Impact Developer Sustainable and Smart Industry

Impact Developer Sustainable and Smart Industry

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25 Apr 17 May Enschede

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Job description

Job description

To further develop our UT proposition in the field of Sustainable and Smart industries, we are looking for an impact developer. Industry is transforming rapidly. Faced with a labour shortage, companies need to improve their productivity, while simultaneously making their operations more sustainable. At the UT, more than 25 research groups across all faculties are working on research to support the large transitions industry is facing. A wide range of research and development collaborations are ongoing ranging from developing new fundamental concepts to applying them to address industrial challenges related to energy and resource efficiency, circularity, sustainable manufacturing systems, change management and many more.

In this position, you are working in the Impact Development team of UT’s Strategic Business Development department and will collaborate closely with lead researchers, other business developers and institute colleagues.

Your main activity is to identify the key stakeholders inside and outside UT, to connect these and to further develop collaborative and lasting programs. This involves that:
  • You are jointly responsible for establishing and putting together sustainable relationships with major industrial partners, governments and networks, including the development of propositions/roadmaps and acquisition of external funding
  • You support, advise, and guide researchers and consortia within the organization, and expand the network of contacts.
  • You create, in close collaboration with the lead researchers and management, a vision and future plan for a selection of relevant topics.
  • You create support for your plans at all levels and you are closely involved in their implementation and evaluation.
  • You are initiating and maintaining relevant industry relations


University of Twente (UT)


  • A strong relationship builder who can switch between different layers of the organization. You know how to work in a team of professionals and contribute to the overall success of the team.
  • You have a MSc/PhD in science, engineering or business administration (technology based), and affinity with the transitions the industry is facing.
  • You have experience in setting up public-private partnerships programs, building sustainable partnerships, attracting public and/or private funding and you can motivate researchers to participate in these multidisciplinary initiatives.
  • You have the ability to create and maintain senior-level networks and relationships with external parties and focused at (multidisciplinary) cooperation and bridging disciplines.
  • You have knowledge of research and innovation dynamics, methods and projects.
  • You have a vision on how to connect the needs of external stakeholders with the expertise and competence of scientific researchers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, both in Dutch and in English (*C1), and German is well appreciated.
  • Able to function effectively within a complex and dynamic organisational setting.
  • You are ambitious, entrepreneurial and result-focused.
  • A wide network at relevant level and working experience in industry is a plus.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer a challenging position (32-38 hours/week) in an inspiring multidisciplinary and industrial-academic environment, within a university which continuously improves the collaboration with industry.
  • The successful candidate will be employed for the duration of 1 year. After one year, based on good performance and unchanged organizational conditions, there is a possible prospect of a permanent position.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • The rating will be based on your background and relevant experience and can vary between € 4.332,- and € 5.929,- (scale 11) or between € 5.247,- and € 6.737,- (scale 12) gross per month .
  • An 8% holiday allowance, and an 8,3% end of year bonus.
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. Full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • You will work in a lively, inspiring, and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on internationalization, where you will have a high degree of responsibility and independence. You will join an ambitious, diverse and fun team.


The SBD team develops partnerships between the university and its stakeholders with the objective of growing the university’s impact. For our impact development activities, we are seeking partnership developers, stakeholder manager, and business developers to strengthen our growing team.

Can you add a new perspective to our team? We are excited to meet you!


  • Management
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€6737 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1717


University of Twente (UT)

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