre provides support and resources for startups and early-stage ventures, including access to co-working spaces, mentoring, and funding opportunities. This incubation and acceleration support help transform innovative ideas into successful businesses.
  5. Networking and Community Building: MU CEI fosters a vibrant entrepreneurial and innovative community by hosting events, conferences, and networking sessions. These gatherings connect students, researchers, investors, and local entrepreneurs, facilitating collaboration and idea exchange.
  6. Collaboration with Industry: The centre collaborates closely with the local business community and industry partners, creating opportunities for knowledge transfer and mutually beneficial partnerships.
  7. Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship: MU CEI is committed to promoting social and sustainable entrepreneurship, emphasizing the importance of ethical and environmentally responsible business practices.
  8. International Perspective: Maastricht University's international character ensures that MU CEI is well-connected globally, enabling students and researchers to engage with international perspectives on entrepreneurship and innovation.

In summary, the Maastricht University Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a prominent institution dedicated to nurturing and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in both academic and practical settings. It combines research, education, and hands-on support to empower students, researchers, and the broader community to create and develop innovative solutions and businesses, contributing to economic growth and societal progress.


  • Management
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • 412


Maastricht University (UM)

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