Archives for October 2018

CAREER OPPORTUNITY European Network Manager Robotic Innovation

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative ( is a rapidly growing global not-for-profit foundation, dedicated to accelerating the large-scale deployment of Robotics for Inspection & Maintenance.

Currently, more than 60 organizations from around the globe actively participate in the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, including many multinational companies, service providers, technology companies and research organizations. SPRINT Robotics has established regional chapters in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

SPRINT Robotics is partner in the EU funded RIMA project, consisting of leading European Industrial Research Organizations and associations representing European infrastructure sectors. This project aims to establish a network of so-called Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) for Inspection & Maintenance Robotics, both for the public and private sector. RIMA will amongst others coordinate a financial cascade fund to accelerate close to market innovation by SME’s. The RIMA network will become the central entry point for innovation related to Inspection and Maintenance Robotics and will coordinate a virtual market place to connect supply and demand for robotic innovation throughout Europe and beyond. The RIMA project will start in January 2019.

For this exciting initiative we are looking for an energetic and ambitious

European Network Manager Robotic Innovation (F/M)

You will be responsible for the establishment, coordination and management of the RIMA Marketplace and DIH coordination network. Operating from the SPRINT Robotics head office in Hilversum, The Netherlands, you will be the primary contact point for SPRINT Robotics contribution to the project.
Main responsibilities:

  • Work package leader for the RIMA activity tasked with building and maintaining the DIH network and Marketplace
  • Part of the RIMA project management team
  • Manage client and stakeholder relationships
  • Coordinate the SPRINT RIMA activities and align them with SPRINT general activities
  • Establish and manage the Central Access Point of Europe (CAPE) for any queries related to the I&M Robotics.
  • Establish and coordinate a European wide coordination group to channel requests for support
  • Establish a KPI dashboard for the project and monitor effectiveness of the network
  • Perform Q&A functions for the network
  • Support both general network management and other project teams
  • Manage client and stakeholder relationships
  • Ensure delivery on time and within budget and scope
  • Represent RIMA European Network and SPRINT Robotics at events


  • Minimum MSc, preferably PhD, in the field of engineering, science or physics.
  • Affinity with the field of robotics
  • Demonstratable interest in business and operational aspects of technology, e.g. through an MBA
  • At least three years practical project management experience in technical environment
  • Excellent soft skills and awareness of the needs of stakeholders across many cultures and nationalities, with a hands-on mentality
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – business-proficient and fluent in English and at least one other European language
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • Team player with vibrant character and leadership traits
  • Work with international stakeholders and across various time zones, often requiring flexible working hours
  • Willing and available to travel internationally on a regular basis
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office

What we offer:

Challenging role in an enthusiastic, international, multi-disciplinary team
Work with, and for, renowned international clients and partners
Room for ambition and opportunity for personal and professional growth
Remuneration consistent with your track record and experience
Supportive and collaborative working environment close to Amsterdam city
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer

Excited about this position? Send your application including resumé to to the attention of Rudolf Essel, General Manager. SPRINT Robotics does not make use of third-party recruitment agent services, acquisition in relation to this vacancy will not be considered.

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative | Seinstraat 4 | 1223 DA Hilversum | the Netherlands | | | T: +31 (0)35 760 06 85

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SPRINT Robotics organizes 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics

Global industry gathering to focus on rapid developments and long-term industry priorities of robotic techniques and solutions for capital-intensive infrastructure

 The 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics is a groundbreaking event organized by the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative. The initiative gathers the global Inspection and Maintenance Robotics community together to share the innovative progress and rapid development of robotics techniques and solutions, focusing on the use of robotics for Inspection, Maintenance, Repairs and Cleaning in various sectors including the petrochemical, aerospace, nuclear and power generation industries, public infrastructure, and next generation technologies. The inaugural global conference of the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative will take place on November 13-14, 2018 at the San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Centre in Galveston, Texas, United States.

Dr Tjibbe Bouma, Chairman of SPRINT Robotics commented: “The 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics is yet another important milestone in realizing our goal of large-scale application of Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance. We are delighted to bring all stakeholders together globally for the first time. Since its inception just under four years ago, SPRINT Robotics has been growing with breathtaking speed. We have established a strong global presence, our participant support base has exploded and Inspection and Maintenance Robotics has become one of four recognized main robotic service application fields. The 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics will mark the beginning of a new phase, where we will start to focus on rapid scaling of available solutions and will branch out into new market sectors. As a globally recognized not-for-profit organization, we are uniquely positioned to speed up this process and I am looking forward to meeting everybody in Galveston this November.”

About the 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics

The two-day conference program includes an impressive line-up of keynote speakers from companies such as Boston Dynamics, BP, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Intel, and UKAEA RACE, as well as presentations from more than 50 international specialists active in the capital-intensive infrastructure domain. Each conference day will conclude with a dynamic plenary panel session. Additional highlights include a GAP Analysis Workshop (organized in cooperation with ASME) and the presentation of the SPRINT Robotics Award 2018 at the Conference Banquet. Among the growing list of confirmed exhibitors are 35 leading service and technology providers who will offer state-of-the-art technology demonstrations during the course of the conference.

About Sprint Robotics

Launched in 2015, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is a global not-for-profit foundation, driven by asset owners and operators to promote the development, availability, application and commercialization of robotics techniques in technical inspections and maintenance of capital-intensive infrastructure.

With industry progress and acceptance of inspection and maintenance robotics globally, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative network continues to grow at a rapid speed. Participants include asset owners and operators, technology developers and suppliers, and service providers in the robotic inspection and maintenance field around the world.

To learn more about the 1st World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics, visit:


Catherine Reijans

+31 (0)35 760 06 85

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