Organizational Development and Change – Senior Advisor

Organizational Development and Change – Senior Advisor

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26 Jul 31 Aug Eindhoven

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TU/e Human Resources Management is looking for a
Organizational Development and Change Senior Advisor
(1,0 Fte)

Job description

Do you want to be involved in important strategic assignments to help the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) develop as an organization? The HRM department of the TU/e is looking for an enthusiastic, analytical, and experienced organizational development professional with a great affinity with change management, who wants to work in a dynamic and complex environment.


HRM within TU/e

TU Eindhoven is a human-centered employer, providing opportunities for talent - in both academic and support staff - for personal development and to engage the challenges of tomorrow together. With excellent research and educational programs, we are part of national and international academic networks. We participate in partnerships with industry and civil society organizations, and we are the academic heart of the technology region, 'Brainport'. Our ambition for 2030 is to be one of the world's leading universities for the technical sciences.

To enable our ambitions, changes in organization and services are required. Especially because we see a growth in number of students and staff, a high workload, and a need for further professionalization of the administrative and support processes.  The overarching goal is to create a seamless support for our primary process: the customer should not notice which departments, services, or teams are involved in delivering the desired support.

HRM needs to play an important part in enabling this ambition. To be able to achieve TU/e's Strategy 2030, the TU/e as an organization and its employees will have to change and develop. Organizational change should be supported by carefully crafted processes and support that guides the organization and all its employees in the change. The HRM L&D division is crucial in enabling this organizational development by translating the TU/e strategy, needs of the departments and services, as well as the personal development goals of employees into learning and development activities and resources to support the changes step-by-step. Important themes require a more strategic learning and development approach (e.g. developing TU/e leadership, enabling teaching professionalization, facilitating strategic workforce development, and supporting diversity and social safety).

In July 2021, TU/e launched the SQUAD program (Support QUAlity Drive). This program aims to review the quality of all support at our university through critical reflection, external reviews, and change plans. This aligns services with researchers and teaching teams, with a regular quality assurance cycle that is ingrained in the essence of doing top research, providing top teaching and providing support. SQUAD is therefore a relevant step in achieving our Strategy 2030 goals.

The Department Human Resources Management (HRM) will, like all support departments, take part in this program. The department consists of approximately 90 colleagues and is comprised of the HR Services & E-HRM, HR Advice, Policy, Learning & Development, and OSHE&R. In this position, you will be part of the Learning & Development (L&D) team. HRM L&D encourages talent, continuous development, and innovation to make optimum use of human potential. We aim to support the TU/e faculties, services, institutes, and all staff in continuously developing themselves and adopting to internal and external changes.


 What will you do?

Our organization is in full development and you will contribute to this effectively. As an organizational development advisor, you advise the different boards and management of (support) departments on a tactical and strategic level on HR issues, based on a deep understanding of strategy, organizational and external trends and developments. You introduce inspiring solutions on organizational development from a learning, change management and cultural perspective. You work purposefully on complex, multidisciplinary organizational issues and take into account the different, sometimes opposite, interests of your stakeholders.

You organize support for the projects, work as broadly as possible with managers and employees to ensure their implementation and execution.  However, you also know how to leverage the expertise of HR colleagues by connecting themes, bridging people, and making use of colleagues as ambassadors. In doing so, you make smart use of existing programs and projects, and know how to connect and strengthen current developments in the organization.

From your professionalism you offer added value to the development of both departments and support, and the organization as a whole. You advise on desired direction and changes of the organization(s) in the short, medium, and long term. You have a clear and contemporary vision of organizational development and you know how to develop organizational development and change more broadly within HRM.

SQUAD follows a cyclical approach to tackle all eleven support disciplines at the TU/e in four rounds. The program is estimated to run until 2023. As an organizational development and change advisor, you will participate in the project teams that, by order of the directors concerned, shape this cyclical process to deliver and implement a change plan. This includes mapping and sharing lessons learned from each round to the next. HRM is one of the support disciplines and formally the HRM round starts, with the finance discipline, at the beginning of 2022.

In addition to your tasks for the SQUAD program, within HRM you make a substantial contribution to securing and further spreading knowledge about organizational development and change. You coach employees in this with the aim of securing the knowledge gained from your assignment, strengthening competencies.



Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


What do you bring?
  • A University degree in a relevant field such as organizational science or, change management;
  • 5 years demonstratable experience in organizational change (from plan to implementation), re-organization and/or interim management in a complex environment (experience in Higher Education is a plus);
  • You are a team player and connector at heart: able to align and involve different parties from within HRM as well as other parts of the organization to lead and collaborate in multi-disciplinary project teams;
  • You know what it takes to get an organization moving and working towards results. You see opportunities, are curious, positive, and enterprising. You are accessible and positive and for the organization a solid partner.
  • You are able to understand, explain, and address the challenges in change processes at the different levels (individual, team, management);
  • You are a strong conceptual thinker and quick learner to be able to grasps complex problems and context, develop solutions, and acquire new knowledge when possible;
  • You have an outside-in perspective with understanding of the internal and external changes facing universities, and their implications;
  • You are able to provide strategic and tactical advice on organizational development to management boards and know how to switch between the strategic and, tactical and operational levels;
  • You are well informed about the latest developments in the field of organizational development. You contribute ideas on how the desired change can be realized in practice - close to the daily work - and effectively involve the parties concerned (e.g. directors in the faculties, services and institutes and HRM colleagues);
  • You are able to design and implement employee-oriented organizational development programs based on the needs at the different levels of the organization;
  • You are politically sensitive and possess the patience and perseverance to get people on board even when there is resistance;
  • You are a professional: creative, communicatively strong, environment-conscious, connecting, and energetic;
  • You are a strategic thinker with a pragmatic approach, able to translate the organizational goals into practical interventions to realize these goals in daily work;
  • You have excellent presentation and writing skills. You are able to present complex issues in an accessible manner;

Conditions of employment

How do we appreciate you?
  • You will be appointed for a period of 1 year with the possibility for extension;
  • The salary ranges between € 4.613,- and € 5.923,- gross per month (salary scale 12 CAO Dutch Universities), based on a fulltime appointment, education, and experience;
  • Working at an inspiring campus where we work for the benefit of humanity and where you have plenty of room for personal development and growth;
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities (sports opportunities on campus), extra holiday allowance 8% in May, end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December and 41 holidays per year.


  • HRM
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • V83.5148


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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