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Product Program Manager

In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.

About us
The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. In a world that is increasingly fast-moving, unpredictable and full of opportunities, they come to us with big ambitions: to make life better and to keep you safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our employees design and deliver extraordinary high-tech solutions. With 68.000 talents working in 54 countries, 2000 employees are based in the Netherlands. We are one of the biggest high-tech employers in the field of safety and security.

We help our customers think smarter and act faster in the fields of transportation, defence , space, aerospace and cyberspace, mastering ever-greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. We are therefore leading the digital transformation, focusing on artificial intelligence, big-data & data analytics, connectivity, mobility and internet of things and cybersecurity.

In the Netherlands, we are located in four cities: Huizen, Delft, Eindhoven and Hengelo (HQ). Together with an extensive ecosystem of knowledge partners, customers and suppliers, we work on radars for naval vessels, cyber security solutions, transportation systems, communication equipment for land forces, cryogenic cooling solutions, research & development for radar tech (in collaboration with TU Delft) and research & development for serious gaming (in collaboration with the University of Twente).

About the team of Product Program Managers

The Thales Naval organization in Hengelo is a product-oriented organization. All activities related to a certain product are combined in one Product Programme. This includes, among other things, new development, adaptation and delivery to (external) customer projects, cost improvement activities, obsolescence resolution, etc.

Structuring and executing this Product Programme, similar to the way external customer projects are structured and executed, is the main responsibility of the Product Programme Manager.

The Hengelo team of Product Programme Managers is part of the cluster Projects that also have hosts a team of (external) Project Managers and a Project Management Office.

Product Program Manager

About the job

As Product Program Manager you are responsible for set up and execution of the Product Programme in close cooperation with the Product manger. You are responsible for realization of programme activities within its time, budget and requirements constraints.

As Product Program Manager you lead a (core) team of Work Package managers and you:

  • Provide a controlled and predictable execution of the programme
  • Are responsible for contact with and reporting to the relevant stakeholders (product management, (external) project management and engineering)
  • Contribute to reviews, evaluations and product road map activities

About you

You have proven experience with working in a technical environment and affinity with technical products. As Product Programme Manager you:

  • Have relevant experience in Project Management of (complex) projects
  • Have a good skillset in project management methods
  • Have the ability to overview complex situations and to manage multi-task environments
  • Have excellent leadership skills
  • Are strong in motivating and structuring members of all levels
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Are fluent in English
  • IPMA certifications is a plus

Thales offers

  • An interesting job within a nice team in an international high-tech environment;
  • Room for and attention to personal development and personal initiative;
  • The opportunity to grow within the organization, for instance on a technical, managerial, commercial or international level;
  • An open and flexible work environment where a good work-life balance is considered important;
  • A pleasant workplace in "the best building in the Netherlands" (Public’s Choice Award, 2015) with our own Starbucks corner;
  • Excellent work conditions, with 40 holidays a year, among other benefits.


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